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LRA: next year’s budget was put together in great haste

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe state budget of 2015 was put together in great haste, and parties represented in the coalition have not had a good opportunity to review it properly, as believed by leaders of three parliamentary opposition parties.

«It was very hard for us to have a detailed look at it in the short time we were given – two days,» – said Chairman of Harmony’s Saeima faction Jānis Urbanovičs in his interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV.

No other previous budget had been made in «such a rush and open ignoring of the opposition», said Urbanovičs.

«All this only increases distrust. A long wait followed by great haste and ignoring of the opposition’s rights to review the budget in detail,» – said Harmony’s leader, adding that deputies of Harmony will likely vote against the approval of this budget.

Chairman of Saeima faction of Latvian Regional Alliance Dainis Liepiņš says the budget project «was put together in great haste», hoping to satisfy workers of many industries.

«I do not believe this is good practice for the approval of important documents,» – says Liepiņš. He adds that a lack of communication is not acceptable in this process, because the ruling parties believe they do not have an obligation to show this document to other parties represented in the parliament. This can only increase tension between the coalition and opposition.

«We will definitely vote against this budget. We cannot support the continuation of such a policy in Latvia,» – said Chairwoman of To Latvia from the Heart Saeima faction Inguna Sudraba.

As previously reported, Priorities of the next year’s budget include social and national security, including measures aimed to reduce social inequality and improve the country’s business environment, as reported by Saeima press-service.

As part of the 2015 budget project, it is planned to maintain the current tax policy and not raise tax rates. Budget revenue is planned to be acquired mainly from shadow economy-combating measures and improved tax administration.

As it is known, Nearly 460 proposals have been submitted in regard to the state budget: including 134 proposals in regard to regulations related to the budget, 161 proposals related to the medium-term budget and 165 proposals related to the state budget project.

Last week, the Saeima had conceptually approved the state budget project, contents of the medium-term budget and 19 drafts related to the budget.

Revenue of the next year’s state consolidated budget is planned at EUR 7.25 billion and budget expenses are planned at EUR 7.47 billion. Budget deficit is planned to be 1% of GDP. Compared to last year, this year’s budget is expected to have a EUR 238 million increase in expenses. Revenue is expected to grow by EUR 208 million.

Social and national security are intended as the main priorities, including measures to reduce income inequality and improvement of competitiveness of the country’s business environment and security.


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