Progressives offer changing Rīga City Council leadership model

There should be only one vice mayor in Riga City Council, as well as a change in the political leadership in the field of transport and traffic, said Justīne Panteļējeva, co-chair of Progressives party, after a meeting on the formation of a new coalition in the Rīga City Council on Tuesday, July 18.

There are currently three vice-mayors in Riga: Vilnis Ķirsis (New Unity), who is responsible for transport, Edvards Ratnieks (National Alliance/LRA) and Linda Ozola (Code for Riga).

“The many vice-mayors have contributed to envy, not cooperation,” said Panteļējeva.

There should also be a political change in the field of transport, and New Unity would not be entitled to this area, continued the Progressives representative.

The Progressive Party said in a statement that political rotation should also take place at the committee level, assessing the quality of the last three years.

"The chairmanship of the committees must play a leading role in sectoral oversight and policy. Sharing responsibility among vice mayors has been a mistake. This creates a situation in which it is not clear who is responsible for the specific area, the vice mayor or the committee,” the party said. The coalition started its work on the basis of the following principles: good governance, rule of law and openness, executive and capital companies without political influence, and Riga – a city without political “kingdoms”.”

The Progressives expressed that these principles have failed the test of time.

Riga City Council deputy Ivars Drulle (Progressives) acknowledged that the party is not interested in the Riga City Council's emergency elections, but is prepared to work and strengthen the existing coalition.


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