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Monday 19.08.2019 | Name days: Melānija, Imanta

Audit: planning problems impede growth of Latvia’s defensive capabilities

Problems with planning are the main reason why Latvia’s defensive capabilities are developing slowly, as concluded by State Audit.

Village in Russia to be evacuated following nuclear accident

Russian authorities have announced evacuation of Nenoksa village, as it is the closest to the military area where a nuclear accident recently happened. This may mean the situation there is far more dangerous than initially reported, as reported by New York Times.

Lithuania’s president says he sees no reason to meet with Putin

A meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is unlikely and would be pointless, said Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nausėda in an interview to public media LRT.

Prime Minister: 2020 budget will be Latvia’s largest one yet

The next year’s budget will be the largest in the history of Latvia and will exceed EUR 10 billion, said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 14 August.

Regional reform: three municipalities in Latvia proposed to be united in one

Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry’s developed map of Latvian municipalities will include Ulbroka municipalities, which will consist of Stopiņi, Garkalne and Ropaži municipalities, as well as the city of Vangaži, the ministry reports.

Candidate: climate change is not a priority for Lithuania but it could open new avenues

Currently Lithuania is not engaged in active discussions about global warming. However, this topic could become hot during the next parliamentary elections. On top of that, climate change could offer new opportunities, said Lithuania’s EC candidate Virginijus Sinkevičius.

Saeima committee may invite parliament to decide on dismissing national media council

This week Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee could schedule a meeting to decide on the request for the parliament to dissolve Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council, said head of the committee Artuss Kaimiņš on Monday, 12 August.

Volume of insurance claims paid in first six months reaches 196 million euros

In the first half-year of 2019, insurers in Latvia paid to their clients a total of EUR 195.6 million in the form of insurance claims, which is one-third below last year’s amount.

Shortage of workers in Latvia’s Emergency Medical Service remains serious

The shortage of workers in Latvia’s Emergency Medical Service remains serious, and yet the service is able to deal with all challenges, said the service’s head Liene Cipule in an interview to public broadcaster LNT programme 900 seconds.

Latvian ministry offers government a map with 36 municipalities

Based on results from talks with municipalities, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry has decided to add one more municipality to the new map, as journalists were told by minister Juris Pūce on Monday, 12 August.

Bribery accused Latvian politician to leave National Alliance’s Riga City Council faction

Corruption accused Riga City Council deputy Baiba Broka has decided to leave the city council’s faction of the National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK», becoming an independent deputy.

Shooting at Norway mosque considered a terror act

The shooting that took place at the end of the week at a mosque in Oslo is tackled by police as a possible terror act, as reported by BBC.

July’s unemployment level in Latvia remains at 6%

At the end of July the level of registered unemployment in Latvia was 6% of economically active population, which is as much as there was a month prior, according to data from the State Employment Agency.