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BNN summary of the week: Rubesa’s announces resignation; Latvia gets new gas tariffs

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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: Announcement; Investigation; Fight; Hope; Future.

ANNOUNCEMENT: CEO on Rail Baltica project: «Everything happening with the project is delayed»

Over the course of Rail Baltica project, its management shared no common goal, the project lacks transparency, and Transport Ministry has not provided sufficient staff to answer questions regarding the project’s progress – these are some of the reasons Baiba Rubesa, CEO of RB Rail, mentioned during the press-conference Thursday, 27 September, to justify her decision to resign.

As she continued listing the catalysts that caused her to submit her letter of resignation, Rubesa told journalists that the project lacks proper management model: «Everything that happens in the project is and will be delayed.»

She mentioned that even though progress has been made with coordination and approval of decisions over the course of the project, there are still questions that remain unanswered.

She also says that the next funding stage remains unclear – it is unknown how things will turn out after 2020 because the situation will likely suffer from Brexit next year. Rubesa says that the matter with Latvia’s budget is also unclear.

She stresses that countries participating in the project have failed to reach an agreement in regards to the project’s main goal – every country continues working to suit its own interests. This is an obstacle for decision-making processes, especially in regards to finances. In addition, the project lacks transparency.

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INVESTIGATION: CPCB requests commencement of criminal prosecution of UGF member

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has sent materials of a criminal case to the Prosecutor General’s Office for the commencement of criminal prosecution against Union of Greens and Farmers member Askolds Kļaviņš, according to information published by the bureau.

Kļaviņš is accused of abuse of official power, document forging and use of forged documents.

Without mentioning the name, CPCB notes that a Saeima deputy received a mandate of a member of the Saeima 16 June 2016. That same deputy declared his place of residence in Liepaja on 1 November 2018.

The report on commencement of criminal prosecution mentions that information regarding a Saeima deputy’s transport cost compensation amounts was reported by public media on 21 February 2018. On 2 May, CPCB commenced a criminal process against this person.

On 13 September 2018, nearly a month prior to 13th Saeima election, this deputy stepped down.

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FIGHT: ABLV Bank’s creditors submit claims worth more than EUR 2 billion

Nearly 3,300 creditors have responded to the invitation from ABLV Bank’s liquidators to submit their claims, submitting claims for more than EUR 2 billion, as confirmed by the bank.

The Credit Institutions Law does not detail any deadline for submission of claims by creditors who were not paid back their money prior to 18 September. This means they can continue submitting claims. Only creditors in this category are allowed to apply for this claim repayment order, as the law requires it, the bank notes.

«The liquidation committee is happy for this result. In spite of the relatively short period of time reserved for creditors’ claims, nearly a maximum amount has been received. This was accomplished as a result of efficient organization of work. The next step is no less challenging, because we will have to commence careful and responsible evaluation of all claims from creditors,» says ABLV Bank’s liquidator Arvīds Kostomārovs.

ABLV Bank says that after approval of methodology for creditor evaluation, the bank will require no less than three months to check the claims’ validity and then make a list of creditors. With that, the first payments to depositors who still had balance above state guaranteed remuneration amount at the time of announcement of the bank’s liquidation process could begin in January 2019. Payments will commence with private persons, micro-enterprises, as well as small and medium-sized companies.

Admittance and satisfaction of creditors’ claims will be performed in accordance under strict supervision from Finance and Capital Market Commission. EY (previously Ernst & Young) has been called in to assist with the liquidation process. The international audit company has developed methodology for money laundering prevention and compliance with sanctions, as well as creditor checks and cost supervision. This methodology project is currently being coordinated with Finance and Capital Market Commission, the bank adds.

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HOPE: Lithuania makes another attempt to stem emigration, ease youth‘s employment

Amid exodus of youth to more developed Western European countries able to provide a better livelihood, the Lithuanian government scrambles to find ways to keep the population, and especially so its young people, in the homeland.

Considering adverse effects on the national economy, social welfare system, as well as the country’s national and social development caused by a complicated demographic situation, the Lithuanian Parliament this week has endorsed the Strategy for the Demographic, Migration, and Integration Policy for 2018–2030.

