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Ex-president: Vējonis’ decision is reasonable because he lacks support in Saeima

The decision made by Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis to not stand candidate for a second presidential term is reasonable, because he had only secured 11 out of 100 votes in the Saeima, said Latvia’s ex-president Valdis Zatlers in an interview to LNT.

Lithuania in row with Russia and Jewish centre over heritage of guerrilla leader

A new monument to a Lithuanian hero of the guerilla war against Soviet occupation has triggered a row with Russia and the Simon Wiesenthal Center as to alleged links to Holocaust.

State Audit: Medical Treatment Risk Fund does not function in patients’ interests

Medical Treatment Risk Fund was formed in Latvia to ensure patients are able to receive compensation for potential damages caused during the medical treatment process, but it does not perform its main function because it does not work in patients’ interests, as concluded by Latvia’s State Audit.

Supreme Court fines twenty three firms EUR 3 million for cartel agreement

With a verdict from the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Latvia 26 April marked the end of a series of litigations commenced by the Competition Council in relation to an energy construction cartel uncovered in 2013.

Stable output observed in Latvia’s manufacturing turnover

Compared to March 2018, industrial production output increased by 1.5 % in March 2019, according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices.

Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis will not stand candidate for second term

Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis has decided to not become a candidate for a second term. This means there is only one other potential presidential candidate – lawyer Egils Levits, who has already secured support from parties of the ruling coalition and is promised support from more than half of Saeima deputies.

Minister: administration of Latvian Railway cannot be trusted

The current administration of Latvian Railway cannot be trusted – they do not understand European Commission’s free market regulations. Moreover – there are suspicions of corruption and internal scheming within the company, said Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits during a press-conference.

«Spring cleaning»: multiple Latvian Railway board members may be replaced

Several board members of Latvian Railway, including board chairman Edvīns Bērziņš, are currently at risk of being dismissed from their posts, according to unofficial information.

Latvian authorities to test warning sirens 10 May; residents asked not to worry

On Friday, 10 May, Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service and Interior Affairs Ministry’s Information Centre will perform a test run of the country’s warning sirens to check the functionality of the civil early warning system and outline any problems with it, SFRS stresses.

Organizers: activity in this year’s Big Clean Up is just as high as last year

Organizers of the Big Clean Up expect this year’s activity to be as high as last year’s, when approximately 145,000 took part in it, says the event’s representative Gita Sauka.

One-fourth of Latvia’s residents to celebrate White Tablecloth Day

Similar to last year, approximately a quarter of Latvia’s residents (24%) plan to celebrate White Tablecloth Day on 4 May, according to results of a survey performed by Kantar research company.

Minister requests information about Riga Central Market to conduct monitoring

Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce has asked Riga Vice-Mayor and Riga Central Market shareholder Vadims Baraņņiks to provide information about the market’s work, including its finances.

Deglava Bridge to reopen for public transport

Augusta Deglava Overpass will be reopened for public transport on 4 May. A speed limit of 20 km/h will be imposed, however. Riga City Council, Transport Department, Riga City Construction Office, State Police and State Construction Control Office representatives agreed as much on 3 May.

Number of legal person taxpayers in Latvia declined 7.9% last year

As of 1 May 2019 there were 197,565 legal person taxpayers in Latvia, which is 7.9% less than in the same month a year ago, according to data compiled by the State Revenue Service.

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