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National Alliance decides to entrust EPRDM to Cilinskis

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNational Alliance has decided to propose Einārs Cilinskis as its candidate to take the post of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister.

Saeima deputy Romāns Naudiņš could become the ministry’s state secretary.

The National Alliance has decided to propose the head of its Riga City Council’s faction Baiba Broka as a Justice Minister Candidate.

Dace Melbārde will remain as Culture Minister. Rihards Kols will be Culture Ministry’s state secretary.

Cilinskis has plenty of experience working as EPRDM’s parliamentary secretary and state secretary’s deputy. He was also once the Chairman of Riga City Council’s Environmental Protection Committee.

BNN had previously reported that it has been decided to entrust EPRDM to the National Alliance. Einārs Cilinskis and Kaspars Gerhards were mentioned as two of the most probable candidates. According to CEO of Latvian Association of Major Cities Māris Kučinskis, Gerhards would have made a good Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister because of his leadership skills. At the same time, it seems the controversy that surfaced during his management over Economy and Transport ministries has been forgotten.

After carefully studying Finance Ministry’s documents related to the allocation of a guarantee, Pietiek portal reports that then the Economy Minsiter Gerhards did not only ‘request the matter regarding the allocation of a grant for Liepājas metalurgs to be reviewed,’ but also mentioned a number of reasons why the allocation of support for LM would benefit both sides.

In spite of the fact that the State Treasury had mentioned a number of risks in its reports, Economy Minister Gerhards had decided not to mention a single one of those in his letter.

With his ‘leadership’ skills Gerhards was also notable in his work as Transport Minister, especially when and order came down ‘from the top’ to ‘keep hands off Flick’ when serious problems needed to be solved.

According to multiple sources close to airBaltic, at the time Transport Ministry only made it look as if it was seriously working on resolving conflicts within airBaltic (recovery of airBaltic brands and other property and recovery of millions worth of debts to Riga International airport).

As previously reported, parties of the forming coalition could officially announce their minister candidates on January 16. The National Alliance plans to make its decision at 14:00 p.m.

PM candidate Laimdota Straujuma previously told journalists that the composition of the new government could be made known January 20.

She noted – it is clear that Agriculture Ministry will be led by Jānis Dūklavs, Welfare Ministry will be led by Uldis Augulis and Defence Ministry will be led by Raimonds Vējonis. All of them are of the Union of Greens and Farmers.

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis will likely remain in their posts. Unity’s representative Ingrīda Circene could continue to work as Healthcare Minister. Ina Druviete may be proposed as Education and Science Minister. Anrijs Matīss will remain as Transport Minister. Finance Minister Andris Vilks will also remain in his post.

Culture Minister Dace Melbārde will also remain in the new government. There are, however, multiple candidates for the post of Justice Minister, including the ministry’s state secretary Mārtiņš Lazdovskis and Riga City Council deputy Baiba Broka.

Straujuma has yet to say whether or not Daniels Pavļuts will continue to work as Economy Minister.


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