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KNAB has not handled a single criminal case about potential corruption at Latvian ports

Throughout its entire existence Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has never had a criminal process regarding possible corruption at any of Latvia’s ports.

Latvian Emergency Medical Service’s director is hopeful about the service’s future

The Emergency Medical Service has lately managed to implement a number of changes, says the service’s director Liene Cipule, adding that she is generally hopeful about the service’s future.

LTV: ZZS is slow with cutting ties with Aivars Lembergs after US sanctions

After USA imposed sanctions against the suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs, the only member of the Union of Greens and Farmers who has asked Lembergs to leave politics entirely is ex-finance minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola. Other members of the party have so far been more cautious in their public statements on this topic, as reported by LTV programme De Facto.

ZZS member Jānis Dūklavs’ business partner ends up under US sanctions

USA has added Yaroslavl Shipyard to its list of sanctions. For years Saema deputy Jānis Dūklavs’ business partner from Russia Igor Shekhelev was associated with this company, as reported by LTV programme De Facto.

Volume of petrol imported to Latvia up 5.2% in first ten months

The volume of motor petrol imported to Latvia in the first ten months of 2019 has declined 5.2% when compared to the same period of 2018, whereas the volume of diesel fuel has declined 3.3%, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Kariņš: Ventas osta to ensure professional and depoliticized port management

Ventas osta, the state company created to perform the functions of Ventspils port, will provide a professional and depoliticized management of the port, says Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš.

BNN summary of the week: Ventspils Freeport free of sanctions. Toxic Lembergs. Farewell to Riga City Council

It is often the case when problems left unattended start getting resolved only when the situation starts getting worse. This is why the application of US sanctions against suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs, who is also accused of committing serious crimes, and four organizations under his influence basically forced the government to start resolving the port problem.

Ex-President of Latvia wants to manage Latvian Basketball Association

Latvia’s former president Raimonds Vējonis has officially submitted his application as a candidate for the position of president of Latvian Basketball Association, as reported by LBS.

Justice Minister suspends State Land Service’s director general Zvidriņa

Latvia’s Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns has ordered a disciplinary case against State Land Service director general Solvita Zvidriņa, suspending her.

Attīstībai/Par! picks Mārtiņš Staķis as their mayoral candidate

The Attīstībai/Par! association of political parties has picked Saeima deputy Mārtiņš Staķis as their mayoral candidate in Riga, as confirmed by the party.

Alcohol and tobacco products to become more expensive in Latvia next year

In accordance with the Law on Excise Tax, with 1 January 2020 onward, excise tax on tax products and tobacco products will increase, reminds State Revenue Service.

Producer price level in Latvia's industry decrease 0.4%

Compared to October, the level of producer prices in Latvian industry dropped by 0.1 % in November 2019. The level of prices of products sold on the domestic market dropped by 0.5 %, however prices of exported products increased by 0.3 %.

Linkaits on port management model: we have to look forward, not back

Saeima’s approved law amendments that provide for the foundation of a new state company – Ventas osta – represent a step towards a new port management model, Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits told LETA.

Estonia to host British Prime Minister on Saturday

Estonia will host a visit by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday, December 21, after an exchange of prime ministerial text messages, Estonian media report.

Saeima conceptually supports changes for prosecutor general’s approval

Latvia’s Saeima has conceptually supported amendments to the Law on the Office of the Prosecutor and the Law on Judicial Power, which provide for changing the order in which the prosecutor general is approved in position, as reported by the parliament’s press-service.

Saeima decides: Riga City Council will be allowed to be elected for more than five years if dismissed

In spite of opposition deputies’ objections and opposition from one coalition party, members of the ruling coalition adopted amendments to laws on Thursday, 19 December, allowing election of Riga City Council for a term of longer than five years in the event of its dismissal.

Nuclear fuel in Belarus’ new plant to arrive in coming months

Belarus’ first, the Astravyets nuclear powerplant, is expected to receive its first nuclear fuel delivery in early 2020, as reported by Lithuania’s LRT broadcaster and Belarusian state-owned news agency BelTA.

Saeima conceptually supports Riga City Council dismissal

Latvia’s Saeima has conceptually supported the legislative draft detailing Riga City Council’s dismissal. It provides for dismissing the city council and appointing an interim administration, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Russia to appeal against disqualification of its athletes over doping manipulations

Russia has decided to officially appeal against the four-year ban on its athletes to compete in major international sporting events under the Russian flag over manipulations with doping tests.

USA: de-listing of Ventspils Freeport was possible thanks to Latvian government’s active work

The sanctions US Department of the Treasury Office for Foreign Asset Control were lifted after the suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs, who is also accused of committing serious crimes, stepped down from the freeport’s board and the Latvian government performed actions to end his influence there, according to the latest press-release of the US Department of the Treasury.

Burovs picked as Honour to Serve Riga candidate list leader in snap elections

After ten years of cooperation, Honour to Serve Riga has decided to run in snap elections in Riga without Harmony. The party has picked Riga’s Mayor Oļegs Burovs as the leader of its list of candidate, the politician told Delfi TV programme with Jānis Domburs.

Freeport authority: Ventspils port has returned to operating normally

With the US Department of Treasury Office for Foreign Asset Control lifting sanctions against Ventspils Freeport and Ventspils Freeport authority, the port has returned to operating normally, as announced by Ventspils Freeport authority public relations head Inga Ieviņa.

Bye-bye bombshell-free 2019 in Lithuania!

As the lengthy holiday season is slowly embracing everybody, Lithuanians glance backwards towards the expiring year. 2019 has brought three major elections, saw in mid-December a series of changes in taxation that will affect every citizen. Yet were they what most will remember about 2019? BNN spoke to all walks of life, asking of their most vivid memories this year.

Key Baltic risks summarised in Lithuania-based study

Institutions are «begging for investments» – such is Lithuania’s situation with its course of economic development according an economist at the Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis, which conducted a study into the key risks of the three Baltic states.


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