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Tuesday 21.05.2019 | Name days: Ingmārs, Ernestīne, Akvelīna

Administration of a school in Jurmala suspected of defrauding EUR 100 000

Latvian State Police has detained administration of some school in Jurmala over suspicions of fictive employment. Defrauded amount may reach approximately EUR 100 000, as confirmed by State Police.

Raising minimal income level in Latvia would require EUR 28 million

Latvia’s Welfare Ministry has developed a Plan to improve minimal income support system in 2020-2021. In it, the ministry details that the plan’s implementation requires approximately EUR 28 million, as informed by the ministry’s social inclusivity department’s director Elīna Celmiņa.

Latvia’s Saeima to pick a new state president after EP elections

Saeima’s Praesidium and Faction Council decided on 20 May to keep the State President’s Election Day unchanged – it will happen 29 May.

Court enforces 1 000 euros from Ušakovs for Riga City Council deputy

Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court has declined suspended Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs plea against Riga City Council deputy Vilnis Ķirsis over supposedly offensive statements the latter made against the plaintiff.

Latvian minister proposes re-assessing prosecutor general’s professionalism

Latvia’s Justice Ministry has noticed signs that suggest Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers is not fit to remain in his post, as there are suspicions regarding his reputation, Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns told journalists on 17 May.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Half of Latvia’s schools do not meet minimal requirements of new school reform

Latvia’s Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska says that schools that fail to meet necessary criteria could be reorganized. At the same time the minister stressed the role of municipalities as founders of schools.

Privatization Agency claims LDz board chairman misleads society

According to Privatization Agency (PA), Latvian Railways (LDz) board chairman Edvīns Bērziņš’s publicly voiced opinion in regards to attempts to secretly privatize LDz misleads residents.

KNAB checks Latvian Railways’ wall project – half a million spent but there is no wall

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced an investigation in relation to the protective wall project near Šķirotava railway station in Riga – Latvian Railway (LDz) has partially paid for the project, but the firm in charge of it has simply transferred the money to some company in Hong Kong.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The biggest emission of CO2 among EU member states observed in Latvia last year

In 2018, Latvia experienced the most rapid increase of CO2 among European Union member states, according to provisional data on CO2 emissions compiled by Eurostat for last year.

National Bolshevik Beness Aijo accused of taking part in armed conflict in Ukraine

In the middle of April 2019, Latvia’s State Security Service declared National Bolshevik Beness Aijo a suspect in a case regarding illegal participation in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, as reported by LETA.

Ex-president: Vējonis’ decision is reasonable because he lacks support in Saeima

The decision made by Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis to not stand candidate for a second presidential term is reasonable, because he had only secured 11 out of 100 votes in the Saeima, said Latvia’s ex-president Valdis Zatlers in an interview to LNT.