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					 Declaration of the Intended Activities of
        the Cabinet of Ministers




                                     7 November 2006, Rīga




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The clear support of the voters expressed in the Saeima elections to the People‟s Party, the
Green and Farmers Union, the Union of Latvia‟s First Party/Latvia‟s Way, and the Union
“For Fatherland and Freedom”/LNNK provides an opportunity unique in the conditions of
Latvia - for the Government to continue its work ensuring political continuity, stability and
predictability, thus achieving consistent increase in quality of life of people of Latvia and fast
catching up with the average level of the European Union.
The confidence of voters obliges the Government to work with particular responsibility,
overcoming challenges and solving problems encountered by Latvia today and during the next
four years.
The factions of the People‟s Party, the Green and Farmers Union, the Union of Latvia‟s First
Party/Latvia‟s Way, and the Union “For Fatherland and Freedom”/LNNK have assumed
political responsibility and agreed to form a stable Government for the work of the next four
years.

           Latvia’s growth, goals and main tasks of the Government
This Government will work to implement Latvia‟s growth model People in the First Place
and to fulfil the medium-term strategic programming document National Development Plan
for 2007-2013 (NDP). Our goal is to provide everyone in Latvia with opportunities to rapidly
increase their own and their family‟s quality of life in all aspects. Further growth of our
country will be based on skills and knowledge of people of Latvia and efficient use and
improvement of the knowledge potential of our people.
Achievement of this goal requires interest and coordinated participation of all people of our
country. We consider our people and their capabilities to be our main asset and resource for
growth, and we consider human resource development a primary task for further growth of
our country.

Main long-term tasks of the Government
   1. Development of Latvia into a competitive, highly developed country with a stable
      welfare society.
   2. Strengthening of the rule of law, combating of corruption, crime and smuggling,
      reduction of arbitrariness of officials.
   3. Ensuring of openness in the work of the Government, public administration and local
      governments.
   4. Development in Latvia of an open, democratic and civil society based on unity,
      tolerance and active participation of people.
   5. Supporting in Latvia such a way of life which is aimed at careful use and augmenting
      of the wealth of our country and respecting of traditional values recognized by the
      society.




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Urgent tasks to be performed by the Government already in the next few years necessary for
successfully implementing the NDP.
   1. Ensuring that public administration, regions and local governments, non-governmental
      and private sector act as partners in implementing the principal agreement achieved
      during the development of the NDP and public discussion among politicians, scientists
      and the general public on main directions of national development and the most urgent
      tasks for the next seven years.
   2. Improvement of education system, aiming it at fulfilling the development needs of
      knowledge economy.
   3. Creation of preconditions for overcoming demographic crisis, inter alia – definition of
      a clear migration and re-immigration policy that corresponds to national interests.
   4. Increasing of competitiveness of Latvia‟s economy up to the top level of the EU.
   5. Creation of a balanced medium-term state budget and reduction of inflation.
   6. Increasing of energy security of the country by promoting energy independence and
      efficient use of energy resources.
   7. Efficient use of resources of state budget and EU funds ensuring attraction of
      investment, promoting public and private sector partnerships and increasing their role
      in national economy.
   8. Overcoming of the crisis in the system of internal affairs, creation of an effective
      internal security system.
   9. Creation of a functioning healthcare system.
   10. Ensuring of polycentric national development and a corresponding administrative and
       territorial reform.

We consider overcoming of the demographic crisis and its consequences to be a complex
problem.
   1. Development and implementation of a comprehensive and complex programme for
      overcoming the demographic crisis.
   2. Promotion of increase in birth rate, inter alia – by ensuring good-quality children care
      services and increasing the prestige of families with children.
   3. Significant improvement of public health, inter alia – by promoting healthy lifestyle.
   4. Increasing of average life expectancy, in particular – by reducing death from unnatural
      causes.
   5. Promotion of longer working life by continuing the introduction of funded pensions
      and not expanding opportunities of early retirement.
   6. Continuous increase in labour productivity, inter alia – by shifting to making products
      with higher added value and by reducing unproductive work.




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7. Reduction of the number of people working in public administration, at the same time
   ensuring a significant reduction in staff turnover and high level of professionalism of
   public administration employees.
8. Implementation of state-managed immigration processes, inter alia – by using training
   of high-level specialists in Latvian universities to prevent uncontrolled and illegal
   immigration.
Support to families with children
1. Continued creation and implementation of a family-supporting policy, support to
   strengthening of family values in the society, continued implementation of a long-term
   programme for improving the conditions of children and families.
2. Development of services for families and children, creation of an effective
   coordination system of these services, support to creating a children- and family-
   friendly infrastructure in municipalities.
3. Ensuring of support to families for taking care of children of school age; ensuring free
   lunch to children in elementary/primary schools, increase of funding for purchasing
   teaching aids in schools.
4. Systematic checking of tax, state social insurance and benefit systems to improve the
   standard of living of families with children thus improving opportunities to form
   families with more than two children; increase of the period of receiving child care
   benefit until the age of three.
5. Improvement of legal regulation to develop possibilities to combine work and family
   life, promotion of gender equality.
6. Reduction of violence in families, educational and childcare institutions; development
   of social services and assistance to people suffering from violence in cooperation with
   NGOs and local governments; continued education of parents, children and specialists
   on rights and duties of children as well as childcare and child safety issues.
7. Increase of the age up to which state-guaranteed subsistence payments can be received
   if one of the parents does not pay the minimum alimony according to court decision.
8. Continued development of the system of childcare outside family by developing the
   network of foster families; promotion of local adoption to ensure the rights of children
   to grow up in family environment; promotion of transformation of orphanages into
   providers of wider services.
9. Improvement of state youth policy on the basis of youth research; on the basis of a
   Youth Law - creation of a financial support mechanism for youth organizations and
   development of services and infrastructure in municipalities according to interests and
   needs of young people, thus promoting youth initiatives; ensuring of support to
   specialists working with young people.




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   10. Promotion of development of family courts, improvement of control and
       methodological guidance of family courts with the aim to ensure professional and
       competent protection of personal and property interests of children.

Complex planning of national development ensures coordination and continuity of
sustainable growth, balanced development of all aspects of quality of life and unity of
activities to be performed.
   6. Adjustment of the national development planning system ensuring compliance and
       coordination of sectoral and territorial planning documents developed at national,
       regional and local level with goals, priorities and directions of activity of the whole
       country; achieving of responsibility in document preparation and arranging of control
       issues into a single system.
   7. Preparation of a concept paper on long-term national development, ensuring
       implementation of the growth model of Latvia.
   8. Ensuring of implementation of NDP on the basis of participation of central and local
       government institutions and social partners and their responsibility for achieving
       separate goals and tasks set in the NDP; ensuring of management and control of
       implementation of the NDP, informing and involving of the public, as well as
       observation of priorities in financial planning.
   9. Promotion of integration of environmental issues in sectoral policies; improvement of
       the strategic assessment procedure for impact on environment ensuring inclusion of
       environmental aspects and principles in planning documents, as well as public
       involvement in their discussion and decision-making.
   10. Creation of a State Strategic Development Centre directly subordinated to the Prime
       Minister for the purposes of coordinating preparation of all strategic development and
       planning documents, involving in it highly qualified scientists with experience in
       planning complex development of the country.
   Land use policy
   11. Development of a land use policy as a part of national development planning, defining
       in it principles of coordinated operation of all sectors within the sphere of influence of
       the land policy; increasing of capacity of the State Land Service and positioning it
       within the structure of the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Governments,
       ensuring development of land policy and its further coordination with spatial planning
       of the country.
   12. Development of an optimal land management model.
   13. Introduction of the principle of one-stop agency for transactions with immovable
       property simplifying procedures for local governments and private individuals to deal
       with immovable property.
   14. Improvement of the land information system; providing everyone with the opportunity
       to get good-quality information for development planning processes at the level of



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       both central and local government, putting into data storage all possible information
       on every cadastre unit.
   15. Improvement of the spatial planning system by supplementing it with a mechanism for
       implementing territorial planning, and with a control system.


     Education, knowledge and competitiveness as the basis for growth

Good-quality, available and competitive education for forming a knowledgeable, creative
and purposeful personality.
   1. Creation of a mechanism that helps ensure that supply of education corresponds with
      demand of labour market, current and future needs of the economy as well as ensuring
      of national strategic development.
   2. Ensuring that assessment received in each educational institution is understandable
      and clearly interpretable in the understanding of employee and employer.
   3. Promotion of building of new kindergartens and modernization of existing ones in
      cooperation with local governments thus ensuring optimum number of pre-school
      educational establishments in Latvia; improvement of the situation in kindergartens
      concerning insufficient number of staff; beginning with 2007 the increase of salaries
      of teachers in pre-school institutions will be financed from state budget.
   4. Improvement of standards of primary and secondary education ensuring their
      compliance to the needs, interests and abilities of children of the respective age group,
      by educating a harmonic and thinking personality, ensuring knowledge and skills
      required in practical life, developing patriotic upbringing and ensuring good-quality
      teaching of the history of Latvia, as well as promoting healthy way of life.
   5. Strengthening and improvement of teaching of the Latvian language in grades 1 to 9
      of minority schools.
   6. Ensuring of compliance of the content of education with interests and abilities by
      ensuring the learning of necessary basic knowledge for living in a knowledge society
      and by performing preventive work with unsatisfactory pupils and their parents;
      implementation of a gradual transition to a compulsory secondary education.
   7. Development of special study programmes for children with special needs,
      improvement of material and technical supply of educational institutions and
      preparedness of teachers, further improving availability of education.
   8. Ensuring of recognition (assessment) of results achieved through informal education
      to provide people with wider opportunities of continuing education in a way most
      appropriate for them, thus significantly increasing the rate of people returning to
      education system so that everyone can successfully compete in the labour market,
      participate in the society and improve themselves during the whole course of life.
   9. Improvement of career development and career education work to increase and
      strengthen the interest of secondary school students about natural sciences,
      engineering, information and communications technologies by regularly reviewing


