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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUProblems with the budget, which was formed mostly at the expense of businesses this year, appeared because of political inability to deal with municipal budgets and real estate tax, believes former Finance Minister of Latvia Andris Vilks.

This only serves to prove the level of influence the Union of Greens and Farmers really has in the Latvian government, said Vilks in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme.

Vilks called the upcoming solidarity tax the ‘war tax’ because revenue from this tax will be used on budget priorities like defence, not solidarity among residents, lsm.lv reports.

Nevertheless, Latvia’s budget keeps increasing and residents gain something more every year, added Vilks. He disagreed that the picture is pessimistic: «We should simply stop living in illusion that the next year will somehow grant us a breakthrough.» The former minister also noted that Latvia knows its weak points but is too slow to fix them.

Commenting on Laimdota Straujuma’s decision to step down, Vilks said it will bring mere ‘cosmetic repairs’ to the government. Nevertheless, such events shock residents and businessmen. Vilks believes it is completely unnecessary. He links this change to Unity leader Solvita Aboltina’s desire to become prime minister, because it is a matter of her remainder in the government.

On top of that, Vilks said Latvia has been under UGF’s control for the past two years. This is why he believes this party should take on the responsibility of selecting the next prime minister.

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