bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Sunday 18.11.2018 | Name days: Doloresa, Aleksandrs
LatviaLatvia

13th Saeima comments: euphoria; not especially wise traditions; fewer communists

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe 13th Saeima has 66 deputies that had never previously set foot in the main meeting hall of the parliament. Parliamentarians are hopeful about these ‘newcomers’, saying that they bring with them a breath of fresh air and possibly change the old and, according to them, not at all wise established traditions.

BNN found out what representatives from all seven parties elected to the Saeima think about the composition of the new parliament during the first meeting of the new Saeima, which took place 6 November.

Governments in which gender ratio is more balanced generally work differently

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU

13th Saeima deputy Daniels Pavļuts

When asked about the main tasks ahead of the 13th Saeima, Attīstībai/Par! party’s member Daniels Pavļuts said  the following: «One of the main objectives of the newly-elected Saeima is forming a decisive government. Coalition formation remains a priority, as well».

When asked about the strong and weak sides of the 13th Saeima, Pavļuts said there are many newcomers – young deputies and new faces. ‘This is both the strong and weak point, because we will need a transition period’.

«I believe it is an enormous plus that this Saeima has many women in it. Governments in which gender ratio is more balanced work differently – such government generally better address different aspects and possible consequences,» he said.

It is possible that cooperation partners have already been found and the coalition has been composed

«The fact that new people keep entering politics is a very good thing. This drive. What’s important is making sure we have enough strength and desire. Experience is decisive in all cases,» BNN was told by Union of Greens and Farmers member Raimonds Bergmanis.

When asked if UGF could end up in the opposition, Bergmanis said «no one can say for sure at this time». «We now see that seats are being actively divided mere hours prior to the meeting. If this is how we start this Saeima, I find it hard to imagine how things could turn out in the future. Perhaps even cooperation partners have been found and the coalition has been composed already».

Fewer communists in the Saeima and Cabinet of Ministers

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU

13th Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimiņš

«Once a new government has been formed, the first task for the new Saeima would be approving of the 2019 state budget. There is very little room for changes in the next year’s budget. Non-approval of the new budget or uprooting it entirely would be very unprofessional,» BNN was told by KPV LV leader Artuss Kaimiņš.

He says he has taken calling the new government the ‘MPC liquidation government’. «MPC needs to be terminated before 2 July or sooner. This, I believe, would be the first good deed for Latvia, because this system represents one huge scheme that has been going on for decades. We have the most expensive electricity in the European Union – this is not normal».

As for the strong sides of the new Saeima, Kaimiņš said the previous parliament had 34 communists and there were some in the Cabinet of Ministers. «Many have been booted, and I should thank our voters for that. The Saeima’s strong side is having fewer communists in the parliament and Cabinet of Ministers.»

We need to focus to avoid ending up in a different country

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU

13th Saeima deputy Janīna Kursīte-Pakule

Janīna Kursīte-Pakule, member of the National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ said the following of the most important tasks for the new government: «We have to focus to avoid ending up in a different country». She also emphasizes the importance of the education reform and the matter of municipalities. «We have to think of the reformation of municipalities, but in a way to avoid them falling from one ditch into another,» said the representative of the National Alliance.

When asked about 13th Saeima’s strong sides, she said: «Whenever newcomers appear, it brings new tidings. It is good, because it makes the old question if matters of old are truly immovable. Young people often have a wider look at things. They are free. We [old politicians] are still governed by old prejudices.»

Kursīte-Pakule also hopes deputies of the new Saeima will be more open to compromises in Latvia’s favour.

Young people who have never worked in the Saeima before may change old, not especially wise traditions

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU

13th Saeima deputy Evija Papule

When asked about the education reform, Harmony member Evija Papule said it is necessary to look if assistance from the Saeima is needed to ensure the reform goes well. «Not quickly, but positively. This includes formulating Saeima’s attitude towards changes in education. One other important matter, I believe, is sorting out the country’s healthcare system. What is most important and what people expect the most, I think, is reviewing of pension system in a way that would allow increasing pensions,» BNN was told by Papule.

When asked how Harmony reacted to other political parties refusal to include it in government talks, Papule said: «It is no secret, and I’ve said before that drawing lines against people for whom Latvian is not a native language and propagating that one party represents the same people it has, is wrong at the very core.»

