bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Friday 14.12.2018 | Name days: Gaisma, Auseklis
LatviaLatvia

Priorities of Bordāns’ potential government in Latvia are taking shape

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFive political parties New Conservative Party would like to see in the next Cabinet of Ministers have reached an agreement on priorities of the potential new government in Latvia. More clarity on the possible division of posts, however, was not reached at the first round of talks this Monday.

NCP leader Jānis Bordāns, who was previously nominated by Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis as a perspective prime minister candidate, met with political parties on Monday, 12 November. After a three-hour-long meeting with potential partners, he told journalists that an agreement was reached on eight priorities. Among those priorities he mentioned rule of law, resolution of the mandatory procurement component problem, reduction of social inequality, education, changes in healthcare, demographic problems, administrative territorial reform, as well as financial stability and security.

According to him, politicians discussed the government declaration plan. He said potential partners have no conflicting opinions on priorities. Nevertheless, there were some objections in regards to certain points, including the use of state language in education facilities and provision of Latvian citizenship to non-citizens’ children born in Latvia.

Jānis Dombrava, member of the National Alliance ‘All of Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’, mentioned among other things that the meeting had also addressed NCP’s objections in regards to the programme offered by the National Alliance. Dombrava explained that his party objects automatic provision of citizenship to non-citizens’ children, as well as influx of immigrants. He also mentioned that the party has concerns for other matters.

Juris Pūce, co-chairman of Attīstībai/Par!, said it is still necessary to resolve many more issues in government talks, including the reforms in healthcare and regional administration. Representatives of five parties widely discussed the proposed government declaration project, as well as outlined new priorities. He explained that more discussions should be held in the future. He also added that his party is happy to know work continues.

When asked if progress was made in talks, Pūce said yes, adding that an agreement was also reached.

KPV LV co-chairman Artuss Kaimiņš mentioned that government formation talks turned out better than previously expected. Commenting on concerns regarding no work being done in the Saeima, Kaimiņš stressed there is no need to worry, adding that work is being done to form a stable government. The politician asked eight days to form the government, promising to achieve the best result for Latvia’s centenary.

Bordāns did not reveal the proposed division of posts in the new government, saying that discussions will continue on that. At the same time, he mentioned there could be proportionality principle applied there. This means each party would get three seats in the government, except for New Unity, which would get two seats.

The politician added that the seat of Saeima speaker should be taken into account as well.

Politicians of other political parties also said representatives have not reached an agreement in regards to the division of ministries.

Previously NPC said it would like to be in charge of Finance Ministry and Interior Affairs Ministry. It was also reported that this party might get Education and Science Ministry.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 13 November.

Five political parties are involved in government formation talks – NCP, KPV LV, Attīstībai/Par!, National Alliance and New Unity.


Leave a reply

Ventspils opposition: the Constitution stands above municipality’s opinions on city governance

«For us to work to our full capacity, we require information and stay in the loop. If the work of the city council was organized during meetings of the city council and committees, we would have this opportunity. But because the work of the city council is put under other institutions – committees, in this case – and we [majority of opposition deputies] are not allowed to participate in those meetings and receive documents, this means our rights as deputies and voters are being limited. This, we believe, is the most important aspect to be breached,» said Ventspils City Council opposition deputy Aivis Landmanis said during a hearing of the Administrative Court in Liepaja in regards to Ventspils City Council’s refusal to adopt proportionality principles in committees and other structures.

EU offers Britons clarification, but no renegotiation of Brexit deal

European Union member state leaders and the blocs top officials have stated at a summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May, that the Brexit withdrawal agreement that lacks clear support in UK parliament was not open for renegotiation.

Estonia raises minimum wage

The minimum monthly wage in Estonia has been approved at the level of 540 euros, which is an increase from 500 euros.

This year e-signature was used to sign more than 5.7 million documents in Latvia

This year, e-signature was used more than half a million times a month in Latvia. A total of 5.7 million documents have been signed using this function in Latvia so far. More than 25,000 now use e-signature function on their smart-phones.

Trump distances himself from crimes committed by his lawyer

Reacting to the conviction of American lawyer Michael Cohen over campaign funding violations, U.S. President Donald Trump has distanced himself from the lawyer and accused him of attempts to embarrass Trump.

