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Wednesday 22.05.2019 | Name days: Emīlija

Prime Minister: EU climate policy is an opportunity for Latvia

«Until now Latvia’s involvement in climate policy has been passive. We have to radically change our approach – from a country that unwillingly accepts decisions made by others we have to become a country that is one of the main decision-makers in the European Union,» said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš during an informal meeting of the European Council in Romania dedicated to EU’s strategic goals for the next five years.

Lithuania selects next President as inequality, poverty top issues

Despite Lithuania’s long economic upswing, regional differences in wages and polarisation of population are key national problems before the Lithuanian presidential election due on Sunday, May 12.

Consumer prices in Latvia reached 3.4% in April

Compared to April 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 3.4 % in April 2019. Prices of goods had increased by 3.5 % and prices of services by 3.3 %.

Authorities end criminal process against businessmen Krūmiņš and Valters

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has ended the criminal process on trade of influence against businessmen Jūlijs Krūmiņš, Haralds Balodis and ex-basketball player Valdis Valters.

KPV LV party’s «opposition» picks their own presidential candidate

A handful of members of KPV LV political party have decided to pick Didzis Šmits as their presidential candidate, as reported by Deputies do not hide the fact that with this step they wanted to engage in presidential elections.

U.S. considerably increases trade tariffs on Chinese goods

Escalating American trade dispute with China, Washington has on Friday considerably raised the customs tariffs on Chinese goods as the two trading partners are in talks on their future trade relationship.

After meeting with minister, Ventspils opposition decides to resume work in city council

After meeting with Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce, opposition deputies of Ventspils City Council concluded that the minister is aware of and fully understands the situation in the city council. Because of that, members of the opposition have decided to once again start attending meetings of the city council, as confirmed by Ventspils City Council opposition deputy and European Parliament member candidate Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis.

Montenegro convicts Russian citizens, 12 others for attempted coup d’état

A court in Montenegro has punished 14 people, among them two opposition leaders and two Russian citizens, with prison terms for an attempt to bring down the government and take a pro-Moscow political force to power.

EU leaders agree on joint «10 commandments» on bloc's future

Heads of European Union member states have passed at a summit in Romania a declaration on the tasks the bloc has to «make our Union stronger and our future brighter» in the face of the elections of the European Parliament.

Latvian minister proposes small compulsory fee for health insurance system

Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele proposes implementing a small compulsory fee for residents who are not insured. This basically means adoption of a unified healthcare service basket in Latvia, the politician says.

Warm days to mix with cool days in Latvia in the near future

The end of the week in Latvia will be cloudy. Rain is expected mainly in the country’s eastern portion. Nevertheless, air temperature at night will not drop below +4° C and daytime air temperature will range between +17° C… +20° C, according to State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Tet and LMT merge topic outlined again as two companies hold talks

Merge talks have been held between telecommunication company Tet and mobile operator Latvijas mobilais telefons, as confirmed by Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits’ advisor for communication affairs Aļona Zandere.

PHOTO: cotton candy, flower sellers and Ušakovs – 9 May celebrations at Victory Park

Celebrations organized by association to commemorate the victims of WWII and the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany are traditionally held in Victory Park in Riga on 9 May. However, while some people celebrate the end of one of the most horrible wars in human history, others choose to focus on how this date was the beginning of a long occupation period for Latvia.

Saeima continues viewing proposal to no longer issue non-citizen status to newborns

Latvia’s parliament supported in the first reading the proposal to cease issuance of non-citizen status to children born in the country after 1 January 2020.

May 9 in pictures

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

Bank analysts predict inflation in Latvia 3.2-3.4% for April

Compared to March, consumer prices in April had possibly grown by 0.6-0.8%, which means annual inflation in Latvia has reached approximately 3.2-3.4%, bank analysts predict.

Opinion: as long as people honour Lembergs’ lot, Latvia will remain weak

«People wait until the state resolves their problems, but they don’t come to the country’s rescue, they honour and elect people caught stealing EUR 500 million and hiding behind offshores, as the prosecutor’s office detailed in charges against Lembergs. But those are unfinished roads, hotels, concert halls, sports locations that are hidden on this man’s accounts. While people honour Lembergs and his lot, Latvia will remain weak. However, there are signs that Lembergs’ positions are not as unshakeable as it may seem at first glance,» said Ventspils City Council opposition deputy Ģirts Valdis Kristovskis in an interview to Latvijas Avīze newspaper.

On Europe Day 21 EU presidents invite citizens to vote in EP elections

In celebration of Europe Day on 9 May, the flag of the European Union was raised over the Tower of the Holy Spirit of the Castle of Riga. Meanwhile, 21 EU presidents, in response to Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, have joined in a common invitation to EU citizens to take part in European Parliament elections.

Lithuania’s ruling LFGU leader threatens to hand power to opposition Conservatives

The seemingly always calm leader of Lithuania’s ruling Farmers and Greens Union, Ramūnas Karbauskis, lost his cool twice within a couple of days, threatening to pull out from the ruling coalition, in which LFGU has a clear majority, and step down as the LFGU leader if the election results turn out to be unsatisfactory.

eID cards to become compulsory for all residents in Latvia soon

Personal identification card or eID card will be compulsory for citizens and non-citizens older than 15 years in Latvia. The passport will be mainly used as a document of choice for travel to countries in which eID cards are not recognized as valid personal identification and travel documents, the Saeima decided 9 May.

Research: Russian-linked disinformation may have reached 241 million Europeans

Before the European Parliament’s election, an online security firm has found that about a half of all European Union citizens could have been exposed to disinformation promoted by social media accounts linked to Russia.

Latvia to publish additional KGB filing system and other documents

On Thursday, 9 May, Saeima’s deputies supported in the second and final reading amendments to the Law Regarding Preservation and Use of Documents of the Former KGB.

Finland’s fractured parliament aiming for centre-left government

In the Finnish parliament, where the April election produced nine parliamentary factions, Social Democrats have voiced plans to build a joint government with the Centre Party and three others.

Grass fire in Viļāni County burns down building

It is likely because of grass fire that an unsupervised building, electricity pylon and forest areas of 500 m2 caught fire and burned down, as reported by State Fire and Rescue Service.

Ombudsman Juris Jansons proposed as second presidential candidate in Latvia

Latvia’s Farmers Union, which is part of Union of Greens and Farmers, has decided to pick ombudsman Juris Jansons as their state presidential candidate, as confirmed by UGF board chairman Armands Krauze.