8-point re-emigration plan approved

  • 2013-08-07
  • From wire report

RIGA - The government approved on July 30 the Economy Ministry’s re-emigration support plan for 2013-2016, allocating 2.4 million lats for its implementation, reports Nozare.lv. All that is left now is to implement the plan, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis (Unity) said, expressing hope for its positive results.

Previously, support for the plan was postponed several times, since the government had to harmonize several matters.
The re-emigration support plan, drawn up at the initiative of Economy Minister Daniels Pavluts, envisages eight specific directions over the next three years. The plan stipulates setting up an institution with representations in all regions of Latvia to provide information and consultation on various matters connected with moving to or residing in Latvia, ensuring the availability of labor market information and attracting a highly qualified labor force.

The plan also aims to ensure that everyone who is above the age of 15 and willing to learn the Latvian language or improve his or her Latvian language skills, can do so.

It also stipulates cooperation with Latvia’s diaspora, particularly in establishing and maintaining business ties, support for schoolchildren returning to the Latvian education system, the requirements of state administration, municipal institutions or state companies in personnel selection, as well as expanding the ranks of people eligible for the status of a repatriate by amending the Repatriation Law.

The amount needed for the implementation of the plan in 2014 is 767,700 lats (1 million euros); 839,100 lats in 2015 and 840,100 lats in 2016.