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Tuesday 15.10.2019 | Name days: Hedviga, Helvijs, Eda

On safe side: Estonian tech minister changes Huawei to iPhone

Estonian Foreign Trade and Information Technology Minister, Kert Kingo, has changed her Huawei smartphone after criticism about alleged security issues with the device of the Chinese brand.

Latvian city trio could retain special status after reform, minister says

As the massive Latvian administrative reform is to be discussed in government, its advocate, the Regional Development Minister, has suggested Liepāja, Rēzekne and Daugavpils could retain their special status thus increasing the number of prospective municipalities to 39.

Latvian budget to receive 20 million euros ruled to be criminally acquired

The Riga Regional Court has ruled that arrested 29 million euros have been acquired illegally and that they have to be transferred from a bank to the Latvian state budget, announced the Latvian Office of the Prosecutor General.

Programme: Audit of Rīgas karte reveals inflated costs, link to city officials

In Riga public transport, electronic ticketing systems depend on two large service providers, controlled by a businessman linked to the employee of Rīgas karte firm, according to it audit seen by LTV programme De Facto.

Latvian government debt expected to reach 11.65 billion euros in 2020

Latvian government debt could in the end of 2020 reach 11.65 billion euros, the Finance Ministry estimated in a report on government debt trends for 2019 to 2022.

Polish Law and Justice announces victory in general election

After the Polish parliamentary election, the ruling national-conservative Law and Justice party has claimed victory as exit polls showed another landslide victory. Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński claimed victory as exit polls showed the party winning 43.6% of votes.

Experts call Latvia’s 2020 budget growth outlook «optimistic»

The 2.8% economic growth outlook detailed in the 2020 budget plan is very optimistic, said analytics of different banks, commenting on the budget supported by Latvia’s government in Friday, 11 October.

50 Stockmann employees fall ill with stomach infections during Trakās dienas

Approximately 50 employees of Stockmann supermarket showed symptoms of illness – vomiting and diarrhoea – during the Trakās dienas promotional campaign. Catering for employees of this company is provided by Baltic Restaurants Latvia, as reported by lsm.lv public media.

Latvian government to appeal court’s temporary ruling in Muižnieks affair

Latvia’s government has decided to appeal the temporary regulation made in regards to the matter involving Bank of Latvia rector Indriķis Muižnieks, as journalists were told by Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska on Friday, 11 October.

Latvia’s 2020 budget revenue predicted at 9.89 billion, expenditures – at 10 billion

On Friday, 11 October, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers supported at an extraordinary meeting the country’s 2020 state budget, the consolidated revenue of which is estimated at EUR 9.89 billion, whereas expenditures – at EUR 10 billion.

Prison Administration guard in Latvia detained for smuggling narcotics

A criminal process for smuggling narcotics has been launched against a 1989-born Latvian citizen working in Prison Administration, as confirmed by State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police.

Ministry: national minority schools have the same problems and Latvian schools

Schools of national minorities have the same problems as Latvian schools – shortage of teachers, low wages of teachers, as well as shortage of education materials, as concluded at a meeting of Education and Science Ministry’s Advisory Council for Education of National Minorities.

Estonian drunk-driving judge takes responsibility

A judge in Estonia, who has been caught by police driving a vehicle, while being heavily intoxicated, has filed his resignation from the positions he holds.

Welfare Minister approves of opening Latvia’s labour market for foreigners

Latvia’s Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča supports the idea to open Latvia’s labour market to citizens of third countries. This position was voiced by the politician on Thursday, 10 October, during an open meeting of the Agriculture Organizations Cooperation Council.