Prime Minister: Agriculture Ministry alone cannot veto the entire package deposit system
A single ministry does not have veto rights that would allow it to block the introduction of entire systems, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT when asked about Agriculture Minister Jāņis Dūklavs’ objections to the introduction of a package deposit system in Latvia.
Kučinskis agrees with what Agriculture Ministry said: that the report from Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry on the introduction of a package deposit system lacks certainty, specifically in financial calculations. «The report from this ministry is slightly emotional. It lacks numbers,» said the prime minister.
He promises to not oppose the ministry’s intended package deposit system. Nevertheless, he intends to put effort into finding out more about the costs of this initiative and its mechanisms.
The head of Latvia’s government also proposed taking information from the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau – that an investigation is planned to study Dūklavs’ objections against the introduction of the package deposit system as agriculture minister and co-owner of Piebalgas alus – in a calm manner. «CPCB reviews all complaints. Investigation is not the same as condemnation,» says Kučinskis.
At the same time, he says «no single ministry is able to block any kinds of systems» and «not a single ministry has veto rights». The prime minister also promises to discuss this matter in May to have the government make its decision in the first weeks of June. Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry has submitted to the government amendments to Packaging Law and Environment Protection Law needed to assist with package deposit system in the country. Agriculture Ministry is the only one in Latvia that has yet to approve this system’s introduction in the country.