PM candidate: No delay on open gas market

The law amendments necessary for opening the gas market will be adopted by the Saeima within a few weeks, and the matter won't be left for the new government, Māris Kučinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) told Latvian Radio Tuesday.

"The matter should not be postponed. We have talked about this law the whole week. There's an agreement between the fallen government and this coalition that this inheritance does not move to the next government," he said.

He said that the only discussions about the gas utility giant Latvijas Gaze are about whether there's no risk of proceedings for the state in splitting the utility.

In the same interview, Kučinskis revealed that the new government could be formed by early February - that is, within two weeks. The only arguments in forming the new government could arise between the National Alliance and the Unity regarding control over the Justice Ministry, he said.

Although Latvijas Gaze is not against opening the gas market, slated for April 3, 2017, the gas utility has suggested moving the deadline for selling the unbundled transmission and storage entity to the end of 2018.

The Economics Ministry insists that the new company should be sold by December 31, 2017. 

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