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Justice minister to restrict politicians' concealed business interests

Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu (IRL).
Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu (IRL). Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu has given orders to draw up rules that would restrict opportunities to acquire concealed stakes in businesses for persons in public power.

"I instructed the ministry to work out certain rules concerning the prevention of the acquisition of concealed holdings or concealed options by those who have left positions of public power or are exercising power," Reinsalu told BNS on Monday.

The minister said he aims to submit the respective proposals to the Legal Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu within a month.

In recent weeks, several cases of persons closely connected with politics holding concealed interests in businesses have come to light.

According to the findings of a survey published on Monday, the share of entrepreneurs who believe there is political corruption in Estonia has increased over the last six years, and an above average proportion of politicians believes that corrupt behavior occurs in their institution.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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