Russia's attitude toward Latvia will not change after the incumbent President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev passes his powers to Vladimir Putin, says Alexander Veshnakov, Russian Ambassador to Latvia.
Currently, the winners are developers who are able to take risks, constructing an office building and offering it on the market after a year or two, considers Deniss Kairans, executive director of the real estate consultant Colliers International.
Zatlers Reform Party has not changed its standpoint, still believing that a broad coalition including Harmony Center would be the best option, yet such a coalition is currently unable to gather the majority vote at the Saeima, points out Valdis Zatlers, leader of the party.
Harmony Center is set to convince President of Latvia Andris Berzins about the drawbacks of the newly-formed ruling coalition, consisting of three parties - Zatlers Reform Party, Unity and All for Latvia!-TB/LNNK.
After three weeks long talks, in the evening of October 10 it was finally decided that Zatlers Reform Party, Unity and the national association All for Latvia!TB-LNNK will make up the ruling coalition, leaving the left-wing political association Harmony Center as well as Greens and Farmers Union in the opposition.
According to the Constitution, the President of Latvia names the prime minister candidate only after the Cabinet of Ministers has delegated its powers regarding the newly-elected Saeima's convocation on October 17.
Due to higher salary, lower responsibility, more tangible outcome and adrenaline Dzintris Kolats, director general of Latvijas Radio, concedes the possibility to leave his current job and become a news service manager at Latvijas Televīzija.
On October 10, meeting of the European Union External Relations Council will take place in Luxembourg. Countries will mull over introducing stricter sanctions against the Belorussian regime, according to information approved by the Latvian government on Tuesday.
The President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite and the Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius discussed on Monday, October 10, key issues relating to the next year’s state budget.
No considerable price gains are expected in the coming months and the average price increase will account for 4% in 2011 versus 2010. This is influenced by global price dynamics and the still moderate growth in domestic demand, economists say.
When the Environment Ministry was being merged with the Regional Development and Local Governments Ministry, three employees of the minister Raimonds Vejonis were paid 6 000 lats in total for losing their jobs for a period of three days.
New developments have emerged in the case of Riga Port’s tender for the port infrastructure transfer to Krievu island. Recently, Viktors Para, board chairman of BMGS, deemed the German construction company Josef Möbius Bau-Aktiengesellschaft’s action by appealing the tender results as an economic sabotage.
After the Prosecutor General Office’s proposition, the Constitutional Court decided on Monday, October 10, to initiate criminal prosecution against the Constitutional Court’s judge Vineta Muizniece.
The President of Latvia Andris Berzins is to voice his opinion on the coalition forming process on Monday, October 10, evening, after gaining complete information on the negotiation progress between the parties.
The news portal BNN has completed a poll of the 40th week of the year. Visitors of the page were asked for their opinion on the move of Valdis Zatlers, leader of Zatlers Reform Party, to invite Harmony Center to join the coalition formation. The results of the poll clearly reflect the attitude of the Latvian speaking population.
Compared to August 2010, manufacturing turnover (at current prices, calendar adjusted data) grew 10.4% in August 2011, of which in domestic market – by 15.7% and in export – by 4.8%. Three largest sub-sectors - manufacture of food products, wood processing and metalworking played the biggest role in the increasing manufacturing turnover.
The National Alliance All For Latvia! - For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK has become more suspicious, believing that it is merely being toyed with and in fact nobody wants it in the government. Moscow's influence is evident not only in Harmony Center, but also in Zatlers Reform Party, Raivis Dzintars, leader of the National Alliance, reveals his suspicions.
Ombudsman Juris Jansons has turned to the Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers, asking to start criminal proceedings against the responsible State Revenue Service (SRS) and Finance Ministry (FM) authorities for ungrounded collection of the personal income tax (PIT), according to Ruta Silina, the Ombudsman's consultant on communication matters.
The government is to decide on Tuesday, October 11, about allocation of 266 173 lats to ensure a one-off benefit of three monthly salaries to the 10th Saeima deputies who were not elected in the new 11th Saeima.
Raimonds Lazdins, head of Riga airport Security Department, is planning to spend annual ten million lats on security. The current expenses make up 3.5 million lats. To cover for them, the management of the airport is set to forward to the government a project, which provides a security payment of 9 euro if collected by airlines and 10 euro if collected by the airport itself.
Logic says that the next government should be formed by Zatlers Reform Party and Harmony Center, says Augusts Brigmanis, one of Greens and Farmers Union leaders, adding that these two parties would have 53 parliamentary seats in total.