Suggested emergency measures to the Latvian government to help cover basic expenses for those in need
Location: Latvia, Riga
“We need solidarity and coordination amongst civil society organisations”
How do you get on with life after COVID-19 if you lost your job or saw your wages drastically cut? To help citizens deal with such situations, the Latvian National Association for Consumer Protection has been suggesting emergency measures to the Latvian government. “We pushed for citizens who couldn’t provide for their basic needs to receive a crisis benefit. Half of their expenses will be reimbursed,” says Baiba. “We’ve also been involved in the decision to provide debt relief opportunities for consumers, as well as delay tax payments, and vulnerable consumers can now apply for a heating allowance.” Baiba is also a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). She stresses that the post-COVID-19 period will call for a strong and stable EESC, with knowledgeable members fully committed to representing the interests of civil society organisations.