bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Ceturtdiena 29.06.2017 | Name days: Paulis, Pauls, Pāvils, Pēteris
LatviaLatvia

Government supports deputies’ proposals worth nine million euros

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOut of all proposals worth a total of EUR 180 million, Latvia’s government supported proposals worth EUR 9 million, Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola told journalists after the 10 November government meeting.

«The appetite of Saeima deputies is rather large, as we have received hundreds of budget proposals. The total funding offered by deputies in their proposals is worth more than EUR 136 million for expenditures and more than EUR 46 million for revenue. If all desires were to be realized, it would be too much for the government’s budget capabilities,» – the minister said.

Of this amount, the government decided to recommend a handful of projects worth approximately EUR 9 million. Work on more proposals will continue and it is no excluded that the Saeima may yet support other proposals.

Reizniece-Ozola noted that the Saeima will continue holding discussions about the governments supported and unsupported proposals. «Discussions will be active, and experience shows that there will be other supported proposals. The government has nonetheless established a roadmap,» – admitted the minister.

«We have managed to maintain all important matters associated with efforts to combat grey economy, establishment of responsibility in construction field, creation of a register for accounts and others,» – said the minister.

When asked where the government plans to find the additional EUR 9 million to afford the supported proposals, Reizniece-Ozola said part of that amount had already been planned in advance. The remaining amount will be taken from the budget for emergencies.

«Some proposals submitted by deputies included alternative sources of funding. The majority of proposals submitted to the Saeima are based on taking funding from the budget for emergencies,» – said the minister.

Reizniece-Ozola believes a situation in which a major draining of finances from the budget for emergencies is unacceptable, especially considering the unstable economic situation in the country. «It would be best if we retained some layer of fat in the form of fiscal reserve,» – added the minister.

As previously reported, the next year’s budget project has received more than 360 proposals. The three-year budget project has received 330 proposals.

In healthcare, funding increase is planned at nearly EUR 64 million more than this year. This is related to the realization of reforms in healthcare to ensure better accessibility of oncological, diagnostics, rehabilitation and physical healthcare services. Additional funding will also be provided to finish the reconstruction of P.Stradins Hospital’s new building and maintenance of an information system in healthcare.

Defence funding is planned to be EUR 98 million larger in comparison with 2016. This is related to the need to increase the country’s defensive capabilities. Funding for defence is planned to be equal to 1.7% of GDP. In 2018, it is planned to be increased to 2%.

An important increase in funding is expected in the education sector for the further realization of the teachers’ pay reform.

An additional amount of EUR 9 million is planned to be allocated to help resolve demographic problems. It is also planned to increase benefits to large families for the fourth and every next child to EUR 50.07. More support will also be allocated to children who lost their parents.

Minimum wage amount is planned to be increased to EUR 380.

The 2017 state consolidated budget’s revenue is planned at EUR 8.066 billion; expenditures are planned at EUR 8.367 billion.

The final reading of the budget is scheduled for 23 November.

Ref: 102.109.109.5001


Leave a reply

Beer more expensive in Estonia: Year’s second excise rise on beer, cider in July

With swift excise tax increase on alcohol continuing, on July 1, the rate on beer and cider is to be raised by 70%, reaching 15.52 euro cents for percent of alcohol by volume per litre.

Finance Ministry changes approach to tracking accomplishment of state budget goals

Latvian taxpayers will be able to follow results expected from the state budget in a simple and comprehensive way, as reported by Finance Ministry.

Survey – 94% of Europeans take photos using their phones

Studies show that smart-phones are gradually replacing other devices, steadily becoming one of the most important device when travelling. 94% of European residents take photos using their phones, as concluded in a study by Huawei.

Amid global ransomware cyberattack analysts point to Ukrainian accounting software

A number of cybersecurity firm analysts have noted that in this week’s international cyberattack, which has severely affected computer systems in Ukraine, has been linked to the Ukraine-built accounting and finance software MEDoc.

Bondars among defendants in the case for enforcement of 15 million euros from Krajbanka

Former parliamentarian and current member of Riga City Council Martins Bondars is among the defendants in the civil case for enforcement of EUR 15 million from seven former Latvijas Krajbanka board members.

Italy warns it could not allow in ships with migrants rescued at sea

The government of Italy has warned the European Union that the country may stop foreign ships from unloading migrants at Italian ports, because the migrant situation in Italy is deemed to be unsustainable.

Lithuania reaches gas delivery deal with U.S. firm

Lithuania’s gas trading company Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas has this week unveiled that it has sealed a contract to purchase liquified natural from the U.S.

