Prime Min­is­ter: Agri­cul­ture Min­istry alone can­not veto the en­tire pack­age de­posit sys­tem

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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.

Evija Tri­fanova/LETA

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