RIGA, March 8 (LETA) - Saeima today voted down a proposal, filed by the Latvian Association of Regions, to hold a vote of no confidence in Economics Minister Arvils Aseradens (Unity).34 MPs voted for the initiative, 48 voted against, and Janina Kursite-Pakule (National Alliance) abstained.After a meeting with Aseradens earlier this morning, where the minister presented his vision of lower electricity bills, Latvian Association of Regions decided to nevertheless propose Saeima to dismiss Aseradens from his job.According to the Latvian Association of Regions, Aseradens is essentially proposing to shift the burden of electricity costs from several major electricity consumers to onto all other consumers - thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises and residents. The association also said it had information that the State Treasury had lent money to Augstsprieguma Tikls transmission system operator so it could buy Itera Latvija's shares in Conexus Baltic Grid, which would eventually result in higher electricity and natural gas bills for customers. "The minister had to admit that this is what will happen," the association's representatives said.
Published: 08.03.2018 12:20
Alina Lastovska, LETA