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Riga Tourism Development Bureau’s manager is released from police custody

Riga Tourism Development Bureau’s board chairperson Vita Jermoloviča has been released from State Police holding facility in Čiekurkalns, as news portal lsm.lv was told by Jermoloviča’s lawyer Raivo Klotiņš.

State Audit warns – situation with use of development funding critical in Latvia

A critical situation has emerged in Latvia in relation to planning and use of development funding, as concluded by State Audit in its annual report on correctness of institutions’ accounts for 2018.

Not OK. France’s Le Pen after Estonia visit asks to delete controversial selfie

Marine Le Pen, the founder of French right-wing National Rally party, has visited Estonia to meet with the Conservative People's Party of Estonia. Following the meeting, she has asked an Estonian MP to remove a joint photo showing a sign increasingly perceived as a white supremacist gesture.

Latvia's prime minister meets with Estonian colleague; discuss important topics

Latvia’s Prime minister Krišjānis Kariņš said during his meeting with his Estonian colleague Jüri Ratas on May 15 that the two countries that the two countries have very positive and friendly relations. It is important for Latvia and Estonia to implement regional energy and transport projects together, representatives of Latvia’s prime minister say.

Justice can wait; Latvia’s Saeima puts off vote on deputy’s criminal prosecution

On 15 May, Saeima’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee agreed to give deputies time to go through materials of the case and make up their minds on whether or not to permit criminal prosecution of Saeima deputy Atis Zakatistovs (KPV LV) during the 5 June meeting of the parliament.

Dividing taxes in Latvia: lion’s share for social sector; leftovers given to environment

Latvian Finance Ministry’s compiled data shows that the lion’s share of one euro paid in taxes – 37.6 cents – is diverted to social security in 2019: disability, retirement, family and unemployed persons allowances.

May 15 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

Latvian minister voices concerns over questionably spent EUR 912 124

Healthcare Ministry’s ordered assessment reports on previously performed information and communication technology tenders contain concerns in regards to fraud and inefficient use of funds, said Latvian Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele at a press conference on 15 May.

Lithuania’s ruling party wants Skvernelis to continue as Prime Minister

Saulius Skvernelis, the Lithuanian head of government, who failed to reach the runoff in the Lithuanian Presidential election and had pledged to step down from office, has received the support of his Union of Farmers and Greens in a confidence vote.

Latvia is popular the most among tourists from Russia, Lithuania and Estonia

A total of 460 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q1 2019, which is 1.3 % more than in Q1 2018. Compared to corresponding period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors in Latvia in 2019 has increased by 3 %, reaching 911.4 thousand.

Grey economy proportion in Latvia reaches nearly a quarter of GDP

In 2018, Latvia’s grey economy ratio grew 2.2 percentage points and reached 24.2% of the country’s GDP, as reported by Stockholm School of Economics in Riga Sustainable Business Centre’s director Arnis Sauka on Wednesday, 15 May.

British MPs plan to reject May’s Brexit offer in June

Decisive groups in the British parliament have showed unity in being opposed to the European Union withdrawal agreement the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister plans to put once again for vote in June.

Corruption watchdog sinks teeth deep into Riga Tourism Development Bureau

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has detained Riga Tourism Development Bureau’s head Inguna Priedīte.

Swedbank reports 10% wage increase was observed for only 7% of residents last year

Although according to statistical data general economic growth in Latvia has helped increase wages, only 7% of residents have experienced wage increase higher than 10%, according to a survey performed by Swedbank Institute of Finances.

Facebook tightening Live streaming rules over Christchurch terror attack

Facebook has decided to introduce restrictions to its Live video feature in response to criticism the company has faced over a user streaming the Christchurch terror attack earlier in 2019.

Latvian minister says territorial reform will help reduce administrative costs

The planned territorial reform will help reduce administrative costs, as Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce told public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 15 May.

Don’t meddle in next election. U.S. foreign minister visits Russia

U.S. foreign minister Mike Pompeo has visited Russia to meet with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin after a special U.S. investigation documented extensive election meddling by Russia, in particular by manipulating social media.

FinCEN still has not approved Latvian ABLV Bank’s liquidation model

U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network distances from Latvian Finance and Capital Market Commission’s statement regarding the coordinated liquidation model for ABLV Bank, as noted by the US Embassy in Latvia.

Estonian MP stripped of immunity over bribery case

The Estonian parliament has supported a motion to strip legislator Kalev Kallo from the ruling Centre Party of his parliamentary immunity to allow him to be tried in a bribery case.

Opinion: Saeima is not an investigative institution

Latvia’s Saeima has suspicions about potential corruption in state-owned Latvian Railways, public transport company Rīgas satiksme. However, the parliament is not an investigative institution. «We can see only possible problems, which we have reported to the State Revenue Service, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and State Police,» says Saeima deputy Kaspars Ģirģens.

UK’s May warned by fellow Conservatives of fruitless Brexit talks with opposition

As the United Kingdom’s two largest parties have been trying to break the deadlock over UK’s future relationship with the European Union, the inner opposition of the ruling Conservatives insist a new deal could lose their support in parliament.

Latvia’s president will not keep apartment but will get the biggest pension

Once his term is over, Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis will be the first ex-president in the country’s history who will not be provided a state-sustained apartment, said State President’s Chancellery head Arnis Salnājs during a meeting of Saeima’s Public Expenditures and Audit Committee.

May 14 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

Latvian government drops support for divided healthcare system

When amending Healthcare Financing Law on 14 May, Latvian government supported Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele’s offer to not divide healthcare accessibility into two «baskets» of services.

Appreciate family over money, career, encourages Estonian Population Minister

Estonian government has a Minister of Population. Riina Solman, current holder of the post believes the state should encourage people towards having more children, by introducing policies that support large families.