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Tuesday 25.06.2019 | Name days: Maiga, Milija

airBaltic agrees to compensate inconveniences to passengers

An agreement has been reached in a court of justice in Lithuania with Latvian airline airBaltic on payment of compensation to passengers worth a total of EUR 120 000, according to representatives of flight compensation assistance company Skycop.

Poland to not support Lithuania’s president as Tusk’s successor in European Council

Poland has announced that it will not support Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė as a candidate for the post of president of European Council, Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita reports.

Saeima committee permits KPV LV member’s criminal prosecution

On Wednesday, 5 June, Saeima’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee supported the proposal to permit commencement of KPV LV Saeima faction leader Atis Zakatistovs’ criminal prosecution.

Prime minister: if Estonia reduces excise tax on alcohol, Latvia will be forced to react

If Estonia reduces excise tax on alcohol, Latvia will be forced to react, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 5 June.

Latvian Railway representatives leave RB Rail Council

Latvian Railway representatives in the Baltic joint company RB Rail Edvīns Bērziņš and Vineta Rudzīte have left their posts. Two new council members have been elected to replace them – Ligita Austrupe and Anrījs Leimanis.

Latvian and Estonian ministers discuss solutions for alcohol prices

After the meeting of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, Estonia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Urmas Reinsalu and his Latvian colleague Edgars Rinkēvičs discussed the topic of alcohol prices, as reported by Estonian public media ERR.

Riga City Council has yet to achieve much progress in security majority rule

Neither the coalition nor the opposition in Riga City Council has yet to achieve much progress in talks on securing a stable majority of votes.

Latvian president appoints the head of the Chancery of the President

Latvia’s newly-elected President Egils Levits has appointed Andris Teikmanis as the head of the Chancellery of the President. Teikmanis has agreed to take this post in July, once he is finished with his duties as ambassador.

Lithuanian ministry asks security service to step in and assess Sigmen contracts

Lithuanian Transport and Communications Ministry has asked Lithuanian State Security Department (SSD) to assist in assessing threats that may surface from the contracts held between Lithuanian Railways and private company Sigmen, a company owned by ex-KGB agent Yuri Simonenkov in Latvia.

Manufacturing output of electrical appliances in Latvia up 28.8%

Compared to April 2018, industrial production output fell by 2.4 % in Latvia in April 2019. It was affected by a drop in electricity and gas supply by 22.6 % largely due to the warm and dry weather, the amount of electricity produced from hydroelectric plants reduced.

Deputies excluded from Harmony form a new faction in Riga City Council

Four of the deputies that were excluded from Harmony’s faction in Riga City Council last week intend to «support decisions promoting development,» politicians said at a press-conference.

Latvia continues talks with investors on sale of KPV Liepājas metalurgs assets

Subsidiary of Privatization Agency of the Republic of Latvia SIA FeLM continues holding talks with investors on the sale of assets of insolvent metallurgical company KVV Liepājas metalurgs, says FeLM board chairman Jānis Rībens.

Ventspils Musical High School ends up in bribery scandal

A bribe of EUR 7 000 was reportedly given to ensure Ventspils Musical High School is declared compliant with fire safety requirements, as reported by public broadcaster TV3 programme Nekā personīga.

BNN summary of the week: grey worries; Baltics elect presidents; Riga's mayor leaves

Election period’s end. EU residents, Lithuania and Latvia’s Saeima were busy in elections this week. Looking back at results, activity of Baltic residents in European Parliament elections was slightly higher than expected. New Unity won EP elections in Latvia...

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