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Wednesday 16.01.2019 | Name days: Lida, Lidija

Ministry fails to coordinate decision regarding Riga City Council’s dismissal

On Tuesday, 15 January, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry failed to coordinate the latest redaction of the decision project On the Dismissal of Riga City Council, because the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments and Latvian Association of Large Cities objected it.

Additional funding requested for continuation of publication of KGB files

Constitution Protection Bureau’s Centre for the Documentation of the Consequences of Totalitarianism requests additional funding of EUR 51,976 to continue financing the digitization of remaining KGB files before 30 April.

Government declaration proposals may cost Latvia EUR 600 million this year

If all proposals submitted for the government declaration were to be implemented this year, it would require an additional amount of EUR 660 million, prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš told journalists.

Police: cocaine shipment from Ecuador was not meant for Latvian market

The shipment of cocaine sent from Ecuador and intercepted in Koknese was likely not meant for Latvian market, says Chief of State Police Main Criminal Police Department Andrejs Grišins.

Forming government in Latvia may develop new Local Governments Law

Prime minister candidate Krišjāņis Kariņš’s formed government could develop a new Local Government Law, according to information compiled for government declaration ideas from members of the work group.

Latvia’s forming government’s priorities include minimal wages and schools

Among the priorities of Latvia’s forming government is the administrative territorial reform, strengthening of the national economy, reformation in education and healthcare, «uncompromised rule of law», state security, cooperation with diaspora and demography, according to information LETA.

Delays with state budget may put at risk EP elections in Latvia

Delays with approval of the country’s state budget could put at risk residents’ ability to vote in upcoming European Parliament elections at any election site, Diena reports with reference to concerns voiced by Central Election Commission’s chairman Arnis Cimdars.

Latvia’s R&D funding share of GDP is second lowest in Europe

Latvia spends 0.51% of its GDP, which is the second lowest index among EU member states, on research and development, according to data from Eurostat.

New Unity’s PM candidate to comment on government declaration this Friday

Prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš intends to comment on the declaration of the forming government around Friday, 11 January.

Minister: Brexit will force changing multiple of Latvia’s laws

Regardless if Britain exits EU or not, it will be necessary to amend a number of Latvia’s laws and regulations, said Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs during a meeting of Saeima’s European Affairs Committee.

Opinion: lack of clarity about Latvia’s government may delay Moneyval recommendations

The lack of clarity with the forming government in Latvia may cause delays with implementation of recommendations from EU’s Moneyval, said Control Service’s head Ilze Znotiņa in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Latvian politologist Ivars Ījabs may start in EP election from Attīstībai/Par list

Politologist and associate professor of the University of Latvia Ivars Ījabs could take part in this spring’s European Parliament elections from the list of candidates of Attīstībai/Par political party, as reported by LNT.

Latvian government proposes postponing division of healthcare services in two baskets

On Wednesday, 9 January, Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee will decide on postponing the viewing of proposals for the division of healthcare services into two baskets until 1 June, as reported by chairman Andris Skride.

Ex-prime minister says Latvia’s new government won’t have manoeuvring options in budget talks

The new government will not have much room to manoeuvrer in 2019 budget formation talks. Members of the government will not be able to progress towards increasing budget deficit, says European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.

Next European Parliament could change Rail Baltica project’s financing aspects

The financing aspects of Rail Baltica project could be changed or influenced by the next European Parliament, which may turn out rather euro-sceptical, says TEN-T network corridor coordinator Katerina Trautmane.

Final decision on MPC cancellation after 2022 will fall on Latvia’s next government

The final decision regarding the cancellation of the mandatory procurement component system in 2022 will fall on the shoulders of the next government, said Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis on Monday, 7 January.

One-tenth of Saeima deputies may be replaced following new government’s approval

With the approval of a new government, one-tenth of Saeima deputies may be replaced.Currently multiple political parties have yet to reveal their chosen minister candidates. Deputies approved for the minister post have the option to put down their Saeima deputy’s mandate.

Eurostat: November’s producer prices in Latvia grew more rapidly than average prices in EU

Industrial producer prices in Latvia grew 6.9% in November 2018 when compared to the same month of 2017, which is a more rapid pace than the average in the European Union, according to data from Eurostat.