Latviski English По-русски
Friday 18.01.2019 | Name days: Antis, Antons

Latvian politicians are one step away from forming a five-party coalition under Kariņš

(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Friday, 4 January, political parties in Latvia could reach an official agreement on readiness to form a Cabinet of Ministers under New Unity politician Krišjāņis Kariņš with representation from five political parties – New Unity, New Conservative Party, National Alliance, Attīstībai/Par!, and KPV LV.

KPV LV Saeima faction decided on Thursday to continue participating in government formation talks. The party also decided to present the ‘core’ parties a number of requests, as journalists were told by KPV LV faction leader Atis Zakatistovs.

According to information from LETA, the requests from KPV LV provide the following – making New Unity’s representative Krišjānis Kariņš as the head of the government, giving KPV LV the seat of Finance Ministry’s parliamentary secretary and the seat of Saeima’s National Economy Committee’s chairman. Other requests are related to involvement in the territorial reform’s implementation.

The current head of the National Economy Committee is Jānis Dūklavs from the Union of Greens and Farmers. The government composition plan by Kariņš includes creating a new post in the government – the Minister for Demographic Affairs. This seat could be given to Imants Parādnieks from the National Alliance.

Potential coalition partners do not consider the requests from KPV LV an insurmountable obstacle and remain optimistic about the possibility of reaching an agreement about the government’s composition.

Kariņš said the requests are not insurmountable and that it is possible to agree on them. He has invited other parties to present their thoughts as soon as possible. If parties manage to reach an agreement, Kariņš will ask the president to nominate him for the prime minister’s post.

NCP chairman Jānis Bordāns said his party may agree to this government. The party finds the requests from KPV LV acceptable.

AP representatives decided on Thursday to support Kariņš’s government and not oppose requests from KPV LV, as LETA was told by AP chairman Daniels Pavļuts.

National Alliance politician Gaidis Bērziņš said requests from KPV LV will be discussed soon. NA may make its official decision before the deadline set by Kariņš. It is unofficially mentioned that NA may agree to KPV LV party’s requests as long as demography remains a government priority and Parādnieks remains the head of the Centre for Demographic Affairs.

On Friday, 4 January, the president will hold a meeting with potential government parties, according to information from the President’s Chancellery.

Kariņš said that if the president nominates him, work on the government declaration will remain complicated. The politician concluded that nothing ever happens for nothing, stressing that his goal is searching for common ground with other parties.

New Unity had previously said Edgars Rinkēvičs could remain as Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister. NU has yet to announce its finance minister candidate. However, unofficial information states it could be either Jānis Reirs or Arvils Ašeradens.

AP has decided to pick Artis Pabriks for the post of defence minister. Juris Pūce might be nominated for the post of Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister, whereas Ilze Viņķele may be nominated for the post of Healthcare Minister.

NA believes Dace Melbārde should remain as Latvia’s Culture Minister. Kaspars Gerhards could be proposed to remain as the country’s Agriculture Minister. Jānis Grasbergs may be proposed as Agriculture Ministry’s parliamentary secretary.

NCP plans to propose Ilga Šuplinska as a candidate for the post of Education and Science Minister. Saeima deputy Anita Muižniece may become the ministry’s parliamentary secretary.

KPV LV may pick lawyer Sandis Ģirģens for the post of Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minsiter. Ralfs Nemiro may be picked as the party’s candidate for the post of finance ministry’s parliamentary secretary, according to unofficial information from LETA. Didzis Šmits may become the candidate for the post of economy minister and Ieva Krapāne as the candidate for the post of welfare minister.

Leave a reply

New Unity’s candidate to continue talks with partners on government declaration over weekends

New Unity’s prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš plans to continue working on the government declaration, cooperation agreement and fiscal discipline agreement over Saturday, 19 January, as confirmed by New Unity’s press-secretary Sandris Sabajevs.

Head of Riga City Council’s committee reports results of non-existent vote; dismissal follows

As the chairperson of Riga City Council’s Social Affairs Committee, Olga Veidiņa from Harmony, submitted a written report to the mayor, detailing how all members of her committee had allegedly voted in favour of paying a bonus to Orphan Court chairman Aivars Krasnogolovs even though such a topic was never discussed by this committee, BNN was told by opposition deputy Marija Balcere from New Conservative Party.

1991 Barricades commemoration events in Latvia

One of the most notable chapters in Latvia’s newest history was written in January 1991 – the barricades period, when Latvian residents commemorate the victims and feel pride for the bravery of the nation in defending their country’s freedom.

MEP: Britain’s non-exit from EU is no longer possible

It is no longer possible for Britain to stay in the European Union. Even British politicians who have spoken against Brexit admit as much, said Latvian MEP Roberts Zīle in an interview to Rīta panorama.

