PM allows that EU could agree on common Covid-19 restrictions, but promises to primarily protect interests of Latvian residents

  • 2020-09-23
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - If all European Union (EU) countries are able to agree on common Covid-19 restrictions, Latvia could also agree to them, but the interests of Latvian residents will be given priority in the decision-making process, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told Latvian Television this morning.

The Prime Minister reiterated his position that the Latvian government, when deciding on Covid-19 restrictions, will be guided by the recommendations of epidemiologists - if they recommend any changes by strengthening or easing the restrictions, the government will do the same.

Speaking about the calls made at the European level to agree on common Covid-19 rules throughout the EU, Karins noted that so far such an agreement does not exist and is only a political statement. In order to reach a common solution, this should be agreed by EU health ministers, who in turn are represented by health professionals from each country.

If the whole of Europe is able to agree on a common vision, then Latvia could also agree to it, the politician noted, saying that Latvia is ready to work in step with its partners, but will put the interest of its own people first, instead of allowing decisions to be made somewhere outside the country.

Karins admitted that the Latvian government still "has an open question" on how to help the local tourism industry "hibernate" the upcoming winter. From the politician's point of view, the successful transition of those working in the sector to other sectors will reduce the unemployment caused by Covid-19 in Latvia, but there are problems with the maintenance of tourism infrastructure.