PM: it is absurd to collect money for listening to the radio

  • 2012-05-30

RIGA - The idea of collecting money for listening to radio is absurd, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis (Unity) told the LNT morning show "900 sekundes" today, commenting the wish of the Latvian Authors' Society to collect payments from residents who listen to the radio when not at home.

"For the agency not to follow the law blindly, coalition MPs have submitted a bill that proposes several changes in this regard," said the prime minister. Dombrovskis hopes that Saeima will discuss the issue and the current situation will be corrected.

Dombrovskis added out that he agrees with the Culture Ministry's position on the issue.

As reported, AKKA/LAA believes that in order to play music at work and other public places, companies will have to receive public performance licenses first.