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Jaunais plāns paredz atstāt 116 "Latvijas Pasta" nodaļu

Latvian Postal Service to keep more departments open

After loud protests about the planned closure of most Latvian Postal Service (Latvijas Pasts, LP) offices, a new plan has been developed. The company now plans to maintain 116 post offices across the country, providing service in all regions and cities, Latvian Television reported on April 9.

Postal employees whose jobs will close will be offered jobs elsewhere or retraining, said LP.

As reported at the time, the Latvian Postal Service's plans to reduce the number of departments to 71 caused a wave of outrage across the country. The service's council stepped down, and Transport Minister Kaspars Briškens (Progressives) told the board to seek other solutions.

"Our alternative plan predicts there will be around 120 departments. We've reviewed the criteria where these departments stay and why they stay. The division coverage will be more evened out, and there will be no areas without post offices, big cities without post offices," said Martins Liepins, head of Latvian Post offices and delivery.

This plan was accepted by the Ministry of Transport. While there is talk of potentially keeping 120 departments, 116 are safely known to remain. 

Talks with partners – press publishers in Riga and regions, Latvian Association of Local Governments (LPS), and pension payers continue until the end of the week.

"It's important that people don't suffer. At least right now, it seems the post realizes there was a problem communicating. And there needs to be a look at how to provide the postal service in the future. You have to talk to each municipality individually," Gints Kaminskis, LPS's representative, stressed.

The Postal Service plans to meet with ministry representatives next week and agree on further action.

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