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Coalition is close to reaching agreement on 2020 budget - Karins.

RIGA, Sept 11 (LETA) - The ruling coalition partners are close to reaching agreement on next year's draft state budget, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said in an interview with Latvian Television this morning.

"I think we're close to that [agreeing on the draft budget]," said Karins. "I am sure that none of the [budget] proposals are bad, they are meant well. I will admit though that, from my point of view, it is sometimes a little tiring for everyone. But that is the job. It's also my job, "he added.

Asked about the complexity of the budget negotiations, Karins replied, "I can say that of all the situations I've been in, this is not the simplest one."

Representatives from several coalition parties said yesterday that, although the coalition had still not agreed on next year's budget priorities, the parties were hopeful that they would be able to reach compromises.

After the Cooperation Council's meeting on Monday, Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development/For) stressed that the viability and existence of the five-party coalition is based on their ability to negotiate, which is particularly important when working on the budget. The parties have shown their willingness to compromise, and Vinkele hopes that a reasonable compromise will be reached.

The National Alliance's board chairman Raivis Dzintars said that work on the budget had never been easy, but he was confident that the coalition parties would eventually reach agreement.

Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV LV) stressed that his party supported decisions that would have a positive effect on the national economy. The party's priority is the people and the development of the country's economy. KPV LV wants to see how each cent in the state budget will bring a positive contribution to the economy. Girgens said that his party was consulting with the public and businessmen to better understand their interests.

Justice Minister Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party) said that he would support compromise proposals of the coalition partners, while at the same time he expects that the New Conservative Party's interests will also be taken into consideration.

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