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New members to Freeport of Riga Authority elected, despite criticism

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Sandris Bergmanis (left) and Oļegs Burovs

The Riga City Council elected to the Board of the Freeport of Riga Authority, mayor Oļegs Burovs (Honour to Serve Riga) and councilman Sandris Bergmanis (Harmony), despite heavy criticism of the latter for incompetence and lack of vision.

In a snap sitting of the Riga City Council held on Tuesday, August 20, a majority of 35 council members voted in favour of the candidates. Prior to the vote, opposition politicians asked questions to both candidates.

Opposition council member Vilnis Ķirsis (Unity) posed questions to candidate Bergmanis about his vision for the work at the Freeport – what he would like to do and to accomplish.

The candidate answered that he has no previous experience of work at the Freeport and that he had not prepared to make such a presentation.

Yet, Bergmanis expressed his readiness to work in good conscience and to explain his vision to councilman Ķirsis once he would have got familiar with the work of the Freeport of Riga Authority.

Mārcis Kūlis (opposition New Conservative Party), in turn, asked the newly-elect Riga Mayor Burovs for how long he would be able to carry on with Bergmanis, given his «deep knowledge» of the port.

Burovs responded that in his life, he had only carried women.

At the Freeport of Riga Authority, the composition of the board had to be changed as the positions were left empty on August 1 by former Riga mayor Nils Ušakovs (Harmony) and vice mayor Andris Ameriks (Honour to Serve Riga). Both have been elected to the European Parliament.


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  1. Zerry says:

    Competense or vision are not included in criteria when selected fellows in their positions.

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