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Dzintars: Lembergs should follow Reizniece-Ozola’s advice and leave politics

Aivars Lembergs, the suspended mayor of Ventspils accused of serious crimes and applied with sanctions by the US government, should follow his colleague Dana Reizniece-Ozola’s advice and leave politics entirely, said chairman of the National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» Raivis Dzintars in an interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Tuesday, 17 December.

Coalition agrees to found AS Ventas osta to perform Ventspils Freeport’s functions

To resolve the emergency situation with Ventspils Freeport, Latvia’s coalition has agreed to found a new state company that would take over the rights, duties and functions of Ventspils Freeport.

Apple, Tesla and other sued over child labour in cobalt mining in Africa

Google, Tesla, Microsoft, Apple and other companies have been sued for allegedly buying cobalt from unethical mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo as families seek damages over deaths and injuries of child miners.

Prosecutor: companies free of Lembergs’ influence will not be subjected to sanctions

If Ventspils Freeport’s infrastructure is separated from persons under sanctions, the freeport will be able to continue its operations and bring profit to its employees and the state, BNN was told by prosecutor Juris Juriss, who is responsible for Aivars Lembergs criminal case.

Ilmārs Rimševičs to focus on restoring his reputation in court

After the end of his term as governor of the Bank of Latvia, Ilmārs Rimšēvičs plans to focus on restoring his reputation in court, as the man himself confirmed to journalists at a press conference.

Justice Council supports delegating prosecutor general’s approval to the council

On Monday, 16 December, the Justice Council decided to support Justice Ministry’s amendments to the law that would relieve the chairman of the Supreme Court of the duty to pick candidates for the post of prosecutor general and instead delegate this duty to the council in an open contest.

Estonian President asks Finland to never mind Estonian Interior Ministers criticism

Comments on Finland by Estonian Interior Minister Mart Helme have been so undiplomatic that Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has appologised to her Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö.

Snap elections in Riga may be postponed until March

If Latvia’s government and Saeima support dismissal of Riga City Council, snap elections in the capital city may be pushed to the first half of March, according to information from LETA.

Bank of Latvia downgrades GDP growth outlook to 2.3% for 2019

The Bank of Latvia has downgraded GDP growth outlook for 2019 from the previous 2.5% to 2.3%, whereas economic growth outlook for next year has been preserved at 2.6%, as journalists were told by Bank of Latvia governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Monday, 16 December.

Festive atmosphere high in Vilnius as thousands attend Christmas Run

In Lithuania, the annual Vilnius Christmas Run has been attended by more than 3 600 people.

So-called «media controlled by Lembergs» may end up under sanctions

There is a possibility of so-called «media controlled by Aivars Lembergs», such as Ventas Balss and Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze, may experience negative consequences from the sanctions USA has applied against him and four legal persons in Latvia.

Greece: Migrant influx has reached limits and EU must help with firm policy

As Greece struggles to accommodate tens of thousands of people having arrived via routes of irregular immigration, Athens has stated the ongoing influx has reached the limits of the country.

Bordāns: many people and companies financed by Lembergs will be outlined soon

The situation created by the decision by USA to apply sanctions against Aivars Lembergs and companies associated with him may have a short negative effect on Latvia’s economy, said Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Turkey could close army bases to U.S., if Washington imposes sanctions

Turkey has warned it could close U.S. access to army bases in the country, if Washington delivers on plans to impose sanctions over the purchase of a Russian-made missile system.

Baiba Rozentāle leaves Harmony and wants to join Honour to Serve Riga

Riga City Council deputy Baiba Rozentāle has left Harmony party has written an application to join Honour to Serve Riga, as reported by LTV programme De Facto.

State company may take over Ventspils Freeport authority’s duties before year’s end

The newly-formed state company may take over the duties of Ventspils Freeport authority before the end of the year, says Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits.

Victims of New Zealand eruption remembered with moment of silence

In New Zealand, a minute of silence has been held to remember the 16 people, who lost their lives in a volcano eruption on an island popular among tourists.

Week in Lithuania: Conscription age lowered, Klaipėda port’s development plan approved, retail tax delayed

Last week, in Lithuania, the key news stories were the lowering of the national conscription age, the approval of the development plan of the Klaipėda port and the delay of the real estate tax.

BNN summary of the week: end of Lembergs Era? New governor for Bank of Latvia; fight for Riga City Council

The overthrowing of the «old league» in Latvia has caused a domino effect. The most notable event to have taken place this week is the addition of Aivars Lembergs and four of the associations he has influence over to the list of sanctioned persons USA. This has shaken up the established order in Ventspils and Latvia.

Aivars Lembergs leaves his post in Latvian Olympic Committee

On Friday, 13 December, individual member of Latvian Olympic Committee and member of its Executive Committee Aivars Lembergs announced to LOK board his decision to leave the organization, BNN was told by LOK press-secretary Mārtiņš Mālmeisters.

Ralfs Kļaviņš and Edvīns Bērziņš leave the board of Latvian Transit Business Association

Chairman of Riga Commercial Port Ralfs Kļaviņš and ex-chairman of Latvian Railway Edvīns Bērziņš have left the board of Latvian Transit Business Association, according to information from

US sanctions will not affect companies in which Lembergs no longer has any influence

The sanctions introduced by USA against Lembergs will not affect the companies over which he no longer has control thanks to a ruling of the court.

Liquidation of discount fares on multiple RMS routes would help save money for Rīgas satiksme

By liquidating multiple discounts for passenger fares on multiple LLC Rīgas mikroautobusu satiksme routes, LLC Rīgas satiksme public transport company hopes to save approximately EUR 1.75 million a year.

Tallinn region GDP portion decreases in Estonian economy

In 2018, 65% of the Estonian gross value added was created in Harju county, while the rest of the country is inching closed with Harju county, the official statistics of the Baltic country showed.

EU prolongs targeted sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

The European Union has extended for another six months its sanctions against Russia’s energy, finance and military sectors. The continued restrictive measures are said to remain in full until Minsk peace deal is implemented.

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