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Latvian politicians: Greek anarchic government lies and bluffs

«Europe has never seen such disrespectful behaviour,» – says former Latvian Finance Minister Andris Vilks, commenting on the position of the new Greek government in talks with international creditors. Current Finance Minister Janis Reirs adds that the government of Athens has lost its trustworthiness because it lied and bluffed.

Vilks: Unity is starting to resemble UGF

According to former Finance Minister Andris Vilks, the largest party in the coalition, Unity, is changing: its strongest politicians are ‘either in Brussels or underground’ and the party’s ideology is crumbling, as reported by lsm.lv.

EU pledges help to Hungary – increasingly a destination for Middle Eastern migrants

The European Commission has promised Hungary financial assistance and specialists to help tackle the influx of migrants arriving through Serbia.

Kremlin sees no point in checking the legitimacy of independence of Baltic States

Kremlin does not understand the point behind the initiative that was submitted to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office in regard to the alleged illegitimacy of independence of Baltic States, announced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov this Wednesday, 1 July.

Kazakh «silk road» to pass Latvia – all the way to Lithuania

Considering the growing transit of cargoes from China to Kazakhstan, the Kazakh government has developed a new multi-stage logistical chain to connect the East and West. The project, which is called «The New Silk Road», mentions Lithuania’s Klaipeda port as one of the chosen transit points. Latvian ports are not included in the plans for Chinese cargo transit.

Zhirinovsky requests a referendum in Baltics in favour of merging with Russia

Scandalous Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky has announced an outrageous request to hold a referendum in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in favour of having these three Baltic States become part of the Russian Federation.

Expert: euro value could decline because of Greece

Even though Eurozone has much smaller ties with Greece than it did in 2011-2012, mainly because the private sector – especially Eurozone banks – is not directly influenced by Greece’s debt, it remains possible that damage could spread over to other financial markets. This especially applies to Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy, as mentioned by Coface Director Armis Blumfelds.

Plan to build LNG terminal approved in Estonia

Estonian state-owned company Port of Tallinn backed plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in one of the ports it operates.

CPCB detects breaches in Unity’s, Harmony’s and UGF’s election expenses

Unity, Harmony, United for Latvia, New Conservative Party, Freedom and the Union of Greens and Farmers have all made mistakes in election expenses of the 12th Saeima elections.

SRS to notify taxpayers regarding their identified «envelope salary» risk

Starting with Wednesday, 1 July, the State Revenue Service will start sending notifications to taxpayers regarding who have been identified with «envelope salary» risk. These notifications will be sent via the Electronic Declaration System.

Ukraine stops buying Russian gas over price disagreement

Ukrainian state company Naftogaz has announced on June 30, it would not continue buying natural gas from Russia from July 1 until new supply conditions are agreed upon.

Military Police provided with an apartment in Ogre to ensure Vejonis’ security

Starting with Wednesday, 1 July, Military Police will start using a separate apartment in Ogre in order to ensure security of President Raimonds Vejonis, as reported by Ogre municipality.

Jelgava Council Chairperson accused of beating up a youngster

Chairperson of Jelgava Council Ziedonis Caune from the Union of Greens and Farmers has beaten up some teenager named Igor who, is known of driving aggressively, lsm.lv cites the words of one of the young man’s friends, Linards.

With its bailout having expired, Greece misses its IMF payment

Greece missed the July 30 deadline for a 1,6 billion euro debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first economically advanced state to fail to repay a loan to the lender.

Russian politicians call to assess the legitimacy of Baltic States’ independence

Russian Prosecutor General's Office has responded to a request by Russian politicians to assess the legitimacy of independence of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Experts find the cleanest and dirtiest beaches in Latvia

Liepaja coast from Nida to Pavilosta has been recognized as the dirtiest beach in Latvia. Its average trash concentration is 195 units per 100 m.

Unemployment in Eurozone remains the lowest in the last three years

Seasonally adjusted level of unemployment in Eurozone for May 2015 was 11.1%. With that, it remained the same in comparison with April.

Latvia’s average forest regeneration costs down 4.3%

In 2014, the average forest regeneration costs in Latvia comprised EUR 557 – EUR 662 per 1 ha, depending on the forest land quality group. In 2013, these costs accounted for EUR 566 – EUR 630 per 1 ha.

Retail trade turnover up 6% in Latvia

Compared to April, Latvia’s total retail trade turnover 2015 dropped by 0.9% in May, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices.

Latvia’s presidency in EU in numbers and facts

Tuesday, 30 June, marks the last day of Latvia’s presidency over the EU Council. Latvia’s presidency’s Secretariat has compiled a list of the most interesting facts and statistics about this period:

Agreement reached in regard to cancellation of roaming premium in Europe

On the night to Tuesday, 30th June, after nearly a 12-hour meeting, it was possible to reach a provisional agreement with the European Parliament regarding the proposal of the Single Telecoms Market to cancel roaming premium and the first open internet rules in the European Union.

Estonia might resettle up to 200 refugees, Rõivas says

During the next two years Estonia could admit 150 to 200 Mediterranean refugees, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas has stated this week.

PM: Latvia could take in up to 200 refugees

This week Latvian government will have to reach an agreement as to how many African refugees the country could accept voluntarily. Even though the coalition has yet to reach an understanding, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma believes the total number may be close to 200 people, as reported by lsm.lv.

Tsipras asks Greek voters to reject creditor demands in referendum

Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras late on Monday asked voters to reject the set of austerity demands that Greece's international lenders have set for Greece to reach an agreement on a new bailout.

Meteorologists predict a hot end of week in Latvia

Weather in Latvia will be unstable this Tuesday and Wednesday: both rain and moderate heat are expected. Some areas of Latvia may even experience fog.