Mr Juris Stinka
State Secretary of the Ministry of Economics of Latvia
Mr Stinka started as a Customs Expert at the State Revenue Service of Latvia in 2001, where two years later he became the Head of Unit. In 2004 he took up the position of Customs Attaché at the Permanent Representation of Latvia to the EU, where he worked for three years. From 2007 to 2010 Mr Stinka worked as Deputy Director of Tax Policy Department at the Ministry of Finance of Latvia. In 2010 he became Director of Tax Administration Department but already after six months he assumed the post of Deputy State secretary at the Ministry of Finance of Latvia, which he hold for two years. From 2012 to 2016 he held the position of a Corporate Affairs Manager at Philip Morris Latvia Ltd. and contributed actively to the work of national business associations, including Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as Latvian Employers’ Confederation. Mr Stinka is one of founders of NGO BASE (Business Against Shadow Economy), which provides research and develops proposals to reduce tax evasion and unfair competition in the country. Since May 2016 Mr Stinka is the State secretary of the Ministry of Economics of Latvia.
Mr Stinka has a Lawyer’s diploma from the University of Latvia and an executive MBA degree from the Stockholm School of Economics (Latvia). He has also studied customs and tax administration in French Customs School (France) and Comparative Tax Policy and Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School (USA).
Mr Stinka’s mother tongue is Latvian, but he is fluent in English, Russian and has an intermediate knowledge of French.