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Latvia’s budget to allocate EUR 120 million for security next year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe government coalition group has agreed upon plans for the largest revenue portion – approximately EUR 120 million. It will be allocated primarily for the main budget priority – security.

After the meeting of the coalition’s work group on 18 August, Saeima deputy Karlis Sadurskis stated that the work group agreed upon a number of matters, but many more matters remain unresolved.

The coalition’s work group has agreed upon plans for 90% of revenue paid to the state budget by capital enterprises. This amounts to EUR 27 million. The base growth of financial stability fees will yield approximately EUR 3 million. The adoption of monthly transport use fees will be postponed by one year. This system is expected to give the state budget approximately EUR 30 million.

According to Sadurskis, the so-called solidarity tax fill form the largest portion of revenue. «While the current cap for social fees for salaries is EUR 4,000, we have agreed upon a specific tax that will be diverted to the state budget. It will allow the government to administer approximately EUR 40.9 million,» – said the deputy.

Member of the board of the National Alliance Einars Cilinkskis notes that the party has been trying to achieve the adoption of solidarity tax for a long time. A separate work group viewed proposals to raise excise tax rates for alcohol and gambling. NA is still expected to provide detailed information in regard to plans to raise natural resource tax for burying waste in landfills. Today’s discussion did not reach the point of additional budget expenses, said the politician.

The coalition work group also agreed to raise excise tax for fuel. This measure will allow the state budget to collect additional EUR 12.5 million. Sadurskis explained that excise tax rate will be raised the following way – additional EUR 0.03 per litre of petrol and gas, and EUR 0.01 per litre of diesel fuel.

It is also planned to raise excise tax on alcohol as well. However, the work group failed to reach an agreement on the amount of tax to raise. Nevertheless, it is clear that raising excise tax would allow the budget acquire additional EUR 3 million.

«We agreed upon approximately EUR 120 million. All of this amount will be ‘eaten’ by the budget’s main priority – security,» – said Sadurskis, adding that the aforementioned amount would be divided and diverted to the needs of Interior Ministry (EUR 61 million) and Defence Ministry (EUR 59 million).

Sadurskis also said the work group plans to continue talks about the aforementioned matters over at Finance Ministry on Wednesday, 19 August.

The Saeima deputy added that the ministry asks for approximately EUR 279 million as ‘funds necessary for survival’. Compared with the previously voiced amount of half a billion euros, this amount is smaller by nearly half. Regardless, the government will seek solutions to acquire the necessary funds.

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