Posts tagged as Reform

Finance minister: By making cuts, we reduce pressure for tax hikes

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Cost-cutting in the Estonian state budget strategy for 2022-2025 is necessary to avoid tax increases in the future, Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) said on the “Esimene stuudio” current affairs show of public ETV television Thursday night. “The state budget strategy in such form, containing also cost-cutting, is necessary first and foremost in order for us to have no pressure for tax hikes in the future,” Pentus-Rosimannus said. “Cost-cutting…

Port takeover reform advanced by Latvian government

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

At a meeting on Tuesday, April 13, the Cabinet supported amendments to the Law on Ports, which provides for the state takeover of the management of Latvia’s largest ports. The draft law has yet to be viewed in the Saeima. The plan provides that the three largest ports of Latvia — Rīga, Ventspils and Liepāja — should be transformed into State capital companies. It is planned that the new legal structure…

Broad reform of criminal justice system in Latvia is needed

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

On 11 January, President of Latvia Egils Levits took part in an online press conference during which the Ministry of Justice and State Audit Office presented the report ‘Effectiveness of investigations and trials of the criminal offences in the economic and financial area’, underlining the significance of the assessment and audit, as well as praising the State Audit Office for collaborating with OECD experts on the report. In his opening…

Health Minister: hospital reform unlikely to be budget-friendly

Monday, July 20, 2020

The revision of hospital services is unlikely to bring savings in budget, said Ilze Viņkele, Minister for Health, July 20, to Latvian Radio. The Ministry of Health will start negotiations with several regional hospitals this week on the provision of health services in the future, or on the levels of services they provide. The Ministry, in evaluating the five-level system in force, concluded that the lower-level medical treatment facilities did…

Tax reform discussion hits dead end

Friday, July 10, 2020

The parties’ talks on changes to the tax system have stalled, according to several politicians, Latvian Television reported on July 8. The reason was the New Conservative Party’s requirement that the untaxed minimum should be raised next year to €500, as promised in the Party’s program. Other parties say that Latvia cannot afford it. With the beginning of next year, the government hopes to introduce a 5% health tax, shifting…

Bank of Estonia chief: Pension reform long-term bad idea

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Bank of Estonia chief Madis Müller said Wednesday evening that the pension reform bill which passed the Riigikogu Wednesday was a bad idea for the long-term perspective, adding that the coalition will need to demonstrate strong faith in its reform if it wants to effectively carry it out. Speaking on ETV politics discussion show “Esimene stuudio” Wednesday night, Müller said that in its analysis of the proposed reforms – the…

Pharmacy reform threatens on-site medicine in Estonia

Monday, December 16, 2019

Changes to the law on pharmacies will make access to medicines more difficult in provincial Estonia away from the larger population centres, according to a report on ETV current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera. Opening hours in these areas do not meet the 40-hour-per-week minimum which is the case in the largest settlements (large here constituting anywhere with over 20,000 inhabitants) of Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Pärnu and Kohtla-Järve. Away from these…

Pension reform in Estonia to increase pressure

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Speaking at a meeting between Bank of Estonia Governor Madis Müller, Deputy Governor Ülo Kaasik and the Finance Committee of the Riigikogu, representatives of the Bank of Estonia once again drew the attention of committee members to potential bottlenecks in the implementation of the pension reform in its current planned form. In addition to the pension reform, the meeting also touched upon the state of the economy of the euro…

E-voting reform in Estonia

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The new foreign trade and IT minister should consider the constitutional aspect of e-voting as it has turned out by now that the Riigikogu decision from 2005 that admitted constitutional infringement but said it was less important that anticipated positive effect on voter turnout has proved inaccurate, MEP Jaak Madison writes. The Centre Party, Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) and Isamaa designated as an item of their coalition agreement reforming e-voting…

EU court finds Poland’s reform unlawful

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The EU’s Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that elements of controversial judicial reforms undertaken in Poland in 2017 were unlawful. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party had lowered its retirement ages for judges and public prosecutors to 60 years for women and 65 years for men — down from 67 years for both sexes. This reform, in turn, gave the Polish minister of justice the power to decide whether…