Kariņš: government should sort its priorities

The declaration of the current government, which was made during very long coalition negotiations, is very vague, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told Latvian Radio August 11.

Kariņš said now he wants to focus on five things, as well as priorities in budgeting.

Kariņš has offered to the current coalition partners a memorandum pledging to implement five things: to tidy up the health services network by the end of the year, to agree on the quality of education in the school network, to find a solution to the problem of labor shortages, to take clear decisions on the development of the capital market by the end of the year. When creating a budget, he called for abandoning individual ministries' priorities and agreeing on the government's shared priorities, which would include defense, security, health, and education.

On the other hand, as regards the offer to change some Ministers, the Prime Minister said he did not want to criticize specific ministers, but wanted to get a “new dynamism”.

In talks scheduled for Friday, Kariņš expects clarity from coalition partners. “What I've offered them is nothing extreme,” the PM said.

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