bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Monday 15.10.2018 | Name days: Hedviga, Helvijs, Eda
LatviaLatvia

BNN summary of the week: CPCB visit to Saeima; ministers survive no-confidence votes; DTV case ends with mild penalties

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Ruling; Future; Trust; Measures; Calendar.

RULING: Milder penalties for the accused in digital TV case; idea’s authors get no prison sentence

Riga Regional Court has released a shortened ruling in the so-called digital television criminal case. With it, the court acquitted previously convicted former director of Latvia’s National Theatre Ojārs Rubenis. Nevertheless, some of the accused have been sentenced to fines and actual prison time.

Judges of Riga Regional Court acquitted Rubenis, former state trustee of Latvia’s State Radio and Television Centre Didzis Jonovs, business consultant Valdis Purvinskis and LVRTC state trustee Adrians Boldans. First instance court has sentenced them to a fine of EUR 18,000 each.

Jurģis Liepnieks has been applied with a fine of EUR 67,080, whereas the former director of LNT Andrejs Ēķis has been applied with a fine of EUR 40,850.

Former director general of Digital Latvia’s Radio and Television Centre Guntars Spunde has been sentenced to nine months in prison and a fine of EUR 26,230. Lawyer Jānis Loze has been sentenced to one year and nine month in prison and a fine of EUR 33,540.

Former head of Kempmayer Media Latvia board member Andrejs Zabeckis has been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. Jānis Zips – also a former board member of Kempmayer Media Latvia – has been sentenced to one year and nine months in prison, as well as a fine of EUR 22,790. Jānim Svārpstonam will have to spend the next year and two months in prison and pay a fine of EUR 22,790.

Regional court’s ruling will be subject to appeal in the Supreme Court once the full text of the ruling is made available.

Full article here

FUTURE: Swedbank economist becomes new member of Bank of Latvia Council

On Thursday, 21 June, Latvia’s Saeima approved Mārtiņš Kazāks in his new post as member of Bank of Latvia Council, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

It was necessary to approve a new member of the council because the term ended for the previous member of the central bank’s council Edvards Kušners. As reported, the majority of Saeima’s members decided not to re-approve Kušners for a repeated term.

Full article here

TRUST: Latvian Economy Minister endures no-confidence vote

Saeima declined opposition deputies’ request for dismissal of Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens.

34 deputies voted in favour of Ašeradens’ dismissal, whereas 48 deputies voted against. Two parliamentarians abstained in the vote. Members of Harmony and Latvian Association of Regions voted in favour of the minister’s dismissal. The majority of coalition politicians supported Ašeradens’ remainder in his post.

Saeima had previously received a request from opposition deputies to dismiss Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens. It was signed by deputies Artuss Kaimiņš (KPV LV), Jānis Urbanovičs and deputāti Andris Morozovs, Sergejs Mirskis, Jānis Ādamsons, Jānis Tutins, Artūrs Rubiks, Sergejs Potapkins, Ivans Klementjevs and Ivars Zariņš.

Full article here

MEASURES: CPCB officers detain Kaimiņš after Saeima meeting

Officers of Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau detained Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimiņš after the end of the parliament’s meeting.

Officers read his rights after detainment. Kaimiņš provided an interview to mass media outlets. CPCB officers waited for him several steps away. Kaimiņš was unable to comment on the charges against him, however.

He did tell journalists that CPCB has also called in the party’s accountant for interrogation. He said he has no idea why the bureau did that, considering KPV LV has no ‘black box’.

When asked about his association with Viesturs Tamužs, the deputy said he has friendly relations with him and nothing more.

As Kaimiņš told journalists that a CPCB officer walked over to him and showed him his badge. The officer then escorted Kaimiņš from the building and put him in the bureau’s minibus.

Full article here

CALENDAR: Pope Francis’ visit to Latvia will be a national holiday

Latvia’s parliament has approved in the final reading a law that makes 24 September – the day Pope Francis plans to visit Latvia – a national holiday.

Before Saeima’s approval, this proposal was discussed by committees. It was later approved in the first, second and third readings.

68 members of the Saeima voted in favour of this proposal, 5 voted against and 2 abstained in the vote. 8 deputies did not participate in the vote.

Full article here


Leave a reply

  1. Simon says:

    Wow, you had a hot week.. Go Latvia, entertain us!

UGF includes active ministers in its group for government formation talks

The Union of Greens and Farmers has delegated Latvia’s Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis and Agriculture Minister Jānis Dūklavs to its group for government formation talks, as confirmed by the party’s board chairman Armands Krauze.

Latvian government supports 2019 budget project

On Monday, 15 October, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers supported Finance Ministry’s prepared 2019 budget plan project. State budget revenue in 2019 is planned at EUR 9.178 billion, which is EUR 217 million more when compared to 2018, whereas state budget expenditures are planned at EUR 9.205 billion, which is EUR 96 million more when compared to 2018.

EC Vice-President: growth of Latvia’s economy is delayed by banking sector’s problems

Development of Latvia’s economy is delayed by problems in the country’s banking and transit sectors, says European Commission’s Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.

