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Monday 18.12.2017 | Name days: Klinta, Kristaps, Kristofers, Krists

Delna asks Čakša to explain approach to resolve possible conflict of interests

Society for openness Delna has sent a letter to Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša, asking here to explain how the ministry intends to resolve a possible conflict of interests that involves the minister’s advisor, the country’s head oncologist Dace Baltiņa, who is also director of the International Virotherapy Centre.

EC fines Scania with 880 million euros for price fixing with rivals

Swedish truck and bus maker Scania has been fined 880m euros by the European Commission for cooperating with five other truck-factories to fix prices and avoid emissions costs.

Inspection launched at Rietumu Bank in relation to account associated with Donetsk People’s Republic

Finance Capital and Market Commission has commenced an inspection at Rietumu Bank in relation to an account that was opened to gather finances for self-proclaimed Donets People’s Republic, as noted by FCMC Communications Department manager Laima Auza.

FCMC approves recommendations for credit institutions to help uncover suspicious deals

Finance Capital and Market Commission has developed and approved recommendations for credit institutions to help uncover signs of suspicious transactions and improve the ability to prevent questionable financial transactions.

Entrepreneur: Tokyo City case symbolizes a much more serious problem

It has become known recently that State Revenue Service’s Finance Police commenced a criminal process in relation to envelope wages and tax avoidance at Tokyo City restaurant network. However, this case is not as much about the company as it is about the possibility of such situations repeating, says entrepreneur and Jurmala airport board member Zane Driņķe.

Employers: it is important to continue sorting out the healthcare industry

It is important to continue initiated systematic changes and dialogue with social partners to find common ground and contribute to the accessibility of healthcare services, public health indexes, as well as secure appropriate wage increases for healthcare workers, says Latvian Employers’ Confederation director Līga Meņģelsone.

Estonia wishes to attract 500 foreign ICT specialists in 2018

Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology voiced government's plans to attract in 2018 no less than 500 foreigners, specialists in the information and communications technology field, to Estonia.

Lithuania willing to call Georgia «Sakartvelo»

Senior Lithuanian politicians have expressed readiness to standartise the name it uses referring to Georgia to «Sakartvelo», rather than the Russified name it now uses, «Gruziya», responding to a long-time diplomatic endeavour of the Caucasus state.

FCMC permits transition of Nordea Bank’s Latvian branch to DNB Bank

The Finance and Capital Market Commission has decided to permit transition of ownership over Nordea Bank AB assets and commitments in Latvia to DNB Bank, as confirmed by the commission.

Saudi Arabia to give women right to drive

Being the only country discriminating women with a sex-specific driving ban, Saudi Arabia has seen its King Salaman issue a decree that will allow women to drive from summer 2018.

France points to EU's weak spots, proposes shared defence forces

President of France Emmanuel Macron has outlined his views on today's European Union and suggested ways of future integration and cooperation, with the establishment of joint military forces among them.

Latvian citizenship provided to 64 more people this year

On Tuesday, 26 September, the Cabinet of Ministers issued an order to provide Latvian citizenship to 64 people, including three underage youths, who went through naturalization with their parents.

Association: certain municipalities violate the Criminal Law

An absurd situation has formed in Latvia, when society is not properly kept informed of voters’ proposed legislative projects and their signing. Certain municipalities do not provide citizens the right to sign them, thereby violating Section 90 of the Criminal Law, says Open Management Partnership in Latvia representative Ivars Redisons.

Government approves healthcare funding legislative draft

On Tuesday, 26 September, Latvian government approved the healthcare funding legislative draft, which was developed to establish the general outline for healthcare funding system’s principles and regulate the structure of the state mandatory health insurance.

Latvijas Balzams not provided with CIT discount worth 4.24 million euros

On Tuesday, 26 September, Latvian Cabinet of Ministers decided to postpone the decision regarding the proposal to provide Latvijas Balzams with a corporate income tax discount worth EUR 4.24 million for the realization of a large investment project.

Russia deems UN inquiry in Crimea illegal

Responding to the findings by UN observers that Russia is seriously violating human rights in Crimea, a senior Russian diplomat has noted that their conclusions have no legitimacy as the UN monitoring mission only had powers to assess human rights situation in Ukraine.

Programme: criminal process for Tokyo City envelope wages case commences

Following voiced suspicions regarding payment of envelope wages and tax avoidance at Tokyo City public catering company, Latvian State Revenue Service’s Finance Police has commenced a criminal process, as reported by LTV Aizliegtais paņēmiens programme with reference to unofficial information.