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Latvia’s State Audit concerned about government’s decided funding allocation

The funding outlined in ministries’ budgets for different goals does not fit the government’s approved budget planning process, said State Audit chief Elita Krūmiņa when asked to comment on the government’s recent decision to pull previously outlined funds from ministries to increase funding for healthcare.

PHOTO: doctors and opponents of municipal reform protest outside the Saeima

It was rather crowded around the Saeima prior to the parliament’s first meeting of November. Latvian doctors came to protest and demand provision of promised funding for healthcare. Later, however, opponents of the municipal reform joined them to voice their opinions.

Outlook: Latvia’s inflation may have reached 2% - 2.3% in October

The level of consumer prices in Latvia may have increased by 2% - 2.3% in October 2019 when compared to the same month of the previous year, bank analysts predict.

Saeima approves new Finance and Capital Market Commission council member

On Thursday, 7 November, Saeima approved Kristīne Černaja-Mežmale as the newest member of the council of the Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Saeima committee asks KNAB to look into regional reform’s promotional campaign

Latvian Saeima’s Audit Committee’s members have asked Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and Procurement Monitoring Bureau to check if there are any violations in Regional Development Ministry’s advertisement campaign for the administrative territorial reform, as reported by Saeima press-service.

Unspent funding from New Riga Theatre’s reconstruction to be spent in coming years

Latvia’s State Real Estate has commenced a new tender for the future reconstruction of New Riga Theatre. The funding left unspent this year – EUR 7 million – was returned to the state budget. The government plans to divert this money to other needs.

Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service to employ drones

In September 2019, the State Fire and Rescue Service received its first 11 UAVs or drones. Soon enough they will be put to use, the service reports.

Competition Council permits merge of freight carriers

Latvia’s Competition Council has made the decision to permit the merge with which AS Freight One Company plans to acquire decisive influence over public container cargo carrier AS TransContainer.

Corruption watchdog periodically receives reports of corruption in healthcare

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau periodically receives reports about illegal requests for material rewards in healthcare. However, often patients avoid reporting situations when doctors request benefits.

Prime Minister says use of funding for healthcare could benefit from more transparency

We need greater transparency for the division of funding in healthcare so that both doctors and society have an understanding how this money is used, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma.

Z-Towers developer, construction office and Burovs go at each other over Twin Towers

Z-Towers project developers have turned to State Police and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau over intentional delays with the building’s commissioning, as reported by AS Tower Construction Management commercial director Andžejs Neguliners.

Competition Council bashes Riga’s planned waste management tender

Latvia’s Competition Council has voiced 15 complaints about the developed waste management service tender, including the differences among the four planned waste management zones, and the proposal to allow a single contender manage up to 86% of the city’s territory.

Reaching adulthood this year? Why not travel around Europe for free?

Any youngster in Latvia who turns 18 before 31 December 2019 is invited to apply for EU initiative DiscoverEU, which offers the opportunity to travel around all of Europe free of charge, as reported by Agency for International Programs for Youth.

LDz Council refuses to reveal to Saeima compensation paid to ex-managers

The council of Latvian Railway and Latvia’s Transport Ministry as the company shareholder decided not to reveal to Saeima’s Public Expenditures and Audit Committee the exact amount of compensations paid to the company’s ex-managers.

Rail Baltica airport station’s construction may cost 250 – 280 million euros for Latvia

Railway project Rail Baltica station’s construction at Riga International Airport may cost around 250 – 280 million euros. The exact amount will be clarified soon – in the second stage of the construction tender, says Rail Baltica implementer in Latvia Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas board chairman Kaspars Vingris.

More money promised for doctors’ wages next year; Latvia puts embassy plan on hold

Latvia’s government might be able to find an additional amount of approximately EUR 18 million to increase doctors’ wages next year. This plan includes postponing the opening of Latvia’s embassy in Australia, as government representatives told journalists after meeting with healthcare representatives on Tuesday, 5 November.

Association leader: doctors are not prepared for a compromise solution

In attempts to resolve the healthcare financing problem in Latvia, healthcare workers are not ready to accept the government’s proposed compromises, said board chairman of Latvian Association of Young Doctors Kārlis Rācenis in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Panorāma.

Doctor earns up to EUR 39 000 working in the public and private sector

Some Latvian doctor earns approximately EUR 39 000 by working in the public and private sector, according to information from LETA.

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