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Economy Minister: Census data make us revise a range of policies

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Daniels Pavluts

Results of population Census 2011 will make the state revise most of its future outlook. It is because now a number of things – tax burden and expenditures – are estimated based on the population, Economy Minister Daniels Pavluts told LNT broadcast 900 sekundes.

There will be changes in the unemployment data, because until now the population register pointed to a greater number of Latvian residents. Therefore, the proportion of the jobless and working people is changing. However, the GDP data will see no changes, he says.

“The new data will make us revise a number of policies. In fact, there has never been any doubt that many have left for work abroad. We were expecting that,” he says. Similarly, there are also many areas in which promotion of the demographic situation and reduction of emigration cannot be postponed any longer.

In terms of the social budget, figures will remain flat, Pavļuts says, indicating that the latest data simply tell about what the future will bring. Namely, the sustainability of the social budget is under threat. The next year’s budget will have to change the social policy, according to him.

However, the Minister refrains from commenting whether this means pension cuts.

Asked why the census data are so different from the Central Statistical Bureau’s (CSB) estimates, Pavļuts emphasizes that CSB works with verifiable methods – mainly the population register. He explains the difference with the fact people have not been registering their absence. “At the same time they also return to Latvia to visit doctors and other establishments, thus they once again “appear” in the registers,” he adds.

He notes that it is not the purpose to force people to register. “The goal is to establish a registry system that would reflect the true situation. We will be working on that for the next two years.”

Pavluts indicates that there are also other important reforms ahead. One of them is to develop business activities in a particular region. The Minister also points out that in future when the regional policy is carried out, people will have to become more mobile. Moreover, the state will have to ensure better transport facilities, he says.

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