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Tuesday 23.04.2019 | Name days: Jurģis, Juris, Georgs

Latvian minister may announce Riga mayor’s dismissal soon

On Friday, 5 April, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce may announce the dismissal of Riga’s Mayor Nils Ušakovs, according to unofficial information from LETA.

PHOTO: Akropole shopping centre opens; visitors offered ice rink and IMAX film theatre

Akropole shopping and leisure centre has opened its doors in Latvia. The massive shopping centre includes an ice rink, IMAX film theatre, and a large Maxima supermarket. The total area of the shopping centre is enough for nearly twenty one football fields. The building itself could fit fifteen football fields, said the centre’s manager Kaspars Beitiņš during the opening ceremony.

Latvia adopts serious restrictions on visibility of tobacco products in stores

According to amendments to Law on Handling of Tobacco Products approved by the Saeima in the final reading on Thursday, 4 April, it will not be allowed to openly showcase tobacco products in stores – only price lists, as reported by Saeima press-service.

Storm’s over? Olainfarm shares return to Nasdaq Riga trading

On Thursday, 4 April, Nasdaq Riga board decided to start trading Latvian pharmaceutical company Olainfarm shares, as confirmed in the stock market’s announcement.

Luminor bank invites clients to switch from code cards to safer security tools

Starting from 2 July, 2019, Luminor bank will start applying restrictions to payments made using code cards or GO3 code generators.

New LTV board member refuses to step down in spite of pressure

In spite of recent pressure from journalists and politicians towards the newly-elected board of Latvian Television, specifically in regards to members’ non-compliance with specified requirements, the new chairman of the board Einārs Giels does not plan to step down and says he can deal with his duties.

Lithuania sentences man for spying for Russia

A court in Lithuania has punished a sailor to seven years' imprisonment for spying in favour of Russia.

Company with to Latvian ex-politicians and Russia turns to EC against Lithuania

After failing to acquire a permit to carry freight across the country, Lithuanian railway service company LGC Cargo, which is indirectly associated with Latvian ex-politicians and businessmen Ainārs Šlesers and Andri Šķēle, as well as Russian state railway company Russian Railways, has decided to submit a complaint to European Commission.

Latvia’s industrial production output experienced a drop in February

Compared to February 2018, industrial production output decreased by 3.2 % in February 2019.

Suspect in Riga public transport company's criminal case released on bail

On Wednesday, 3 April, Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court received a payment of EUR 500,000 for the release on bail of businessman Māris Martinsons, who is involved in the criminal case regarding procurements of public transport company Rīgas satiksme.

Saeima deputy: Latvia should use the potential of Constitutional Court’s judges

Latvia should create all the necessary conditions to make sure judges of the Constitutional Court are able to continue working in the court justice system or state administration after the end of their term so that our country can make use of their potential, said Saeima’s Court Policy Sub-committee’s chairperson Inese Lībiņa-Egnere.

Latvian prime minister promises more independence for FCMC

Following the coming into force of a new law on 1 October, Latvia’s Finance Capital and Market Commission will become more independent. This was explained as much by Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 3 April.

Latvian Saeima deputy suggests renaming Victory Monument as Occupation Memorial

Latvian Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimiņš from KPV LV political party proposes renaming the Victory Monument as the Latvian People’s Occupation Remembrance Memorial, BNN was told by the political party.

Estonia experiences the most rapid producer price decline among Baltic States

Compared to the same month of 2018, Latvia’s industry experienced a 6.6% increase for producer prices in February 2019. This is also more rapid than the average price rise among EU member states, according to data published by Eurostat.