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Monday 14.10.2019 | Name days: Minna, Vilhelmīne

Saeima committee agrees on candidate for temporary head of FCMC

On Monday, 8 July, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee supported the proposal to appoint Finance and Capital Market Commission Supervisory Department’s Monetary Finance Institutions Operations Analysis Office head Kristīne Černaja-Mežmale as the temporary head of the commission.

PHOTO: Estonia celebrates Song and Dance Festival

From 4th to 7th of July Song and Dance Festival was being held in Estonia.

Latvian medical personnel hope for funding increase despite prime minister’s criticisms

It is very important for funding of Latvia’s healthcare to increase, especially in the segment of doctors’ wages, said chairman of Latvian Health and Social Care Workers Union Valdis Keris.

Minister: designing Latvia’s first railway tunnel will be Rail Baltica’s main challenge

Designing Latvia’s first railway tunnel in Torņkalns will be the main challenge of Rail Baltica construction project in Riga, journalists were told by Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits on Friday, 5 July.

Weather in Latvia expected to be especially windy at weeks end

At the end of the week, the sky in Latvia will be covered in rain clouds – many areas will experience rainfall, including heavy rainfall in some areas. Thunderstorms and hail are expected as well, as reported by Latvian State, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Lithuania’s president Grybauskaitė comes empty-handed from top Brussels jobs division

Europe's leaders, divided starkly by political affiliations, have finally agreed to give two of the top four European Union jobs to women, but Dalia Grybauskaitė, the outgoing Lithuanian president is not between them. Analysts weigh in on chances of a Baltic nominee.

Harmony party member detained for importing 15 tonnes of illegal vodka to Latvia

On the night to 1 June, Latvia’s State Police intercepted approximately 15 tonnes of contraband vodka. Ex-Saeima deputy candidate from Harmony Ziedonis Apariņš has been detained. This man, together with once Riga City Council deputy Sandris Bergmanis and ex-Saeima deputy Andris Morozovs, founded Latvian Transport Association.

Head of Latvian Finance and Capital Market Commission steps down

The chairman of Latvia’s Finance and Capital Market Commission Pēters Putniņš and his deputy Gunta Razāne submitted resignations on Thursday, 4 July, as confirmed by Finance Minister Jānis Reirs.

Russia’s tragic nuclear submersible accident blamed on battery compartment

The death of 14 Russian sailors in this week’s accident of a nuclear-powered submersible had been caused by a fire in the craft’s battery compartment, Russian Defence Ministry has stated.

Industrial production output in Latvia showed moderate growth in May

Compared to May 2018, manufacturing output grew by 1.7 % in May 2019. Output rise was also recorded in electricity and gas supply, while in mining and quarrying there was a drop of 3.3 %. Total industrial production output went up by 1.7 %

Riga’s ex-mayor and ex-vice-mayor receive posts in EP committees

On Wednesday, 3 July, European Parliament successfully composed 20 committees and two sub-committees. It was later reported that ex-Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs will work in EP’s Budget Committee, whereas the ex-Vice-Mayor of Riga Andris Ameriks will work in the Transport and Tourism Committee.

Ratings: Harmony hits all-time low since 2010; New Unity enjoys best rating in recent years

In June, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš’s party New Unity’s rating reached its highest point in the last four years, whereas Harmony’s popularity index dropped to its lowest point since 2010.

Russian submarine fire takes lives of high-ranking navy officers

After a deadly fire of a Russian navy submarine, its military has released the names of the 14 people killed in this week’s accident.

Italian volcano eruption has taken life of one person

In Italy a volcano eruption has taken place leaving one person dead and others frightened as it released lava and a cloud of ashes.