President calls for increased internal security expenditures

The state budget should allocate more funds for the State Border Guard and consider raising wages for the police force, said Raimonds Vējonis after a meeting with PM Laimdota Straujuma and Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis on Wednesday. 

Although mainly refugee matters were discussed, the state budget for 2016 was also given thought during the meeting.

"We discussed that, in planning the state budget for next year, we have to put security as one of our top priorities - meaning both interior and state security," said Vējonis.

He thinks that the armed forces, internal affairs structures and, most of all, the State Border Guard, should be strengthened, and the wages for the police force should be increased.

"I think that it is a very important matter of trust in the Latvian government - are we ready to care about safety of our own land," added Vējonis.

The government will start working on the state budget for 2016 in mid-August.

According to the Fiscal discipline council of the Republic of Latvia, the state has to commit to a consolidation of about 114 mln euro in the 2016 state budget.

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