FICIL in Action
FICIL Executive Board, together with the Green Economy Development and Digitalisation work groups, held an online meeting with Mr. Artūrs Toms Plešs, the Minister for Environment Protection and Regional Development. The meeting covered a range of topics related to green and digital transformation. As one of the main points, FICIL stressed the necessity to introduce a State CIO, in order to have a centralised and efficient state digital governance structure. FICIL also called for a clear plan on how the government plans to achieve the climate goals and reminded that RRF funds should be allocated for long-term reforms which would give a significant push to Latvia’s economy.
Fair Competition & Public Procurement work group hosted an online meeting with Mr. Artis Lapiņš, Head of the Procurement Monitoring Bureau. Mr. Lapiņš presented PMB’s current action plan, and the parties discussed efficiency issues related to large procurements, as well as the predictability of PMB actions. FICIL pointed out that still too much focus is put on the lowest price and recommended that the PMB should show initiative and come out with some best practice examples.
Ms. Zlata Elksniņa-Zaščirinska represented FICIL in a public discussion on the port governance reform. The discussion included various stakeholders, such as investors and port operators, representatives from port authorities and municipalities, as well as the Minister for Transport Mr. Tālis Linkaits. FICIL’s position remains that a governance reform should be a part of a wider long-term strategy for the ports. First, there should be a clear strategy on, for example, how the Latvian ports should compete with other ports in the Baltics, and only then the most suitable governance model should be found. Furthermore, FICIL advocates for decisions that are based on data on research, therefore, we believe that s thorough economic assessment of the new governance model must be carried out before implementation.
31 March marked the official launch of the new Economic Affairs Court. Mr. Māris Vainovskis, leader of the Investment Protection & Court Efficiency work group, was invited to the opening event to give his welcome words to the new judges.