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Total tax debts in Latvia at December’s beginning – EUR 869.4 million

At the beginning of December, total tax debts in Latvia, including outstanding, halted and extended debts, were equal to EUR 869.367 million, which is 1.9% less than a month prior, according to data from the State Revenue Service.

Latvia’s prime minister forms a work group to ensure Ventspils Freeport’s operations

On Thursday, 12 December, Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has issued an order on formation of a work group under Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits in order to ensure undisrupted operations at Ventspils Freeport, as reported by the prime minister’s press-secretary Sandris Sabajevs.

Budget Committee declines residents’ request to postpone increasing funding for parties

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee has rejected a public initiative signed by more than 11 000 residents. This initiative requested postponing the planned increase of funding for political parties.

Riga Freeport and Liepaja Special Economic Zone to leave LTAB

Riga Freeport and Liepaja Special Economic Zone will leave Latvian Transit Business Association managed by Aivars Lembergs, as both are subjected to US sanctions.

Legal Affairs Committee supports lifting judge immunity for administrative violation cases

Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee supported prior to the second reading legislative drafts to the Law on Judicial Power and Law on Judges Disciplinary Liability intended to lift the immunity of judges in administrative violation cases, as confirmed by Justice Ministry.

What is Ventspils Development Agency and what will its members do now?

Among the organizations against which US Department of Treasury Office for Foreign Asset Control has adopted sanctions is also Ventspils Development Agency. In accordance with OFAC issued Global Magnitsky General Licence Nr.1, global partners have 30 days to cease all cooperation with this organization.

Eating during holidays: advice how to eat and not overeat

Many of us will agree that an intensive holiday season is a trap for healthy eating. Party at work, sitting with friends and, of course, pending time with family – all kinds of unhealthy and tempting options are right around the corner and not everyone can resist trying something tasty. Dr. Feders’ German Private Practice of Cardiology in Latvia dieting specialist Linda Federa people don’t have to reject food entirely, rather it is a better idea to follow certain recommendations to make sure the only thing received during holidays is hospitality, not weight.

Committee supports amendments that allow electing city council for longer

Saeima’s Public Administration and Local Government Committee has decided to support law amendments to allow electing Riga City Council for a term longer than five years.

FKTK proposes isolating Lembergs and companies under US sanctions

Finance and Capital Market Commission invites financial market participants to refrain from providing financial services to suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs, as well as companies and institutions applied with US sanctions, FKTK reports.

To take over Riga and Ventspils port government to form a separate company

On Wednesday, 11 December, the Cabinet of Ministers decided at an extraordinary meeting to invite the Saeima to add amendments to the Law on Ports to accommodate the plan for the government to take control over Riga and Ventspils freeports.

Family doctor visits may become more expensive for some residents in Latvia next year

Patient fees might increase or reduce next year. The latter may include more expensive family doctors visits: some residents may have to pay EUR 2 instead of EUR 1.42. The patient fee for specialist consultations will reduce.

Citadele Bank acquires UniCredit Leasing active in Baltic States

Citadele Bank has acquired 100% of shares in LLC UniCredit Leasing, including its Estonian and Lithuanian branch offices, thereby acquiring control over all UniCredit Leasing operations in Baltic States, BNN was told by the bank.

Influenza epidemic commences in Latvia

11 December marks the beginning of an influenza epidemic in Latvia, as reported by Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

20% of Riga Central Station design work for Rail Baltica is complete

Nearly 20% of Rail Baltica project’s design work on Riga Central Station has been completed. Construction company Bererix has closed off territory, railway, underground areas and other infrastructure for topographical and measuring work, as reported by Rail Baltica project’s representative Linda Vītola.

ReRe būve 1 hands over New Riga Theatre building to State Real Estate

On Tuesday, 10 December, construction company ReRe būve 1 handed over to State Real Estate the building of New Riga Theatre, as confirmed by VNI chairman Andris Vārna in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

U.S. bans Lembergs and family from entry in U.S. over «significant corruption»

The U.S. Department of State has introduced a U.S. travel ban on criminally-accused Latvian official Aivars Lembergs and his immediate adult family members over «involvement in significant corruption».

Latvian government supports reaching EU’s climate neutrality goal by 2050

Latvia’s government has agreed on support for European Union’s goal to become one of the main regions to have reached net zero level of greenhouse gas emissions or climate neutrality by 2050.


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