RIGA - The number of regions in Latvia might be increased as a result of the ongoing public debate on the planned administrative-territorial reform, Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce (For Development) said on Latvian Television on Thursday.
Puce said that it has already become clear in discussions on the reform that the government-approved plan of Latvia's municipalities will be modified. "It is possible that after the recent discussions a new region might be created," the minister said.
However, Puce declined to specify how many more municipalities and in which provinces might be created as part of the reform, but said that to the ministry considers all regions of Latvia equally important.
As reported, the majority of parliament lawmakers on November 7 supported the bill on administrative-territorial reform in the first reading.
The bill on formation of 39 municipalities instead of the current 119 was supported by 70 lawmakers, while 13 lawmakers voted against it.