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Future US Secretary of State: there is no longer any tolerance towards Russia

Director of the US Central Intelligence Agency Michael Pompe, who has been picked by US President Donald Trump for the post of US Secretary of State, promised to members of the Senate to impose a tougher policy against Russia if he is appointed in this post.

Saeima conceptually supports personal data processing legislative draft

Latvia’s Saeima supported the legislative draft On Personal Data Processing in the first reading. This draft provides for the development of national requirements to ensure successful application of EU General Data Protection Regulation.

MEP: Syrian conflict has put the world on the brink of a major crisis

The increased tension between Russia and the West, represented by France, USA and Britain, has reached the lowest point because of the Syrian crisis ever since problems had first emerged in the region. Because of that, the world stands on the brink of a major crisis, says member of the European Parliament Artis Pabriks.

CC: residents have difficulties with acquiring compensated medicines

Competition Council invites residents who have experienced difficulties with acquiring compensated medicines in Latvia’s pharmacies to participate in a survey before it wraps up on Monday, 16 April.

Latvia’s ministry underlines the importance of digitization in public administration

To assist with digitization of public administration and further improve construction processes, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry’s deputy state secretary for ICT matters Edmunds Beļskis says development of e-management would be welcome and useful.

Opinion: there are known structural risks for Latvia’s economy

Latvian Saeima’s European Affairs Committee has voiced support for the country’s Stability Programme 2018-2021. The goal of this action plan is ensuring budget discipline, monitoring and coordinating budget policy in Eurozone and European Union.

Latvian police detain several people for distributing narcotic and psychotropic substances

As part of measures to combat circulation of illegal and psychotropic substances in March, officers of Zemgale Region Criminal Police Department detained several individuals and launched several criminal processes, as confirmed by State Police.

Ministry threatens to dismiss Ķekava County Council

Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry reports major violations of the law committed in the formation of teams of committees in Ķekava County Council.

Opinion: Rail Baltica’s construction will require foreign labour force

To prevent deficit of labour force during the construction of Rail Baltica’s infrastructure, Baltic States should be prepared to attract labour force from foreign countries, said Latvian Building Contractors Partnership manager Baiba Fromane at Rail Baltica Global Forum in Tallinn on Wednesday, 11 April.

Pharmacists want more rapid improvements for Latvia’s e-health system

Although e-prescription system has been improved to be faster and more efficient, pharmacists and residents still find the system inconvenient and buggy, especially when it comes to mistake-riddled prescriptions, as reported by Latvia’s Pharmacists Association.

2018 should not be worse than last year for food production companies

The situation in Latvia’s food production industry continues slowly recovering. This year’s situation is not expected to be worse than last year, unless some unpleasant changes are added to tax legislation, says manager of berries and fruits processing company Purators Latvia Aigars Balodis.

Ministry invites Riga City Council to cancel time limit for Q&A sessions

Riga City Council’s changes to internal rules that provide a 20-minute time limit on questions and answers sessions during meetings do not comply with existing regulations and should be cancelled, as concluded by Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry.

Latvian government conceptually supports making Lāčplēsis Day a holiday

On Tuesday, 10 April, Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee conceptually supported amendments to the Law on Holidays, Memorable Days and Celebrations that provide for making 11 November – Lāčplēsis Day – a holiday, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvia to spend EUR 67,000 of state budget funds to produce barricade certificates

On Tuesday, 10 April, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers decided to allocate EUR 67,521 from the state budget for emergencies for the association of participants of barricades of 1991 to pay for the production, issue and registration of certificates confirming the status of those people, as reported by Interior Affairs Ministry.

CC: tender participants should not stay silent if restrictions are unjustifiably applied to them

The practice of including different competition-limiting conditions to public tenders still prevents clients from receiving the most economic and competitive offers, creating a situation in which public resources are used inefficiently, as BNN was told to Competition Council.

Around 20,000 Latvian businesses will have to cease working with shell companies

Approximately 20,000 Latvian businesses will have to cease working with shell companies, said Lursoft board member Daiga Kiopa in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Three accused in Latvenergo bribery case sentenced to prison

After reviewing the so-called Latvenergo case in appeal order, Riga Regional Court sentenced former vice-president of the company Aigars Meļķo, production director Gunārs Cvetkovs and manager of Energy Consulting company Andrejs Livanovičs to prison.

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