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Aivars Lembergs may be forced out of Latvian Olympic Committee

The topic of Aivars Lembergs’ dismissal from his post as member of the LOK Executive Committee may be brought up during the Tuesday, 10 December, meeting of Latvian Olympic Committee, BNN was told by LOK President Aldons Vrubļevskis’s press-secretary Mārtiņš Mālmeisters.

Committee’s talks about electing Riga City Council for more than five years; decision postponed

After lengthy and heated discussions on Tuesday, 10 December, Saeima’s Public Administration and Local Government Committee decided to continue discussing amendments that would allow Riga City Council composed in snap elections to function for longer than five years.

Unemployment level in Latvia increases to 5.8% in November

At the end of November, unemployment level in Latvia was 5.8% of the economically active population, which is 0.1 percentage point more than a month prior, according to data from the State Employment Agency.

Lembergs avoids giving a clear yes or no to stepping down from Ventspils Freeport board

Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of committing serious crimes, avoided giving a clear yes or no in regards to the possibility of stepping down as chairman of Ventspils Freeport board, according to what he said at a press-conference on Tuesday, 10 December.

Two cigarette smugglers detained on Latvia’s border

Border guard officials in Krāslava have detained two Latvian citizens for illegally carrying excise goods over the border, BNN was told by State Boarder Guard representative Kristīne Pētersone.

USA adds Aivars Lembergs to its «black list»

On Monday, 9 December, based on the so-called Magnitsky Law, US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control established sanctions against a number of people and their organizations in Europe, Asia and Latin America, including the suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs.

Average electricity prices in Baltic States down 10%

Nord Pool’s electricity prices in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia dropped 10% last week – to 41.73 EUR/MWh, as reported by AS Latvenergo representatives.

Court maintains arrest for Riga Central Market cigarette case suspect Vilnis Visors

On Monday, 9 December, Riga Regional Court decided to keep the security measure against suspect in Riga Central Market illegal cigarette trade case businessman and board member of Tirdzniecības nams Latgales priekšpilsētā Vilnis Visors in place.

Swedbank introduces free operations with securities

Swedbank has abolished the commission fee for operations on Baltic stock markets to promote public interest in deals using shares and other securities, the bank reports.

Pabriks: it is necessary to increase US military support for Latvia

Between 6th and 7th December, Latvia’s Defence Minister Artis Pabriks participated in Reagan National Security Forum in California. During this forum, the minister met with US Deputy Secretary of Defense John C. Rood, stressing the need to increase US military support for Latvia, BNN was told by the ministry.

Shady Skonto stadium buyer, a Russian businessman, believes he was cheated

Skonto stadium’s shady buyer from the tax paradise in Belize – the one who purchased the property for EUR 35 million in 2015 – has been found out. It is Russian businessman Aleksandr Rogachev, whose grandfather was the governor of Oryol Oblast. His father is a general of the Russian Federal Security Service.

Weather in Latvia expected to be rainy and relatively warm this week

The second week of December will pass under cloudy weather. Plenty of precipitation and strong wind is expected. Precipitation will calm down in the second half of the week. The sun will shine and cold snap is also expected, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

High-speed roads may be established between Latvia’s largest cities

The development strategy for Latvia’s state roads provides for creating a «backbone» of high-speed roads between Latvia’s largest cities, as reported by Transport Ministry.

Bank: Latvian residents have become more active with making savings

Following increased economic growth, there has been an improvement with Latvian residents’ financial reserves, according to data compiled by Swedbank. Nearly 17% of them have managed to save up money worth three or more wage amounts (2% more than last year), according to data from Swedbank.

For the first time since 2003, woman possibly infected with rabies dies in Latvia

A woman that was possibly infected with rabies has died in Daugavpils, as reported by Disease Prevention and Control. This may be the first death caused by rabies in Latvia since 2003.

Ušakovs says he wants to run in Riga City Council snap elections

Member of the European Parliament and ex-Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs says he is prepared to start in snap elections in Riga if they are organized, as confirmed by Harmony chairman Jānis Urbanovičs.


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