Reizniece-Ozola: Latvia's COVID-19 draft law "completely empty"

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Saeima will conceptually view draft legislation to control COVID-19 after June 9. Former Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (ZZS) told Latvian Radio on June 4 that the draft is "empty".

Opposition deputy Dana Reizniece-Ozola acknowledged that there is a need for regulation to transition from emergency to normal life, but the government's legislation draft is "empty" because it does not specify what support measures for entrepreneurs, employees and those who have lost jobs will be in place after the end of the emergency.

Reizniece-Ozola said that the project only provides for downtime compensation payments until June 30 but lacks specific follow-up measures.

She also criticized the idea of the government's right to reallocate budget funds or increase public debt without the consent of the Saeima.

The deputy stressed that it was important to act quickly during the crisis and to grant aid quickly. Until now, the government has agreed to support a number of sectors but according to Reizniece-Ozola, businessmen and other citizens have not felt much that the money has come to them.

Reizniece-Ozola said it was one of the biggest mistakes that the aid was difficult to administer. In a crisis situation the pace has a huge role, and the aid must not be dragged slowly.

She pointed out that the law could be adopted by 9 June if the coalition is ready for discussion and ready to listen and correct shortcomings.


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