United List proposes two-day 'coalition seminar'

The United List has offered the coalition a two-day seminar "on work to be carried out" but the Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) says that the talking should finally turn into action, Latvian Radio reported on June 13.

Although the negotiations of the New Unity and the United List lasted more than two and a half hours on Tuesday, no real result was reached. The United List remains skeptical of the move by Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš to extend the current government coalition which also includes the National Alliance, by adding the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) and Progressives to turn a three-party coalition into a five-party coalition.

“There are no arguments at the moment to suggest that such an extension of the coalition would give the State any benefit,” said Edgars Tavars, head of the United List Saeima faction.

At the same time, the United List agreed that government work should be made more efficient. The political force is of the opinion that it needs not enlargement but more frequent and deeper talks between the three current coalition partners about the challenges.

The United List has offered a two-day seminar, which should be attended by all politicians involved in coalition, said the Saeima Speaker, Edvards Smiltēns (United List).

The Prime Minister, in turn, argued that it would finally be time to work.

"You can offer all kinds of seminars here, and there were seminars offered while forming the government. I'm sorry - I've already heard all sorts of... interesting ideas. You can sit there and talk for another three years, but I'm interested in the result," Kariņš said.

In his opinion, the government's work will be made more efficient not by means of workshops or in-depth trilateral meetings, but by bringing additional partners to the coalition. The Prime Minister will continue negotiations on Wednesday, meeting with representatives of the National Alliance.

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