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Riga City Council opposition threatens to dismiss environment committee's head

Riga City Council’s opposition demands the head of the city council’s Housing and Environment Committee Vjačeslavs Stepaņenko to take political responsibility and have his dismissed from his post, as reported by For Latvia’s Development Riga City Council faction representative Ieva Graudiņa-Šutko.

Prime minister on Latvia’s budget: this matter has been put aside

Latvia’s budget for 2020 will not be reviewed. The government is «moving forward», said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to LNT programme 900 seconds on Wednesday, 27 November.

European Parliament adopts amendments on poultry imports from Ukraine

The European Parliament invites Ukraine to comply with the trade agreement that provides for a «spirit of trust» with the European Union, stressing that food safety standards apply to all products imported to the EU, as reported by EP representative Jānis Krastiņš.

CAITO project aims to bring countryside tourism offer to Japan’s market

The end of the conference Japan – gates to Asia’s tourism markets in Tallinn also marked the end of the three-year project CAITO, the goal of which was to form and introduce on Japan’s tourism market a unified offer from Estonia, Latvia and South-Finland for countryside tourism, says Rural Traveler representative Asnāte Ziemele.

Prime minister asks healthcare minister to come up with new wage model for doctors

Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has ordered Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele to prepare ideas for a new wage model for doctors by the end of January 2020, as confirmed by the State Chancellery.

Reconstruction of Elizabetes and Satekles street crossing to commence in December

As part of the expansion of the Origo shopping centre and the construction of the Origo One business centre, reconstruction of the Elizabetes and Satekles street crossing in December will be performed, as reported by Linstow Centre Management.

Zolitude tragedy criminal to be reviewed by new team of judges

On Tuesday, 26 November, Riga City Pardaugava Court will continue viewing Zolitude tragedy case with a new team of judges.

Delna: accessibility of databases important for corruption prevention is too limited

Only one out of five state databases important for corruption prevention in Latvia has freely accessible data, as concluded in a study performed by Society for Openness – Delna.

Early warning sirens to be tested in Latvia on 27 November

On Wednesday, 27 November, Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service will turn on early warning sirens for a scheduled functionality test. The sirens will remain turned for three minutes, as confirmed by VUGD.

Ķirsis: violations at Riga Central Market could not have happened without the city council knowing

Violations at Riga Central Market could not have happened without Riga City Council’s ruling forces knowing about it, said the city council’s opposition deputy Vilnis Ķirsis in an interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Tuesday, 26 November

Search at Riga Central Market: firearms, ammunition and EUR 40 560 in cash found

In the criminal case regarding illegal circulation of excise goods, Latvia’s State Police found and confiscated multiple items that resemble firearms, as well as ammunition and EUR 40 560, as confirmed by police.

To avoid «sudden confusion», government to postpone Administrative Liability Law

The coming into force of the new Administrative Liability Law in Latvia is planned to be postponed until mid-2020, said Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš after a meeting of the Cooperation Council.

Fiscal Discipline Council opposes increase of state budget deficit

Latvia’s Fiscal Discipline Council objects to the proposal to use budget deficit as a funding source to help increase healthcare workers’ wages, as the council reports.

Healthcare Minister refuses to drop idea of financing healthcare at budget deficit’s expense

Latvian Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele is committed to meeting with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš to discuss the idea of increasing healthcare funding at the expense of state budget deficit.

Gunita Ķiesnere joins the board of Maxima Latvija

Maxima Latvija is strengthening its leadership team as Gunita Ķiesnere joins as Chief People Officer and Board Member. She was previously responsible for human resources at Fazer Group companies in the Baltics, Russia and Nordics.

Competition Council: Latvia has the most unfavourable pricing mechanism in Baltic States

Latvia has the most unfavourable pricing mechanism for medicines and market, in which prices of the most often bought state-compensated medicines are compared with other Baltic States, as concluded by Competition Council.

Programme: new Administrative Liability Law expected to bring «chaos»

One and a half months following adoption of the new Administrative Liability Law, police are unlikely to punish perpetrators due to multiple unfinished tasks, as reported by LTV programme De Facto.

Kazāks: the central bank cannot be made an «ivory tower»

The council of the Bank of Latvia should take over functions of the management board, said candidate for the post of governor of the Bank of Latvia and member of the central bank’s council Mārtiņš Kazāks in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Monday, 25 November.

Producer prices in Latvia’s industry down 0.2% in October

In October 2019 the level of producer prices in Latvian industry dropped by 0.6 %. The level of prices of products sold on the domestic market dropped by 0.6 %, and prices of exported products – by 0.5 %.

University of Latvia offers prime minister a peace treaty

On 21 November, the University of Latvia sent Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš a peace treaty offer in the approval case for acting rector Indriķis Muižnieks, requesting recognition of results of elections and have him approved as the university’s rector, said LU vice-rector Ina Druviete at a press-conference on Friday, 22 November.


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