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EC signs von der Leyen’s European Green Deal toward 2050 climate neutrality

The European Commission has signed off new leader’s plan to make Europe the world's first climate neutral continent. The European Green Deal envisages net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Committee supports amendments that allow electing city council for longer

Saeima’s Public Administration and Local Government Committee has decided to support law amendments to allow electing Riga City Council for a term longer than five years.

FKTK proposes isolating Lembergs and companies under US sanctions

Finance and Capital Market Commission invites financial market participants to refrain from providing financial services to suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs, as well as companies and institutions applied with US sanctions, FKTK reports.

To take over Riga and Ventspils port government to form a separate company

On Wednesday, 11 December, the Cabinet of Ministers decided at an extraordinary meeting to invite the Saeima to add amendments to the Law on Ports to accommodate the plan for the government to take control over Riga and Ventspils freeports.

Family doctor visits may become more expensive for some residents in Latvia next year

Patient fees might increase or reduce next year. The latter may include more expensive family doctors visits: some residents may have to pay EUR 2 instead of EUR 1.42. The patient fee for specialist consultations will reduce.

Citadele Bank acquires UniCredit Leasing active in Baltic States

Citadele Bank has acquired 100% of shares in LLC UniCredit Leasing, including its Estonian and Lithuanian branch offices, thereby acquiring control over all UniCredit Leasing operations in Baltic States, BNN was told by the bank.

Influenza epidemic commences in Latvia

11 December marks the beginning of an influenza epidemic in Latvia, as reported by Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

20% of Riga Central Station design work for Rail Baltica is complete

Nearly 20% of Rail Baltica project’s design work on Riga Central Station has been completed. Construction company Bererix has closed off territory, railway, underground areas and other infrastructure for topographical and measuring work, as reported by Rail Baltica project’s representative Linda Vītola.

Fire in Tartu turns tragic to family

After a fire in Tartu, a family of five has been found dead, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports.

ReRe būve 1 hands over New Riga Theatre building to State Real Estate

On Tuesday, 10 December, construction company ReRe būve 1 handed over to State Real Estate the building of New Riga Theatre, as confirmed by VNI chairman Andris Vārna in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

U.S. bans Lembergs and family from entry in U.S. over «significant corruption»

The U.S. Department of State has introduced a U.S. travel ban on criminally-accused Latvian official Aivars Lembergs and his immediate adult family members over «involvement in significant corruption».

Latvian government supports reaching EU’s climate neutrality goal by 2050

Latvia’s government has agreed on support for European Union’s goal to become one of the main regions to have reached net zero level of greenhouse gas emissions or climate neutrality by 2050.

Aivars Lembergs may be forced out of Latvian Olympic Committee

The topic of Aivars Lembergs’ dismissal from his post as member of the LOK Executive Committee may be brought up during the Tuesday, 10 December, meeting of Latvian Olympic Committee, BNN was told by LOK President Aldons Vrubļevskis’s press-secretary Mārtiņš Mālmeisters.

Committee’s talks about electing Riga City Council for more than five years; decision postponed

After lengthy and heated discussions on Tuesday, 10 December, Saeima’s Public Administration and Local Government Committee decided to continue discussing amendments that would allow Riga City Council composed in snap elections to function for longer than five years.


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