He said that military security has not been the issue that the European Union has dealt with so far, but the current geopolitical situation, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, as well as further Russian threats force it to do so. Asked whether there is another area besides security in which he would like Europe to hear Latvia’s voice, Dombrovskis said that these are financial issues.
The politician explained that currently in the multi-year budget of the EU for 2021-2027 Latvia has access to financing from the EU in the amount of 10 billion euros and it is important that this financing continues even after this period. This concerns both the cohesion policy, the financing of the “Rail Baltica” project, and the continuation of agricultural direct payments.
“These EU funds and EU financing issues are very relevant for Latvia, because it is still one of, if not the biggest source of public investment for Latvia,” said the commissioner.
Photo: Open council meeting and general meeting of the association “Jaunā Vienotība” and the party “Vienotība”
Dombrovskis currently holds the position of Executive Vice President of the European Commission (EC). Answering whether he has to resign from his position by participating in the EP elections, Dombrovskis said that he does not have to leave his position. The politician reminded that in 2019, when he was the vice president of the European Commission, he ran in the EP elections and did not resign from his position even then.