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    and updating study content (inter alia, by promoting the inclusion of environmental
    education in study programmes), achieving that state-funded study places in
    universities in natural and engineering sciences make up 50% of the total number of
    study places financed from state budget.
10. Ensuring of availability of interest education and other activities, thus supporting
    parents in organizing useful spending of free time of children and promoting safety of
    children, and also contributing to reduction of the number of street children;
    development of informal education of children and youth and the work of volunteers.
11. Promotion of creation of a professional craftsmen education centre, supporting self-
    employed persons, small and medium companies, as well as creating an instrument for
    popularizing European craftsmanship values.
12. Modernization of the professional education system with the goal to ensure a supply
    of education programmes that meets the needs of economic growth; strengthening of
    cooperation of educational institutions with business companies in developing
    standards of professions and providing traineeships within the framework of
    professional education programmes.
13. Reforming of professional education institutions so that their programme content
    meets national and regional development needs and labour market requirements, that
    education institutions are evenly located across the territory of Latvia so that education
    is available to young people in regions as close as possible to potential jobs; ensuring
    of quality of education by improving the material and technical supply of professional
    educational institutions.
14. Adoption of a “Higher Education Law” with the goal to modernize studies, create the
    balance of study programmes in line with labour market requirements, successfully
    incorporate into a single European higher education space, and achieve quality and
    competitiveness of results, international recognisability and adjustment of the internal
    system of the Latvian higher education system.
15. Promotion of mutual connection of higher education and science, renewing and
    development of intellectual potential and infrastructure by supporting the becoming of
    universities – and in particular regional universities – into internationally competitive
    science and technology development centres cooperation with which enables
    development of other state and private higher education and scientific institutions.
16. Ensuring of a corresponding increase in state budget funding for closer connection
    and succession of masters and doctoral studies (in particular – in engineering and
    natural science programmes), for science development and strengthening of scientific
    base and infrastructure to achieve an annual increase of 250-300 in the number of new
    doctors of science.
17. Creation of education support structures to timely avoid learning problems for children
    in the age of compulsory education, to provide adults with access to good-quality
    information and consultations on education, professional and career opportunities.




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   18. Improvement of territorial availability of lifelong learning by expanding and
       restructuring opportunities of obtaining formal and informal education including the
       supply of basic skill learning for adults, a set of measures for training and consulting
       services according to the needs of people; paying of particular attention to social
       groups with limited opportunities for receiving education in their places of residence
       and work. Transforming libraries into lifelong learning centres.
   19. Application of information and communications technologies, instruments and
       services in increasing the quality of education in all types and levels of education
       processes; improvement of education information system, modernization of
       information and communications technology infrastructure.
   20. Promotion of development of business ideas and skills already in schools by using
       idea-project competitions, business games and formation of study companies.


   Publicly accessible information services
   1. Ensuring that traditional and electronic libraries and the information network that
      connects them becomes an important instrument for receiving information for study
      and work needs; making of libraries also into institutions that support local history and
      traditions research, culture and business by serving as open public space for human
      contacts and for creating local communities.
   2. Ensuring of construction of the Latvian National Library and structural development
      as the central point and coordinator of the network of libraries (including the digital
      library project), renovation and modernization of infrastructure of other libraries and
      information availability in them, overall ensuring real information availability to all
      people of Latvia, interactive environment for ensuring educational, creative and
      cultural needs of the society.
   3. Ensuring of adequate maintenance and availability of documentary heritage stored in
      state archives; creation of a National Archive by joining state archives; creation of a
      Single State Archive Information System through active use of modern technologies;
      by 2010, implementation of a linked electronic catalogue of archives, museums and
      libraries, continuing to professionally use resources of EU funds.
   4. Improvement of the National Ordering System for public broadcasters by basing it on
      competition to increase the share of informatively educational broadcasts in the Radio
      of Latvia and Television of Latvia, by promoting and popularizing the various aspects
      of education and encouraging people to active participation; promotion of increase in
      share of good-quality culture and culture-educating broadcasts.

Scientific activity, all types of creative work in technological and also social and
humanitarian area are important for the chosen development model of Latvia.
   5. Starting of implementation of an extensive programme of supporting scientific
      research and innovations in connection with the national economy; promotion of
      transfer of the main focus of scientific research and the corresponding funding to


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       applied research, commercialization of their results and innovations, promotion of
       entry of new products into market.
   6. Stimulation of cooperation of higher education institutions and scientific institutions
       with companies by motivating companies to innovative activity and increase of
       innovative capacity, improvement in understanding about business in academic
       institutions, radical increase of returns from research and technology in the national
       economy of Latvia.
   7. Creation of competence centres in priority directions of scientific research,
       concentrating studies significant to national development; optimization of legal and
       financial status of scientific institutions.
   8. Provision to the general public of information by means of interactive displays and
       communications services about the newest achievements in science and technology,
       encouraging of interest in science and innovations, motivation of new people to
       participate in performing scientific experiments and observations.
   9. Promotion of expansion of scope and development of the scientific research
       programme Letonika by increasing the necessary amount of state funding and by
       attracting international funding.
   10. Support to development of environmental science, promotion of development,
       implementation and use of innovative environmental technologies.
   11. Ensuring of a significant increase of state investment in science and technology
       development, achieving that by 2010 funding to science amounts to 1% of GDP,
       gradually channelling to research and technology development in universities up to
       60% of the total amount of state budget funding to scientific activity; ensuring that the
       algorithm of allocation of funding promotes increasing attraction of private sector
       investment with an objective to achieve 1% of GDP in 2010.
   12. Increasing of efficiency of utilization of EU funds in science and technology
       development by concentrating the resources in successfully operating universities and
       the most successful scientific institutes.

Special support to innovation and technology transfer by implementing a knowledge-based
development policy.
   1. Creation of a system for financially supporting innovative activity by increasing the
      share of state budget to scientific activity oriented towards innovations, distributing it
      to applied research, development and innovations and at the same time attracting
      private capital and EU funds.
   2. Provision of state support to innovative companies, state universities and scientific
      institutes in creation of joint technology centres, business incubators and high
      technology companies.
   3. Development of innovation centres and technology incubators in Latvia for
      development of innovative companies by using experience of global companies and
      attracting their investments.


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   4. Promotion of knowledge and technology transfer by creating an innovation-friendly
      institutional environment and support measures; support to creation of knowledge
      transfer centres in cities with universities (Liepāja, Ventspils, Jelgava, Rīga, Valmiera,
      Rēzekne, Daugavpils) and also in Jēkabpils in order to evenly cover the territory of
      Latvia, creation in them of a funding availability and support system for new
      companies and products oriented towards high potential and innovativeness.
   5. Development of international exchange of experience in high technology and
      knowledge intensive areas; promotion of expansion of the local high technology
      industry to other countries.
   6. Support to production of environmentally-friendly fuels and lubricants from raw
      materials grown in Latvia.
   7. Support to creation of a geographic information science, higher education and
      innovation centre on the basis of Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre.
   8. Ensuring of liquidation and safe dismantling of Salaspils Scientific Nuclear Reactor,
      creating on its basis a national multifunctional cyclotron centre.
   9. Promotion of introduction of “green procurement” in public administration institutions
      and local governments.

Development of creative industries, synthesis of culture and business.
   1. Support to creative industries, promotion of use of modern technologies in
      development of creative products, support to export of these products; creation of
      creative industry cluster by involving creative unions, education institutions and
      related branches; promotion of development and implementation of new study
      programmes in the area of design.
   2. Promotion of further rebirth of national cinematography by consistently increasing
      earmarked subsidies to film production and active participation of audiovisual branch
      in the EU programme Media 2007.
   3. Taking into account the rapid development and spreading of new media - creation of a
      New Media Higher Education Training Programme that could provide the national
      economy of Latvia with high-level specialists.
   4. Continuation of creation of understanding among the general public about culture and
      creative activity as an integral part of knowledge economy by supplementing the
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Financial stability creates preconditions for sustainable development of the national
economy.
   Budget policy
   1. Implementation of a fiscal policy aimed at stable macroeconomic growth; ensuring of
      consistent movement towards forming a balanced state budget maintaining a low level
      of public debt.
   2. Beginning with 2008, introduction of medium-term (2-3 years) state budget planning
      by ensuring linkage of financing with strategic plans of ministries and regions and
      planning of budget utilization in territorial aspect, thus achieving rational and efficient
      use of state funding for polycentric development according to the priorities defined by
      the Government; orientation of state budget towards promotion of development
      instead of catering for consumption.
   3. Ensuring of consistent movement towards meeting the Maastricht fiscal criteria.
   4. Continuation of transition to the accumulation accounting principle in preparation of
      state budget.
   5. Continuation of introduction of a single work pay system in public sector ensuring
      competitive remuneration and social guarantees, consistently increasing remuneration
      in all sectors; fulfilment of binding agreements on salary increase algorithms and
      timelines for teachers, police, medical personnel and other categories of employees.
   6. As a member state of the International Development Agency, participation in
      international aid projects to poor and developing countries.
   Tax policy and administration
   1. Implementation of a clear and understandable tax policy, creation of a precise
      regulatory basis of taxes eliminating possibility to interpret regulations in different
      ways.
   2. Reduction of the overall tax burden by increasing the amount of income exempt from
      personal income tax and tax allowances for dependent persons, simultaneously
      improving tax collection; fixing of the tax allowance for an underage child at the same
      level as the payer‟s own non-taxable minimum.
   3. Consideration of possibilities to gradually reduce personal income tax rate in
      connection with increase of state and local government budget revenue,
      simultaneously redistributing tax revenue in favour of local governments.
   4. No support to harmonization of corporate income tax base and rate in the European
      Union.
   5. Reviewing of distribution of payment rates between employer and employee creating
      motivation to pay social insurance payment and closely following that payments are
      made in full to every employee‟s account.
   6. Improvement of the procedure of determining immovable property tax and property
      registration duty to set differences between housing used for the needs of owners
      themselves (declared places of residence) and housing used for speculative



