Ligi skeptical on new coalition talks

Jürgen Ligi and Jevgeni Ossinovski (R) (ERR)
7/23/2015 4:59 PM
Category: Politics

Commenting on a string of proposals by the Social Democrats to alter the coalition agreement, Reform Party Cabinet minister Jürgen Ligi said nothing will turn for the better if one of the coalition members begins to mock the agreement.

Reform Party and IRL heads have said they are willing to hear out the 15 proposals drawn up by the Social Democrats after Jevgeni Ossinovski was elected chairman of the party at the beginning of June.

“I am not completely at ease with this stance, that we are all very open to reopening the contract. Certain things begin to stink once opened,” Ligi said at a government press conference today.

He said the three parties spent five weeks debating the agreement, asking if after signing it, coalition members begin to mock it, then what are elections for, and what are partners and party heads for.

Ligi, who replaced Ossinovski as the education minister, said he is against the proposal to increase teachers' salaries to 120 percent of the national average. He said a pay hike for teachers is already in the initial coalition agreement.

“This is great – we take all the salaries and support which exist and write words such as 'increase,' 'add,' improve' and then we say changes to the coalition agreement are needed."

The Social Democrats proposed 15 ideas to change the coalition agreement, including doubling the tax free minimum rate. The proposals include cover for the costs in increasing income tax by 3-4 percent.

Besides replacing Ossinovski as the education minister, Ligi and Ossinovski's relationship has had a few other problems, such as when Ligi resigned at the end of last year for a outburst against Ossinovski on social media.

J.M. Laats

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