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Transit industry businessmen dissatisfied with Latvian government

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Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics will organize a press-conference in Bergs Hotel at 12:00 on Wednesday, 13 September. During this press-conference, representatives will tell about the industry’s action plan submitted to the government on specific objectives and terms. BATL also plans to ask Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis to take over talks with the industry, considering the dead end that has been reached with Transport Ministry and its minister Uldis Augulis.

Otherwise the industry will have to consider the possibility of radical decisions to make its voice to be heard, transit industry representatives say.

«Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently publicly said that no more cargoes from Russia will be sent to Latvian ports next year! The transit industry already feels the effect from this because coordination of transport schedules with Russia is already poor. This decision from Russia will have a strong impact for the transit industry, the country’s tax revenue and employment,» BATL employees say.

‘Transport Ministry, which is responsible for the industry, has pretended to be deaf to the industry’s pleas for years. Incompetent and ruinous decisions, formal declines, lack of communication with the industry and continued inaction over the years has led to a situation when the country’s second largest national economy sector, which provides a considerable contribution to the GDP and employs thousands of people, stands on the brink of a crisis,’ experts say.

It is added that if the government does not make important decisions and does not start acting, it is likely that it will be necessary to review budget revenue expectations and consider new social support programmes.



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