RIGA, June 1 (Xinhua) -- A financial manager who used to sit on the board of Latvian public television has won a tender to become Latvia's next tax chief, Janis Citskovskis, director of the Latvian State Chancellery, announced at a news conference Friday.
The panel evaluating candidates for the position, unanimously chose Maris Skujins as the best candidate to head the State Revenue Service in a competition of 19 candidates, Citskovskis said.
Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola who is to decide on presenting the winner of the tender to the government, is expected to meet with Skujins next Monday. If approved by the government, Skujins will be appointed the revenue service's director-general for a five-year term.
Skujins said at the news conference that his main priorities as Latvia's tax chief would be enhancing client service, streamlining tax administration processes and closing the tax gap. He also stressed the necessity to look for new methods for clamping down on illicit business activity on the Internet.
Skujins said that for the past couple of decades his work has been related to finances. He has been a board member of Latvian public television (LTV) and also worked in the banking sector.
The tender to select a new head for Latvia's State Revenue Service was announced after the tax authority's previous head Ilze Cirule suddenly died on March 10.