Latviski English По-русски
Saturday 21.10.2017 | Name days: Severīns, Urzula

Attorney: Latvia as a nation lacks vision

(No Ratings Yet)

Sworn advocate Victor Tihonov

Latvia as a nation lacks its own vision and priorities, Victor Tihonov, Sworn advocate notes in a column of the Capital journal.

«One of the ruling members should be able to voice some Latvian dream similarly to how Martin Luther King once voiced the American dream in 1963. Sweden and Germany have their own vision. At least it is generally believed that Germany is an industrial giant, and Sweden – is financial service center», lawyer underlines.

He noted that young people can help politicians, themselves and others to define the directions or visions of Latvia’s development.

“The State should ensure not only general education, but should develop different fields in depth. Either in microbiology or some sphere of medicine, it doesn’t really matter. The State will generally not be able to develop every possible direction in the near future, and guarantee Latvian citizens to become specialists in those fields. That is why the activity of young people could help in choosing the appropriate in depth development direction. I wish such courage and determination for our children and young people”, Tihonov stresses.

As the attorney states, right now Latvia has reached another developmental phase – «everything that can be consolidated is consolidated, but money is still a constant issue». The wages of teachers and police officers, doctors and culture workers are being reduced. In addition the current rule shows signals about the social budget’s collapse. This means that people will have to maintain themselves both during their youth and old age.

«Something of a future subsistence plan is forming,» the attorney explains the situation. «This kind of position cannot promote national development and develop economy on a State level. It is complicated to explain to children why politicians do not want to see developed manufacturing in Latvia, or why foreigners use their State granted subsidies to develop agriculture in Latvia. Instead of the State creating preconditions for creating new jobs, the opportunity of private businessmen to develop enterprises (see airBaltic saga) is being denied. Many politicians create such dispute sprouts the development of which will ultimately negatively affect the economic ability to live here for a large number of residents.»

As Tihonov underlines, this kind of events unfolding legally leads towards to public self-organization. Specific part of the most active society will determine their own goals and will fulfill them, because State government does not determine State strategic interests and goals, instead performs the division of a separate scope of interests. If the State government is unable to name any goals, then society in general should work to make the government at least ensure a foreseeable and definite public service.

Tihonov also proposes to turn the interests of children and young people towards the higher values of life, instead of monetary property values. The State and society in general should turn a much larger attention to consumer philosophy from a young age. As an example, the attorney mentions Scandinavian countries, where a Porshe Cayenne purchased in credit is not considered to be a gesture of good taste.

He stresses that Latvians are a working nation and there is no doubts that children should be taught to work from childhood. We as a numerically small country cannot afford to start working in the age of 40, as it is common in many South European countries, because the employed cannot afford to pay such high taxes, so that the unemployed would have enough.

Young people need to understand, that they are the ones who shape their own and the society’s future. Additionally, if a person has the will to influence and shape society, where the person wishes to live, then this is better done in his home country.


Leave a reply

Professor: by taking money away from science, the state shoots itself in the foot

The matter regarding insufficient funding for science has recently become more topical in the public space. President of Latvian Academy of Sciences Ojārs Spārītis is rather critical of the situation: Latvia has lied to the European Union and European Commission about making sure that funding for science reaches 1.5% of GDP by 2020.

To prevent fraud, audit of MPC recipients to be performed in Latvia

Latvian Economy Ministry intends to perform an audit of mandatory procurement component recipients and use new regulations to combat fraudulent activities, as confirmed by Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens.

Rail Baltic procurements to be processed using Electronic Procurements System

Following the changes to Latvian Republic’s Public Procurements Law, all new procurements for Rail Baltica administered by RB RAIL will be processed using a free electronic information system and its e-contest subsystem.

Estonian construction price index pushed up by wages

The construction price index in Estonia has in July-September of 2017 increased by 0.9% in comparison to second quarter this year and by 1.7% from July-September of 2016, Estonian statisticians have estimated.

Surplus of Latvia’s government budget reached 9.5 million euros in 2016

In 2016 general government budget surplus accounted for EUR 9.5 million or 0.04 % of the Gross Domestic Product, whereas general government consolidated gross debt amounted to EUR 10 091.6 million or 40.6 % of the GDP.

Latvia to invest EUR 5.9 million into formation of unified port network

Ports of Riga planning region and Kurzeme planning region have commenced an important tourism project. The goal of this project is creating a unified yacht port network in Latvia and Estonia with quality services that would allow developing sailing tourism and attract foreign sailing enthusiasts in the future, reports the regions’ representative Inese Ozoliņa.

