Progressives 'cautiously optimistic' about coalition talks

The Saeima opposition party Progressives looks at the outcome of possible coalition expansion talks with "cautious optimism". Progressives leader Kaspars Briškens told Latvian Television on July 24. 

He said that so far, the talks between the Progressives and New Unity have dealt with five areas of issues raised by Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) – health and education policy, labor issues, as well as the management of state capital companies, human rights issues.

"We have a little more left to talk about the regulation of partnerships. [..] But in general, the issues that the Prime Minister raised in these talks have been discussed. I think we have found a common denominator. The spirit of the conversation has demonstrated a sufficiently high capacity for cooperation," Briškens said.

He said that the current government cooperation declaration has 320 priorities, but the Progressives want a more focused approach – defining 7 to 10 major societal challenges and objectives, and measurable criteria for achieving these challenges.

Asked which areas the Progressives would like to manage if they ended up in the coalition, Briškens said that "the Progressives have a strong team and are prepared to provide the candidate for ministers for any position”. 

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