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Official: removal of RP's ministers could force the party from the coalition

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Vyacheslav Dombrovskis

Vyacheslav Dombrovskis

If any of the Reform Party‘s (RP) ministers are dismissed from their posts, the party will consider leaving the coalition, RP Saeima faction’s Chairman Vyacheslav Dombrovskis says.

If there are any attempts to force RP ministers from the government, the party could leave the coalition altogether. Removal of one minister could become the reason for the removal of the rest of the party’s ministers, Dombrovskis said in his interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

According to him, the PM should secure coordinated work and be able to prevent internal conflicts from being revealed to the public. In addition, according to Dombrovskis, cooperation between the coalition and opposition for reaching specific goals is a short-sighted strategy. He mentioned the election of the new Transport Minister using votes from the opposition.

Dombrovskis doubts President Andris Berzins’ initiative to allow the Prime Minister to personally elect ministers. There could be a situation when a PM provides ministerial posts for specific party representatives, says the RP politician.

When asked about pension indexation, Dombrovskis emphasized that, according to him, pensions should be indexed if the social budget allows it. The politician said this is his personal opinion. He added that this issue has yet to be reviewed by the faction and coalition as a whole.

Dombrovskis mentioned that, given shadow economy combating measures, the social budget should have larger revenue. This would allow the budget to sustain pension indexation. However, it is necessary to follow the events that transpire in regard to the budget, because it would be impossible to increase pensions by borrowing money our children will have to return, Dombrovskis emphasized.

It should be added that the Latvian Pensioners Federation agreed to start collecting signatures in order to re-initiate pension indexation starting October 2013. More than 90 000 signatures have been collected so far. It is planned to submit them to the Saeima. Otherwise pensioners threaten to hold protest acts this May, said LPF manager Andris Silins. He said the situation is dire, especially for rural pensioners.

According to him, action should be taken at least to increase the smallest pensions. LPF’s calculations show pension indexation would cost approximately 20 million LVL.

As it is known, last week, after his meeting with LPF, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovkis announced that the matter of pension indexation can be reviewed this year. Everything depends on the state of the social budget.

Finance Minister Andris Vilks, on the other hand, told the Latvian Radio that it would be possible to allocate only a few million LVL for pension indexation.

It is planned to have pension indexation follow annual inflation rates. Retroactive pension indexation, as LPF requests, is not planned.


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