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Wednesday 11.12.2019 | Name days: Valdis, Voldemārs, Valdemārs

Aivars Lembergs may be forced out of Latvian Olympic Committee

The topic of Aivars Lembergs’ dismissal from his post as member of the LOK Executive Committee may be brought up during the Tuesday, 10 December, meeting of Latvian Olympic Committee, BNN was told by LOK President Aldons Vrubļevskis’s press-secretary Mārtiņš Mālmeisters.

Committee’s talks about electing Riga City Council for more than five years; decision postponed

After lengthy and heated discussions on Tuesday, 10 December, Saeima’s Public Administration and Local Government Committee decided to continue discussing amendments that would allow Riga City Council composed in snap elections to function for longer than five years.

Lithuania announces world’s first digital collector coin

The Bank of Lithuania has announced it would issue a blockchain-based digital collector coin in 2020, as it seeks to attract fintech investors and give new impetus to numismatics in the Baltic country.

Unemployment level in Latvia increases to 5.8% in November

At the end of November, unemployment level in Latvia was 5.8% of the economically active population, which is 0.1 percentage point more than a month prior, according to data from the State Employment Agency.

Lembergs avoids giving a clear yes or no to stepping down from Ventspils Freeport board

Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of committing serious crimes, avoided giving a clear yes or no in regards to the possibility of stepping down as chairman of Ventspils Freeport board, according to what he said at a press-conference on Tuesday, 10 December.

«Little green men» unmasked. UN condemns Russian occupation of Crimea

The United Nations’ General Assembly has passed a resolution, where the occupation by Russia of the peninsular of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol has been condemned and Moscow has been called on to withdraw its troops from the territories.

Two cigarette smugglers detained on Latvia’s border

Border guard officials in Krāslava have detained two Latvian citizens for illegally carrying excise goods over the border, BNN was told by State Boarder Guard representative Kristīne Pētersone.

USA adds Aivars Lembergs to its «black list»

On Monday, 9 December, based on the so-called Magnitsky Law, US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control established sanctions against a number of people and their organizations in Europe, Asia and Latin America, including the suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs.

Average electricity prices in Baltic States down 10%

Nord Pool’s electricity prices in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia dropped 10% last week – to 41.73 EUR/MWh, as reported by AS Latvenergo representatives.

Court maintains arrest for Riga Central Market cigarette case suspect Vilnis Visors

On Monday, 9 December, Riga Regional Court decided to keep the security measure against suspect in Riga Central Market illegal cigarette trade case businessman and board member of Tirdzniecības nams Latgales priekšpilsētā Vilnis Visors in place.

Swedbank introduces free operations with securities

Swedbank has abolished the commission fee for operations on Baltic stock markets to promote public interest in deals using shares and other securities, the bank reports.

Pabriks: it is necessary to increase US military support for Latvia

Between 6th and 7th December, Latvia’s Defence Minister Artis Pabriks participated in Reagan National Security Forum in California. During this forum, the minister met with US Deputy Secretary of Defense John C. Rood, stressing the need to increase US military support for Latvia, BNN was told by the ministry.

Estonian accommodation shows 5%-tourism growth in mid-autumn

Hostels and other places of accommodation in Estonia have hosted in October 2019 a number of tourists that is by 5% larger than in the respective month last year, the official statistics of the Baltic country showed.


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