The strategy spans 17 targets and consists of 116 provisions. It ought to be adopted by 1 December, 2018.

It is one of many strategies aiming to stem emigration and boost youth employment in the country.

To remind, in early 2018, the Lithuanian MPs passed legislation enabling young families to acquire affordable housing in the Lithuanian provinces and the draft document of this week sets out a series of measures to integrate successfully adolescents into the job market.

For example, it envisions employment incentives, such as subsidised employment, support for acquisition of professional skills, public works and job rotation programmes.

Importantly, young workers, who apply for their first job, would be exempted from social security payments, which now account for nearly third of a wage in Lithuania, according the draft.

In the Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament), 77 MPs voted for it, 24 abstained and 3 were against.

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FUTURE: New natural gas tariffs approved in Latvia; those who use more gas will pay less

The Public Utilities Commission has approved AS Gaso’s submitted natural gas transmission system’s tariff project, which provides for the introduction of a fixed fee for connection to permitted load regardless of the consumed gas volume.

It is planned that the new tariffs, which will come into force 1 January 2019, will motivate end consumers to use their connection more efficiently. At the same time, new tariffs are meant to secure the company with the option to perform the necessary investments in the gas transmission network.

Major gas consumers to benefit the most

According to estimates from AS Gaso, the price of gas transmission will decline 11% to 52% for most consumers. The price will decline for those who consume more gas.

The total price will, however, increase for ‘zero’ clients – those who are supplied with gas but do not consume it.

Gas bills of households that consume gas to prepare food will grow from 0 to EUR 1.77, tariff authors say.

What fees consumers should watch out for?

Until now gas consumers were differentiated based on their annual consumption without taking into account connection output and efficiency. From now on, differentiation of consumers will also depend on permitted output and the efficiency of connection’s use. «The goal of the transmission operator will be ensuring safe and uninterrupted gas supply, and the new tariff structure will help achieve this goal,» says AS Gaso chairperson Ilze Pētersone-Godmane.

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Medicines for people with mental disorders to become more accessible in Latvia

To improve accessibility of medicines for people suffering from psychological and behavioural disorders, Latvia’s government decided to expand the list of diagnoses eligible for state-compensated medicines on Tuesday, 23 April.

Belarus halts exports of low quality oil products to Baltics, other neighbours

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Producer prices in Latvia: increase of 4.1% in March

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Saeima deputy confident on the need to dismiss National Mass Media Council

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Estonian President continues to meet with ministerial candidates

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Teachers demand from Latvia’s ministry specific amendments to regulations

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Catalonia – key issue in Spanish pre-election debate

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Latvian minister orders closure of Deglava Bridge in Riga

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Sri Lanka death toll rises. Authorities had been warned about possible attacks

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Road construction company Binders to attract workers from Ukraine and Belarus

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Ukrainian presidential election won by Zelensky on hopes of change

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Air temperature to reach +23° C in Latvia this week

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Forevers: 615 tonnes of grilled meat was consumed in Latvia last year

615 tonnes of meat products for grilling was sold in Latvia in 2018, according to sales data from meat processing company Forevers.

Every day hens in Latvia produce an egg for every resident

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73% of residents believe they benefit from Latvia’s membership in EU

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General government budget deficit in Latvia reached EUR 295.4 million last year

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Egils Levits optimistic about his chances becoming Latvia’s president

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Estonia’s government to be formed by standing Prime Minister Jüri Ratas

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At least 29 die as German tourist bus runs off road in Portugal

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EY: businessmen show very positive outlook towards global economy

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Orkla Latvija signs contract for construction of Laima manufacturing plant in Ādaži

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As police arrive, Peru’s ex-president commits suicide

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Estonia’s president to meet with Putin; the two will discuss Baltic security

On Thursday, 18 April, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will meet with Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid, as reported by Estonian public media ERR.

Europe’s borders to be reinforced – a specialist corps to be formed by 2027

On Wednesday, 17 April, the European Parliament approved a new law to strengthen Europe’s border and coast guard, as reported by EP representative in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota.

Latvian residents engage in marriages more often than before

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