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Tuesday 25.06.2019 | Name days: Maiga, Milija

BNN summary of the week: grey worries; Baltics elect presidents; Riga's mayor leaves

Election period’s end. EU residents, Lithuania and Latvia’s Saeima were busy in elections this week. Looking back at results, activity of Baltic residents in European Parliament elections was slightly higher than expected. New Unity won EP elections in Latvia...

«Their hands are dirty.» Opposition in Riga refuses to work with Harmony and HSR

Refusing to cooperate with deputies of parties of the ruling coalition and accusing them of problems in the capital city, the majority of the opposition in Riga City Council say they see no way to take over power in the municipality.

Harmony’s faction splits as party tries electing Riga’s vice-mayor

Latvian political party Harmony’s faction in Riga City Council split after the election of a new mayor. This makes it unclear if the ruling coalition there still has a majority, according to information from LETA.

Captain arrested over Budapest ship collision as search for victims continues

Hungarian authorities have arrested the captain of the tourist ship that sunk in Danube river with 33 people on board, while divers searched for the victims.

Riga’s vice-mayor steps down, leaving a spot for Harmony

Deputy chairman of Riga City Council Oļegs Burovs from Honour to Serve Riga (HSR) has stepped down, as confirmed by the politician at the 30 May meeting of the city council.

Mayoral candidate in Riga says he will not turn against ex-mayor Nils Ušakovs

Mayoral candidate in Riga from Honour to Serve Riga Dainis Turlais says he will not turn against ex-mayor Nils Ušakovs «with a single bad word», said the politician at an extraordinary meeting of Riga City Council.

OECD recommends Latvia to increase financing for Competition Council

To promote productivity and competitiveness of Latvia’s economy, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recommends in its report on the country’s economy published on 29 May to increase the authority of the Competition Council and allocate more funding for the institution.

Cigarettes instead of tea? Latvian Border Guard intercept illegal goods

While performing a routine inspection of a DAF cargo truck, officers of Terehovo border checkpoint uncovered a stash of cardboard boxes. Documents stated there was supposed to be tea in those boxes. However, the boxes in question were filled with contraband cigarettes.

Tragic boat collision in Budapest takes tourist lives

In the Hungarian capital Budapest, a riverboat used for tourism turned over with 34 people on board, taking the lives of at least seven people.

OECD praises Latvia’s growth; urges to focus more on environment

Latvia’s economic growth in recent years has been impressive. Unemployment continues to decline, quality of life and welfare continue to improve. However, Latvia should focus more on environmental matters, said Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Anhel Gurria.

Sociologist: Egils Levits’ international experience will help outline Latvia’s future

The international experience of Latvia’s newly-elected president Egils Levits will help outline the country’s future, says sociologist Aigars Freimanis. He says from the very beginning Levits has proved himself as a competent and talented presidential candidate.

Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs steps down

The suspended Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs has posted an update on his Facebook profile, announcing that he is stepping down from his post. In his update, Ušakovs also thanked his supporters.

Ukraine eying new IMF aid programme following snap parliamentary election

Ukraine agreed with the International Monetary Fund on a new aid programme to be finalised following Ukraine’s parliamentary election due in July.

Latvia’s minister expects a train procurement contract to come in July

Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits said in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 29 May, that he hopes to see the train procurement contract ready in July.

Latvia’s prime minister to lead discussions on high-rank EU candidates

Centre-right European People’s Party has picked Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković as the party’s official discussion leaders in European Parliament discussions regarding candidates for the highest ranking posts in the European Union.

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