MP allocations cancelled next year

On August 23 the ruling coalition decided to not provide funds for the so-called MP quotas - public money that MPs can use to directly benefit their electorate - in the 2018 budget. 

That's what Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis tweeted on August 23.

The move was confirmed to Latvian Radio by Economics Minister Arvils Ašeradens. 

"The parties agreed very clearly that the so-called MP quotas won't be supported .. suggestions by MPs and others will only be reviewed through the ministries," he said.

These initiatives inevitably come under scrutiny each year. Transparency organizations criticize the initiatives for their opaqueness while opposition MPs, who aren't allowed to dole out public money this way, say they amount to vote buying.

In 2016 an estimated €2.8m was allocated by MPs to causes ranging from support for NGOs to funding a heavy metal festival

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