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Judges’ immunity in administrative violation cases may be abolished in Latvia

To enhance the independence and responsibility balance of judicial power, Latvia’s Saeima conceptually supported amendments to the Law on Judicial Power and Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law on Thursday, 31 October, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvia’s president says it is the country’s interest to accept the budget for 2020

It is in the country’s interest to accept the government’s developed budget for 2020, said Latvia’s President Egils Levits after meeting with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš on Thursday, 31 October.

To improve competition, Saeima supports amendments to Waste Management Law

On Thursday, 30 October, Latvia’s Saeima conceptually supported amendments to the Waste Management Law to help promote competition among waste management service providers, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Estonian industrial production decreases, electricity down by 43%

In Estonia, the production volume of industrial companies has dropped by five percent on year, according to official statistics.

Latvia’s Saeima to limit officials’ activities in foundations and associations

On Thursday, 31 October, Latvia’s Saeima supported in the final reading a legislative draft that is intended to ensure officials who have jobs in associations, foundations and social companies are allowed to keep their jobs only if there are not paid wages, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Harmony would have lost large donations under new regulation this year

Had the new regulation on financing of political parties been adopted in Latvia this year, Harmony would have already exceeded the total permitted ceiling for financing and multiple other parties would have received considerably more donations than it would have been allowed under new rules, according to estimates from LETA.

Latvia’s Saeima approves budget plan for 2020 in first reading

The Saeima has conceptually approved the 2020 state budget project, medium-term budget plan for 2020, 2021 and 2022, as well as 26 accompanying legislative drafts associated with the budget, as confirmed by the parliament’s press-service.

More than one-third of orphans in Latvia don’t want to be adopted

Currently of the 1 175 orphans in Latvia, 431 children do not want to be adopted. This means it is possible to adopt 571 children. Of them, 377 are aged ten to 18 years, as reported by Welfare Ministry’s Communication Office head Aiga Ozoliņa.

Corruption watchdog to investigate possible conflict of interest at Social Integration Fund

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau plans to investigate Ascendum manager and Latvia’s Environment Minister Juris Pūce’s wife Zaigas Pūce’s candidacy for the post of director of the Social Integration Fund’s secretariat.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia reduces 0.4%

Compared to September 2018, total retail trade turnover fell by 0.4 % in September 2019. Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 0.8 %. Turnover of retail trade in non-food products (except for retail sale of automotive fuel) decreased by 1.4 %, but of automotive fuel – by 0.2 %.

Minister: Latvia’s budget for 2020 allocates funding for healthcare and other sectors

Latvia’s budget for 2020 allocates finances to healthcare, education, justice and internal security sector, said Latvia’s Finance Minister Jānis Reirs during debates about the next year’s budget in the Saeima.

Flash estimate: Latvia’s GDP increases 2.8% in third quarter of 2019

Compared to Q3 2018, the gross domestic product value increased by 2.8 %in Q3 2019 based on seasonally and calendar non-adjusted data.

Study: In Lithuania, 50-year-olds more physically active than young people

A Lithuanian university study has found that population over the age of 50 is more physically active and has a healthier diet than youth, with obesity being a key factor to chronic health problems.

Thousands of Estonian households yet to have power after Sunday storm

In southern Estonia, approximately 5,000 customers were without electricity on Tuesday, after a powerful storm that heavily affected regional power grid hit the Baltics on Sunday.

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