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November 2016

Report on Latvia highlights the country’s problems

As part of its work for public service unions in Europe, LRD has carried out background research for a report on Latvia produced by the unions and a group of NGOs.

The report notes that Latvia faces major challenges in relation to healthcare and poverty, particularly as regards adequate social protection, and access to affordable housing. It suffered sharp economic decline as a result of the crisis and then further pain as austerity measures promoted by the European Commission resulted in massive cuts in public spending. Latvia is not an austerity success story and urgent and major action is needed to reduce poverty, address housing shortages and turn the ailing health system around.

http://epha.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/European-Semester-LATVIA-Final.pdf


 

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