The government has approved at an emergency meeting the Transport Ministry’s prepared agreement on airBaltic's future funding and management. By signing the agreement, the state has secured effective control over the company, informs the Transport Ministry.
U.S. ambassador to Latvia Judith Garber was spotted visting Harmony Center leader Janis Urbanovich in late August. According to the investigative journalism broadcast Nothing Personal, after the meeting HC agreed to recognize that occupation did take place. The move will help HC get into the government.
In August, 2 300 people left Latvia to live abroad. The number breaks all the records since migration levels are calculated. 13 942 people in total left Latvia in the first eight months of 2011. It is more than a half than a year earlier, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.
All the necessary organizational matters are currently being settled, so that customs officers from the Baltic States could rotate to the European Union's external borders already this year, according to the State Revenue Service.
On Monday, October 3, Unity discussed in its board meeting the possibility of forming "a rainbow" coalition and government, which would represent all the political parties elected in the 11th Saeima, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis told after Unity and the national association All for Latvia!-TB/LNNK meeting.
The State budget policy in 2010 has not met the requirements of the law on budgetary and financial management, reveals Inguna Sudraba, State Auditor General.
Despite millions placed in information technologies (IT), the State Revenue Service (SRS) is still using messengers to deliver documents.
The events in airBaltic resemble the management of the state, because the national airline has been run as short-sightedly and irresponsibly as Latvia itself, says Inguna Sudraba, Auditor General. The very fact a shareholder himself is not aware of the company's financial situation proves the poor management, she says.
Latvians lack sound national confidence, says the world-famous Norwegian economist Erik Reinert, whose book How Rich Countries Got Rich… and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor is about to be published also in Latvian.
Citadele bank has paid back the Finance Ministry 48.7 million euro (LVL 34.2m), of which 46.6 million euro (LVL 32.8m) had been placed by the state as deposits, while 2.1 million euro (LVL 1.5m) account for the third-quarter interest payments.
Despite Latvia abandoned obligatory military service already back in 2006, there is growing popularity in the National Armed Forces (NAF). Since it is more economical to place funds in training professional soldiers, it is no longer economical to restore obligatory military service, Sandra Brale, representative of the Defence Ministry, told the news portal BNN.
The annual report of Zatlers Reform Party's prime minister candidate Edmunds Sprudzs' company Hansaworld Latvia suggests signs of "envelope wages", reports the portal Pietiek.com.