Commenting on the strong sides of the 13th Saeima, Papule said that one such side is that changes have already occurred. «I don’t mean that young people have entered the Saeima or that old politicians have left. I only mean that there are many newcomers who have never worked in the Saeima. They are the ones who might change old and not entirely wise traditions here.»

Three priorities – security, education and regional reform

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU

13th Saeima deputy Arvils Ašeradens

«Security, education and regional reform – these are the three topics we have picked in New Unity. Security affairs are at the core, considering we are currently in a very complicated foreign situation. There is no room for error here,» said New Unity member Arvils Ašeradens.

As for the composition of the 13th Saeima, Ašeradens said the following: «I think it is interesting to see the parliament change so radically for the first time. We have more than 60 new deputies. They will require time to understand where they are, what they intend to do and how things work here. These are the first days of the new Saeima. It was hard reaching an agreement. It is normal for there to be competition during elections and teamwork after.»

As for New Unity’s position and representation in the 13th Saeima, Ašeradens admits: the party had more than 20 seats in the past – not it has 8. «We have to look how New Unity has gone through a very deep crisis. Last year, when we reformed the party, we were close to 2% rating. At one point, we had dropped to as far as 1% rating. It seemed like the situation was hopeless. We have managed to replace the old management of the party and its work style. By transitioning from an autocratic style to a team-based style, I believe we have accomplished an excellent result!»

Reinforcement of the rule of law is foundation for all

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU

13th Saeima deputy Juris Jurašs

«Currently the situation is that any political party that had promised something during the pre-election period have to fulfil their promises. What the New Conservative Party has picked as its priority is the reinforcement of the rule of law in Latvia. We believe it to be the foundation for all directions – it is the sole factor that can assist with raising the country’s welfare level,» BNN was told by New Conservative Party’s member Juris Jurašs.

«Time will tell what the strong and weak sides are. I want to hope that the fact that two-thirds of the Saeima has been replaced and that new politicians have entered the parliament will form the parliament’s strong side. I do not think the parliament’s capacity and experience has decreased now that many old politicians have left. I think it is a matter of time for young politicians to gather experience and start working to their full extent,» said Jurašs.


Leave a reply

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian government approves rules for paying whistleblowers

The Lithuanian government approved on Wednesday, November 14, rules for financially rewarding people who provide the authorities with valuable information on illegal activities.

BNN summary of the week: government formation in Latvia, Brexit plans, and Latvia’s 100th birthday

If someone hoped to see Latvia compile a government before the national holiday, they are going to be disappointed – three parties have decided to exit government formation talks headed by New Conservative Party. NCP’s prime minister candidate Jānis Bordāns receive criticism for having too ambitious and expensive goals. NCP, on the other hand, says parties did not try to study the party’s offers.

PUC commences dispute between AS Gaso and natural gas consumer

On Friday, 16 November, Public Utilities Commission decided to commence a dispute procedure between a natural gas consumer and AS Gaso in regards to natural gas supplies, as confirmed by the commission.

Latvian parties continue informal talks while next prime minister is being picked

While President Raimonds Vējonis is busy picking the next prime minister candidate, politicians of different parties are performing informal consultations. No official consultations are currently planned.

UN's global migration compact stirs up Estonia's calm politics

The Estonian government has taken a long time to reach a unanimous position on the United Nation's Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This has been criticised by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, who has to attend a conference in favour of the document in Morocco in December.

Latvian authorities detain CityCommerce Bank co-owner accused of embezzlement

Reinis Tumovs, co-owner of Ukrainian CityCommerce Bank, has been detained in Latvia. He is suspected of embezzling nearly UAH 300 million (EUR 9.5 million), as confirmed by Ukrainian National Police Economy Protection Department on Thursday, 15 November.

Russia ordered to pay damages for Navalny's political arrests by human rights court

Russia has been ordered by the European Court of Human Rights to repay 64 000 euros in damages and costs for politically-motivated arrests of Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny.

Latvian president to consider Gobzems and Pabriks as perspective prime minister candidates

As parties’ efforts to form a new government continue, Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis plans to consider two new prime minister candidates – KPV LV leader Aldis Gobzems and Attīstībai/Par! candidate Artis Pabriks.

