Latvian minister promises clarity about government’s future by mid-August

In accordance with Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš’s previous statement, it is planned to achieve clarity about the government’s future by mid-August, said New Unity (JV) politician, Minister of Finance Arvils Ašeradens.
In the first two weeks of August it is planned to hold discussions and make decisions what should be done in regards to the government’s future work, said the politician from JV.

Ašeradens is positive about the progress achieved in negotiations, including in topics previously considered “taboo”.

The minister was also positive about all five parties that participated in negotiations. The minister was particularly positive about the approach employed by the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) and Progressive Party (PRO) in negotiations with JV.
Last week’s meeting with representatives of the Combined List (AS) came as a “very positive surprise”. The National Alliance (NA) responded appropriately, with the Ministry of Economics, which is managed by this party, presenting an offer for economic transformation and labour force guarantees, said Ašeradens.

These are significant changes, because the previous coalition had no progress achieved in regards to the labour force availability solutions, said the JV politician.

When asked if there are any additional negotiations planned for any specific topics, Ašeradens explained all negotiations have already “more or less happened” and very significant progress has been achieved. The minister mentioned the progress towards the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, release of state companies’ shares on the exchange and reformation of the education sector as examples of progress.
As previously reported, following Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš’s initiative, negotiations with various political parties commenced shortly after presidential elections. Parties that attended negotiations discussed various important topics. The prime minister said his objective was to expand the coalition.

Negotiations were attended by JV, ZZS and PRO. AS and NA, on the other hand, boycotted them because the two parties oppose the PM’s plan to expand the coalition.

Last week, AS and JV met to discuss various political topics.
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