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    investments. Prevention of unpredictable drastic increases of tax for housing used for
    the needs of owners themselves.
7. Immovable property tax payments must include all liens including those connected
    with requirements to protect natural and cultural objects, they must be known at least a
    year before and must be updated in the whole country simultaneously; immovable
    property tax must promote efficient use of property and at the same time tax payments
    on housing must be fair and comparable to monthly income of one member of a
    household.
8. Introduction of a reduced VAT rate to fuel produced from renewable energy resources.
9. Active combating of tax evasion, in particular smuggling, VAT fraud, salaries on
    which tax is not paid and hiding of income of private individuals; this fight against
    non-payers of taxes must not negatively affect competitiveness of fair companies.
10. Bringing to life of an effective mechanism for controlling income of natural persons
    on basis of initial declarations of personal income in order to prevent persons involved
    in corruption and other criminal activities to hide illegally acquired property, and also
    to improve tax collection.
11. Ensuring of fruitful work of the State Revenue Service in conditions of EU common
    market; strengthening of cooperation with tax and customs administrations of other
    EU countries to combat international VAT fraud and other tax evasion schemes.
Financial system and utilization of European Union funds
1. Ensuring of stability of the national currency of Latvia by a well-considered fiscal and
   economic development policy.
2. Preparation of successful accession of Latvia to the Eurozone.
3. Ensuring of efficient planning, attraction and utilization of EU funds and funds from
   the European Economic Area countries for implementation of projects and
   achievement of the set goals, additionally allocating the necessary state budget
   resources; improvement of the management system of projects for EU funds,
   simplification of procedures and institutional system for allocation of EU funds and
   control of their utilization.
4. Coordinated use of funding from EU funds and budget for implementation of the NDP
   in 2007-2013 increasing the focus on human resource development, employment,
   support to business and innovation; improvement and simplification of the
   institutional system of implementation of EU funds; increase of loan limits of local
   governments for pre-financing of projects for EU funds; development of an algorithm
   for financing projects of state and local government institutions when receipt of
   money from EU funds is delayed.
5. Ensuring of maximum transparency and responsibility of competent institutions before
   the public concerning utilized EU funds and correspondence of projects to the national
   development strategy.
6. Provision of state support to preparation of good-quality project applications in all
   regions including specially supported areas.


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   7. Coordination of Latvian accounting standards with international accounting standards.
   8. Ensuring of the possibility to use payment cards in collecting state budget payments
      and fees for services provided by budget institutions.

Increase in qualification level and productivity of labour, employment becomes the
determining factor of our competitiveness.
   1. Implementation of regular labour market analysis and forecasting.
   2. Motivation of potential labour force, especially young people, to study and receive
      professional orientation.
   3. Involvement of state institutions and sectoral associations in developing orders for
      higher and professional education, retraining and professional training of the
      unemployed.
   4. Changes in focus in professional education towards increase of qualification level of
      economically and socially active people, towards correspondence of professional
      education to labour market needs, professional re-qualification of people, towards
      possibility to acquire new skills for those whose profession is not demanded.
   5. Adjusting of labour laws and regulations according to requirements of the mobile and
      rapidly changing labour market, inter alia – by legally ensuring that people who have
      acquired education for the funds of their employer continue working in those
      companies.
   6. Promotion of increase of the level of enterprise and initiative among people of Latvia
      by learning main principles of business in higher and professional education
      programmes, further facilitating the undertaking of business and strengthening support
      to beginners, using the experience of re-immigrants for motivating people to start
      business.
   7. Support to entry into the labour market by using various e-work possibilities.
   8. Development and introduction of legal regulation for effective activities aimed at
      reducing undeclared employment.
   9. Continuation of the existing and introduction of new active preventive employment
      measures for the unemployed, job seekers and economically inactive people in the
      labour-capable age group, ensuring of quality of job seeking services by strengthening
      the capacity of the State Employment Agency.

Competitiveness of national economy, technological excellence and flexibility of companies
is at the basis of national economic growth.
   Business regulation and environment
   1. Clear definition of priorities and procedure how state supports business; promotion of
      competitiveness of small and medium enterprises by consistently implementing the
      SME development programme and measures aimed at ensuring competitiveness of
      SMEs and increasing their number. Ensuring of support to development of crafts.



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2. Ensuring of more active work of state institutions to promote export of Latvian
    products and services and to attract foreign investment especially focusing on
    knowledge intensive sectors and products.
3. Development of an export promotion programme and implementation of a state
    incentive policy in the area of exports to increase export volumes and improve foreign
    trade balance.
4. Gradual reduction of bureaucratic obstacles by introducing e-government, thus
    enabling to receive various statements from the State Revenue Service, State Land
    Service, local government and other state information systems in electronic form.
5. Assessment of business costs; implementation of a cost reduction programme.
6. Gradual introduction of electronic form of administrative procedures that are used by
    majority of companies.
7. In the framework of annual plan for improvement of business environment,
    implementation of measures for further simplification of registration of companies,
    improvement of labour market regulation, simplification of immovable property sale
    and registration, simplification of coordination of construction projects and building
    processes, as well as the tax returns system.
8. Ensuring that when a certain report has to be submitted to several state institutions the
    entrepreneur submits it only to one of these institutions; introduction of a programme
    of measures aimed at simplifying reports and their volume to micro companies, sole
    traders and craftsmen.
9. Development of public-private partnership by eliminating existing obstacles; support
    to preparation of pilot projects and their implementation for wider application of
    partnership; ensuring of adoption of the Concession Law and approval of other legal
    acts subordinated to it.
10. Promotion of development of national standardization systems by ensuring translation
    of necessary standards into the Latvian language and their adaptation.
Competition
1. Continuation of development of an environment that is friendly to fair competition;
   strict control of monopolies and prevention of formation of new monopolies;
   promotion of competition in current monopoly sectors.
2. Implementation of a permanent competition monitoring and improvement programme.
3. Optimization of regulation of public services; creation of an effective single regulation
   system, strengthening independence of the regulator.
4. Promotion of a business environment where strong competition exists between
   companies and thus the market works in the interests of consumers; improvement of
   work of consumer rights protection institutions and ensuring of effective market
   supervision and protection of consumers against risks to their life, health and personal
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   5. Ensuring that when legal acts are prepared and implemented public administration
      institutions assess their influence on competitiveness of the national economy and fair
      competition.
   6. Ensuring of support of the public to introduction of competition culture and
      implementation of competition policy by educating, informing and involving it.
   7. Stimulation of availability of support systems and funding to new companies for
      starting of business.

