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Saeima investigative commission on MPC scheme seeks additional information from Economics Ministry.

RIGA, Aug 19 (LETA) - Saeima investigative commission probing the system of compulsory procurement component (MPC) in electricity rates will request additional information from the Economics Ministry regarding officials' decisions on the MPC, the commission's head Ieva Krapane (KPV LV) said during the commission's meeting today.

Krapane said that last Friday, August 16, the commission received the Economics Ministry's replies concerning MPC licenses and the officials who made the decision to issue these licenses - 3,200 pages in total. In her view, some of the Economics Ministry's answers are to the point, while other answers are superficial, and that is why additional information will be requested from the ministry.

The commission's member Viktors Valainis (Greens/Farmers), on the other hand, said that the Economics Ministry's answers would not help the commission to fulfill its task of determining who were responsible for the MPC affair. In turn, commission member Sandis Riekstins (New Conservative Party) said that the ministry's answers were too verbose, which would not make the commission's work any easier.

The commission agreed today that the Economics Ministry's documents would be analyzed for two weeks, and to await the ministry's answers to the commission's additional questions. The commission's next meeting will be on August 26.

When asked to assess the commission's work, Krapane said that it was successful. "We are working as a team and I believe that we will achieve our goal," she said, adding that she hoped the commission would complete its work in six months.

As reported, the parliamentary commission investigates the government's role in the creation of a system for subsidizing renewable energy producers and co-generation businesses that contravenes Latvian and European Union laws. It also is also expected to investigate the reasons for the system's poor supervision and control.

The commission is chaired by Krapane, Martins Steins is her deputy, and the other members of the commission are Atis Lejins (New Era), Romans Naudins (National Alliance), Riekstins, Valainis and Janis Adamsons (Harmony).

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