Dismissal of Nils Ušakovs alone would not change a thing in Riga

«No change will come without dismissal of Riga City Council and its subsequent re-election. Activities that point towards the possibility of corruption did not appear solely during the term of the current team at Riga City Council. Its roots date a long way to the past. This means cleaning and general disinfection efforts should be very thorough. Dismissing Nils Ušakovs alone would not help change a thing. Ušakovs both maintains and serves the system,» said opposition deputy Jānis Ozols in a conversation with BNN.

Proposal to make ports state capital association faces no major objections in Latvia

No major objections have been voiced so far against transport minister candidate Tālis Linkaits’ proposal on reforming ports as state capital associations.

Latvia’s forming coalition promises to be more open to opposition

The forming coalition in Latvia may consider proposals from the opposition and even support the more constructive of them, said prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš in a conversation with journalists on Thursday, 17 January.

Air temperature in Latvia may drop as far as -21° C next week

After the windiest and snowiest week, as anticyclone activity increases, weather in Latvia will become more stable – it will become drier and considerably colder.

Lithuania’s ruling majority swings at media freedom, experts warn

All media, the so-called fourth authority of power, has been facing some international challenges, with the European Parliament set to vote next Monday on final text of Article 13, the proposed EU directive on copyright, which, if implemented, could censor internet users and internet platform hosts through artificial intelligence-employing filters.

Riga Active Seniors Alliance: seniors’ behaviour on the road should be discussed

Riga Active Seniors Alliance supports Latvian State Police informative safety campaign that addresses the behaviour of pedestrians on the road. This campaign invites seniors to pay attention to their own behaviour to ensure safe movement without putting at risk other traffic participants.

New healthcare service principle’s adoption in Latvia postponed until July

The rights to receive healthcare services as part of state compulsory healthcare regardless of their health insurance contributions will remain available for residents until 30 June 2019, Latvian Saeima has decided.

150 jobs lost in Estonia as polluting power stations reduce operations

Estonian state energy giant Eesti Energia, which mostly generates energy from fossile oil shale plants will reduce its operations at the Narva power plants, resulting in 150 job cuts.

Opinion: Russia will definitely interfere with European Parliament elections

According to Latvian member of the European Parliament Inese Vaidere, Russia will definitely attempt to interfere with upcoming European Parliament elections.

In no-deal Brexit, border control in Ireland would be obligatory

In an interview with the British news portal The Guardian, Michael Lux, a former head of customs legislation and procedures at the European commission, said the UK would have to impose customs checks and tariffs on the northern side of the border, despite claims to the contrary by Brexiters.

Opinion: Daugavpils City Council doesn’t want emergency elections; to agree on new mayor

Daugavpils City Council deputies Rihards Eigims and Andrejs Elksniņš are afraid of voters’ opinion in regards to emergency elections. Because of that, they will agree on the next mayoral candidate at the 17 January meeting, said Latgale party representative Jānis Lāčplēsis.

Scientists suggest sustainable diet to save the planet and prevent premature deaths

An international group of 37 scientists has developed a diet that promises to save lives, feed 10 billion people and all without causing catastrophic damage to the planet.

Latvian parties taking too long on compiling government cooperation documents

Although work on the new government’s cooperation documents has taken more time than initially expected, Latvian prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš still hopes for the government to be approved next week.

Ministry: more children end up in families in Latvia not through foster families or guardians

More and more children in Latvia end up in families not through adoption, but through foster families or guardians, says Welfare Minister’s office manager Linda Baļčūne.

Estonian population continues to increase, mostly due to immigration

Estonia has registered population growth for the third consecutive year as 4,690 more persons lived in the Baltic country on January 1, 2019 than a year before, official statistics show.

Sweden to nominate head of government, who could finally be confirmed

In the Swedish parliament, three parties have stated they would not vote against caretaking Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to have another attempt to form a center-left government after a four-month political crisis.

In 2018 Latvia experienced more rapid growth of car registrations than EU

Last year the number of newly registered cars in Latvia was higher than the average in the European Union, according to the latest data from European Automobile Manufacturers' Association.

Latvian government prepares legislation to protect rights of Latvian in Britain after Brexit

Latvian government has started working on a document that provides for the protection of rights of Latvian citizens working in Britain and vice versa after Brexit, says Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Karolis Sankovski appointed as chairman of RB Rail council

A new council chairman has been appointed in Baltic joint company RB Rail. Riia Sillave and Edvīns Bērziņš were picked as vice-chairmen, as the company reports.

airBaltic carried record number of passengers in 2018 – 4.1 million

Latvian airBaltic airline carried a total of 4,136,711 passengers to different destinations in 2018. This is 17% more when compared to 2017. The number of passengers carried in 2018 is airBaltic’s all-time highest, as BNN was told by the company.

KPV LV to decide on dismissing Kaimiņš as vice-chairman of party’s faction

KPV LV party’s Saeima faction plans to discuss the proposal of dismissing Artuss Kaimiņš from the post of the faction’s vice-chairman.