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Three Latvian parties sign cooperation memorandum for elections in Ventspils

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULeaders of three political parties in Ventspils have signed a mutual agreement on the creation of a single list of candidates and participation in municipal elections in Ventspils, as BNN was informed by the parties’ representative Inese Ozolina.

On Monday, 3 April, the agreement was signed by the regional leader of Unity in Ventspils Girts Valdis Kristovskis, regional leader of Latvian Association of Regions Raimonds Kalnins and regional leader of the National Alliance Bruno Jursevics.

«Our candidates and supporters are confident that Ventspils can and should be managed honestly, efficiently and in the interest of all residents of this city. We admit that even a non-democratic management style, which has been in the city until now, has had certain accomplishments when compared with the Soviet era. Nevertheless – we see that efforts of businessmen to realize opportunities in this city are being turned down, forcing them to try their luck in other cities,» Kristovskis says.

He notes that for Ventspils to have a civilized management and transparency, a party has been formed. Members of this party have proved themselves and their professionalism on an international, municipal and private level. The party already has a number of important management and economic solutions to help make Ventspils’ existence sustainable and comfortable for residents.

Kalnins notes that their list of candidates will offer Ventspils residents dynamic city development plan that is based on trustworthy management, democratic values, fair competition and high business culture. «Ventspils has to remain a transit city. It is important to continue developing its port potential among other European ports. Everyone who can create jobs will be welcome in Ventspils as a friend. I am convinced that Ventspils residents who have left to work abroad will have a reason to return home,» he continues.

Jursevics said that the party offers to use Ventspils’ unique economic potential for the city to experience major economic and demographic growth. «Our offer is based on certain priorities – honest and fair city management and resource use, creation of jobs and development of the city’s business environment, port and transit development, as well as help resolve social matters to take care of the less protected groups of residents in Ventspils».

«We have listed specific promises and priorities, as well as a plan for honest and rational management of Ventspils to show residents just how large the city’s unused potential truly is and how effectively taxpayers’ money is used,» Jursevics says.

The motto of the list of candidates from Unity, National Alliance and Latvian Association of Regions will be ‘For the Rebirth and Prosperity of Ventspils’.

This event is a precedent for Ventspils’ modern political history because three major parties have united to jointly participate in municipal elections, BNN was told by Ozolina.

The Office of Changes managed by the three parties will start working this week. Any resident and guest to the city are invited to come and meet candidates. «This office has been created to offer new opportunities to local residents to become involved in the political process, find out more about topical matters and spend time in good company,» Ozolina said.

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