PM promises to tackle red tape

Excessive bureaucracy in Latvia is a problem, and the government will work purposefully to reduce the bureaucratic burden in the country, Prime Minister Evika Siliņa (New Unity) promised on Latvian Television's "Morning Panorama" program April 24.

She pointed out that easing the work for entrepreneurs is stipulated in the government's declaration, and reducing the bureaucratic and administrative burden in the country is one of the priorities of the Cabinet of Ministers this year.

According to the Prime Minister, too much bureaucracy hinders business activities and the development of the Latvian state in general. 

Bureaucratic processes, according to the prime minister, "accumulated over the years" and in some cases reach absurd status.

While extensive reviews of rules in the construction industry took place in the wake of the Zolitude disaster, it is necessary to review the rules in other areas of business, including the banking and agricultural sectors, where there are complaints about excessive bureaucracy.

"This is the issue of the moment, because such a large bureaucracy does not help entrepreneurs. We will work very purposefully [to reduce bureaucracy]," promised Siliņa.

She said that the government has already adopted an informative report on how to reduce bureaucracy in Latvia. One of the steps towards reducing bureaucracy is the government's recently adopted regulation, which provides that in the future the registration of a private house will not require a building survey.

Excessive bureaucracy was also recently criticized by the State President Edgars Rinkēvičs, speaking about the search for a new director of the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA). "We have already gone a little crazy with the procedures, the bureaucracy, not the result," said Rinkēvičs.

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