Business Corruption in Latvia
Corruption is a problem for businesses operating in Latvia, and demands for bribes and other irregular payments are pervasive. Close ties between public officials and business, the influence of private interests involved in illegal political party funding and the unethical behavior of companies are considered competitive disadvantages for Latvia. Latvia's Criminal Law criminalises several forms of corruption, including active and passive bribery, gifts, conflicts of interest and influence peddling. The government has recently strengthened the independence of the country’s anti-corruption commission, established a comprehensive e-government system and centralised procurement processes, but procurement is the sector most affected by corruption in Latvia. Giving gifts to expedite or obtain administrative services is reportedly widespread.
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