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Saeima supports Dombrovskis as European commissioner candidate

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU‘Latvia has received much from the European Union in terms of external policy support and security. Now our country’s responsibility is to contribute to the EU. We can do this by offering a professional and highly-qualified candidate for the post of European commissioner,’ – says the head of Saeima Legal Affairs Committee Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica.

‘Valdis Dombrovskis’ work as Latvian Prime Minister during the crisis of 2009 and its subsequent overcoming is the best piece of evidence to demonstrate his level of professionalism,’ – she added during a meeting of the committee.

‘It was under Dombrovskis’ rule Latvia was not only able to overcome the economic crisis, but also come back to economic growth. This is demonstrated by the rapid growth of Latvia’s GDP. Furthermore, European experts and politicians have recognized the work he has done,’ – she added.

Kalnina-Lukasevica has also said that Dombrovskis often takes part in summits of the European Council, has a good understanding of the decision-making process in the European Union and has personal contacts on the highest political level. It is important to allow Latvia’s representative to work in some important political area.

Deputies of the European Affairs Committee asked Dombrovskis questions in order to determine his opinion on many different matters, including the federalization of the European Union, his opinion towards amendments to EU treaties and the prolonged discussion regarding the LNG terminal’s construction in the Baltics, as reported by the Saeima press-service.

Expressing his view on things in the European Union, Dombrovskis noted that, unlike Latvia, Europe is only just coming close to overcoming the economic crisis. This is why he believes it is necessary to focus on securing sustained economic growth of Europe’s economy and creation of new jobs. The key to long-term growth is competitiveness, and it should be worked on rigorously. Furthermore, it is necessary to develop international trade relations, which includes the development of the EU trade agreements with USA and Japan. In the context of EU economy’s competitiveness, Dombrovskis mentioned the increase of investments in research and development. Dombrovskis also mentioned the situation in Ukraine and how the EU should focus more on strengthening its external policy and security policy.

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