Main principle of sectoral development – particularly those sectors of national economy
must be supported where we have comparative advantages which are internationally and
qualitatively competitive and development of which stimulates the overall growth of Latvia.
   Production and services
   1. Implementation of a production support programme by promoting implementation of
       innovative ideas and manufacturing of export-capable products, introduction of high
       technologies and attraction of investment to development and production of
       knowledge-intensive products.
   2. Ensuring of increase of industrial competitiveness and manufacturing of products with
       higher added value, consistently implementing the State Investment Programme and
       the Industrial Development Programme.
   3. Ensuring of information linkage among the Government, local governments and
       businessmen in the area of legislation, investment, new technologies, innovations and
       cooperation partners.
   4. Increase of state participation in training programmes for producers in the area of
       quality control, environment and nature protection.
   5. Increasing of the role of research in production development by attracting researchers
       to performing studies that create competitive products with high added value and
       develop industrial production.
   6. Introduction of state support instruments aimed at more strongly stimulating the
       creation of innovations and new companies, in particular in regions.
   7. Support to seed, risk and start-up capital funds that invest in micro and small
       companies.
   8. Creation of business incubators/consultation centres for starters of business and
       micro/small companies, in cooperation with local governments in all regions of Latvia.
   9. Promotion of increase of innovations and value added of products in traditional
       branches of industry (light industry, food industry etc.) to increase their
       competitiveness.
   10. Support to employers in increasing qualification of their employees.
   11. Strengthening of competitiveness by promoting cooperation of companies and
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12. Promotion of formation and strengthening of more complex and higher value added
    service branches including in the area of information, finance and logistics services
    and education and healthcare.
13. Development of Latvia as a venue for large international business and scientific
    congresses, conferences and exhibitions; promotion of tourism by better utilizing
    Latvia‟s strategic tourism resources developing new competitive tourism products
    including products common for all Baltic States.
Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
1. More active participation in developing of the EU Common Agricultural Policy
   supporting gradual equalization of support payments between old and new EU
   member states.
2. Promotion of increase in work productivity by modernizing production, supporting
   investment in rural infrastructure and introducing innovative technologies in
   agriculture, forestry, fisheries and food production and processing.
3. Creation of a risk management system in agriculture and forestry (including insurance
   in agriculture and forestry).
4. Support to formation of initiative of rural population to promote involvement of
   economically inactive people in business; promotion of diversification of business in
   rural areas including development of production and processing of biological products
   and non-agricultural business activities and crafts.
5. Introduction in 2007-2013 of a state and EU support scheme in agriculture, forestry,
   fisheries and rural development (European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development,
   European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and European Fund for Fisheries) to guarantee
   increase of competitiveness, viability of rural economic environment as well as
   maintenance of fishing and fish processing traditions.
6. Support to transformation of the forest branch from a traditional branch of production
   to a technologically highly developed branch that is connected with other branches of
   national economy; promotion of development of processing capacities and increase in
   productivity by creating preconditions to innovation economy, stimulating
   development of science-intensive technologies and production of products with high
   added value.
7. Support to modernization of morally obsolete fishing vessels and improvement of their
   energy efficiency; promotion of technological modernization of fish processing
   companies and selling opportunities for fish products in local and export market.
8. Promotion of expansion of aquaculture with the aim to increase employment and
   develop the related tourism opportunities.
Construction
1. Ensuring of development and implementation of a single construction policy, inter
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     and by creating a coordinated and integrated construction management and control
     system.
2.   Modernization of the Latvian system of construction standards by laying down
     minimum requirements for functionality of buildings; improvement of the national
     building standardization and supervision system.
3.   Reduction of administrative obstacles in construction and simultaneously improving
     quality control in construction and observation of environmental requirements;
     elimination of bureaucratic obstacles to performing repair works of buildings and to
     destruction of illegally constructed buildings.
4.   Providing construction branch players with access to building standards, local
     government construction regulations and issued building permissions.
5.   Promotion of construction that is safe to the public, friendly to environment and
     human health and also energy efficient; improvement of the system of legal acts in
     construction sector.
6.   Ensuring that all territorial plans and building regulations are publicly available on the
     Internet
Energy
1. Promotion of Latvia‟s independence from imported energy resources, support to
    economically grounded projects of using local and renewable resources. Promotion of
    research of renewable energy resources, creation of legal environment and
    development of pilot projects.
2. Continuation of creation of a liberal market of energy resources and related services.
3. Support to reconstruction of centralized heating systems, construction and installation
    of heat adjustment equipment and reduction of heat loss in buildings.
4. Supervision of energy companies so that they observe environmental protection and
    safety requirements and that the environmental impact of new energy companies is
    thoroughly assessed.
5. Increasing energy security by promoting the creation of a single Baltic electric power
    market and connecting it in a joint network with North European and Central
    European markets.
6. Support to implementation of the project of a solid fuel electric power station (at least
    300 MW).
7. Ensuring of representation of Latvia‟s interests in the Ignalina nuclear power plant
    project.
8. Significant increase in state support to implementing energy efficiency measures and
    development of cogeneration electric power stations that use biomass. Promotion of
    introduction of energy efficiency requirements for energy consuming goods.
9. Implementation of the EU TEN-E supported research project on possibilities to create
    a new underground gas storage facility.
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11. Ensuring of integration of Baltic energy systems into European systems (connections
    of electric power transmission systems and connection to the Nordic Gas Pipeline
    depending on the progress of that project).
Multimodal, integrated, publicly accessible and safe transport system
1. Attraction of EU funds and state co-financing to construction and development of
   transport infrastructure objects (in particular – railway objects), use of the public-
   private partnership model; ensuring that the proportion of fuel excise tax intended for
   renewal and maintenance of transport infrastructure is not changed.
2. Construction of motorways (E22, A2, A8 etc), performance of planning and design
   works for renewal of the whole network of motorways; in order to ensure balanced
   development of regions of Latvia 1st category roads will be improved in parallel to
   main roads, development and starting of implementation of sate road programme for
   local government roads and 2nd category roads.
3. Starting of construction of the Northern crossing of River Daugava in cooperation
   with Rīga City Council.
4. Ensuring of more active cooperation between the state railway company “Latvian
   Railway” and port freight terminals and stevedoring companies to increase the flow of
   freight through ports; investments in the development of infrastructure of the ports of
   Rīga, Ventspils and Liepāja as well as small ports.
5. Improvement of transport infrastructure in Terehova and Grebņeva border checkpoints
   and other measures aimed at improving border crossing procedures for freight traffic
   in order to reduce the queues of freight transport on the Latvia-Russia border and to
   ensure faster freight control.
6. Promotion of construction of an essentially new Rīga international airport to make
   Latvia an international centre of business and tourism with a future aim to serve 30
   million passengers while at the same time maintaining a constantly high level of
   quality in passenger and freight service and flight safety; increase in competition in
   aviation industry by attracting to Latvia new airlines; investments into development of
   Daugavpils, Liepāja and Ventspils regional airports.
7. Increasing of the share of railway transport to reduce traffic jams on roads and bridges
   and to ensure development of environmentally friendly transport; promotion of
   modernization and renovation of rolling stock of passenger trains, continuation of
   reconstruction of railway stations by ensuring access to them for people with special
   needs; investments in rail infrastructure; measures to reduce risks connected with
   transportation of dangerous cargoes; ensuring of adequate state support to passenger
   traffic.
8. Achievement of construction of a new sea passenger terminal in the Rīga Port so that
   Rīga becomes an important tourism spot on the shore of the Baltic Sea and the number
   of regular ferry lines and cruise ships increases.
9. Increasing of road traffic safety by implementing the goals set in the Verona
   Declaration to reduce the number of dead and injured in accidents; minimization of the


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      number of black spots on roads; continuation of educating the public on traffic safety
      issues by performing large-scale campaigns.
   Development of information and communications technologies, infrastructure and
   services, general access to public electronic communications networks and the Internet
   1. Ensuring that all people of Latvia and legal entities in every part of Latvia have the
      possibility to receive electronic communications services including broadband Internet
      services; provision of all state and local government institutions with broadband
      Internet connections with a data transmission speed that enables to fully introduce e-
      government services.
   2. Continuation of development of publicly available Internet access points, especially in
      libraries and educational institutions including availability of a wide range of software
      and consultants.
   3. Implementation of the digital television implementation project, ensuring of creation
      of infrastructure necessary for digital television including return paths and availability
      in the whole territory of Latvia.
   4. Ensuring of efficient use of limited national resources (radio frequency spectrum,
      numeration).
   5. Creation of a single national emergency medical and crisis situation management
      structure using a common electronic communication technological platform;
      improvement of the system of electronic communications network and information
      security supervision.
   6. Promotion of availability of modern postal services in the whole territory of Latvia by
      increasing the range of electronic mail services and improving security of delivery of
      postal services.


                              More security for everyone

Good governance is based on the rule of law and ensures the rights of all of us
simultaneously ensuring mutual respect among people, protecting and promoting harmony in
the society.
   1. Modernization of public administration and strengthening of its capability, making it
      innovative at all levels and developing a single result-oriented public administration,
      introducing the principles of good governance at all levels of public administration,
      overcoming barriers between sectors and significantly improving the quality of
      services provided by public administration.
   2. Implementation of the principle – the state does not have to interfere in places where
      active and healthy competition exists and where the majority of businessmen can
      withstand foreign competition – as the main principle of national regulation.




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3. Particular attention to changing the focus of information flows in public administration
   by strengthening horizontal cooperation and making public services closer to the
   client.
4. Performing of audit of bureaucratic procedures, significantly simplifying them and
   making the decision making procedure more transparent.
5. Ensuring that people, companies and nongovernmental organizations can directly
   contact all levels of public administration institutions, offer solutions and influence
   their decisions, observe and assess the activities and efficiency of every institution.
6. Increasing of accessibility to services provided by public administration institutions by
   assessing their costs, strictly limiting the set fees and payments and bringing them
   closer to the actual cost of the services.
7. Promotion of the start of operation of the ombudsman institution thus ensuring real
   assistance to people.
8. Performance of measures aimed at reducing and eliminating the administrative burden
   created by state legal regulation.
9. Implementation of a modern, competence-based human resource policy in the public
   sector; creation of a working environment that increases each employee‟s individual
   responsibility and allows assessment of result of work.


Capacity building of local governments and polycentric development
1. Conclusion of the administrative and spatial reform of local governments by the
   elections of local governments scheduled for 2009 forming territories with a
   development potential and with strong local governments capable of providing quality
   services to its residents.
2. Implementation of strategic planning systems in all local governments by 2010.
   Provision and implementation of aid instruments for regional development aimed at
   sustainable, polycentric and balanced territorial development of Latvia.
3. Ensuring balanced territorial development of the country by enhancing the current
   planning systems in various industries and by increasing the role of local governments
   in determining priorities for the development of the respective areas.
4. Enhancement of the funding system of local governments and the equalisation
   (cohesion) system of local government finances; increased support from the state
   budget to regional infrastructure projects.
5. Increased earmarked subsidies from the state budget for development and
   improvement of infrastructure to local governments (pagasts (rural administrative unit
   in Latvia), towns and cities) that will join together.
6. Provision of local government investment programmes promoting regional
   development.
7. Support to establishment of research centres in the biggest cities in order to ensure
   polycentric development of the country; support to establishment of regional-level



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   infrastructure objects; promotion of partnerships among cities/towns and rural areas
   leading to diversification of rural economies, improved education opportunities,
   availability of medical and social services, as well as cultural events and
   entertainment.
8. Use of the expertise of Rīga as a business, science and culture centre of the Baltic Sea
   region in strengthening Latvia‟s competitiveness on the global market; transfer of
   scientific excellence, potential and resources created in Rīga to other regions of
   Latvia.
E-government and e-services
1. Implementation of the instruments of electronic government aimed at capacity
    building of public administration, optimised utilisation of the resources available to
    the state and local governments, as well as improved operation of judicial institutions;
    ensuring a maximum range of e-services and availability of information; efficient
    delivery of the services to the public.
2. Development of various channels for delivery of state and local government services
    (Internet, telephones and cell phones, radio and TV broadcasts) in order to ensure
    equal access to information for all residents.
3. Development of ICT infrastructure and services at the national and local government
    level by extensive use of external services.
4. Provision of a complete processing cycle of electronic documents in all national, local
    and judicial authorities.
5. Considerable improvement of data quality (precise, complete and up-to-date) in the
    national and local government information systems, their security, integration and
    linkage.
6. Introduction of uniform identification cards of Latvia‟s residents.
7. Formation of a common geospatial information infrastructure by providing a common
    framework for electronic processing of geodesic and cartographic information and
    ensuring its general applicability.
8. Improvement of the state electronic procurement system in order to ensure optimised
    utilisation of resources, decrease administrative burden and enhance transparency of
    the relevant procedures.
9. Improvement of the procedures and systems for collection and processing of statistical
    data.
10. Establishment of single information system of the State Archives.
11. Establishment of an e-election system and its application in the local government
    elections of 2009.
12. Enhancement of general IT-related skills among Latvia‟s residents in order to enhance
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Strengthening the rule of law in the country would imply outstanding performance of law
enforcement institutions in preventing infringements of law and enhanced general
performance of judicial institutions.
   1. Designing of a sentencing policy and a concept paper on sentence enforcement.
       Adoption of amendments to the relevant laws aimed at ensuring efficient punishment
       supported by the society.
   2. Designing and adoption of a new Law on Court Structure and a new Office of the
       Prosecutor Law in order to strengthen independency of courts and judicial supervision
       and to promote efficient criminal proceedings and protection of human rights.
   3. Promotion of the legal thought in the country by supporting studies and analysis of
       sentence argumentation; improvement of planning and coordination of the law
       creation process in the Ministry of Justice and other public administration institutions,
       as well as in judicial authorities.
   4. Ensuring that trials are conducted within reasonable periods of time by shortening the
       preliminary investigation period, eliminating opportunities for putting off proceedings
       in civil cases; reduction of the number of pre-trial detainees by more extensive
       application of non-custodial means; further enhancement of transparency of court
       proceedings by ensuring public access to all court decisions on the Internet.
   5. Review of the national policy related to the criminal law including classifying illegal
       trade in drugs as an especially serious criminal offence and trade in illegal alcohol – as
       a criminal offence; improvement of the criminal procedure by preventing violation of
       human rights, decreasing useless activities and bureaucracy, and combating corruption
       in law enforcement institutions.
   6. Ensuring general access to courts by establishing a legal assistance system funded by
       the state and by gradually increasing remuneration.
   7. Strengthening autonomy of courts, their administration system and independence of
       the judicial power.
   8. Improvement of forensic analysis by ensuring its compliance with the international
       standards.
   9. Development and improvement of the administrative court system; elaboration of the
       Administrative Procedure Law by ensuring all residents equal opportunities to protect
       their rights in their legal relationships with public authorities; ensuring availability of
       administrative courts in all regions.
   10. Improvement of courts of arbitration by elaborating the relevant legal acts and
       stipulating tough requirements for judges of courts of arbitration.
   11. Establishment of a modern system of administrative penalties.
   12. Development of bailiff‟s institution by ensuring inevitable enforcement of court
       decisions and access to bailiffs throughout the country.
   13. Ensuring availability of notaries by balancing their number proportionally to the
       number of residents and the level of economic activity in the regions.



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14. Introduction of a judge qualification assessment system based on unbiased criteria
    throughout their career; encouraging the change of generations among judges by
    introducing long service pensions for judges.
15. Improvement of the prison system according to the interests of the society by
    implementing a prison renovation programme, upskilling prison personnel,
    considerably improving health care services, generating jobs and study opportunities
    for the imprisoned persons; designing special programmes for the imprisoned
    juveniles by increasing opportunities to meet their family members and ensuring usage
    of the state language in the administration system of prisons.
16. Promotion of work opportunities for the imprisoned persons by envisaging specific
    procurement priorities considered in case of similar tenders.
17. Development of the State Probation Service by supporting public security and
    prevention of crimes in the country; paying special attention to protection of the rights
    of underage persons; provision of study opportunities for them.
18. Improvement of the naturalisation process by combating corruption and opportunities
    for acquisition of citizenship in a fraudulent manner.
19. Ensuring increased capacity of state and local government institutions to prevent and
    eliminate violations of the laws and regulations prescribing usagee of the state
    language.
20. Ensuring uniform and high quality services of the State Land Service throughout the
    country, including e-services.
21. Simplification of the relevant administrative procedures of the Register of Enterprises
    and other registers by ensuring the society access to high-quality information,
    reducing deadlines and charges for services.
22. Implementation of a new insolvency law that would support regaining solvency of the
    debtor, as well as efficient and lawful activities of insolvency administrators.
23. Prevention of „politisation‟ of law enforcement institutions and fostering their
    professional activities according to the interests of the society.
24. Minimisation of corruption opportunities in the judicial system; improvement of the
    system of disciplinary liability of judges and promotion of „self-purification‟ of
    judges.
25. Ensuring implementation of the Corruption Prevention Programme and its action
    plan.
26. Improvement of the procedures for funding of political parties and supervision of their
    enforcement.
27. Further elaboration of the personal data protection system, provision of confidentiality
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The main tasks of the internal security system – to guarantee security for everyone at home,
at work, on the road and in public places.
   Public order and civil protection
   1. Transformation of the agencies subordinated to the Ministry of the Interior from their
      retaliatory nature to service provides to other institutions serving the society; ensuring
      professionalism, education, fairness and commitment to serve the society as the
      fundamental principles of these agencies; ensuring transparency and involvement of
      the public in the transformation processes in order to regain and foster public
      confidence.
   2. Further focusing on combating organised crime, serious crimes (including murders
      and armed robberies) and economic crimes.
   3. Designing amendments to the Criminal Law and the system of administrative penalties
      in order to ensure more efficient fight against drug addiction and substance abuse,
      organised crime, trade in illegal drugs, trafficking in human beings and legalisation of
      illegal proceeds.
   4. Improvement of public order and security by paying special attention to street crimes
      and road traffic security by increasing the amount of mobile patrols.
   5. Closer cooperation with local governments and public organisations in order to
      strengthen fight against trade in illegal drugs and persons who do not disclose sources
      of illegal drugs, as well as to forfeit property used for trading in drugs and illegal
      alcohol.
   6. Increasing of the role of inspectors of juvenile cases in the State Police, ensuring
      closer cooperation of educational establishments, local governments and public benefit
      organisations in order to reduce juvenile crimes.
   7. Improvement of the performance of the State Police by providing technical means for
      supervision of road traffic; consideration of increasing the role of the Municipal Police
      in organising traffic flows resulting in an increased participation of policepersons in
      traffic; development of the Road Police in order to ensure their capacity to ensure
      traffic security; increasing the rights of police officials to participate in coordination of
      traffic security issues related to construction, reconstruction or servicing of roads;
      ensuring preventive measures by educating the society in possible threats and hazards
      of road traffic and their prevention.
   8. Development of the rescue services, including optimisation of the State Fire and
      Rescue Service and State Forest Service in order to ensure higher quality and timely
      help in case of fire, accidents and technogenic disasters; focusing on improved
      equipment, elaboration of laws and regulations (for instance, for arsons and
      devastation), construction regulations (height and equipment of new constructions)
      and requirements for pledges of private institutions and individuals (insurance of
      property and use of devices).
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10. Improvement of the state civil protection system through coordination activities of the
    Secretariat of the Crisis Management Council by involving state, public and private
    institutions and individuals, by fostering coordinated and efficient cooperation at all
    levels, by ensuring up-to-date equipment in line with the modern requirements and
    potential threats; designing and implementation of a special training programme in
    civil protection matter for Latvia‟s residents.
The State Border Guard Service and external cooperation
1. Ensuring compliance with the Schengen Agreement by completing reconstruction and
   equipping of the relevant objects on EU‟s external border and border-crossing points
   or by constructing new border-crossing point, where necessary.
2. Compliance with Latvia‟s international commitments by ensuring enhanced
   professionalism of the agencies in the system of domestic affairs and improved
   equipment for these agencies, as well as by supporting optimised work procedures of
   the relevant institutions and their employees in line with the requirements of the EU
   and Schengen Agreement.
3. Ensuring successful cooperation with the Europol and other EU security structures, in
   particular in the areas of combating organised crime, transit of illegal drugs,
   trafficking in human beings and illegal trade of weapons.
4. Preventive measures with regard to possible threats of international terrorism
   including development of the Crisis Management Council, promotion of coordinated
   cooperation among the relevant institutions, introduction of a four-level threat
   prevention system in accordance with the international standards, and improvement of
   protection of state, municipal or private objects (airports, electric power plants, gas
   storage facilities, etc.) against possible threats of terrorism.
5. Ensuring professional training in preventing threats of terrorism and in combating
   illegal migration through cooperation with law enforcement institutions of other
   countries and participation in international operations; provision and improvement of
   the respective equipment and material supply.
Internal security services and the society
1. Implementation of measures aimed at increasing requirements for employees engaged
   in the institutions of the system of domestic affairs, improving performance of these
   institutions and general availability of their services.
2. Prevention of utilisation of the resources, which are available to the State Police or
   other institutions of the system of domestic affairs, for arbitrary impact on persons;
   establishment of an independent and efficient system for control over agancies of the
   system of domestic affairs.
3. Encouraging professional growth of employees engaged in the agencies of the system
   of domestic affairs; ensuring well-organised upskilling, provision of equipment and
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   4. Ensuring training and education activities for specialists of law enforcement
      institutions in matters related to protection of child‟s rights and actions to be taken in
      case of family conflicts.
   5. Provision of a full study cycle – police school-college-academy - in order to ensure
      increased prestige of the police and inflow of employees; provision of regular
      upskillling courses (on amendments to legal acts, foreign language courses,
      communication skills) and assistance of psychologists; ensuring preparation of
      specialists and research in the relevant professional problems according to the
      requests/orders made by the state.
   6. Enhancement of the system of domestic affairs by simplifying subordination and
      ensuring an adequate number of employees in line with the functions to be discharged;
      implementation of transparent decision-making, appeal and enforcement control
      procedures.
   7. Improvement of working conditions and environment by optimising the agencies of
      the system of domestic affairs; development and implementation of a programme for
      construction of new buildings and reconstruction of the existing buildings in all
      regions.
   8. Enhancement of cooperation of the state and municipal police ensuring lawfulness and
      public order.

The key tasks of Latvia’s foreign policy are: increasing the international impact of Latvia,
protection of its economic interests and strengthening cooperation.
   Dynamic Latvia in the united European Union
   1. Improvement of public administration and human resources, increasing Latvia‟s
      representation in the EU institutions and strengthening coordination of EU-related
      matters in the country in order to fully exploit the opportunities opened to Latvia as an
      EU Member State.
   2. Support to such a development of the EU which would promote equality of Latvia and
      increase its impact; further active involvement and efficient representation of national
      interests in the EU processes, including implementation of the new EU policies and
      initiatives in accordance with Latvia‟s national interests – improvement of the living
      standards and enhancement of competitiveness of the national economy; creation of a
      computerised system for control of enforcement of EU‟s legal acts.
   3. Further support to the implementation of an efficient and common foreign and security
      policy of the EU, support to the EU as an active international policy maker, support to
      the strategic partnership of the EU and the USA both in international and regional
      matters.
   4. Reinforcement of EU‟s external border and ensuring its full operation laying a special
      emphasis on identical responsibility of all Member States for EU‟s external border;
      achieving inclusion in the Schengen Zone.



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5. Strengthening Latvia‟s energy supplies security by participating in formulating a
    common EU energy policy.
6. Ensuring, to the extent possible, that the EU legislation is favourable for the economic
    growth of Latvia, and ensuring Latvia more favourable conditions for acquisition of
    resources from the EU funds.
7. Strong further support to the interests of Latvian businesses in other EU countries by
    promoting free movement of goods, labour, capital and services in the whole
    European Union.
8. Implementation of Latvia‟s political and economic interests in its relations with third
    countries by exploiting the opportunities open to Latvia through its full-fledged
    membership in the EU.
9. Further active representation of Latvia‟s interests in the dialogue between the EU and
    Russia.
10. Strengthening the role of the enlarged EU in its new neighbouring countries paying
    special attention to EU‟s relations with the Eastern European countries – Belarus,
    Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
Cooperation within the Baltic Sea region
1. More extensive participation in region‟s cooperation organisations in order to ensure
   sustainable dynamism of the Baltic Sea region paying special attention to the
   cooperation model 3+3 of the Baltic States and region‟s EU countries, as well as to the
   8-country cooperation model of the Nordic countries and Baltic States.
2. Strengthening the dialogue of the northern EU countries (NB6) on topical EU and
   foreign policy issues in order to protect region‟s interests at the EU level.
3. In 2007, during Latvia‟s Presidency in the Baltic Council of Ministers – focusing on
   closer cooperation of the three Baltic States in the areas of energy resources, transport,
   domestic affairs, environmental protection and defence.
4. Focusing on enhancement of region‟s competitiveness and sustainable development
   during the Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in 2007/2008.
5. Ensuring a central role of the Baltic States in the Eastern Dimension of the EU
   Neighbourhood Policy.
6. Further support to active involvement of the United States in the region.
Bilateral cooperation
1. Implementation of active bilateral policies with the EU Member States by lobbying
   our interests in EU-related matters laying special emphasis on those matters that are
   determined by every next presiding country.
2. Strengthening bilateral relations with the countries possessing significant or growing
   global impact.
3. Active involvement in the visa coalition of the new EU Member States in order to
   ensure visa parity with the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil and other countries.




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4. Until opening of Latvian embassies in those countries where we do not have any
   representation - further successful cooperation with the EU Member States in order to
   represent Latvia‟s interests through their embassies.
5. Further transfer of Latvia‟s experience in the areas of political and economic reforms
   to the new EU neighbours and CIC countries.
6. Promotion of sound and good relations with Russia; designing a legally correct and
   politically acceptable solution for conclusion of the border agreement between Latvia
   and Russia in compliance with the Satversme (Constitution) of the Republic of Latvia
   and legal continuity.
7. Conclusion of additional agreements and promotion of economic cooperation of
   Latvia and Russia, support to the Latvian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission.
External economic dimension – a true foreign policy priority
1. Maintaining active protection of our economic interests as a key foreign policy
   priority.
2. Fostering Latvia‟s exports to the traditional and new markets, attraction of foreign
   investment into the Latvian economy.
3. Active lobbying in order to ensure Latvia‟s accession to the Organisation for
   Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); further work on accession to the
   OESC committees and working groups according to Latvia's priorities.
4. In view of Latvia‟s status as an EU Member State - promotion of cooperation with
   non-EU countries, including the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, China, Japan and
   other countries.
5. Setting forth that the capacity to represent Latvia‟s economic interests is one of the
   key criteria for opening a new embassy.
State security – activities within the EU and NATO, strategic partnership with the USA
1. Active involvement in the development and implementation of European and global
   security policies, fight against new threats by participating in the NATO, developing
   the European Security and Defence Policy and eliminating isolation of Latvia
   concerning security policy matters.
2. Enhancement of national security and security of Latvia‟s society by participating in
   setting up the European Rapid Reaction Force and other military and civil cooperation
   projects, including involvement in activities of the European Armament Agency.
3. Active strengthening of the NATO as a fundament for security in the Euro-Atlantic
   space by fostering its efficiency; consolidation and capacity building of the Alliance;
   support to an increasing role of the NATO in ensuring security and stability in the
   regions and countries being important for NATO's interests; involvement in setting up
   NATO's rapid reaction force.
4. Further participation of Latvia in international peace keeping missions under the
   NATO, EU or the United Nations; promotion of cooperation and coordination among




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      international organisations in crisis regions; development of the capacity of Latvia to
      take part in the international operations with its civil experts.
   5. Strengthening bilateral cooperation in security matters with the USA, strengthening
      Trans-Atlantic links and solidarity among the allies.
   6. Improvement of the supervision and export system of Latvia‟s strategic goods, and
      cooperation with those countries which are developing such a system.
   Further development of the diplomatic service
   1. Expansion of the network of Latvia‟s diplomatic representations by opening new
      embassies in the EU Member States and regions with fast growing economies (it is
      planned to open diplomatic representations in Egypt and Hungary in 2007).
   2. Expansion and strengthening the network of economic and cultural attaches of Latvia.
   3. Enhancement of knowledge and skills of employees engaged in the Latvian foreign
      relations sector, development of the respective training programmes; improvement and
      provision of an up-to-date technical base for the diplomatic service.
   4. Further development of consular cooperation with other EU countries by expanding
      opportunities for provision of assistance, as well as improving the quality of services.
   5. Enhancement of the management of the Latvian Institute and its personnel in order to
      develop a national programme for management of Latvia‟s brand in cooperation with
      acknowledged marketing professionals.
   6. Ensuring close contacts of the Latvian communities living abroad with their
      homeland, support to education of the Latvians living aboard; further implementation
      of the long-term programme Latvian Diaspora.

In order to increase the level of national security, close cooperation within the North-
Atlantic Alliance is essential.
   1. Improvement of national security by fostering closer cooperation within the NATO
      and contributing to international peace keeping operations.
   2. With regard to participation in NATO‟s operations – development of purposeful high-
      level specialisation of the armed force units involved in international military
      operations.
   3. Strengthening cooperation of the Baltic States in military matters in view of the role of
      regions in the growing process of globalisation.
   4. Ensuring a steady increase in Latvia‟s defence capacity by ensuring transition to
      professional and well-equipped armed forces.
   5. Further allocation of 2% of the GDP for national security and defence; ensuring
      efficient activity planning and control over utilisation of the budget resources.
   6. Development of the Home Guard both for cooperation with the professional armed
      forces and for ensuring readiness to act in crisis situations related to the civil society.
   7. Ensuring the Latvian society comprehensive information about the development of the
      Latvian armed forces and its tasks.


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   8. Elaboration of laws and regulations required for national security in the area of
       recruitment and training.
   9. Support to the Youth Guard in order to foster patriotic education of the youth and
       acquisition of military skills, development of physical capacity and useful leisure time
       activities outside schools.
   10. Utilisation of the diverse Latvian research and business potential in order to develop
       the national defence system.

A sustainable social security system becomes particularly significant in view of the
demographic trends.
   1. Maintaining financial stability of the social insurance system and promotion of its
       development; strengthening the capacity of the state pension system by progressing
       towards a sufficient level of pensions.
   2. Provision of state aid for the development of professional social work with families
       and children and for performance of such work in local governments.
   3. Further education of professional social workers in order to ensure in every local
       government high-quality social work with groups subjected to the risk of social
       exclusion.
   4. Development of the system of social assistance and state social services by developing
       new types of services, enhancing service quality, ensuring a minimum distance from
       person's place of residence to the service provision points and modernising the
       infrastructure of service providers.
   5. Improvement and widening of social rehabilitation services for children who have
       suffered from illegal actions and for victims of trafficking in human beings; provision
       of social rehabilitation services to adults suffering drug addiction or substance abuse.
   6. Drafting of the Law on Support to Disabled Persons or to Persons subjected to the
       Risk of Disablement and the Law on Supporting Competitiveness of Individuals on
       the Labour Market; promotion of social protection of the disabled persons and
       improvement of their integration.
   7. Provision of rehabilitation measures for persons subjected to the risk of disablement;
       establishment of an efficient system for reduction of consequences of disablement.
   8. Encouraging creation of new jobs for persons with special needs and increasing their
       benefits.
   9. Increasing the disabled child care benefit.
   10. Introduction of a procedure for reviewing state benefits on a regular basis.
   11. Support to families with children by ensuring steadily increasing social benefits,
       introducing a special August benefit for school age children (aged 7-16) living in low-
       income families.
   12. Optimisation of the child care benefit system by determining a new state social
       insurance benefit for parents.



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   13. Sound and committed implementation of the Concept Paper on the Minimum Wage
       and, in cooperation with social partner, development of an algorithm for calculation of
       minimum wage upon 2010.
   14. Ensuring efficient work of the State Labour Inspection developing it as a modern and
       flexible support institution for employers and employees in forming their legal
       relationships.
   15. Improvement of working conditions in companies by implementing a strategic and
       preventive approach to labour protection, including reduction of the number of
       occupational deaths and ensuring improved enforcement of the relevant legislation.


       Improvement of the living environment and sustainable growth

Public health is based on healthy lifestyles and timely prevention.
   Healthy lifestyle
   1. Strengthening positive public attitude towards, awareness of and responsibility for
      health and healthy lifestyle as a value; ensuring balanced responsibility of the state and
      individuals for their health and its improvement.
   2. More active fight against causes of illnesses/diseases by limiting proliferation of
      lingering diseases leading to disablement or occupational illnesses.
   3. Further implementation of the measures aimed at providing healthy living
      environment that would reduce proliferation of harmful substances causing addiction
      (smoking, drug addiction) as well as would reduce computer addiction and gambling
      addiction. Implementation of the measures aimed at reducing alcohol consumption and
      alcoholism.
   4. Provision of preventive, treatment and rehabilitation measures, in particular to
      children and juveniles.
   5. Ensuring vaccination in accordance with the State Immunisation Programme, in
      particular with regard to vaccination against infection diseases.
   6. Further development and implementation of requirements and measures for disease
      prevention paying special attention to prevention of cardiovascular diseases and
      limiting proliferation of HIV and AIDS.
   7. Support to the measures aimed at ensuring healthy eating habits; ensuring quality and
      safety of food products on the market in accordance with the guidelines for healthy
      food; provision of regular supervision of child nutrition quality at educational and
      childcare institution.
   8. Enhancement of society‟s mental health by supporting psychological, psychotherapic
      and psychiatric help services focusing on causes of the respective problems (stress,
      lack of stability at work, harmful habits, bad living conditions, etc.); designing and
      adoption of the Guidelines for Development of Mental Health.




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9. Strengthening cooperation with the society, more extensive involvement of
   professional associations and NGOs in discussions, public information campaigns and
   preventive measures.
Physical activities and sports
1. Ensuring conditions for development of physically and mentally strong personalities
   by implementing the National Sport Development Programme, addressing the
   problems related to children and youth sporting activities and physical activities of the
   whole society, issues of sports centres, attaining high results and developing research
   into sports; provision of steadily growing annual funding for sports programmes and
   activities of national importance.
2. Development of amateur sports and ensuring opportunities for every child and juvenile
   to engage in sports by setting forth that the state is responsible for physical fitness of
   children and youth; promotion of establishment of regional support centres and
   support to provision of training and education facilities for talented young people
   close to their places of residence and provision of all types of resources paying special
   attention to more extensive public-private partnership initiatives.
3. Ensuring engagement of the disables people in sports activities according to their
   needs and capabilities.
4. Support to development of sports centres, in particular to multi-functional sports
   centres close to all types of educational establishments in order to ensure sporting
   facilities in close vicinity to place of residence of every person, including children,
   youth, professional sportspersons, sport veterans and disabled persons.
5. Improvement of the national-level administration of sports; increasing the role of non-
   governmental organisations in the process of sports policy making and implementation
   by envisaging delegation of some important functions to sports organisations; further
   development of the system of sports education and training of sports specialists.
6. Resumption of special budget funding for outstanding achievements in sports
   (allocations from gambling and lottery taxes and charges, as well from excise tax
   applicable to alcohol and tobacco); formation of the Sport Game Fund.
7. Ensuring efficient and coordinated policy-making in sports; adoption of amendments
   to the Law on Education by stipulating that the state shall fund vocational education
   programmes implemented either in educational establishments formed by local
   governments or in educational and sports clubs established by private entities.
Health care
1. Implementation of the programme Development of Human Resources in Health Care
   in 2006-2015 in order to ensure the health sector educated and skilled professionals
   paying special attention to their balanced placement in the regions.
2. Considerable improvement of availability of information to the public concerning the
   guaranteed health care services.




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3. Development of health care services by eliminating gaps in medical services in order
    to ensure every individual irrespectively of his/her place of residence equal
    opportunities to receive quality medical services (first aid and planned aid, early
    diagnostics and prevention, adequate treatment and rehabilitation, etc.) to the extent
    possible.
4. Paying special attention to the development of the quality of primary health care
    services and first aid, and to improved opportunities to receive these services;
    improvement of availability of medical practitioners in order to reduce rows.
5. Implementation of the guidelines E-health in Latvia in order to foster introduction of
    e-health solutions by supporting application of modern ITs in work of family doctors,
    chemist‟s shops and hospitals, and providing the respective consultation services to
    the public and to medical practitioners; ensuring adequate opportunities to receive
    health-related information, information about threats to public health, preventive
    activities and possible treatment; introduction of electronic health case records and
    referrals; formation of single children‟s injury register.
6. Improvement of infrastructure and training of personnel of hospitals rendering
    delivery services in order to ensure child-focused, family-focused and high-quality
    services and family-friendly attitude; ensuring the measures aimed at reducing the
    mortality rate of children and the maternal mortality rate by providing delivery
    services and post-natal care, as well as high-level health care to infants.
7. Provision of timely treatment (including surgery) of cardiovascular diseases and
    malignant cancer.
8. Promotion of the development of clinical guidelines, in particular with regard to care
    for old people, palliative care and care for disabled people.
9. Further optimisation and modernisation of first aid services and the network of public
    hospitals in order to establish a highly specialised, high-quality, coordinated and cost
    efficient system of health care and medical rehabilitation.
10. Strengthening highly developed regional hospitals, their development as prestigious
    research centres; provision of state-of-the-art medical and diagnostics equipment.
11. Further renovation of local hospital facilities in order to use them for local first aid,
    ambulatory and social care.
Pharmacy
1. Further improvement of availability of drugs and medication; increasing the
   proportion of state expenditure in order to compensate drug costs for patients suffering
   serious and chronic diseases.
2. Inclusion of new groups of diagnostic measures and drugs in the list of medication and
   pharmaceuticals compensated by the state in order to ensure their greater availability.
3. Elaboration of the system of prescriptions; initial introduction of electronic
   prescriptions.
4. Strengthening cost-efficiency control over medication purchases for hospitals.



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Culture and language form the identity of a nation and every individual.
   1. Paying special attention to management of our cultural heritage (including cultural
       heritage in rural areas) by maintaining and supporting great values of national culture
       according to the highest criteria.
   2. Promotion of application of modern multi-media technologies in order to ensure
       involvement of the cultural heritage in modern life, to improve awareness of these
       values in the Latvia society and abroad, and to increase their recognition in the global
       cultural space.
   3. Development and implementation of balanced solutions for attracting investment and
       private capital in renovation of cultural monuments; implementation of the programme
       Heritage 2018 in order to renovate the state-owned real estate with a cultural value by
       country‟s 100th anniversary; ensuring special support to regional cultural centres
       related to preservation of cultural heritage by utilising EU funds.
   4. Support to preserving the State Fund of Cultural Monuments by promoting public-
       private partnership projects for renovation and preservation of cultural monuments.
   5. Establishment of the Latvian Register of Non-material Heritage and preservation of
       the diversity and originality of regional traditions in Latvia; accreditation of cultural
       centres.
   6. More active cooperation with the Rīga City Council in order to ensure protection and
       development of Rīga‟s historical centre; provision of funding for renovation of Rīga
       Doms (Rīga Cathedral) and for necessary works at the Brothers‟ Cemetery which is a
       cultural monument, a patriotic memorial site and a part of the State Protocol.
   7. Ensuring renovation of Latvia‟s historical churches and ensuring the celebration in
       honour of the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven at Aglona Basilica.
   8. Collection of information about significant Latvian cultural values located in foreign
       archives and institutions and ensuring their return to Latvia to the extent possible or
       their general availability; further implementation of the archive programme
       Genealogy.
   9. Further strong support to those cultural institutions which show outstanding creative
       performance by gradually ensuring adequate funding for cultural establishments of
       national importance; support to modern, high-quality and alternative cultural
       environment; formation of a system for planning and monitoring of the modern
       cultural processes; further development of the digital map of the Latvian culture.
   10. Ensuring successful preparation of the Latvian Song and Dance Festival in 2008,
       including renovation of the open-air stage in Mežaparks in cooperation with the Rīga
       City Council.
   11. Provision of at least a minimum range of cultural services throughout the country by
       eliminating regional disparities; support to performance arts and to formation of
       professional units in the regions of Latvia.




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12. Further provision of guarantees for independence of the State Culture Capital
    Foundation from political power and ensuring an annual increase in its funding by
    10%.
13. Promotion of improved quality of architecture; adoption of the Law on Architecture
    Quality; special support to preservation of the unique wood architecture in Latvia.
14. Strengthening Latvia‟s position as the cultural centre of the Baltic Sea region; support
    to construction of the new Three Brothers and five new concert halls, including
    construction of a concert hall in Liepāja for which the deadline is set in 2009; support
    to professional growth of musical groups of national importance; development of the
    repositories of the Modern Art Museum.
15. Support to dialogue among various ethnic, religious and social groups of Latvia,
    promotion of mutual understanding leading to cultural enrichment un more active and
    responsible involvement in the cultural processes in Latvia; ensuring ethnic minorities
    more extensive opportunities to use cultural resources by promoting initiatives of
    ethnic minorities.
16. Further prevention of the occupation consequences and ensuring adequate
    commemoration of victims; putting up of a monument for the victims of the Soviet
    occupation and support to shooting a movie explaining historic issues; implementation
    of the Project of the Latvian Occupation Museum Building for Future.
17. Support to preservation, development and functional improvement of the Latvian
    language as the state language and an official language of the EU; ensuring
    preparation of the full Dictionary of the Latvian Language.
18. Clear separation of the state language policy making and implementation; ensuring a
    functional focusing of the language policy; strengthening the capacity of the State
    Language Inspection.
19. Support to translations of the Latvian literature classics and greatest modern works
    into the biggest foreign languages and into the regionally important foreign languages;
    support to work and contacts of the Latvian and foreign writers at Ventspils
    International House of Writers and Translators.
20. Ensuring more extensive presence of culture in schools in order to strengthen
    favourable impact of culture on the development of the value system of children and
    youth and on development of creative capabilities; collection of a list of the greatest
    literary, art, musical works and movies that should be known when graduating
    secondary schools; resuming music classes as a compulsory study subject at schools;
    strengthening of chorus singing traditions at schools.
21. Development of a modern and dynamic system of cultural education.




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Civic and consolidated society is based on the principle of sustainability and common
values.
   1. Development, updating and implemention of a new policy planning document for
      integration of the society – Policy Guidelines for Integration of the Society for 2007-
      2010 in order to reduce outflow of labour, social exclusion, lack of tolerance and
      threats of disintegration.
   2. Improvement of coordination of the national integration policies in order to attain the
      target of the integration policy – formation of a society in which every individual and
      social group has equal opportunities for involvement in the social processes and for
      development of their potential; assigning the MSASIA to supervise the Society
      Integration Foundation.


   Strengthening civic society
   1. Enhancement of the prestige of the Latvian citizenship; improvement of the
      naturalisation process by increasing loyalty to the Latvian State and improving
      knowledge of the state language.
   2. Support to formation of a civic society; enhancing public confidence in state power;
      encouraging involvement of the society in country‟s social and political life by
      promoting formation and activities of societies, establishments and other institutions
      of civic society, their involvement in the policy-making processes in local
      governments, public administration institutions and EU bodies.
   3. Development of an environment favourable for sustainable and result-driven activities
      of NGOs by supporting access to various sources and types of funding; support to
      delegation of public administration assignments to institutions of civic society.
   4. Promotion of cooperation among the state and local governments, including legal
      amendments in the laws that restrict the capacity of local governments to support
      NGOs; support to the development of local programmes for integration of the society.
   5. Strengthening charity traditions in Latvia.
   6. Promotion of purposeful use of the Latvian language in all spheres of everyday social
      life and its development as a communication language of Latvia‟s population by
      ensuring Latvian language courses to ethnic minorities, including their provision in
      pre-school and primary education establishments.
   7. Promotion of involvement of the groups subjected to the risk of social exclusion in
      social, political and economic life of the country.
   8. Ensuring compliance with the requirements and principles of ethnic policies contained
      in the General Concept Paper on Protection of Ethnic Minorities; elaboration of the
      legislation related to ethnic policies.
   9. Strengthening support to NGOs of ethnic minorities and support to preservation and
      development of the languages and cultures of the ethnic minorities of Latvia.




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10. Fostering involvement of the communities and NGOs of ethnic minorities in the
    decision-making processes by developing and strengthening the current mechanisms
    for involvement and consultation activities stipulated in the Latvian legislation.
11. Reduction of separation of information spaces both in Latvia and between Latvia and
    the international society based on common values and mutual respect.
12. Within national ordering, strengthening work of mass media in languages of ethnic
    minorities in the area of cultural dialogue paying special attention to informative
    broadcasts about culture and traditions of Latvia‟s ethnic minorities for the Latvian
    audience, as well as about the history of Latvia, the Latvian culture and traditions for
    the ethnic minorities.
13. Promotion of mutual contacts and enrichment of the Latvian culture and cultures of
    the ethnic minorities.
14. Ensuring state support to the Liivs – the second native people of Latvia by supporting
    preservation of the Liiv language, culture and cultural and historical heritage and its
    involvement in the modern cultural and economic life under the state long-term
    programme Liivs in Latvia.
15. Development and implementation of the Programme for Gender Equality for 2007-
    2010 in order to ensure efficient, integrated and coordinated solving of gender equality
    issues.


Mitigation of risks related to external migration of residents
1. Strengthening the sense of belonging of the Latvians living abroad and of the Latvian
   population to their ethnic homeland; strengthening their ties with Latvia.
2. Promoting availability of information about events in Latvia.
3. Support to activities of the Latvians living abroad aimed at preserving and developing
   their ethnic, linguistic, cultural and religious identity.
4. Strengthening the Fellow-Countrymen Month as a forum for systematic cooperation.
5. Support to re-integration of the Latvians living abroad into the Latvian society;
   consideration of the option of double citizenship.


Strengthening tolerance in the society
1. Implementation of a sustainable national policy for strengthening tolerance.
2. Elaboration of the Latvian legislation pursuant to Latvia‟s international commitments
   in the area of non-discrimination and equal opportunities policies.
3. Examination of the risks and development of a national policy in the area of
   integration of legal immigrants and refugees.
4. Implementation of such a policy that would promote involvement of various social,
   ethnic, religious and other groups in the society based on respect for Latvia‟s
   traditional values.




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   5. Cooperation with religious organisations and communities, strengthening mutual
      informative and integrating linkage.

Housing, diverse supply of housing in an enjoyable environment.
   1. Promotion of energy efficiency projects in apartment houses in order to improve living
      conditions and reduce costs; implementation of a state aid programme for renovation
      of apartment houses and improvement of energy efficiency; enhancing awareness and
      responsibility of owners.
   2. Support to renovation of dwelling houses being cultural and/or historical monuments
      by granting tax deductions and state and local government subsidies for renovation of
      these buildings.
   3. Promotion of a balanced housing rental market; provision of support of the state and
      local governments to construction of rental houses and social houses; strengthening
      public-private partnerships.
   4. Establishment of a comprehensive mechanism for granting state or local government
      aid to the housing sector by specifying responsibilities of the state, local governments
      and individuals; support to acquisition of housing to families with children.
   5. Addressing problems related to the tenants living in denationalised houses.
   6. Ensuring general access to environment objects to persons with special needs.
   7. Development and implementation of a policy for management of dwelling and
      apartment houses; ensuring this sector an environment which is favourable for fair
      competition.

Sound use and preservation of the natural environment, balanced economic activities in
line with the requirements for environmental protection.
   1. Strengthening public involvement in the environmental protection; performance of
      educational and informative measures and provision and delivery of information on
      topical environmental information in a popular form; ensuring extensive public
      involvement in addressing environmental problems.
   2. Ensuring an annual increase in the funding of the Latvian Environmental Protection
      Fund by 10%.


   Biological diversity
   1. Starting paying out compensations for restrictions on use of land in specially protected
      nature territories and micro-reserves and elaboration of the compensation mechanisms
      by envisaging an option of compensation in cash or buy-out of land instead of
      replacing the restricted territory with some other territory of land.
   2. Registering the state-owned land within specially protected nature territories in the
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3. Increasing and strengthening the administrative capacity of the nature protection
   system by setting up regional units.
4. Support to assigning the protection status to endangered species and habitats.
5. Further cooperation with local governments and improved informative measures for
   land owners about management and protection of protected nature territories, as well
   as about opportunities to attract financial resources.
6. Developing the Natural History Museum of Latvia as a centre for environmental
   education and research.
7. Modernisation and development of the National Botanical Garden in order to make it a
   modern and publicly available site.
8. Development of the Rīga National Zoo.


Sustainable and sufficient use of natural and energy resources
1. Implementation of policies aimed at reducing the potential changes in the climate;
   coordination of measures aimed at adapting to climate changes; implementation of a
   system for Latvia‟s participation in the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme.
2. Support to enhancement of the competitiveness of renewable energy resources in
   comparison with fossil energy resources; support to cultivation of raw materials of
   agricultural or forest origin for production of renewable energy.
3. Prevention of illegal construction works in the protected areas of sand-hills on the
   Baltic Sea coast and in over-ground water basins; support to marking these areas in all
   levels of spatial planning and to ensuring information to land owners about the
   effective restrictions and environment-friendly management of their property.
4. Development of plans for water basin management ensuring public discussion and
   mechanisms for implementation of such plans.
5. Support to and participation in the measures aimed at preventing threats of natural
   flooding in populated areas, as well as for preventing threats of flooding due to
   construction of Pļaviņas HPP.
6. Further improvement of the water management infrastructure in accordance with the
   environmental requirements; ensuring compliance of drinking water quality with the
   effective quality standards.
7. Elaboration of the relevant laws and regulations in order to ensure protection and
   sustainable use of the entrails of the earth.
8. Support to measures aimed at preserving nature values, landscapes and biological
   diversity of rural areas, as well as at sustainable use of the natural environment for
   recreation activities; promotion of eco-tourism.
9. Fostering stabilisation and development of the Latvian fishing resources and recovery
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       10. Ensuring balanced use of ecological, economic, social, cultural and historical values of
           forests; ensuring increased multi-purpose use of forests in order to increase the value
           of forests.


       Reduction of pollution
       1. Elaboration of the environmental quality standards and promotion of their
          enforcement; development of single environmental monitoring and information
          system which would be compatible with similar EU and international systems.
       2. Elaboration of the relevant laws and regulations and improvement of the institutional
          system in order to determine higher liability for pollution of the sea and to reduce the
          risk of such pollution.
       3. Improvement of performance of the institutions which control environmental
          protection by building their administrative capacities.
       4. Recovery and revitalisation of the most significant historically polluted sites in order
          to prevent further pollution and foster sound use and sustainable development of such
          territories.
       5. Ensuring assessment of the risks of industrial emergencies and promotion of risk
          reduction and improvement of safety of the environmental and society in cooperation
          with local governments, commercial companies and public authorities.
       6. Strengthening management of chemical substances as a significant risk factor for the
          environment and society; support to a strategic approach towards the international
          management of chemical substances.
       7. Purchase of a multi-functional ship for fishing, environmental and pollution
          monitoring and research on the Baltic Sea.


       Waste disposal
       1. Elaboration of the relevant laws and regulations on waste disposal and improvement
          of their application in addressing issues related to waste management and disposal;
          support to establishment of the deposit system for disposal of specific types of waste.
       2. Modernisation of Baldone Radioactive Waste Repository; ensuring transportation of
          used nuclear fuel outside Latvia.
       3. Further development of the waste management system in order to ensure availability
          of the relevant services.
       4. Ensuring state support to businesses in enhancing their waste disposal systems in order
          to reduce the amount of buried waste.

7 November 2007

People’s Party:                                    Green and Farmers Union:




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________________________ /Aigars Kalvītis/     _______________________ /Augusts Brigmanis/




_______________________ /Atis Slakteris/       _________________________ /Aivars Lembergs/




________________________ /Uldis Sesks/         ________________________ /Indulis Emsis/


The Union of Latvia’s First Party/Latvia’s The    Union  “For             Fatherland      and
Way:                                       Freedom”/LNNK




________________________ /Ainārs Šlesers/      ________________________ /Māris Grīnblats/




_______________________ /Ivars Godmanis/       ________________________ /Jurijs Strods/




_______________________ /Vitālijs Aizbalts/




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