EC wants to reduce funding for supplies of fruits, vegetables and milk to schools

European Commission’s proposed regulation on organization of agriculture products market provides for reducing EU funding for the support programme on provision of fruits, vegetables and milk for schools by EUR 29.2 million or the same as United Kingdom’s share.

Genocide verdicts handed to Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia

In Cambodia, the two most senior living leaders of the Khmer Rouge Communist regime have been found guilty of their role in the atrocities that resulted in the deaths of at least 1.7 million in Cambodia between 1977 and 1979.

Latvian parties pick candidates to work in Saeima committees

Parties elected to the 13th Saeima have picked representatives to work in the parliament’s standing committees. Final decision will be made 20 November. Harmony may be represented by deputies Nikolajs Kabanovs and Jānis Tutins in Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee. Attīstībai/Par! has picked Artis Pabriks, and Union of Greens and Farmers has picked Uldis Augulis.

EU leaders: No appetite for renegotiating Brexit deal

EU leaders have dismissed talk of renegotiating the draft Brexit deal and warned the UK's political situation could make a «no-deal» more likely.

Some rain expected for Latvia’s centenary; cold snap expected next week

The sky will become clear every now and then. Still, some rain is expected for the country’s centenary. Wet snow is expected in the country’s eastern regions. It will be dry in the country for the most part next week, as reported by Latvian State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvian ministry plans to form Media Ethics Council and develop Latvian Media Ethics Code

Culture Ministry has proposed forming Media Ethics Council. The majority of institutions of the media industry have started working on a self-regulatory council and development of a Single Latvian Media Ethics Code, as reported by the ministry’s public relations office manager Lita Kokale.

Harmony picks representatives in Saeima’s committees

Nikolajs Kabanovs and Jānis Tutins may become Harmony’s representatives in Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee, whereas Valērijs Agešins may become the party’s representative in the National Security Committee.

Lithuania’s corruption buster: firms donating to hospitals stand better chance in tenders

The majority of the winners of the tenders organised by major Lithuanian hospitals have expressed their gratitude to the health providers by making donations to them in the form of financial support.

Employment level in Latvia reached 65.3% in Q3 2018

920.1 thousand people or 65.3 % of Latvia population aged 15–74 were employed in Q3 2018. Over the year, employment rate grew by 1.7 percentage points and number of employed persons by 17.2 thousand.

Unemployment level in Latvia was 7% in Q3 2018

In Q3 2018 Latvian unemployment rate constituted 7.0 %. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate fell by 0.7 percentage points, while over the year by 1.5 percentage points.

AS PKL Flote enforces EUR 1.35 million from Riga Freeport authority in court

The Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court has ruled that the verdict of Riga Regional Court – one that penalized Riga Freeport authority for breach of Competition Law against PKL Flote – was correct. Now Riga Freeport has ten days, starting with 13 November, to pay the company EUR 1.35 million to cover damages caused by this violation, BNN was told by PKL Flote board chairman Sergejs Odincovs.

British government loses two more members; EU sets date for Brexit summit

In the UK government, Brexit minister Dominic Raab and Northern Ireland's junior minister have resigned in disagreement with the country's draft withdrawal agreement with the EU, already passed by the government.

Saeima deputy: data protection regulation will not protect «KGB associates»

Documents detailing KGB workers’ names, nationality, work place, participation in the Communist party are not covered by the Personal Data Protection Regulation, stresses Saeima deputy Ritvars Jansons from the National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’.

EP: Moldova and Georgia should continue initiated reforms

Members of the European Parliament welcome the reforms Georgia has commenced. At the same time, Moldova was criticized for its worsened state of democracy and rule of law, as reported by EP press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota.

Germany economy shrinks for first time in three years

Germany economy has contracted by 0.2% in the third quarter of 2018, a first such result in the largest economy of the European Union in over three years.

Latvian president gives parties holiday break to continue talks

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis calls off nomination of NCP candidate Jānis Bordāns to for government. Talks regarding the next prime minister candidate will continue after the state holiday.

Ireland satisfied with Brexit draft deal in every priority

The government of Ireland has stated that draft withdrawal agreement between Irish neighbour, the UK, and the European Union, Dublin had achieved a satisfying result in all its priorities, also regarding the border on the island of Ireland.

Newest comments

What would you wish Latvia for its centenary?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive



Category feed: Feed: