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Auditor General: electricity tariffs rise was a mistake

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Auditor General of Latvia Inguna Sudraba

The decision on electricity tariffs rise was completely wrong. It is a road towards poverty, not growth, the Auditor General of Latvia Inguna Sudraba told in Latvia Television broadcast Labrīt, Latvija!

She stressed such a decision should not have been adopted at the time, when the economic activity and citizens’ initiative call for special support. Increasing tariffs for one of the basic services will have a negative impact on both the national economy in general and initiatives of certain citizens.

Klāvs Olšteins, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, explained Labrīt, Latvija! that electricity tariffs have to be raised, because Latvenergo needs considerable investments.

He warned if there are no investments in cables, wires and other infrastructure, we might face the same power outages as this winter, however, this time it would be not only the region of Latgale, but the whole Latvia.

He stressed still the tariffs will be the 4th or 5th lowest in the European Union after the increase.

Asked to comment upon the agency to launch Latvenergo advertising campaign Repute, whose co-owner is the Economy Minister Artis Kampars’ represented party Unity (Vienotība) pre-election campaign organizer Ainārs Ščipčinskis, Olsteins points out, all in all, this is a good idea, because many people – the needy and large families find out that they can apply for support programmes for electricity purchase.

However, he rather refrained from commenting upon the link between Repute and Unity, simply indicating that the agency is professional enough, given that Unity won the elections. Apparently, these persons are competent enough to win also the Latvenergo tender on advertising services, he said.


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  1. Janis Blums, Australia says:

    Here is another glaring potential for misuse of power and possible conflicts of interest, when a minister has any shares or interests in private ventures. Haven’t the latvians yet learnt that people in such positions world wide usually turn our to be corrupt or become wealthy by the misuse of their position of authority in government. Latvia MUST introduce remedial legislation, for it is usually the rich or wealthy speculative entrepreneurs who ultimately influence government policy and outcomes that will enable such pariahs or sharks to feather their own nests to the detriment of ethical and social justice. Perhaps such people have perverted or distorted ethical and moral values as well has no conscience. What goes around ultimately comes around and to them it may be a poisoned chalice rather sweet necter.

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