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Latvia Transport Minister: Free Port needs someone capable of representing the state

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Latvia Minister of Transport Uldis Augulis

The Freeport of Riga needs a person who is an analyst and economist; therefore, Jānis Straume (the political party FFF/LNNK) could resign from his post, states the Minister of Transport Uldis Augulis in an interview with LNT broadcast 900 sekundes, adding that it is enough with the ministers’ and the government’s loss of political confidence to leave office.

Augulis admitted there is no candidate for the member of the board post yet. He indicated that the Freeport of Ventspils Board Member Emīls Jakrins (FFF/LNNK) suitability for the post should also be considered; however, the final decision on this matter has not been accepted yet.

As regards airBaltic conflict with the airport Riga, the Minister emphasized problems should be solved as soon as possible. «Each day costs something for both the airport and airBaltic,» asserts Augulis, indicating that an agreement should be reached on how the debts will be settled and in what time limits.

Augulis also specified it is necessary for the state to discuss with the airBaltic President Bertolt Flick the existing cooperation agreement and consider introducing changes to certain matters, as the state is the largest shareholder and should have an influence on the company.

A greater compromise should be expected from airBaltic in particular, believes the Minister of Transport. The relations and advantages are not balanced; consequently, they should be reviewed.

Moreover, as regards the airport terminal, Augulis is convinced it should be expanded, simply because the airport will soon become too small. He concedes the possibility that the airport itself could take a loan and build the terminal.

Furthermore, when speaking about Latvijas Pasts (Latvia Post), the Minister argues that although the company works in line with the developed business plan, it should firstly sort out its internal organisation – many premises have been used inefficiently, the expenditure and profit volume should be reviewed as well. Augulis also indicated that during this and next year the post will continue to work on Saturdays, also because such reorganisations have to be carried out gradually, in agreement with the publishers and after reviewing the subscription offers.


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  1. Bub says:

    Like we didn’t know that.

  2. Ruth.lt says:

    Analytical and economical thinking is always of great use, especially in the business.

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