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

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PROGRESS: Latvia wants to ratify EU-Japanese strategic partnership agreement

On Thursday, 11 October, Latvia’s Saeima approved in the first reading a legislative draft in accordance with which it is planned to ratify the Strategic Partnership Agreement between European Union and its member states one side and Japan on the other.

It is expected that it will improve bilateral involvement of Europe and Japan in further improvement of political dialogue and cooperation in fields like human rights, security and peace affairs, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

This agreement will have a positive effect on mutual relations between Latvia and Japan, as well as present opportunities for expanded cooperation and perspectives for further development of Latvia’s national economy in fields like research, energy and transports, as mentioned in the legislative draft’s annotation.

The parliament notes that the agreement includes topics such as human rights, weapons of mass destruction, international criminal affairs, as well as combating terrorism. The agreement also covers cooperation in economics and finances, customs, taxes, agriculture and other fields.

The agreement also provides for the formation of a Combined Committee between EU and Japan to coordinate general partnership.

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JUSTICE: 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.

In the plea submitted to European Court for Human Rights on 22 August 2017, Lembergs complained about the prohibition imposed on him to perform duties as chairman of Ventspils City Council. He also claimed that voters had expressed their will by electing him in Ventspils City Council. On top of that, he also said public surveys showed that Voters want to see him as chairman of the city council.

The security measure applied to Aivars Lembergs – prohibition to perform duties as chairman of Ventspils City Council – does not allow him to work in this post. Lembergs believes this breaches election rights guaranteed by the Convention.

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CHANGE: Lithuanian MPs back legalisation of marijuana in prescription medications

Lithuanian Saeima has adopted a bill to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana-based medications.

British medicine news aggregator Medical Xpress reports that the lawmakers voted 90-0 with three abstentions to support the legislation that will now go to President Dalia Grybauskaitė to be signed into law.

«It is a historic decision to ensure that patients can receive the best possible treatment. (..) Of course, it does not mean cannabis will be available to get at a drugstore to smoke before going to a nightclub,» commented MP Mykolas Majauskas who submitted the bill.

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OUTLOOK: Latvia’s Finance Ministry increases GDP growth outlook to 4.2% for 2018

Finance Ministry has increased the growth domestic product growth outlook for 2018 from 4% to 4.2%. At the same time, the ministry has reduced economic growth outlook for 2019.

In April 2018, Latvia’s government supported the country’s Stability Programme 2018-2021. The programme predicted Latvia’s GDP to grow 4% in 2018 and 3.4% in 2019. Next week, however, the Cabinet of Ministers will present the latest Latvian macroeconomic outlook, which provides that the country’s GDP will grow 4.2% in 2018 and 3% in 2019.

By increasing GDP outlook for 2018 by 0.2 percentage points, the ruling coalition agreed on allocation of an additional amount of EUR 5.7 million to the country’s defence sector. A relevant decision was made to ensure funding for defence reaches 2% of the country’s GDP.

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FUTURE: Latvia plans to invest EUR 650,000 in RB Rail capital

Latvian state intends to invest EUR 650,000 in the capital of SIA European Railway Lines, which will then invest this amount in AS RB Rail, as the government decided on Tuesday, 9 October.

European Railway Lines is Latvia’s shareholders in Baltic joint venture RB Rail, which was founded specifically to implement Rail Baltica project.

Transport Ministry mentions in the annotation to this decision that the amount from European Railway Lines will be passed to RB Rail, thereby securing a proportionally equal amount of capital shares as Lithuania and Estonia.

On 22 August 2018, it was decided at a shareholders meeting to increase RB Rail capital by tree euros by releasing three new dematerialized shares with nominal value of one euro each to make sure that after the increase RB Rail capital reaches EUR 1,950,012. Each share’s earnings reach EUR 649,999 and total sale price (including nominal value and emission earning) is EUR 1,950,000. To do that and preserve proportionally equal shares as Lithuania and Estonia, it is necessary to perform the fourth increase of capital for European Railway Lines by EUR 650,000.

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GROWTH: Estonian President becomes honorary citizen of South Korea capital

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid is on a visit to South Korea, where she has become an honorary citizen of its capital Seoul.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR cited President Kaljulaid as stating a ceremony to mark the honour expressed to her: «Both countries are forward looking. (..) We have a lot to learn from each other, and together can be spokespersons for digital societies globally».

The Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon has received the honour becoming a Estonian e-Resident.

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GOVERNMENT: 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.

Bilateral talks on the formation of a new government have been organized by NCP and KPV LV. For two days now NCP has been regularly meeting with newly elected political parties, except Concord. The second phase of talks commenced on Friday. Talks will be continued with KPV LV, Attīstībai/Par!, National Alliance and New Unity. NCP has refused to cooperate with the Union of Greens and Farmers in the new government.

KPV LV has met with three parties since Tuesday – NCP, AP and NA. The party also plans to meet with New Unity on Friday and with UGF next Monday, even though previously the party wanted nothing to do with it because UGF had delegated representatives that were not elected to the new Saeima. KPV LV does plan to meet with Concord as part of ‘consultations’, but it will not be government-formation talks.

Because KPV LV has yet to meet with all elected parties, it was decided not to meet with NCP for repeated talks this Friday.

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KPV LV faction pledges support to Aldis Gobzems

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Inflation in Latvia reaches 3% in 2018

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Estonian hospital to make patients pay for uncancelled doctor appointments

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Politologist: two weeks in government formation is lost time

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In pictures: Mass demonstration in Vilnus in solitarity with teachers' strike

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KPV LV prime minister candidate to present president with three scenarios

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EU court: Britain can unilaterally stop its divorce from EU

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Weather in Latvia expected warm at weeks beginning; air temperature to drop again later on

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150 countries convene in Morocco to endorse UN Migration Compact

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Politologist: Artis Pabriks would not be a good choice for prime minister

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In Armenia election, landslide victory to Pashinyan's bloc, results show

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President Dalia Grybauskaite on Friday, December 7, signed decrees to accept the resignations of Jurgita Petrauskienė as education and science minister and Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson as culture minister and to dismiss Kęstutis Navickas from the post of environment minister.

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Snow and ice create problems for drivers in Latvia

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Share of fast loans extended three and more times increases in Latvia

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NCP does not consider KPV LV offer as serious; says government formation impossible

Considering the term given by Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis to KPV LV leader Aldis Gobzems, he simply has no way to form a sustainable government, says New Conservative Party’s leader Jānis Bordāns.

Aldis Gobzems withdraws his government offer extended to political parties

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Estonian private clinic is facing criminal investigation

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Meat consumption in Sweden continues to drop significantly

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Medieval cemetery found in Old Riga in front of the Saeima

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French authorities send 89 000 security workers before weekend protests

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SRS dismantles criminal group that caused losses worth EUR 250,000 to state budget

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