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Tuesday 11.12.2018 | Name days: Valdis, Voldemārs, Valdemārs

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian parliament to launch probe of political corruption during previous governments

The Lithuanian Seimas is set to launch a new parliamentary investigation into political corruption during the tenure of previous governments. Sixty-seven MPs on Tuesday, September 25, voted in favor of setting up a new parliamentary investigation commission, 28 were against and three abstained.

Ministry’s secretary: state of «permitted prostitution» in Latvia needs to change

Prostitution in Latvia is «permissibly limited», but this needs to change, said Latvian Interior Affairs Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Evika Siliņa, during a speech at an international conference on effective measures against sexual exploitation.

Annual retail trade turnover in Latvia up 1.4%

Compared to August 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 1.4 % in August 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 2.8 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, rose by 0.5 %, whereas turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 0.8 %.

ABLV Bank’s creditors submit claims worth more than EUR 2 billion

Nearly 3,300 creditors have responded to the invitation from ABLV Bank’s liquidators to submit their claims, submitting claims for more than EUR 2 billion, as confirmed by the bank.

Two-year old X-rayed by mistake on Estonian EU external border

At a border checkpoint on the Estonian-Russian border hi-tech X-ray technology is used to look for contraband in vehicles, but by mistake a young child has been X-rayed, which has prompted mother to consider suing border guards.

Latvian Saeima supports changing Culture Capital Fund’s financing model

On Thursday, 27 September, Saeima approved amendments to the State Culture Capital Foundation Law, thereby changing the fund’s current financing model, as reported by the parliament’s press-service.

Expert: Baltic governments should review Rail Baltica governance and implementation model

Governments of Baltic States should review Rail Baltica governance and implementation models, says Vice-President of the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance Andris Grafs.

Weather to be volatile in Latvia next week; wind speed to increase again

On the night to Friday, 28 September, an active cyclone will approach Latvia from the west. Because of that, weather will become cloudy and rainy. Northern regions will experience heavy rainfall, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Rail Baltica’s management picks Ignas Degutis as Interim Chief Executive Officer

The supervisory board of RB Rail has picked the company’s finance director and board member Ignas Degutis as Baiba Rubesa’s replacement as the interim CEO of the company, as confirmed by the decision made by Rail Baltica supervisory council.

Estonia seeks 152 million euro compensation for insecure ID cards

Estonian police is claiming 152 million euros from the maker of the country's electronic identity cards, Gemalto, as the company produced over 700 000 cards that were subsequently found to have a security risk. The revelation dealt a large blow to Estonia's digital reputation.

Farmers whose land suffered from intense drought are eligible for tax support from SRS

Considering that the lengthy drought has caused enough damages to Latvia’s agriculture for authorities to declare a state of emergency, Latvia’s State Revenue Service has decided to allow farmers declared by Latvian Rural Advice and Education Centre as victims of a nation-wide natural disaster to apply for extension in tax payments.

Education Committee supports new Culture Centres legislative draft

Saeima Education, Culture and Science Committee has conceptually supported the new Culture Centres legislative draft, which details the status of culture centres in Latvia to ensure their uninterrupted function and development, as reported by Saeima press-service.

Payment card fraud level in Baltic States is one of the lowest in Europe

The level of fraud with domestically issued payment cards in Baltic States is one of the lowest in Europe, as reported by Bank of Latvia payment system expert Kristīne Grīviņa with reference to European Central Bank’s data published this week.

Estonian men kept for extradition to U.S. over fentanyl and money laundering

The extradition of four Estonian men is sought after by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which has uncovered a fentanyl and money laundering ring, where the men have been allegedly involved.

Saeima committee conceptually supports proposals for limiting MPC

Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee has conceptually supported proposals on limiting mandatory procurement component system.

Open election of Latvia’s president one step away – one final reading left

On Wednesday, 26 September, Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee unanimously supported for the final reading amendments to the Constitution that provide for open election of the country’s president.