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Lithuania selects next President as inequality, poverty top issues

Despite Lithuania’s long economic upswing, regional differences in wages and polarisation of population are key national problems before the Lithuanian presidential election due on Sunday, May 12.

Consumer prices in Latvia reached 3.4% in April

Compared to April 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 3.4 % in April 2019. Prices of goods had increased by 3.5 % and prices of services by 3.3 %.

KPV LV party’s «opposition» picks their own presidential candidate

A handful of members of KPV LV political party have decided to pick Didzis Šmits as their presidential candidate, as reported by lsm.lv. Deputies do not hide the fact that with this step they wanted to engage in presidential elections.

Latvian minister proposes small compulsory fee for health insurance system

Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele proposes implementing a small compulsory fee for residents who are not insured. This basically means adoption of a unified healthcare service basket in Latvia, the politician says.

Tet and LMT merge topic outlined again as two companies hold talks

Merge talks have been held between telecommunication company Tet and mobile operator Latvijas mobilais telefons, as confirmed by Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits’ advisor for communication affairs Aļona Zandere.

PHOTO: cotton candy, flower sellers and Ušakovs – 9 May celebrations at Victory Park

Celebrations organized by 9maijs.lv association to commemorate the victims of WWII and the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany are traditionally held in Victory Park in Riga on 9 May. However, while some people celebrate the end of one of the most horrible wars in human history, others choose to focus on how this date was the beginning of a long occupation period for Latvia.

Saeima continues viewing proposal to no longer issue non-citizen status to newborns

Latvia’s parliament supported in the first reading the proposal to cease issuance of non-citizen status to children born in the country after 1 January 2020.

Bank analysts predict inflation in Latvia 3.2-3.4% for April

Compared to March, consumer prices in April had possibly grown by 0.6-0.8%, which means annual inflation in Latvia has reached approximately 3.2-3.4%, bank analysts predict.

eID cards to become compulsory for all residents in Latvia soon

Personal identification card or eID card will be compulsory for citizens and non-citizens older than 15 years in Latvia. The passport will be mainly used as a document of choice for travel to countries in which eID cards are not recognized as valid personal identification and travel documents, the Saeima decided 9 May.

Latvia to publish additional KGB filing system and other documents

On Thursday, 9 May, Saeima’s deputies supported in the second and final reading amendments to the Law Regarding Preservation and Use of Documents of the Former KGB.

Grass fire in Viļāni County burns down building

It is likely because of grass fire that an unsupervised building, electricity pylon and forest areas of 500 m2 caught fire and burned down, as reported by State Fire and Rescue Service.

Ombudsman Juris Jansons proposed as second presidential candidate in Latvia

Latvia’s Farmers Union, which is part of Union of Greens and Farmers, has decided to pick ombudsman Juris Jansons as their state presidential candidate, as confirmed by UGF board chairman Armands Krauze.

Telephone calls from from Latvia to Europe to become cheaper soon

15 May marks the coming into force of retail trade tariffs for international calls to countries of the European Economic Zone. This means that when making a telephone call to Europe, the operator will be allowed to charge the client no more than 0.19 EUR/minute for calls and 0.06 EUR per text message, as explained by Public Utilities Commission.

National Bolshevik Beness Aijo accused of taking part in armed conflict in Ukraine

In the middle of April 2019, Latvia’s State Security Service declared National Bolshevik Beness Aijo a suspect in a case regarding illegal participation in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, as reported by LETA.

Latvian police intercept 78.6 kg of hashish

Latvia’s State Revenue Service Tax and Customs Police have requested the prosecutor’s office to commence criminal prosecution of a criminal process against 1977-born Russian citizen for smuggling a large amount of an especially dangerous narcotic substance – hashish, as confirmed by SRS.

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.


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