Latvia’s president will not keep apartment but will get the biggest pension

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Once his term is over, Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis will be the first ex-president in the country’s history who will not be provided a state-sustained apartment, said State President’s Chancellery head Arnis Salnājs during a meeting of Saeima’s Public Expenditures and Audit Committee.

He explains that changes will meet Saeima’s amendments to the Law on Ensuring Work of the State President.

Instead of an apartment, Vējonis and all future ex-presidents will receive increased monthly pension equal to 85% of the state president’s monthly wage. If the ex-president later becomes a Saeima deputy or minister, the pension will longer be paid.

The existing monthly pension amount for ex-presidents will remain equal to 50% of the state president’s monthly wage. Arnis Salnājs stressed that new changes will not apply to ex-presidents already provided with state-sustained apartment.

Also Vējonis and other future ex-presidents will receive one car, whose purchase or rent price does not exceed double the purchase or rent price of a car for which a state administration official is eligible to receive.

The head of the State President’s Chancellery said that the costs of maintaining ex-presidents’ apartments and vehicles reached EUR 380,000 last year.

In total, in 2018 the State President’s Chancellery had spent EUR 6.89 million, which is two million more than it is planned this year. Salnājs told members of the committee that last year’s expenditures were higher because of activities associated with Latvia’s centenary and the president’s many foreign visits.

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