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Minister: I crossed some serious economic interests

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Edmunds Sprudzs

«By presenting amendments to a so far allegedly untouchable question of servicing waste, as well as by promoting the initiative regarding municipal referendums, I crossed some serious and massive economic interests that have «big bosses» behind them,»- says Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Edmunds Sprudzs.

He believes he crossed the interests of players active in a multi-million business. This niche previously served as a feeder for various parties and sponsors. This is why the minister was not surprised by the information that the Latvian Union of large cities is ready to demand his resignation.

Aivars Lembergs was especially active in presenting Sprudzs with sharp criticism, saying that the minister is not following the orders of the Cabinet of Minsiters.

Sprudzs, on the other hand, noted that State fund «squanderers» that were forced to leave the government after emergency elections are now concentrated in separate municipalities. «My unwillingness to work in the interests of those municipalities and uncomfortable for some municipalities reforms – is the only real reason for the talks regarding my resignation,»- said the minister.

Sprudzs is happy that there is no united opinion among city mayors, because there are those among them that support all or some part of the proposed reforms offered by the minister.

«It is important to state that many mayors were forced to meet with the ministry’s measures in events when the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB), State Audit Office and society demanded active measures from the ministry. These are the loud cases with Lembergs, and the audit results of the State Audit Office in Jelgava, and the comic situation with the expensive chain of Jurmala Mayor. If there was a different minister, these cases would not have a continuation. Nonetheless, I believe I have not yet done enough to prevent such cases. Is see an open grudge in the public rhetoric of the union,»- said Sprudzs.

He noted that the union is not the only organization that represents municipalities. The Regional Alliance, for example, which has leaders of 11 municipalities and 27 deputies of local councils, supported the minister. On top of that, the alliance believes that reforms need to be realized by the end of the year, so that municipalities would be able to adapt to them before the next elections.

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