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Sudraba: deputy quotas matter will be resolved in officials’ offices this year

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The matter of the so-called deputy quotas will be resolved in officials’ offices this time, deputy Inguna Sudraba of To Latvia from the Heart told Latvijas Radio.

«Now all expenditures from deputy quotas will be compiled in ministry budgets,» said Sudraba, adding that the matter will once again be a non-transparent matter decided behind closed doors.

According to her, such an approach basically extends an invitation to opposition deputies to bring their requests to ministries.

When asked to assess the next year’s budget, Sudraba said it will be possible to discuss it based on publicly available information. She believes the budget remains out of balance for Latvia’s economy. «Latvia’s economy cannot sustain such a budget,» said the deputy.

She adds that the budget requires savings, which is something the budget lacks at the moment.

Sudraba also believes Latvia’s economy already has to sustain an inadequate bureaucratic apparatus.

In a previous interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis said that by rejecting the division of additional finances in the Saeima and so-called deputy quotas, many non-governmental organizations will lose support. This is why it has been decided that these organizations will turn to ministries, which will in turn evaluate the allocation of funding and request said funding from the state budget. Kučinskis is also confident that this will help resolve matters that are otherwise confusing for society.

It is also reported that the government finished reviewing budget priorities for 2018 last Thursday. All that is left for the government is preparing an accompanying legislative package and submit it for approval to the Saeima and European Commission.

Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola told journalists after an extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers that EC is unlikely to have objections for the 2018 state budget.

In total, the government has allocated EUR 34 million for ministries’ budget priorities in 2018. The largest portion of the funding – EUR 200 million – is planned for the healthcare industry.


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