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Wednesday 11.12.2019 | Name days: Valdis, Voldemārs, Valdemārs

Dombrovskis: economic development will be Latvia’s focus in EC’s new plans

The new main priorities for European Commission will be «green transformation» and movement towards climate neutral economy, digital transformation and economic development, says EC vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis, admitting that Latvia will have the most to do in economic development and social matters.

Estonia’s NGO of the year title goes to animal welfare advocates Nähtamatud Loomad

Estonia’s annual award of the non-governmental organisation of the year has gone to animal welfare advocates Nähtamatud Loomad.

Shady Skonto stadium buyer, a Russian businessman, believes he was cheated

Skonto stadium’s shady buyer from the tax paradise in Belize – the one who purchased the property for EUR 35 million in 2015 – has been found out. It is Russian businessman Aleksandr Rogachev, whose grandfather was the governor of Oryol Oblast. His father is a general of the Russian Federal Security Service.

Donbas war: Zelenskiy and Putin meet in Paris

Seeking to end the Donbas war, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris in the presence French and German leaders.

Weather in Latvia expected to be rainy and relatively warm this week

The second week of December will pass under cloudy weather. Plenty of precipitation and strong wind is expected. Precipitation will calm down in the second half of the week. The sun will shine and cold snap is also expected, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Finland to have new Social Democratic Prime Minister Marin

Finland’s ruling Social Democratic party has after the resignation of Prime Minister Anti Rinne decided to offer Transport Minister Sanna Marin for the post, who would become the youngest head of government in the history of the Nordic country.

High-speed roads may be established between Latvia’s largest cities

The development strategy for Latvia’s state roads provides for creating a «backbone» of high-speed roads between Latvia’s largest cities, as reported by Transport Ministry.

Week in Lithuania: PM in trouble over street paving, Ambassador in Ankara summoned, probes into match fixing

Last week in Lithuania the top news stories were Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis being in hot water over street paving, Lithuanian Ambassador being summoned in Ankara and the opening of probes into fixed football matches.

BNN summary of the week: elections in Riga and Ušakovs’ return. Craze at Rīgas satiksme. Average wages in the country

Have you prepared for election of a new Riga City Council? Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry has decided to request Riga City Council’s dismissal over failure to provide waste management for residents. It is expected that if the city council is dismissed, snap elections could be organized at the end of February 2020.

Baltic States and Poland agree to push Rail Baltica as the main transport policy priority

On Friday, 6 December, Baltic and Polish transport ministers agreed during a meeting to continue pushing Rail Baltica as the main transport policy priority in the region, as confirmed by Latvia’s Transport Ministry.

Bank: Latvian residents have become more active with making savings

Following increased economic growth, there has been an improvement with Latvian residents’ financial reserves, according to data compiled by Swedbank. Nearly 17% of them have managed to save up money worth three or more wage amounts (2% more than last year), according to data from Swedbank.

Brexit – one of most spectacular mistakes in EU history, Tusk says

Donald Tusk, the former President of the European Council, has stated that the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union has been a spectacular mistake after a campaign of misinformation.

Environment Protection Minister to request Riga City Council’s dismissal

Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry has decided to request dismissal of Riga City Council because according to the ministry the municipal administration has failed to perform one of its autonomous functions – provide carrying of household waste.

Estonia’s prime minister: Rail Baltica project unlikely to be finished on time

It is unlikely European standard railway width project Rail Baltica will be finished on time – by 2026, admits Estonia’s Prime Minister Jüri Ratas.

Estonia points to human rights violations in occupied parts of Georgia, Ukraine

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu has noted in a meeting of the OSCE that violations of international rights and fundamental rights along with the continued crises in Georgia and Ukraine endanger security in the wider region of OSCE countries.

For the first time since 2003, woman possibly infected with rabies dies in Latvia

A woman that was possibly infected with rabies has died in Daugavpils, as reported by Disease Prevention and Control. This may be the first death caused by rabies in Latvia since 2003.

French pension strike engages 800 000 people

In France, the first day of mass demonstrations and public sector strike has involved over 800 000 in marches in many cities of the country, as protesters seek to force President Emmanuel Macron not to push forward with pension reform.

Interior Affairs Minister wants to use modern technologies to combat contraband

To ensure a more effective way to combat against contraband, Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens wants to use modern technologies that would work in parallel to customs officers. He said as much in an interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Friday, 6 December.

Ušakovs says he wants to run in Riga City Council snap elections

Member of the European Parliament and ex-Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs says he is prepared to start in snap elections in Riga if they are organized, as confirmed by Harmony chairman Jānis Urbanovičs.

Germany’s Merkel to visit Auschwitz Holocaust camp for first time

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has headed the German government since 2005, will on Friday, December 6, visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.

VID officials will need to have spotless reputation, Saeima decides

From now on, officials of the State Revenue Service will need to have a spotless reputation. This is decided by Saeima’s amendments to the Law on State Revenue Service approved in the final reading on 5 December, as BNN was told by Saeima’s press-service.

Brazil at risk of losing vote in UN General Assembly because of high debts

There are risks that because of failure to pay its debts to the United Nations Organization, Brazil could lose its voting rights in the UN General Assembly, Reuters reports.

Strained Lithuanian budget is desperate for additional sources of revenues

With the adoption of the new year’s budget skidding, two major professional groups – teachers and doctors – have had this week their demand for higher salaries satisfied, thus deepening the holes in the shallowing budget. Where to scoop up money to patch all the gaps and satisfy all the demands? This week, Seimas, Lithuanian legislature, was in a frantic search for additional sources of revenues.

Estonian Police and Border Guard Board official detained on suspicion of embezzlement

Estonian Internal Security Service has detained a senior officer of Police and Border Guard Board at the South Prefecture on suspicion of document forgery and embezzlement of more than EUR 250 000, as reported by Estonian public media ERR.

Saeima supports government’s decision to extend state of emergency in Riga

On Thursday, 5 December, Saeima agreed with the government’s decision to extend the state of emergency with waste management in Riga’s administrative territory until 12 March 2020, as reported by the Saeima’s press-service.


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