Graft-suspected Tartu deputy mayors resign

In Estonia's second largest city, Tartu, Deputy Mayors Artjom Suvorov and Valvo Semilarski have stepped down from office, Estonian press reported, after the politicians were arrested under suspicion of graft.

Expert: workers of Latvia’s NGO sector have high ‘burnout’ risk

Workers of Latvia’s NGO sector have a high burnout risk, said once the director of Providus Dace Akule in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Producer: many young people come to work in the film industry

Latvia’s film industry has been steadily growing these past several years, and it is especially gratifying that many young people are coming to work in the industry, says director and producer, representative of Film Angels Productions Jānis Kalējs.

Pollution blamed for every sixth premature death globally

Nine million premature deaths globally in 2015 are said to be related to pollution, a study has found pointing to presence of harmful matter in air, water and workplace as the three main risk factors.

Infectologist: influenza kills biologically the weakest, including children and pregnant women

Influenza is an infection that affects both children and adults. However, it kills those who are biologically weak, says Immunization State Council chairperson and infectologist of Children’s Vaccination Centre Dace Zavadska.

Investor activity made easier between Latvia and Vietnam

An intergovernmental agreement has been signed between the Republic of Latvia and Socialist Republic of Vietnam on prevention of double taxation and tax avoidance in relation to income tax.

Colder masses of air to enter Latvia in coming days; precipitation to be limited

Although high atmospheric pressure will be present above Latvia in the coming days, southern regions in Latvia will experience short-term precipitation on Saturday, 12 October, caused by the cyclone active above Poland. Colder masses of air will enter Latvia in the coming days.

Maltese journalist said to be killed by remotely-controlled explosive

Officials in Malta have unveiled it is assumed that investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered by an explosive places under her car, which was detonated remotely.

Prime Minister: Latvia cannot accept additional asylum seekers

Latvia cannot afford to resettle additional asylum seekers, said Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis during his meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday, 19 October.

Scandinavians purchase tourism company in Lithuania; changes expected in Latvia too

Dutch Otravo online travel organization has expanded and has purchased Lithuanian online travel agency Interno Partneris, thereby entering the Baltic market.

Ombudsman: non-citizen status matter should be resolved in next decade

The next ten years may be the transition period to ‘put an end’ to the non-citizen status in Latvia, said ombudsman Juris Jansons in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama.

Swedish Foreign Minister: harassment exists at highest political level

The Foreign Affairs Minister of Sweden, Margot Wallström, has commended the current sexual assault and harassment awareness campaign in social media and urged to fellow politicians to address the problem.

Latvenergo recognized as Latvia’s most valuable company for tenth time

Latvenergo has been recognized as Latvia’s most valuable company in 2017. Its value grew 34% in comparison with 2016, according to the TOP 101 list of Latvia’s most valuable companies compiled by Prudentia and Nasdaq Riga.

Number of births and number of deaths decline in Latvia

During the first nine months of this year 15,723 babies were born in Latvia, which is 1,113 children fewer than in the corresponding period of the last year.

CC applies binding conditions for the sale of MTG Broadcasting AB

Latvian Competition Council has decided to permit Bite Lietuva to purchase MTG Broadcasting AB group’s businesses in Latvia. CC has applied several binding conditions to prevent a possible impact on competition on the television services and advertisement market.

Eesti Energia warns: Limiting CO2 emissions on capacity could endanger energy supply

Estonian energy giant Eesti Energia has evaluated that a plan under discussion in the European Union to introduce a carbon dioxide release limit for capacity mechanisms to qualify for subsidies could adversely affect the security of supply in Estonia and the Baltic states.

Solidarity tax norm recognized as non-compliant with Latvia’s Constitution

On Thursday, 19 October, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia declared the Solidarity tax norm as non-compliant with the country’s Constitution.

Survey: Riga residents go to the doctor’s the most often

34% of residents undergo regular health checks, according to Mana Aptieka & Apotheka health index. In addition, women are twice as serious about health checks as men.

LG cozies up with idea of rebuilding railway tracks to Reņģe, Latvia

Lithuania‘s Lietuvos Geležinkeliai has sent a mixed message as to what it intends to do next following an EC fine of nearly 28 million against it over the dismantling a 19-km railway stretch with the Latvian village of Rengė.