The first 100 days of Maris Kucinskis’ government have passed. During this time the government successfully approved the Action Plan, the goals of which provide the realization of reforms in education and healthcare, improvements to the national economy and economic indexes, as well as enhancement of the country’s defence and national identity.
The government action plan includes 286 objectives for ministries and state administration institutions. Each objective also has a specific result, as reported by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Education and Science Ministry has developed a new teachers’ pay model. By carrying out complex reforms in Latvia’s education system and network of schools, it will be possible to provide teachers with constant wage rise and realize new education content reform and create systemic contents for quality, modern and accessible education opportunities for every child.
By developing appropriate conditions for the use of finances provided by the European Union funds, projects have been launched to develop vocational education institutions and make their offers compliant with market needs, as well as develop research and science infrastructure and preventive measures to reduce the number of school drop-outs.
Upon recognition of the country’s political and economic maturity, the decision was made to invite Latvia to become the 35th member state of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The unanimous vote the OECD Council is a clear sign to investors about Latvia’s compliance with high standards in entrepreneurship, financial transactions, corporate management and corruption combating measures, notes the Cabinet of Ministers.
Latvia’s Healthcare Ministry also managed to define the maximum concentration of trans fats in food products. Rules now apply to local and imported goods. New rules of trans fatty acids will help improve food quality and reduce the rates of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, the ministry has also defined more serious restrictions on smoking and higher requirements for e-cigarettes and liquids.
A state defence concept has been developed to enhance Latvia’s defensive capabilities, establishing strategic defence principles, priorities and measures in accordance with the situation in the world.
Measures have been taken in order to speed up the use of EU funds in certain fields. Support programmes for innovative companies have been approved to help with the development of industrial space in Latvia’s territories. Conditions for the use of EUR 187.9 million to help raise energy efficiency of municipal administration buildings, development of Latvia’s water management system, waste collection and processing system, digitization of cultural heritage, as well as records of organic species and biotopes.
Measures to resolve the migrant crisis and support in the European Union played a major role as well. The humanitarian aid programme approved by the Cabinet of Minister for Greece, which provides for the supply of five energy generators, 2,500 blankets and 1,000 towels, uses material reserve funds. 12 Latvian State Border Guard and 12 State Police Special Operations Battalion officials have also provided aid to European Agency’s FRONTEX operation.