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RP: Riga needs to quit populism and start helping the poor and entrepreneurs

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Author: Renāte Briede/LETARiga needs to stop its populist habits and start helping the poor and businessmen, said in the proposal of the Reform Party (RP) to those Riga voters who are dissatisfied with Harmony Centre‘s (HC) currently led populist strategy and the nationalism of other parties. “Similarly to its policy in the parliament, RP offers pragmatic views that are directed toward the people and solving important problems”, – says the leader of RP’s parliamentary faction Vyacheslav Dombrovskis.

As an important advantage, Dombrovskis mentions the effective cooperation opportunities with the Economy Ministry, Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry, Education and Science Ministry – all led by RP. “This allows us to create offers and policy other parties cannot”, – said RP’s representative. At the same time he expressed pride about his colleagues, who, in spite of all the obstacles and low ratings, are still prepared to work and achieve results.

RP’s Mayoral candidate Inga Antane said RP offered its coalition partners to cooperate during the municipal elections. There has been no response so far.

At the same time, Antane said that no “red, green or blue lines” should be pulled on a municipal level. She said RP is prepared to cooperate with the political powers that are ready to realize priorities and new ideas in Riga.

“Up until now Riga’s social policy has been supporting the weakest. It means a lot, but it is not enough to prevent the immigration of Riga residents. We believe the city has completely left those that are able to earn on their own and help others. Proper city managers need to know how to unite these two things in one”, – the Mayoral candidate said.

Economy Minister’s advisor Ilona Platonova notes that, unlike the current management of Riga City Council, RP aims to offer notable and intensive support to businessmen, as well as actively work to attract investments and secure infrastructure for new investors. Platonova believes high schools need to be made involved in planning Riga’s development. Cooperation should be planned with scientists, researchers and innovative manufacturers. Riga’s development should be planned in close cooperation with Riga Free port, because the municipal tax policy should be employed for the development of manufacture.

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