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Tuesday 23.07.2019 | Name days: Magda, Magone, Mērija

Saeima committee: adoption of deposit system is an investment in cleaner environment

Adoption of a package deposit system is an opportunity to invest in a cleaner environment, said members of Saeima’s Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee and Environment and Climate Sub-Committee on Tuesday, 19 February.

Lasting drought caused the lowest yield of cereals in recent years in Latvia

In 2018 harvested production of grain constituted 2.1 million tonnes, which is 635.2 thousand tonnes or 23.6 % less than a year ago and the smallest harvested production recorded over the past five years.

Criminals in Latvia planned to kidnap a bailiff and kill him after receiving ransom

According to what Latvian State Police reported during a press conference on 19 February, criminals in Latvia planned to kidnap some court bailiff, demand ransom of EUR 350,000 and kill him after receiving the ransom.

Russian warplanes intercepted four times near Baltic borders last week

Allied fighters from the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltics have been scrambled four times over the last week as Russian military aircraft neared the borders of the Baltic states as they moved between Kaliningrad and mainland Russia.

BTA: number of insurance claims up by more than a quarter

The number of insurance claims in Latvia at the beginning of 2019 has increased 28.4% when compared to the same month of 2018, and by 55.3% when compared to January of 2017, as reported by BTA Baltic Insurance Company representative Elīna Rasmane.

Latvia’s budget has received at least EUR 1.5 million paid in bail money in past five years

In the last five years, Latvia’s state budget has received EUR 1,535,000 in the form of bail money paid in different criminal cases, according to information from the Court Administration.

Minister: we need to reject the two basket healthcare system’s funding model

Currently the main topics in healthcare include rejecting the two basket healthcare system’s funding model and instead stick to a single basket system in which ‘doctors don’t have to take responsibility for playing with people’s lives’, said Latvian Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele in a phone interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma.

Minister: after MPC abolishment, Latvia will have to cultivate green energy more

Once the mandatory procurement component has been abolished, we will have to think about increasing green energy production, says Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro.

Tele2 turnover up 5%; EUR 20 million to be allocated for investments

Turnover of mobile communications operator Tele2 in 2018 grew by 5%. This year the company plans to increase investment volumes by allocating an additional amount of EUR 20 million, of which EUR 15 million will be diverted to mobile network infrastructure, says Tele2 representative Oskars Fīrmanis.

Transport Minister: there is never anyone responsible for critical situations with ports

«To change the situation with Latvia’s port system, the most serious obstacle is reforming public associations into state capital associations. The problem is that in critical situations with ports, whenever we need someone responsible for decisions, we see the following – many duties and rights, but no responsibility...

Estonian newspapers go against paid advertising in municipal publications

Estonian press, united by the Estonian Newspaper Association, is convinced there is a need for law prohibiting local governments from selling ad space in their informative publications and thus compete against local and regional newspapers. The chairman of the Estonian Newspaper Association added that the organisation signed an agreement in 2018 with the Association of Estonian Cities and Rural Municipalities.

Weather in Latvia to be volatile this week – air temperature to drop below 0° C again

At the beginning of the week a precipitation zone will pass through Latvia’s territory, bringing rain and wet snow in eastern parts of the country. Wind will draw in from the west and north-west, reaching 15 m/sec.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuania to hold referendum on reducing number of MPs

A referendum on reducing the number of lawmakers to 121 from the existing 141 will be held on May 12 alongside the presidential election in Lithuania, the country's parliament has decided after 58 lawmakers voted in favour on Thursday, February 14, 42 were against and two abstained.

Court rules EUR 200 thousand bail for criminal suspect of Riga transport firm

A court in the Latvian capital has set at 200 000 euros the bail money for ex-board chairman of the Riga public transport company Rīgas satiksme, who is a suspect in the criminal case over possible corrupt procurement dealings at the municipal firm.

Lithuanian lawmakers set to backtrack on «Norwegian-type» child welfare protection

The Lithuanian lawmakers have sent this week a mixed message on their resolve to root out child abuse in Lithuanian families. As the MPs backtracked from the stringent Norwegian-type child welfare protection law to a more lenient one, not-criminalizing corporal punishment in certain cases, some experts warn that the reverse can trigger a spike of child abuse cases.