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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the assessment of deputy quotas the Budget and Finance Committee worked as voting machines. They did not try to assess each proposal’s purpose, states Delna – Society for Openness, urging other to sign a proposal on Manabalss.lv for the publication of audio recordings made during meetings of Saeima committees.

Delna, together with Providus think-tank, has been closely monitoring the Saeima and the review of deputy quotas and amendments to the Insolvency Law since November 2016.

Delna reports that authors of proposals were often absent from meetings. Their colleagues, who were left to explain the necessity behind the allocation of finances, often could not provide appropriate explanations. In some cases deputies mentioned the alleged difficulty of finding the right documents in ‘piles’ of paperwork as an excuse to not provide requested information. Nevertheless, they maintained that explanations are ‘somewhere’.

Delna also reports that a proposal has been voiced to ‘trust the Cabinet of Ministers’ without any additional arguments in favour. Naturally, the cabinet supported proposals.

«Without any justifiable reasons Saeima’s agenda was added with small proposals, such as allocation of funding for specific repair work.

As it is known, EUR 27.9 million were allocated for deputy quotas in the 2017 budget project even though publicly information was voiced regarding an amount from EUR 1 million to EUR 2 million,» – Delna reports.

The association explains that increased attention was provided last year to amendments for the Insolvency Law that were quickly submitted to the Saeima and just as quickly approved.

«Opposition deputies criticized the initial review process in the work group. This specifically applies to the lack of any decisions being made, low attendance and equally low interest from deputies. New amendments to the Insolvency Law, which were approved in the final reading on 22 December, provide for an expansion of Insolvency Administration’s functions, enhancing the forms of monitoring and introducing disciplinary liability for administrators. Amendments also expand the range of people who are allowed to monitor legal protection processes,» – Delna states.

Providus and Delna point out that in order to find out how the Saeima functions, it is necessary to hear what parliamentary committees are saying during meetings that are not freely accessible to the public.

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