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Monday 20.05.2019 | Name days: Venta, Salvis, Selva

Latvian police intercepts more than 500 kg of narcotic substances in postal packages

In April 2019, Latvia’s State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police commenced three criminal processes for smuggling of raw materials for production of narcotic or psychotropic substances.

Saeima to support people at risk of unemployment and reduce bureaucracy

Latvia’s Saeima has conceptually supported amendments to the Support for Unemployed Persons and Persons Seeking Employment Law, which will help reduce the administrative burden for cooperation partners of the State Employment Agency, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

New Estonian Minister not to receive €31,000 compensation after stepping down

Marti Kuusik, the new Estonian Minister of Foreign Trade and Information Technologies, who has resigned this week after a few days in office, would not receive any compensation.

SSS: counter-intelligence efforts can help protect Latvia’s high-ranking officials

More and more often protection of Latvia’s high-ranking officials also requires counter-intelligence measures, as explained by Latvia’s State Security Service in its last year’s report.

Latvian Saeima conceptually supports providing citizenship to children of non-citizens

Deputies of Latvia’s Saeima have conceptually supported the legislative draft On Termination of Awarding Non-Citizen Status to Children, which provides for the abolishment of the practice to provide non-citizen status to children born after 1 January 2020, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Eight European countries to partake in supranational party Volt in EP elections

Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and UK will participate in European Parliamentary elections together in a single party – Volt, as confirmed by the movement’s representatives in Latvia.

Weather to become chilly most of Europe soon

At the beginning of May, cold air from the Arctic will flow into Europe, which will put agriculture in danger, meteorologists predict.

Survey: Raimonds Vējonis is more popular among Latvians, but Egils Levits has more support

Among the presidential candidates in Latvia, the existing President Raimonds Vējonis is more well-known than Egils Levits among residents. However, Vējonis’ chances of becoming president again are considered low by residents, says representative of Egils Levits’ supporting initiative For an Excellent Latvia’s President Kristīne Tjarve.

Estonian President stands for freedom of speech at government ceremony

«Word is free» read a slogan on a sweater worn by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, when she attended the ceremony of the new Estonian government taking office. This way she opposed the criticism of media work voiced by the controversial EKRE party, newcomers to government in Estonia.

PHOTO: motorbike season’s opening in Riga

While a bicycle party was being held on the closed Deglava Bridge at the end of last week, bikers were celebrating the opening of the motorbike season in Riga’s centre.

Minister: it is impossible to completely abolish orphanages

Although the number of children in orphanages gradually reduces in Latvia, Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča is confident there is no way to completely abolish orphanages. The minister said as much in her interview to LNT programme 900 seconds on Monday, 29 April.

airBaltic receives its 17th Airbus A220-300 aircraft

Latvian airline airBaltic on April 27, 2019 in Riga welcomed its 17th Airbus A220-300 jet of 2019, registered as YL-AAQ. This was the third Airbus A220-300 received this year and five more new aircraft will join the airline’s fleet by the end of the year.

Minister: new raiderism cases outline names of well-known judges

One of the ways to optimize the work of courts in Latvia is enhancing the responsibility of courts, prosecutor offices and law firms, says Latvia’s Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns.

Weather in Latvia to become cooler; precipitation expected at week’s end

A wide anticyclone will be dictating weather in Latvia in the first half of the week. No precipitation is expected, but the amount of clouds will increase. Wind speed will be slow for the most part, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.