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Aboltina's husband's carrier firm goes bankrupt

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While the government is doing its best to “push out” regulations that give significant financial benefits to Solvita Aboltina’s husband Janis Aboltins’ led Latvian Association of Road Transport Latvijas Auto, without state funding, he [Janis Aboltins] suffers a failure as a businessman.

Aboltins’ Kame firm’s bankruptcy process continues, as reported by Pietiek with reference to information from Lursoft.

It was previously reported that there was an attempt to lobby rules through the governments that would allow signing five-year delegation contracts for administering road transport queues on land borders without having to organize contests. The “settling” of legislation by creating a legal base for the queue administering business has been continuing since the end of last year and is related to the interests of Aboltina’s husband’s Latvijas auto.

The idea about commercializing the administration of queues on the land border became public in the very end of 2012. Notes about Latvijas Auto being the provider of this service were lobbied into the law in very last moment.

On December 8, 2011, the Saeima received a proposal to allow road transports to register at border checkpoints electronically and in advance. The proposal said that the Transport Ministry currently manages the road traffic queue administration and that “this task can be entrusted to a private person”.

Parliamentary secretary to the Transport Ministry Klavs Olsteins openly stated from the Saeima tribune that Solvita Aboltina’s husband and his Latvijas Auto are the potential organizers of this new system. It is interesting that Olsteins’ wife was hired as judicial and political advisor to the Saeima Chairwoman with a monthly salary of 1347 LVL (before taxes) just a few days later.

On February 16, 2012, the Saeima accepted amendments in a somewhat lighter form – striking out the regulation lobbied by Latvijas Auto and retaining the lines “this task can be delegated to a private person with a contract.”

In the beginning of September, there was an unsuccessful attempt to “rush” the regulations through the government, but it was delayed by objections from the Judicial and Internal Affairs Ministries. The pause was explained with the wish to wait so that the repeated public criticism does not go out loud before the Unity’s December 1 congress, when Aboltina was re-elected as Chairwoman of the party.

In accordance with the annotation to the project, it is planned to collect up to 15 EUR from rad transports for electronic registration. However, regulations do not provide any financial gains for the state budget, only for private persons.

One of the reasons why Unity’s representatives and their associates have been pushing this regulation with haste – Janis Aboltins’ business suffered collapse on the background of these events. According to Lursoft, Aboltins’ and two of his companions’ – Normunds Vilnins and Dairis Zolmanis – company Kame was declared bankrupt by creditors in the middle of 2011.

This company specialized in road transport. Its bankruptcy means an end to Janis Aboltins’ private business. In May 2011, he founded a new company – SIA Amarkon – the speciality of which was stated “cargo transport by road”. However, throughout the rest of 2011, the company’s turnover was not too impressive – 653 LVL.


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