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Mass Media Council’s head refuses to step down; dismissal to follow soon

The head of Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council Dace Ķezbere has no plans to step down from her post. This is why Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee head Artuss Kaimiņš has decided to initiate her dismissal.

August’s inflation in Latvia reaches 3.2%

Compared to August 2018, the average level of consumer price rose by 3.2 % in August 2019. Prices of goods increased by 3.2 % and prices of services by 3.1 %. Compared to 2015, in August 2019 consumer prices were 8.9 % higher.

PMB: legislation alone is not enough to put an end to cartels

Legislation alone is not enough to put an end to cartels in procurements, as Procurement Monitoring Bureau chief Dace Gaile said in an interview to Latvian Radio.

Minister: it is too soon to thinks about radical changes in Russia’s policy

Russian-Ukrainian prisoner exchange is no reason to expect radical changes in Russia’s policy, said Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Monday, 9 September.

Audit commenced to assess high mortality rates among stroke patients

Latvia’s Health Inspectorate has commenced an audit «Assessment of high mortality among stroke patients within 30 days of announcement of diagnosis», as confirmed by Healthcare Ministry’s representative Anna Strapcāne.

KNAB announces defence rights for five businessmen and Valmiera mayor

In the criminal case regarding possible cartel formation, rights for defence have been provided to five construction businessmen and one politician, as reported by public broadcaster LTV programme De Facto.

Minister: Abora will not be hired for Liepaja Prison construction project

SIA Abora construction company will not be hired for Liepaja Prison project, Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns told journalists after a government meeting on Friday, 6 September.

Failing to agree on Liepaja prison, Latvian government postpones budget talks

Due to disagreements over the terms for construction of Liepaja Prison, Latvia’s government decided on Friday, 6 September, to postpone decision-making on allocation of additional finances until next week.

KNAB checks Ogre County Council’s sale of land for Latvian-Ukrainian egg plant

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced an inspection following the request from Latvian Egg Producers Association in regards to the decision made by officials of Ogre County Council, permitting Gallusman company the purchase of land in Madliena Parish.

Rīgas satiksme’s tear in state budget to be covered using residents’ money

The negative effect public transport company SIA Rīgas satiksme has had on the state budget’s fiscal space is planned to be compensated by the government by dividing the PIT payments to Riga City Council, according to Finance Ministry’s report on fiscal space activities and priorities for expenses in 2020 and contents for 2020-2022.

Ombudsman: it worries me that Kučinskis knew about the construction cartel

The fact that Māris Kučinskis knew about the possible construction cartel during his term as prime minister makes me very worried, said ombudsman Juris Jansons in an interview to public broadcaster LNT programme 900 seconds on Friday, 6 September.

PHOTO: State Fire and Rescue Service urges government to provide more funding

Rephrasing the ancient proverb – all’s fair love and budget formation.

Latvia’s prime minister orders government to cover pension delivery cost increase

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has ordered Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča and Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits to work together and find a solution for the increased cost of delivering pension, benefits and remuneration amounts to residents’ homes, as confirmed by the prime minister’s press-secretary Sandris Sabajevs.

Jurmala's mayor saved from yet another litigation: criminal process terminated

Latvia’s Office of the Prosecutor General has terminated the criminal process against chairman of Jurmala City Council Gatis Truksnis in the criminal case regarding possible illegal financing of the Union of Greens and Farmers, as confirmed by the mayor’s lawyer Jānis Rozenbergs.

Riga’s vice-mayor sees no reason to sue former management of Rīgas satiksme

Even following a report from SIA Novius law firm, the holder of shares in public transport company SIA Rīgas satiksme and Riga’s vice-mayor Vadims Baraņņiks says he sees no reason to sue former members of RS board.

Mayor Oļegs Burovs takes charge over Riga Freeport

Riga’s Mayor Oļegs Burovs has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of Riga Freeport, as BNN was told by the freeport’s representatives.

Latvia’s ex-president becomes a witness in KNAB’s criminal process

Ex-president of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis has been declared a witness in a criminal case investigated by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, as confirmed by his secretary Kristīne Reisa-Dāboliņa.

Media suggests amount of «dirty money» in ABLV Bank may exceed one billion euros

The possible amount of illegally obtained funds in ABLV Bank exceeds EUR 1 billion, according to Ir magazine.

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