RIGA - The large number of people who participated in protests against the administrative territorial reform raises questions about the quality of the reform, Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments' Chairman Gints Kaminskis said in an interview with TV3 this morning.
The opinion of the protesters coincides with that of the Local and Regional Governments' Association. "It is apparent that residents' incomprehension of the reform is increasing," said Kaminskis.
He did not say whether the protesters would be able to change the reform, only said that Saeima had to listen to local governments and residents. "If not, what's the point of being elected to Saeima? You have to work for the benefit of your people," emphasized Kaminskis.
As reported, Saeima began reviewing the bill on administrative territorial reform in the second reading on Thursday. Also on Thursday, rallies and protests were held against the reform in many regions of Latvia as well as at the Saeima building in Riga.
The reform plan proposed by the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry provided for reducing the number of municipalities in Latvia from 119 to 40.