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Valdis Dombrovskis – Latvia's most successful Prime Minister

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFriday, August 30, marked 1,633 days since Valdis Dombrovskis was appointed Prime Minister of Latvia. This makes him the longest standing Prime Minister since the restoration of Latvia’s independence.

He was appointed as Prime Minister for the first time on March 12, 2009. The second time – November 3, 2010. The third time – November 25, 2011, as BNN was informed by the State Chancellery.

Politologist Iveta Kažoka notes that “not a single one of Dombrovskis’ governments have been easy to run, where things went smoothly. The first one was practically a crisis management government, which had to make a number of painful decisions that affected nearly every Latvian resident. The second government will go down in history with especially steep trust crisis for the entirety of Latvia’s political elite. The third government, though it has its ups and downs, remains the most competent of the previous two.”

When assessing the decisions that had to be made during the rule of his government, the PM emphasises the reforms and the sorting out of the country’s finances. According to him, this allowed the government to change the economy’s structure in favour of production and export. Latvia remains the most rapidly growing economy in Europe. In addition, the country’s economy now focuses on production and export, as opposed to real estate and consumption.

Among the recently completed work, the PM mentions the Maastricht criteria and Latvia’s joining of Eurozone. This, of course, is a fruit of all three previous governments. It was achieved thanks to the reduction of the state budget’s deficit, inflation’s limitation, and a number of other actions, the PM says.

In regard to priorities of the next year’s budget, the PM emphasizes the reduction of social inequality, healthcare, education and road infrastructure. The largest funding increases are planned for these areas next year.


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  1. Give me a Break! says:

    This guy made some good things, but the Russian population are still second class citizens. Very close to the treatment given to the African americans during the 50s and 60s in the US.

    Latvia still raise Nazi flags in a parade once a year.

    Foreigner Managers (without MBAs) at AirBaltic earns 10 times more than a Latvian doctor who saves lifes.

    Where is the success?

    Maybe this government is ‘successful’ for the few ultranationalist Latvians and their wannabe hipster sons and daughters attending private schools.

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    • Estonian says:

      you will have better life in your motherland. please go back there, where you belong.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, for Pete’s sake! Whine, whine, whine!

      If you don’t like it in Latvia….move back to glorious Russia! Putin darling is waiting for you with open arms.

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  2. Oddis says:

    Go back to motherland? My wife is latvian-russian and can trace back ancestors to 1650 in Latvia.

    Personally, as a foreigner, I’m shocked how narrow minded many latvians are: not very open minded, nationalistic and often rude. Look at the news: mostly latvian stuff, never any real foreign news.

    Latvia has potential, but only as good as the people living within the borders. And they are a acting like a huge break.

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  3. Josh says:

    this guy is fattening up nice for Christmas Dinner. his politics is a load of GOBBLE Too! …….. (btw thats what turkeys do! )

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