National Alliance / Article / Eng.lsm.lv
Before the legislative elections of October 6, we bring you question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on the ballots. The fourth part concerns the National Alliance, which is part of the current tripartite coalition.
1. Are you planning to reduce public administration?
We need to move towards a more efficient public administration. This means that reforms are needed to improve its functioning, among other things, various electronic solutions, in which the National Alliance strongly believes. For example, many documents are still in paper form and are entered manually into the system by the authority. This is not optimal, although it is not the employees, but the system that needs to be improved. In the long run … this would result in a reduction in the number of employees. However, such an optimization would be a logical result. However, it should also be noted that, according to OECD statistics, in 2015 20% of the total labor force was employed in the public sector in Latvia, compared to 22.8% in Lithuania and 23% in Estonia.
2. What are the three ministries that you would most like to lead?
Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development and Ministry of Culture.
3. How should the work of the Office for the Prevention and Combating of Corruption (KNAB) be changed?
It would be desirable for KNAB to provide documents more quickly for prosecutions in cases of general public interest (eg in the Rimšēvics case). If there are well-publicized allegations and then there is a long silence and uncertainty, it negatively affects the Latvian state both politically and economically. It would also be desirable to find out what were the obstacles that prevented KNAB from prosecuting cases in which there was operational information about crimes alleged several years ago (such as the Rimšēvics case and the Oligarch conversations).
4. Should Latvia remain within the European Union and NATO?
Latvia is and will be an active and loyal member of the European Union (EU) and NATO. Therefore, the National Union is actively involved both in increasing defense spending and in supporting the continued presence of NATO Allied troops in Latvia.
The NA advocates a European Union of national states whose sovereignty and cultural qualities are respected and valued. The National Alliance opposes the federalisation of the EU, which would mean that small countries like Latvia would lose the possibility of influencing the development and progress processes of the EU as well.
5. How and in what way should rapid credit activities in Latvia be limited?
The National Association supports the amendments to the Consumer Rights Protection Act, which places stricter restrictions on non-bank lenders. The changes, in particular, state that the total cost of a loan should not exceed 0.07% [interest] per day.
However, it is important not to stop there. Not only must parliament vote on the relevant amendments, but new restrictions must be introduced. It is worth mentioning the aggressive advertising of quick loans, which often misleads people about the real costs of cheap credit and, more importantly, attracts new customers who do not even need such a loan.
In the long run, there may only be a few lenders left, but it is hoped that they will lend money in good faith, assessing the borrower’s ability to repay the loan. Latvia does not need this sector in its present form of chaos, there are dozens of companies whose reputation and sources of funding are unknown.
6. How and in what way should gambling businesses in Latvia be restricted?
Set limits on the number of gambling venues in a specific area to eliminate the situation when gambling halls are on every corner. Restrict outdoor advertising for playrooms. If a billboard talks about winning, it must also mention the loss.
7. What three steps would you take to significantly improve the revenue side of the state budget?
1) Better collection of value added tax (VAT)
2) Reduce unemployment and promote employment
3) It should be ensured that more citizens come back to Latvia every year than leave it. The National Alliance will support every Latvian who wishes to return to live in the homeland. Many Latvians have accumulated invaluable experience and acquired new skills abroad. The return of these citizens will result in a greater labor force, including in sectors where there is already a manifest shortage of personnel, and therefore, through labor and indirect taxes, will generate higher income for the state budget.
8. Do you support cohabitation law, which would also provide a basis for legal relationships for same sex couples?
No, because we believe that it is necessary to defend family values, and Latvia has decided on a constitutional basis that marriage – a union between a man and a woman, as well as a family – is legally protected.
The state recognizes and protects the institution of marriage not because it allows people to feel as comfortable as possible in their cohabitation, but because of the unique and fundamental benefit that this confers on our country. , to our society and to all of humanity. This recognition and protection is based on the common good and not on the satisfaction of individual selfish instincts.
Registering same-sex couples would not mean ensuring “equality” but a radical redefinition of the institution of marriage at the state level, which would pave the way for the destruction of the institution of marriage. We see the initiatives as a social experiment, where a minority of society wants to impose its worldview on the majority of Latvian society. Its aim is to transform society by law, but such artificial modification and “improvement” of society will not be tolerated. The Latvian legal system already guarantees equal rights to all people without any discrimination, but this does not necessarily mean that the state has a duty to support a homosexual way of life.
9. Should another President of Latvia be elected for the next term? [as opposed to a second term for Raimonds Vējonis]?
Yes. The National Union would like to see Egils Levits, an expert in constitutional law, as the next president. We respect Raimonds Vējonis as a good person and experienced politician, but to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the Presidency to the State, other essential qualities are needed.
First, the ability to see wider interconnections, to formulate and implement national strategic interests. The president must be a person of national belief and ideals. Second, the skill of being a leader is the ability to communicate, inspire people, take responsibility, formulate goals, exercise power not only formally, but also with the authority of one’s personality. . Third, experience and knowledge of the actual political process.
10. Which political forces do you see as potential allies and which ones would you refuse to cooperate with?
Our “red line” parties are “Harmony” and “Russian Union of Latvia”, with which we will not allow any cooperation. In order to prevent these parties from being part of the Latvian government, we are ready to cooperate with other parties.