Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma’s led Cabinet of Ministers, NGOs, social and cooperation partners have developed a Government Action Plan. One of the plan’s priorities includes the investigation of the tragedy in Zolitude.
Other priorities include the formation of a knowledge economy, strengthening of national identity and Latvian citizenship importance, reduction of inequality, support of families, support of regions and development of complex solutions in the investment of EU funds in important sectors of Latvia’s economy.
The government will also work on the supervisory process over construction sector and improvement of regulations that govern this sector. One of the most important priorities is the successful conclusion of the investigation of the tragedy in Zolitude, as reported by the State Chancellery.
‘Even though there is not much time left until the next Saeima elections, we still have much to do. The main priorities will be the improvement of the country’s education system. Investigation of Zolitude tragedy, approval of the Construction Law and the beginning of the next EU fund planning period,’ – says Straujuma.
Reduction of inequality is planned to be performed through changes in the labour tax model, including the reduction of PIT in 2015 (24% to 23%) and 2016 (23% to 22%). It is also planned to introduce a tax free allowance that is differentiated with PIT rate.
By creating a unified state finance institution it is planned to secure resources for business start-up, provide state guarantees, invest in producing and export companies and contribute to the development of small and medium enterprises.
The government has already begun work on the development of complex solutions to be able to properly select the right sectors to invest EU funds in 2014-2020. The main objective the government plans to achieve with these investments is the performance of an economic breakthrough and creation of new jobs, as well as regional development, repairs of main roads, heating of social and residential homes and improvement of youth employment, as reported by State Chancellery.
In order to reduce administrative burden and improve society’s trust in the government, it is planned to reduce excessive rate at which new regulations and their amendments are created. It is also planned to continue work on the reduction of case review terms in courts.
The government also plans to prepare for Latvia’s presidency of the EU Council.
This project was developed in accordance with objectives detailed in the government declaration. It is planned to be approved by the government on March 4th.