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ELA hopes Kucinksis’ plans for diaspora matter are not just a pre-election promise

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUElina Pinto, Vice-President of European Latvians Association, welcomes Foreign Affairs Ministry’s and Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis’ agreement to increase state budget funding for support of Latvian diaspora.

Nevertheless, she hopes this announcement is not just a pre-election promise.

She says the country is slowly coming to the understanding that relations with diaspora is not a matter that can be resolved in a single day or year. This kind of matter should be planned years ahead.

«In a time when countries around the world compete for human resources and knowledge, and for us to be able to maintain Latvian education, identity and involvement in national economy, we require a far-reaching view. We hope this announcement is not just a pre-election promise, and we expect it to be reinforced in our budget plan,» Pinto says.

ELA Vice-President also notes that government representatives mentioned during the first European Latvians Congress that it is planned to increase funding to diaspora schools to support Latvian language within communities. According to her, it is a major promise.

Pinto explains that funding for the diaspora is mentioned year after year as part of new political initiatives, and every year the diaspora has to compete with different ministries for funding.

«For example, the diaspora is not on the priority list of Culture Ministry. If this competition persists all the time, it costs a lot of resources and denies diaspora organizations the ability to offer sustainable solutions to help realize the government’s wishes. If sustainable and far-reaching plans are established, we will be able to reach a strategic agreement with the government as to where money goes and how to use it more efficiently,» Pinto says.

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  1. Limončiki visiem! says:

    No words, but deeds!

    As an example, the Latvian government could start by applying the limited portability of unemployment benefits to other EU countries with a tiny bit of flexibility. That is suggested (but not required) by the relevant EU directive.

    My girlfriend has contributed for years to the Latvian social security system. She recently lost her job and is now moving in with me in western Europe. Her right to taking her unemployment benefits is being refused because she did not stay in Latvia for 4 weeks after losing her job. She started a language course over here to increase her chances of employability right away, and she’s getting punished for that.

    This gained the Latvian government a grand total of…. 900€. It lost the heart of a very capable master degree educated patriotic Latvian emigre. Penny wise, pound foolishy.

    Let me know when the Latvian government starts treating its people with respect. Also, let me know when oligarchs and kleptocrats are driven from power.

    My girlfriend and I both love Latvia and call ourselves real patriots. And we both are disgusted by the current Latvian government. That’s why we are still fighting for a better Latvia, from abroad. We decided that supporting investigative journalism and similar transparency measures from western Europe would be our contribution.

    What do you do to make Latvia a better place to live?

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