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All presidential candidates in Latvia meet requirements of the law

All perspective presidential candidates announced so far – European Union Court of Justice Judge Egils Levits, Ombudsman Juris Jansons and Saeima deputy Didzis Šmits – meet requirements of the law and are able to stand candidate for this post, according to Saeima Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee’s head Janīna Kursīte-Pakule.

Suspended Mayor of Riga decides takes appeal case to court

Administrative District Court in Riga has commenced a case following a request from suspended Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs in objection of Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce on his suspension from his post as chairman of Riga City Council, as confirmed by the court.

Estonia-developed TransferWise highest-valued fintech start-up in Europe

The Estonia-developed cash transfer service TransferWise has been valued at 3,1 billion euros. This makes the British-based firm the leading financial technology start-up by value.

Employment level in Latvia grows 0.9% in 2019

903.6 thousand people or 64.4 % of Latvia population aged 15–74 were employed in Q1 2019.

Unemployment level in Latvia reaches 7% at beginning of 2019

In Q1 2019 Latvian unemployment rate constituted 6.9 %. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate has not changed, while over the year it fell by 1.3 percentage points.

Estonia’s Ansip expects different EU Commissioner for Estonia

European Commission seeking more women in its next composition and Estonian Reform Party being nationally in opposition would mean that Andrus Ansip would not continue as the Estonian Commissioner, the politician himself says.

Latvian media council objects to Saeima’s intervention in its work

Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council considers the letter Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns has sent to the Saeima on the dismissal of the council’s chairperson Dace Ķezbere «an unacceptable and illegal unprecedented act, because the executive power and a single political party interferes with the democratic public system and does not fit EU laws and recommendations.»

Catalan separatist politicians take seats in Spanish parliament despite being jailed

In the Spanish parliament, five Catalan separatist politicians, who are tried for rebellion, have taken their seats in the Spanish parliament won in Spain’s general election.

Latvian railway company Pasažieru vilciens hopes to sign train supply contract this year

Latvian joint stock company Pasažieru vilciens might succeed in signing the contract for the supply of electric trains before the end of 2019 even if Procurement Monitoring Bureau expands procurement documents with new requirements, said PV board chairman Rodžers Jānis Grigulis.

«Last chance» to pass Brexit deal met with skepticism in British parliament

In the United Kingdom, the latest offer by British Prime Minister Theresa May to pass the country’s withdrawal deal with the European Union has been criticised by influential groups in the British parliament.

Latvia’s prime minister says government will not re-evaluate prosecutor general

Latvia’s government will not evaluate Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers’ suitability for his post, said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LNT programme 900 seconds on Wednesday, 22 May.

Early voting in European Parliament election opens for Latvian residents

The beginning of early voting in European Parliament elections for all 954 election sites is set for 17:00 on Wednesday, 22 May.

Minister says results of train procurement suggest possible liquidation of Pasažieru vilciens

Results of the electric train procurement of joins stock company Pasažieru vilciens make one consider possible liquidation of the company, Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits told journalists on 21 May.

OECD: Baltic region's most rapid growth predicted for Estonia

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has published its latest outlook. In it, the organization expects Latvia to experience the slowest economic growth among Baltic States.

Latvia re-reviews train procurement and declares Škoda Vagonka the winner

After reviewing the train procurement for a third time, Latvian railway company Pasažieru vilciens declared Czech Škoda Vagonka the winner, as confirmed by the company.

Austria’s right-wing ministers resign after early election expected

With the Austrian government hit by a political crisis that is expected to result in an early election, the government Freedom Party has announced all its ministers would step down from the Cabinet.

30% of companies have yet to successfully adopt GDPR guidelines

A year after the European Union adopted the General Data Protection Regulation only 25.1% of Latvian companies can confidently confirm having adopted the regulation without problems, according to a survey by Tildes Jumis.

Russia’s request on Ukraine’s language law rejected by UN council

At the UN Security Council, a request by Russia to hold a meeting over a law passed by Ukraine limiting the role of the Russian language in the war-torn country has been rejected over alleged attempts to overshadow the inauguration of Ukraine’s new President.

Latvian government to tackle teacher shortage problem

It is possible that a new approach for attracting teachers to schools may be implemented in Latvia next year. This approach provides that a person with higher education who wants to become a teacher will require a year to acquire pedagogical qualification.

Huawei: Users after Android ban to keep getting security updates

Chinese electronics and telecommunications heavyweight Huawei has given its first response to the suspension of its Android operating system by promising that its smartphone and tablet users would continue to receive security updates.

Administration of a school in Jurmala suspected of defrauding EUR 100 000

Latvian State Police has detained administration of some school in Jurmala over suspicions of fictive employment. Defrauded amount may reach approximately EUR 100 000, as confirmed by State Police.

Raising minimal income level in Latvia would require EUR 28 million

Latvia’s Welfare Ministry has developed a Plan to improve minimal income support system in 2020-2021. In it, the ministry details that the plan’s implementation requires approximately EUR 28 million, as informed by the ministry’s social inclusivity department’s director Elīna Celmiņa.

Estonia investigates electricity blackout in Russian border city

In Estonia, an investigation has been opened into a power blackout that took place in the north-eastern border city of Narva and other places in the region.

Latvia’s Saeima to pick a new state president after EP elections

Saeima’s Praesidium and Faction Council decided on 20 May to keep the State President’s Election Day unchanged – it will happen 29 May.

Study: packaging convenience still trumps environment friendliness

For Latvian residents convenience of packages remains the most important factor. However, environment friendliness is gradually becoming more and more important for people, according to results of a study by Immer Group.