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Herkel to take over as chair of anti-corruption committee

Andres Herkel (left) and Artur Talvik.
Andres Herkel (left) and Artur Talvik. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

The Free Party will propose naming Andres Herkel to the Anti-Corruption Special Committee of the Riigikogu and appointing him chairman, after which current commitee chairman Artur Talvik will step down in order to take over as head of the Free Party parliamentary group.

According to Talvik, the unexpected move will is good for the anti-corruption committee and will help bring out new topics.

"We need to lose the bric-a-brac and focus on offering a strong program to voters who value personal freedoms, open and corruption-free governance, the entrepreneurial spirit, local life and a sustainable lifestyle," said Talvik. "The war between ultraliberals and ultraconservatives in Estonia is worrying; we want to keep society together and functioning."

According to Herkel, Talvik has succeeded as chairman of the Anti-Corruption Special Committee in making corruption as a topic more visible and the committee as a whole more active.

"This activity must surely continue even if the committee's influence is limited," he said. "The committee's role is broader than just to be the holder and controller of declarations of economic interests."

Herkel said that he wants to delve more into the topic of corruption prevention. "I expect that the more transparent organization of the public sector's work would sometimes help prevent corruption-sensitive situations," he noted, "And for that this topic needs to engage with the fieldn of state reform, for example."

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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