Latvian state officials concerned – oligarchs’ talks only increase people’s distrust in politicians

If talks like that take place, it proves that society’s level of trust in politicians only increases, said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis after his meeting with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis on Wednesday, 28 June.

Otto Ozols: one of Latvia’s presidents was bought like pig at a market

«The saddest fact is that people with flat and shallow thinking have such enormous influence in Latvia,» Latvian publicist Otto Ozols comments on the situation about Ir magazine’s recent publication of secret talks that took place in Ridzene Hotel.

Construction costs in Latvia grew 0.2% in May

Compared to April, the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 0.2 % in May 2017. Labour remuneration of workers grew by 0.4 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment rose by 0.3 %, whereas prices of building materials increased by 0.2 %.

Residents are certain no new jobs will appear in municipalities after elections

68% or the majority of interviewed Latvian Residents are certain no new jobs will appear after municipal elections, according to results of a survey by CV Market.

LDz Council Chairman Ansis Zeltins approved as new Freeport of Riga CEO

The committee responsible for the selection of candidates picked LDz Council Chairman Ansis Zeltins as the best candidate.

Estonian court: Right to protection of family life also to same-sex couples

Estonian Supreme Court has established in a decision that same-sex couples also have the right to protection of family life, when the court detailed Estonian court jurisdiction in disputes over residence permits involving foreign nationals.

Dzintars losses have declined: can the company survive the crisis?

Compared with 2015, net turnover of Dzintars declined by 104,000 euros in 2016. The company’s losses, on the other hand have declined by 904,000 euros when compared with 2015, says the company’s board member Dagnija Maike.

Victims of Portugal’s forest fires let down by communications with rescuers

After the Portugal wildfires, in which 64 people died and 254 got injured earlier in the month, the government of Portugal has ordered an investigation into the operation of emergency communication operations as at least 10 emergency calls are reported to have failed to reach firefighters.

Latvian Shipping Company sells House of Press for 16.8 million euros

Latvian Shipping Company’s subsidiary LASCO Investment has sold House of Press to PN Project, which is managed by Lithuanian real estate and private capital company Lords LB Asset Management. The total value of the deal is EUR 16.8 million, as reported by LSC.

Latvia and other countries refuse to support proposal for energy efficiency

The proposal to add changes to the Energy Efficiency Directive has been approved, establishing a goal to reach 30% of energy saving within the European Union by 2030.

Netherlands ruled partly liable for 350 Srebrenica victims

In relation to the Srebrenica massacre, an appeals court in the Netherlands has for the most part upheld an earlier ruling that the Dutch state was liable for the deaths of 350 Bosniak men in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Lembergs fails to chair third meeting of the new Ventspils City Council; this time he «lost his voice»

Although the slogan of Ventspils is ‘City with tomorrow’, little changes in the work of the local city council – the organizational process of meetings remains absurd and incomprehensible. For example, Aivars Lembergs, who is legally prohibited from performing his duties as Chairman of Ventspils City Council but has been elected as mayor regardless, could not chair the most recent meeting of the city council. The excuse he gave was that he lost his voice.

Multi-storey building at Zolitude Tragedy site sold at an auction for 3.9 million euros

The multi-storey building located at the site of Zolitude tragedy in Riga, Priedaines Street 20, has been sold at an auction for EUR 3.9 million, according to information published at eizsoles.ta.gov.lv.

Registration of social service providers employs «silence means consent» principle

From now on administrative practice of institutions responsible for social service providers will employ a «silence means consent» principle to reduce bureaucracy. This means if service providers do not receive a response to their application from a ministry by a specific date, service providers will be well within their rights to commence providing services, explains Welfare Ministry.

Experts: Latvia either does not use advantages offered by technologies

In spite of wide technological opportunities to create a powerful digital economy, Latvia either does not know how or simply does not use those advantages. This hurts the country’s competitiveness on the global market.

Estonia pushed to ban low nutritional value products from schools

Food and drinks with a low nutritional value and rich in calories should not be sold in schools, sets forth a bill drafted by the Estonian Social Affairs Ministry and the Minister of Health and Labour.

CEOs admit – it is getting harder and harder to find new workers

Study results show that 60% of businesses admit it is getting harder and harder to find workers. This marks more complex personnel selection processes for employers, which often costs more time and money.

Opinion: consumption of dairy products in Latvia continues to decline

Consumption of dairy products continues to decline in Latvia, says Food Union Vice-President for strategy and businesses development matters Normunds Stanevics.

Newest comments

Do you have an acquaintance currently looking for a job?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive



Category feed: Feed: