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
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
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
Main long-term tasks of the Government
1. Development of Latvia into a competitive, highly developed country with a stable
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
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
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
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
We consider overcoming of the demographic crisis and its consequences to be a complex
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
traditional view about the consuming aspect of culture.
Financial stability creates preconditions for sustainable development of the national
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
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
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
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
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
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
6. Provision of state support to preparation of good-quality project applications in all
regions including specially supported areas.
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
3. Involvement of state institutions and sectoral associations in developing orders for
higher and professional education, retraining and professional training of the
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
property in connection with use of noncompliant goods or services.
5. Ensuring that when legal acts are prepared and implemented public administration
institutions assess their influence on competitiveness of the national economy and fair
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
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
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
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
10. Support to employers in increasing qualification of their employees.
11. Strengthening of competitiveness by promoting cooperation of companies and
formation of clusters.
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
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
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.
1. Ensuring of development and implementation of a single construction policy, inter
alia, eliminating the fragmentation and functional overlapping of involved institutions
and by creating a coordinated and integrated construction management and control
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
6. Ensuring that all territorial plans and building regulations are publicly available on the
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
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
6. Support to implementation of the project of a solid fuel electric power station (at least
7. Ensuring of representation of Latvia‟s interests in the Ignalina nuclear power plant
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.
10. Ensuring of creation of the planned state oil product reserve.
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
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
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-
2. Continuation of development of publicly available Internet access points, especially in
libraries and educational institutions including availability of a wide range of software
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,
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
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
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
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.
3. Particular attention to changing the focus of information flows in public administration
by strengthening horizontal cooperation and making public services closer to the
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
their quality of life according to the principle of e-participation.
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
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.
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
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
25. Ensuring implementation of the Corruption Prevention Programme and its action
26. Improvement of the procedures for funding of political parties and supervision of their
27. Further elaboration of the personal data protection system, provision of confidentiality
of genetic information.
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
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
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
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).
9. Implementation of measures aimed at improving safety of water transport.
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
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
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
8. Enhancement of cooperation of the state and municipal police ensuring lawfulness and
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
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.
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
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
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
6. Further support to active involvement of the United States in the region.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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-
12. Optimisation of the child care benefit system by determining a new state social
insurance benefit for parents.
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
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.
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
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
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.
9. Strengthening cooperation with the society, more extensive involvement of
professional associations and NGOs in discussions, public information campaigns and
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
4. Strengthening cost-efficiency control over medication purchases for hospitals.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Civic and consolidated society is based on the principle of sustainability and common
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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%.
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
State Land Register.
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
of habitats for migrating fish.
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
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
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.
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:
________________________ /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
________________________ /Ainārs Šlesers/ ________________________ /Māris Grīnblats/
_______________________ /Ivars Godmanis/ ________________________ /Jurijs Strods/
_______________________ /Vitālijs Aizbalts/