New Latvian coalition will offer scaled-back government 'to do' list

Round-table talks on the composition of a possible new three-party coalition government were taking place Monday, September 4 involving the New Unity, Progressives, and Greens and Farmers' Union (ZZS) parties, reported Latvian Radio. 

The trio's agenda included negotiations on a government declaration and the division of responsibilities in the new government, including the key questions of which parties control which ministries.

The distribution of ministers should be clear within this or next week, so that the Saeima can decide on the approval of the new government in mid-September, said Latvian Radio.

At Monday's meeting, the main emphasis was placed on the development of the basic documents of the future government. The declaration of the government led by outgoing Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity), approved just last December, contained 328 commitments and 870 measures – many of which have turned out to be fairly irrelevant given that the government lasted less than a year.

Consequently such an ambitious format is not planned to be repeated this time. The tasks of the next government will be summarized in a concise document with an appendix on the work to be done this year and over a longer period of time. 

The scope of short-term tasks should include an agreement on next year's budget and priorities, options for revising the increase in electricity distribution tariffs, as well as other inflation-limiting measures.

Long-term tasks would be to continue the started reforms in the fields of education and healthcare, faster construction of the country's eastern border infrastructure and other responsibilities. 

Prime Minister candidate Evika Siliņa (New Unity) said: "We all want to see Latvia as a Latvian, prosperous and inclusive European country that develops sustainably in the face of climate, technology, digital and demographic changes. This could be one of the main principles guiding us."


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