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Bribery accused LU vice-rector applied with major restrictions

Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has applied restrictions for bribery accused University of Latvia vice-rector Baiba Broka. She is prohibited from working in the university’s procurement commission, as well as making decisions associated with control and supervision.

Pork prices in Latvia increase 10.5% over the course of a month

In May 2019, pork prices in Latvia increased 10.5% when compared to April and were 33.1% higher when compared to May 2018, according to data compiled by Latvian Agriculture Ministry’s Market and Direct Support Department.

Latvia’s finance market supervisor applies one million euro fine to Rigensis Bank

Latvia’s Finance and Capital Market Commission has decided to apply a fine of one million euros to Rigensis Bank AS for violating money laundering and terrorism financing prevention regulations, as confirmed by the commission.

Latvia’s Competition Council issues six warnings for possible cartel activity

In the first half-year of 2019, Latvia’s Competition Council organized six warnings to ten businesses and five private persons for possible involvement in cartels.

Balticovo: eggs of caged hens will gradually disappear from shelves

Eggs from caged hens will likely disappear from Europe’s shelves in time, predicts egg and egg product manufacturing company Balticovo council chairman Valdis Grimze.

Latvia’s Taxi Drivers Register has around 6 000 drivers; 114 have been excluded from it

Since June 2018, when the Taxi Drivers Register was adopted, nearly 6 000 drivers have registered with it, whereas more than 100 drivers have been excluded from it, as reported by the Road Transport Directorate.

Fifth break announced in trial of Jelgava Hospital bribery case

The trial in the bribery case involving Jelgava Hospital manager Andris Ķipurs has been put on hold for the fifth time, the court reported.

Warmth to gradually return to Latvia this week: upwards of +25 C expected

This week, rain will be observed in at least one of Latvia’s regions. Nevertheless, warmer masses of air will also flow into the country, making air temperature reach +25° C.

NATO’s right to deploy in Latvia in crisis situations to be outlined in legislation

In the event of crisis situations NATO forces will be able to deploy in Latvia from beyond its border, as provided by amendments to the Latvian State Border Law the government will discuss on 16 July.

Latvia’s industrial output growth reportedly the most rapid among Baltics

Industrial production output in Latvia in May 2019 when compared to the same period of 2018 has increased 1.7%, which is a more rapid growth rate than the average in the EU, according to data published by Eurostat.

Riga’s ex-mayor to report to corruption watchdog about change of residence

The suspect in the criminal case regarding several procurement projects of Riga municipality’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme, former mayor of Riga and newly-elected European Parliament member Nils Ušakovs has been applied with a security measure – the need to report change of residence to authorities.

Bribery accused National Alliance member leaves party but stays in Riga City Council

Suspended vice-rector in University of Latvia Baiba Broka has decided to temporarily cease working in the National Alliance «All for Latvia-For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK». At the same time, however, she has no plans to step down from her post in Riga City Council.

Spotless reputation, Latvian citizenship and EUR 9 000 wage – chief wanted for FCMC

Latvia’s State Chancellery has announced the opening of application submission process for the post of chairman of Finance and Capital Market Commission, according to the 12 July official publication in Latvian Herald.

Latvian competition supervisor investigates possible cartel agreement

Latvia’s Competition Council has performed a surprise inspection in two construction material trading companies under suspicion of cartel agreement, as confirmed by the council.

Pre-election Campaign Law has holes but no changes are proposed, politicians say

Latvian politicians are aware there are holes in the Pre-election Campaign Law but they have no plans to initiate any changes to it.

Foreign trade turnover changes in Latvia: exports drop and imports grow in May

In May 2019, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.5 billion, which at current prices was 3.5 % more than in May 2017, of which the exports value of goods was 2.6 % lower, but imports value of goods was 8.6 % higher.

Waste volumes created by Latvian residents up 21% in five years

Data from Eurostat shows that in 2017 Latvian households created 851 000 tonnes of household waste, which is 21% more when compared to 2013, when households created 704 000 tonnes of waste, as reported by waste management company AS Latvijas Zaļais punkts.