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Week in Lithuania. President signs decrees on three ministers' dismissal

President Dalia Grybauskaite on Friday, December 7, signed decrees to accept the resignations of Jurgita Petrauskienė as education and science minister and Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson as culture minister and to dismiss Kęstutis Navickas from the post of environment minister.

Snow and ice create problems for drivers in Latvia

In spite of several trips coating roads with anti-freeze and clearing them of snow on Friday, 7 December, driving conditions remained complicated in many parts of Latvia in the afternoon.

Aldis Gobzems withdraws his government offer extended to political parties

Latvian prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV has decided to withdraw his government offer extended to political parties. He plans to invite non-party professionals to the new Cabinet of Ministers. «If my proposed government composition is not approved, I will ask President Raimonds Vējonis to announce emergency elections,» said Aldis Gobzems.

French authorities send 89 000 security workers before weekend protests

The French government has said it has ordered 89,000 members of the security forces to be deployed nationwide during anti-government protests on Saturday, December 8, in a reaction to violent riots in Paris and elsewhere in the past few weekends.

SRS dismantles criminal group that caused losses worth EUR 250,000 to state budget

Latvia’s State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police has dismantled a criminal group that has caused damages worth EUR 250,000 to the state budget.

Saeima adopts resolution, asking Latvia to not join UN migration pact

On Thursday, 6 December, Latvia’s Saeima adopted a resolution in which the government is asked to not join UN migration pact. 43 members of the parliament voted in favour of this resolution and 31 deputies voted against.

Jurmala opposition agrees on repeated attempt to dismiss Mayor Gatis Truksnis

The opposition of Jurmala City Council has submitted a repeated invitation to decide on Mayor Gatis Truksnis’ dismissal, as confirmed by municipal deputy Guntis Grūba.

Latvian Saeima supports increasing wages for judges and prosecutors

On Thursday, 6 December, the Saeima supported in the final reading amendments to the Law on Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Self-government Authorities, which provide for increasing wages for judges and prosecutors.

More than 70% of people use mobile phones while driving

More than 70% of people use mobile phones while driving. At the same time, they acknowledge this is a serious problem. Observations of habits of road traffic participants show that the habit of using mobile phones while driving has been on a rise in the past five years.

Latvian Saeima to decide on next year’s temporary budget

On Thursday, 6 December, Latvian Saeima will view in the final reading amendments to the Law on Budget and Financial Management. These amendments do not allow next year’s budget expenditures to exceed expenditures detailed in Medium-Term Budget Law.

Biggest foreign investments in Latvia go to trade and woodworking industries

Direct foreign investments in Latvia reached EUR 237 million in Q3 2018, which is 3.1% of GDP, exceeding the average investment level of last year.

Augulis: UGF may agree to proposed Cabinet of Ministers composition

The Union of Greens and Farmers may agree to Latvian prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems’ offer on the division of seats in the new Cabinet of Ministers, even though the party does have some questions regarding the new government’s declaration and certain candidates, said UGF Saeima faction leader Uldis Augulis.

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