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Friday 22.02.2019 | Name days: Rigonda, Adrians, Ārija

Minister: there are several options for acquiring Gazprom’s shares in Conexus

There are several acquisition options for the shares Russian gas concern Gazprom owns in AS Conexus Baltic Grid, says Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro.

Selection term of CEC chairman’s candidate to be extended

Politicians of the ruling coalition in Latvia have agreed to extend the candidate selection process of the head of Central Election Commission by two weeks.

Swedbank: we do not have sufficient information to comment accusations

Swedbank does not have sufficient information to comment the accusations voice by Swedish media in regards to the bank’s possible involvement in money laundering schemes, said the bank’s governor Birgitte Bonnesen.

Swedbank refrains from commenting information about its possible involvement in money laundering

Citing confidentiality, AS Swedbank has decided to refrain from commenting on information reported by Swedish television regarding the bank’s involvement in money laundering, said the bank’s Risk Management Office in Latvia Juris Bogdanovs.

Minister: Latvia needs a new housing policy

Latvia needs a new housing policy, says Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro. He says most of Latvia’s residential houses were built during the Soviet regime. This is why a number of subjects related to the housing policy have become topical.

Latvia’s budget has received at least EUR 1.5 million paid in bail money in past five years

In the last five years, Latvia’s state budget has received EUR 1,535,000 in the form of bail money paid in different criminal cases, according to information from the Court Administration.

Minister: after MPC abolishment, Latvia will have to cultivate green energy more

Once the mandatory procurement component has been abolished, we will have to think about increasing green energy production, says Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro.

Bribery case against Bank of Latvia governor longer due to testifying

The criminal case against Bank of Latvia Governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, who is suspected of accepting a bribe, will take longer than expected as he has begun testifying, according to what Latvian Prosecutor-General Ēriks Kalnmeiers said to LTV news programme Rīta Panorāma.

Minister: fixed tariff could be implemented for taxis working at Riga airport

To finally resolve the problematic situation with taxi services at Riga International Airport it may be a good idea to implement fixed prices for taxis carrying passengers from there, says Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits.

Meat of sick livestock from Poland delivered to Lido restaurant

A small amount of meat from sick livestock from Poland has been found in a Lido restaurant, as confirmed by Chief of Latvian Food and Veterinary Service’s Public Relations Office Ilze Meistere.

EPP chairman: it is better to reform EU than to ruin it

It would be better to reform the European Union than leaving or ruining it, says European People’s Party group chairman in the European Parliament Manfred Weber.

Latvian police allow there may be more detainees in Koknese cocaine case

Latvian State Police allow that the number of detainees in the Koknese cocaine case could increase soon.

Opinion: next head of SES should continue initiated investment projects

The next director general of Latvia’s State Environment Service will definitely have to continue initiated investment projects, says the now former head of the service Inga Koļegova.

Flu epidemic in Latvia picks up in strength

The flu epidemic in Latvia had spread considerably last week. 17 people have already died from this disease or complications caused by it, according to data from the Disease Prevention and Monitoring Centre.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 4% last year

Compared to 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 4 % in 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products had increased by 4.2 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products by 4.2%, and turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel by 2.9 %.

Minister: Latvian government will view law amendments linked to Brexit in February

On 12 February, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers will view amendments to laws associated with Brexit, says Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Patients suffering from rare diseases will require EUR 30 million this year

Treatment of patients suffering from rare diseases will require and additional amount of funding equal to EUR 30 million in Latvia this year, according to the head of Rare Diseases Coordination Centre Ieva Mālniece.

Minister: Koļegova’s departure is in her and civil service’s best interest

The decision to step down by the head of Latvia’s State Environment Service is in her and the civil service’s best interest, as agreed upon by Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce and Inga Koļegova on Tuesday, 29 January.

Finance Minister: 2019 budget will not have any new expenses or «deputy quotas»

The country’s 2019 budget does not include any new expenditures or so-called deputy quotas, says Latvian Finance Minister Jānis Reirs.

Alcoholic drinks’ shelf price in Latvia might grow considerably and soon

The prices of alcoholic beverages in Latvia might grow more than excise tax this year, says CEO of Latvian Alcohol Industry Association Dāvis Vītols.