Change: Grigule submits resignation to leave LFU
MEP Iveta Grigule has decided to leave Latvian Farmers Union. In her interview to Panorāma, Grigule said she was shown social surveys that showed declines of ratings of the Union of Greens and Farmers and the government. «I don’t want to get in anyone’s way – if I am the reason for the decline in ratings, I hope this step will help recover lost positions,» Grigule said. When asked if she truly believes she is the reason for the rating decline, the politician asked to look at ratings in a couple of months.
Business: Government approves open gas market principles
From now on all activities in the gas trade process involving customer service will be secured by the trader. With that, clients will only have to sign one contract and receive one bill.
Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/government-approves-open-gas-market-principles-159876
Fight: NEPLP concerned about Latvijas Radio’s situation
«National Electronic Mass Media Council is very concerned over the situation at Latvijas Radio. Recent meetings and discussions have left the impression that LR does not function as a team. Such a situation is unacceptable. The council expects explanations, an action plan and specific solutions,» – says council member Ivars Abolins.
Decline: Sudraba and Aboltina believe Kucinskis’ mistake was the approval of this year’s budget
Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis’ government is as though an empty boat without a captain or crew tossed around by waves. Such an assessment to Kucinskis’ government’s first year was given by Inguna Sudraba in her interview to Rīta panorama on 9 February. Solvita Aboltina told LNT on 9 February that trust for Kucinskis’ government is below the lowest point of Laimdota Straujuma’s government, which is rather unfortunate to say the least, she said. Aboltina believes the biggest accomplishment of Kucinskis’ government is the reform in education. Its biggest mistake, on the other hand, was the approval of this year’s budget.
Truth: Ombudsman reports many complaints are received in regards to work in SRS
The State Revenue Service does not comply with principles of the Administrative Process Law in its work. The service has had poor progress with introduction of good management lately, said ombudsman Juris Jansons. He said that even if a person is late with submitting some information, SRS responds very repressively. But if it is SRS who does not respond to residents’ applications, the service faces no penalties.
Growth: Masjulis: Lithuania has become a leader of Rail Baltica
From an initially outsider position in the Rail Baltica project, Lithuania has become its leader, Lithuania Transport Minister Roks Masjulis told BNS on 9 February.
«During this meeting, I emphasized that Lithuania, which up until now was viewed as the project’s outsider, has become the leader. We already have a railway line from Poland’s border all the way to Kaunas. In addition, we have begun establishing a route from Kaunas to Latvia’s border. No other country has done as much,» Masjulis said.