Danske Bank's rating lowered over Estonia branch scandal

American ratings agency Moody's has lowered its long-term ratings for Denmark's larges lender, Danske Bank, embroiled in a scandal of possible money laundering in Estonia.

Residents’ debts before non-finance companies remain the highest in Latvia

The debts of Latvian residents before non-finance companies have doubled over the course of the past half-year, reaching 305,000 unpaid bills, according to data from the Credit Information Bureau.

Hungary enforces ban on living rough in public areas

In Hungary, a constitutional rule, which bans people from living in public areas, has come into effect with imprisonment as a potential penalty.

Minister: current government may yet decide on MPC reform

The decision on reformation of the mandatory procurement component may be made by Latvia’s current government, said Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Brexit talks unable to solve Irish border issue days before decisive EU summit

Weekend talks between the leading Brexit negotiators did not end with a draft settlement as there is no agreement on the issue of the Northern Irish border shortly before a make-or-break European Union summit.

Latvian ministers do not support merging healthcare and welfare ministries

Latvian Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša and Welfare Minister Jānis Reirs do not support the proposal on merging their respective institutions, as both ministers said, commenting on the information regarding new Saeima parties’ plans for the two ministries.

Expert: there are no reasons to believe Latvia could change its Euro-Atlantic direction

There are no reasons for concerns that Latvia’s new government may change the country’s Euro-Atlantic direction. Nevertheless, the question how Latvia positions itself in the Euro-Atlantic community will remain topical, says director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs Andris Sprūds.

Merkel's partners lose historic majority in Bavaria state election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's partner party suffered their worst election result since 1950, losing votes to the far-right and the ecologist Greens.

Week’s beginning to remain warm in Latvia; wind and rain to return soon after

Weather is expected to remain warm in Latvia at the beginning of the week – days will be dry, sunny and warm. However, things will change in the second half of the week: weather will become cold and windy. Days will also become rainy, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. Vilnius Mayor Šimašius to run for re-election

Members of the Lithuanian Liberal Movement's Vilnius branch have decided to nominate Remigijus Šimašius, the capital's current mayor, as their candidate in next year's mayoral election, giving him the mandate to form a public election committee.

BNN summary of the week: government formation in Latvia; medicinal marijuana in Lithuania; EU vs. Lembergs

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Progress; Justice; Change; Outlook; Future; Growth; Government.

Railway freight volumes in Latvia up 8.4% in nine months

The volume of railway freight has grown 8.4% in Latvia in the first nine months of 2018 when compared to the same period of 2017 and was 36.11 million, according to data compiled by Latvia’s Transport Ministry.

NCP offers forming coalition with five to seven parties, leaving UGF and Harmony in opposition

New Conservative Party has offered parties elected in the Saeima to form a coalition consisting of NCP, KPV LV, Attīstībai/Par, National Alliance and New Unity.

NA leader: NCP has invited National Alliance to work together in new coalition

In the second phase of government-formation talks, New Conservative party offered National Alliance ‘All for Latvia!’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ to work in the forming coalition, said NA co-chairman Raivis Dzintars.

State Audit: non-transparent teachers’ pay system creates risk of misuse of state funds

The unclear, confusing and non-transparent teachers’ pay system creates risks of misuse of state funds and the profession’s prestige, says Latvian State Auditor Elita Krūmiņa.

Estonian press: Saeima «difficult even for Latvians»

Estonian media have evaluated that the result of the Saeima election in neighbouring Latvia has produced an especially difficult negotiating ground with seven elected parties, but the influence of oligarchs seems to have been reduced.

European court prohibits Aivars Lembergs from governing Ventspils

On Thursday, 11 October, European Court for Human Rights announced its verdict in the case in which Lemgergs sued Latvian state. Judges unanimously declined the complaint submitted by the formally dismissed Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs in relation to possible violation of election rights, as reported by Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Kyiv receives historic approval to separate from Russian Orthodox Church

Ukraine has received an approval to found an independent church in what Kyiv believes is an essential measure against Russian meddling in its affairs.

No government formation announcement expected Latvia this week

With KPV LV refusing to attend repeated talks with the New Conservative Party on Friday, 12 October, and Attīstībai/Par! party announcing commencement of mutual talks with separate political forces, chances of hearing any news about the next government’s composition this week become zero.

EU sees Brexit deal close, but London has to drop its key red line

Michel Barnier, the head Brexit negotiator of the European Union, has stated a Brexit agreement could be achieved next week. To avoid impediments on trade between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, London would have to abandon red line and agree to a customs union.

Weather in Latvia to remain summer-like

At the end of this week and the beginning of the next weather in Latvia will be dictated by a strong and wide anticyclone. Because of that, weather will be warm, sunny and without precipitation, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvia’s finance minister to join Latvian Farmers’ Union

Latvia’s Finance Minster Dana Reizniece-Ozola, who currently represents For Latvia and Ventspils party, will soon join Latvian Farmers’ Union – a party that is also part of the Union of Greens and Farmers.

Who would be the best choice for the next prime minister of Latvia?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive



Category feed: Feed: