10 questions to: LSDSP/KDS/GKL

Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. The seventh installment concerns the consonant-heavy LSDSP/KDS/GKL alliance.

1. Do you plan to reduce public administration?

Yes we plan to reduce the number of Saeima deputies to 66 [from current 100]. We will merge other branches of administration, bringing multiple benefits and reducing the number of civil servants required. The changes to the system of administration will also allow municipalities to reduce the number of employees.

2. What are the three ministries that you would most like to lead?

A new United Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Defense.

3. How should the work of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) be changed? 

KNAB's status subordinate to the prime minister and subordinate to the Prosecutor General should be changed. This change of authority would increase the political independence of KNAB.

4. Should Latvia remain within the European Union and NATO?

Yes, certainly.

5. What are you planning to change in the current pension system?

We are planning to introduce a child-to-parent system which would entail 4% of the social tax paid by children to be credited to a parent's pension fund. For pensioners who do not have children, the increase in these pensions should be compensated from the surplus of the social budget.

6. How and in what way should the fast credit business in Latvia be restricted?

It is necessary to limit the issuing of quick loans from 20.00 in the evening to 8.00 in the morning.

7. What are the three measures in the economy that could significantly improve the revenue side of the state budget?

Support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), simplified tax system for SMEs, investment in science with the aim of developing innovation.

8. Do you support the Cohabitation Act, which would also provide a basis for legal relations for same-sex couples?

No, we do not support it.

9. Is another President of Latvia be needed for the next term? What should the criteria be?

Yes, a new president is needed. The next president of the country must prove that the development of Latvia as a national state and the preservation of a traditional family and cultural environment are his priorities.

10. Should defense expenditure be increased to 2.5% of GDP in coming years? 

Yes, if it keeps the United States in our national defense system.

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