BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Business; Decline; Truth; Future and Growth.
Change: Kucinskis wants to see Citskovskis in charge of State Chancellery because he has «bright eyes»
One of the strongest characteristics of Interior Affairs Ministry’s deputy state secretary Janis Citskovskis, who is a candidate for the post of director of State Chancellery, is the ability to form a strong and capable team, Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said in an interview to 900 seconds programme in LNT.
When asked what makes Citkovskis better than Martins Krievins, Kucinskis said ‘one can come over and announce how things will be and the other will organize everything point by point’.
Business: Natural gas reserves to be created in Latvia for energy crisis situations
Latvian Cabinet of Ministers supports the plan to entrust the creation of natural gas reserves to Conexus Baltic Grid, as BNN was informed by Economy Ministry.
On Tuesday, 28 March, the government approved rules that will govern the process of creation and storage of natural gas reserves in Latvia for energy crisis situations. Latvia’s natural gas supplies come mostly from Incukalns underground gas storage facility. This is why the Cabinet of Ministers decided to entrust the creation of gas reserves to the transmission system’s operator Conexus Baltic Grid, Economy Ministry told BNN.
Decline: Economist: Latvia’s market is in «anti-bubble» stage
If Riga had built large business centres in time, Riga would not have lost to Vilnius in the field of outsourcing services, said DNB macroeconomic expert Peteris Strautins at a conference ‘How to develop real estate market in Latvia?’ on Friday, 31 March.
He says that one factor affecting the market in Riga is export of services, which has grown explosively and more rapidly than exports of goods in recent years – those are business services, ICT and tourism.
«I can understand people who speak of the possible risks of attracting tenants and fear building new office centres. There is no reason for concern; office centres should be built – tenants will appear on their own. Industries in which large wages are paid experience export increase over EUR 300 million every year,» Strautins says.
Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/economist-latvia-s-market-is-in-anti-bubble-stage-163233
Truth: Strīķe: whenever contraband was associated with parties, SP put up all kinds of barriers
«I would never join any of the political parties that are currently in power,» said former official of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and mayoral candidate from the New Conservative Party Juta Strīķe.
«Looking at so-called old Latvian parties that are in power and knowing more or less how they work, I get the feeling of disgust over how things are done there. I also particularly dislike those parties’ total indifference towards corruption and the lack of interest in combating it,» Strīķe comments.
She admits that she had never planned on becoming a politician. «I liked fighting crime – be it corruption, contraband, theft or kidnapping. I liked this job. But over time I started noticing a pattern – I was allowed to catch small criminals and perform routine checks, but as soon as contraband turned out to be associated with political parties, especially when I still worked at Security Police, the higher-ups would impede my work. There have been cases when the criminal case would be taken from me and all materials would be sent over to another department,» she said.
Growth: Rudolf Meroni: The more Ventspils flourishes, the happier I shall be!
Rudolf Meroni! Who are you? – Ostap Bender, international swindler, or the biggest employer and tax payer in Ventspils?
It depends on whom you ask. Aivars Lembergs has called me with different names and continues to do so, using “flashy” words and descriptors, but time will surely put everything in its proper place and the people of Ventspils will find out, who is who, sooner or later. It’s virtually impossible to hide the truth in the long term. At the same time, facts are facts, and even Aivars Lembergs will find it hard to deny – Together, the companies I lead are the biggest employers and tax payers in Ventspils. Ventbunkers even got a certificate of merit for that from the City Council of Ventspils.
Future: Use of wild animals in circus performances to be prohibited in Latvia
On Thursday, 30 March, Saeima conceptually supported amendments to the Animal Protection Law to prohibit the use of wild animals in circus performances. Previously, however, deputies decided against this.
Following the European Commission’s request, it is also planned to clarify regulations in relation to test animals, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.
The proposed legislative draft provides for supplementing the law with a new section, stating that it will no longer be allowed to use train wild animals and captive-bred animals to be used in performances. New regulations will mainly apply to travelling circuses from the European Union and foreign countries.