New Unity starts consultations with parties on forming government with Kariņš in charge

New Unity will insist on getting Finance Ministry in the new government, because it is only logical to have this ministry managed by the prime minister’s party, says NU representative and Saeima deputy Ojārs Ēriks Kalniņš.

Strasbourg terrorist «neutralised» after opening fire on police

The attacker suspected of killing two people and injuring 12 more people at a Strasbourg Christmas market has been shot dead by French police.

Next week in Latvia to start off with snowfall

The end of the week is not expected to have any major weather changes in Latvia, whereas next week will start off with snowfall and gradual decline of air temperature, promises Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Court arrests Harmony sponsor and Honour to Serve Riga party member

Riga City Vidzeme District Court issued an arrest to businessman Aleksandrs Krjačeks on Thurday, 13 December. He was previously detained by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau in the criminal case regarding procurements organized by SIA Rīgas satiksme, as confirmed by the man’s lawyer Valdis Ulmanis.

Saeima: increase of doctors’ wages should be a government priority

When preparing the budget plan for the next three years, the government should allocate money for the 20% increase of doctors’ wages. This is provided by changes to Healthcare Financing Law, approved by the Saeima in two readings on Thursday, 13 December.

airBaltic to perform more flights between Riga and Liepaja

During a visit today in Liepaja CEO of Latvian airline airBaltic Martin Gauss announced that airBaltic will increase the number of domestic flights between Riga and Liepaja from three to five weekly as of summer season 2019.

Court arrests Škoda commercial director; CPCB request arrests for two more people

Latvian court has arrested Škoda commercial director Vladislav Kozak following a request from Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau in relation to the criminal case regarding procurements performed by Rīgas satiksme.

EY: investments in crypto currency offers have largely failed

86% of 141 initial crypto currency offers presented last year have lost value over the course of the first eight months of this year. Additionally 30% of them have lost nearly all of their value, according to Initial Coin Offerings study by EY.

Estonian criminal figure convicted in Ireland

A court in Ireland has convicted Estonian criminal figure Imre Arakas, finding him guilting of conspiracy to murder.

As income increase, housing becomes more accessible in all Baltic capitals

Housing Accessibility Index improved in all Baltic capitals in Q3 2018. The main factor for this was the growth of average net salaries. Additionally, beneficial economic development also improved households’ interest for housing acquisition, which was reflected both in increased activity on the apartment market and household loan portfolio growth.

Lithuanian PM suspects Kremlin-backed opposition behind teacher attacks

The nearer municipal council, presidential and EP elections, the more sparkles Lithuania’s political leadership spews out. With the linguistic weaponry exhausted in the Seimas, the party leaders seek help from intelligence services.

EP proposes stricter monitoring of militants returning to Europe to combat terrorism better

The European Parliament has presented proposals for better measures against radicalization, better data exchange and support of victims of terrorism, as well as several other proposals for European Union’s strategy for terrorism prevention.

Latvian media organizations found Media Ethics Council

On Wednesday, 12 December, Latvian Media Ethics Council was founded. It is a public organization meant to unite media organizations and legal persons associated with the media sector and supervise compliance with the council’s statutes and code of ethics, the council explains.

U.S. President's former lawyer sentenced to prison

The former personal attorney of U.S. President Donald Trump has been handed a prison sentence for violations of the rules of election campaign. A New York court has sentenced Michael Cohen to three years in federal prison.

Latvian parties hear New Unity leader’s offer; opinions on coalition still differ

Political parties in Latvia are prepared to listen to New Unity and its prime minister candidate Krišjāņis Kariņš’s initiative in the government formation process.

British PM stays after no-confidence vote, attends EU summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a no-confidence vote in her ruling Conservative Party and on Thursday attends a summit of the European Union.

European Parliament ratifies EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

On Wednesday, 12 December, gave green light for EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, which is EU’s all-time largest mutual trade agreement.

Businessman Māris Martinsons brought to court. What will the court decide?

Businessman Māris Martinsons has been brought to testify in court. As it is known, he was detained by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau on 11 December.

Employers become more open to 3rd level pension contributions

Employers in Latvia have begun making more active contributions to 3rd level pension plans. Residents’ interest towards crating pension savings continues growing, too. Compared to the period of last year, the size of contributions to private pension funds has increased 10% in the first nine months of 2018.

Polish PM to call confidence vote

Polish head of government has voiced plans to call for a confidence vote to test parliamentary support for the ruling Law and Justice party cabinet.