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Ceturtdiena 12.12.2019 | Name days: Otīlija, Iveta

Rail Baltica employees: the project is in critical state due to poor management

The Rail Baltica railway project is in a critical state due to poor corporate management and conflict of interests, as outlined by 62 employees of AS RB Rail joint Baltic company in a public statement.

Latvia’s president announced next year’s state budget

On Thursday, 28 November, Latvia’s President Egils Levits announced the country’s budget for 2020. Both the Law on State Budget 2020 and 27 accompanying laws have been published in the Latvian Herald.

Revelation of Riga Central Market's «cigarette mafia» prompts thoughts about penalty changes

Reacting to the reveal of a so-called cigarette mafia at Riga Central Market, officials from Interior Affairs Ministry and Justice Ministry will meet on 29 November to discuss possible penalty policy changes against people engaged in circulation of illegal cigarettes.

Bank: one-third of Latvian residents cannot afford saving on all pension levels

36% of Latvian residents lack sufficient financial capabilities to make savings on all available pension levels, including voluntary pension 3rd level. In Lithuania such an option is not available to 25% of residents and in Estonia – to 18% of residents, according to data from Luminor bank’s survey.

airBaltic A220 flight simulator opens at airBaltic Training Facility

The Latvian Civil Aviation agency has certified the new Latvian airline’s airBaltic Airbus A220 highest standard full flight simulator that now is based at the airBaltic Training facilities next to Riga International Airport.

Riga City Council opposition threatens to dismiss environment committee's head

Riga City Council’s opposition demands the head of the city council’s Housing and Environment Committee Vjačeslavs Stepaņenko to take political responsibility and have his dismissed from his post, as reported by For Latvia’s Development Riga City Council faction representative Ieva Graudiņa-Šutko.

Prime minister on Latvia’s budget: this matter has been put aside

Latvia’s budget for 2020 will not be reviewed. The government is «moving forward», said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to LNT programme 900 seconds on Wednesday, 27 November.

European Parliament adopts amendments on poultry imports from Ukraine

The European Parliament invites Ukraine to comply with the trade agreement that provides for a «spirit of trust» with the European Union, stressing that food safety standards apply to all products imported to the EU, as reported by EP representative Jānis Krastiņš.

CAITO project aims to bring countryside tourism offer to Japan’s market

The end of the conference Japan – gates to Asia’s tourism markets in Tallinn also marked the end of the three-year project CAITO, the goal of which was to form and introduce on Japan’s tourism market a unified offer from Estonia, Latvia and South-Finland for countryside tourism, says Rural Traveler representative Asnāte Ziemele.

Prime minister asks healthcare minister to come up with new wage model for doctors

Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has ordered Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele to prepare ideas for a new wage model for doctors by the end of January 2020, as confirmed by the State Chancellery.

Reconstruction of Elizabetes and Satekles street crossing to commence in December

As part of the expansion of the Origo shopping centre and the construction of the Origo One business centre, reconstruction of the Elizabetes and Satekles street crossing in December will be performed, as reported by Linstow Centre Management.

Estonia’s construction growth ends, civil engineering sees 5% decrease

Estonian construction volume has started decreasing in quarter three after three and a half years of growth, the country’s official statistics show as the production value of Estonian construction enterprises amounted to 930 million euros

Zolitude tragedy criminal to be reviewed by new team of judges

On Tuesday, 26 November, Riga City Pardaugava Court will continue viewing Zolitude tragedy case with a new team of judges.

Delna: accessibility of databases important for corruption prevention is too limited

Only one out of five state databases important for corruption prevention in Latvia has freely accessible data, as concluded in a study performed by Society for Openness – Delna.

Early warning sirens to be tested in Latvia on 27 November

On Wednesday, 27 November, Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service will turn on early warning sirens for a scheduled functionality test. The sirens will remain turned for three minutes, as confirmed by VUGD.


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