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Slesers: granting citizenship in exchange for million euro will help us repay debt

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For Good Latvia leader Ainars Slesers

The proposals suggested by the government will push us into an abyss, one of the political party For Good Latvia (Par labu Latviju) leaders Ainārs Šlesers says.

According to official statistics, just recently there were 1 030 000 employed persons in Latvia, while the the figure amounts to 700 000 now. One third of them works in the public sector. Out of all the employed persons, 140 000 are paid less than 200 lats. If taxes are increased even more, people will start avoiding them. There is already a new tendency – people come to an employer and ask for envelope wages, because the retirement age is to be raised as well, Slesers told in an interview to LNT broadcast 900 sekundes.

The country will fall into an abyss, if taxes are increased. The Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis has to develop a new action plan. In late 2011 we will see revenue derived exactly from the raised taxes will be smaller, than it is calculated mathematically, because people will voice protests, the politician believes.

Slesers is resolved to support the Prime Minister, however, he ads that there should not be a situation, when the government is full of bad and unpopular ministers.

Tax rise will bring no 50 million. The people of Latvia will not keep silent. They supported Dombrovskis, who is now to asses the ministers in his government. I propose the opposition and the coalition make joint effort to draft a plan providing which taxes should be reduced. Afterwards this plan must be promoted internationally, so that everyone knows that there are low taxes in Latvia. It must be clear Latvia will not be able to grow with such a huge debt burden. We must find ways to get rid of it, Slesers stresses, adding that it is possible to convince the international lenders about alternative ways.

We must develop Latvia similar to Switzerland and Canada that are both attracting international business. We must take decisions these countries have taken. If there is unemployment at the moment, there will be work force deficit in near future. I am against Latvia welcoming thousands of guest workers. What we can offer is security and low taxes, Slesers assures.

We need 10 billion euro, five to repay the debt and another five to invest in education. We must send 100-200 students to the leading universities in the world. To draw money, we must open the state to business and wealthy people. We must offer Latvia as a place of residence with a citizenship if they are ready to invest money here, the politician stresses.

We could grant citizenship in exchange for a million euro. Many willing to be in Europe will be ready to do that. We will be competing with Switzerland, Canada, Great Britain, yet we have our own advantages. There should be some kind of a limit – up to 10 000 persons in five years time. This would bring us money to repay the debt, Slesers is convinced.

Asked about airBaltic development, he regrets both the fact a new terminal is not built and the idea it is considered to extend the old one, because it has already worn out. Riga can service 30 million passengers, growth is not linked to the local residents, but transit. This all depends on how successful we are in taking over passenger flows of nearby regions. I hardly see any point why the new terminal is not built, we will lose our chance to develop, because people will choose other airports. Moreover, local people will go to Vilnius and Tallinn airports as well. This industry, growing 15-20% a year during the crisis, is starting to slow down. But I still believe Latvia can become an aviation giant of the region, Slesers says.

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  1. Tartas says:

    Simple man . Simple solutions.

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  2. Valentina says:

    A free visa system is on the way for Russia and most of CIS countries So one would be stupid to pay now a huge price for something free of charge to morrow.

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