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US analytical institute advises Baltics to adopt two-year compulsory military service

To ensure better protection, Baltic States should adopt two-year compulsory military service, among other things, as written in the article by US analytical institute Jamestown Foundation.

Unspent funding from New Riga Theatre’s reconstruction to be spent in coming years

Latvia’s State Real Estate has commenced a new tender for the future reconstruction of New Riga Theatre. The funding left unspent this year – EUR 7 million – was returned to the state budget. The government plans to divert this money to other needs.

Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service to employ drones

In September 2019, the State Fire and Rescue Service received its first 11 UAVs or drones. Soon enough they will be put to use, the service reports.

Competition Council permits merge of freight carriers

Latvia’s Competition Council has made the decision to permit the merge with which AS Freight One Company plans to acquire decisive influence over public container cargo carrier AS TransContainer.

Corruption watchdog periodically receives reports of corruption in healthcare

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau periodically receives reports about illegal requests for material rewards in healthcare. However, often patients avoid reporting situations when doctors request benefits.

Estonian media reject ethics’ breach over suicide reports

Estonian media outlets have rejected criticism from an ethics watchdog that their detailed coverage of a suicide of a 10-year-old went against the best practice of journalism. The media say they had been requested by parents to report and felt the society needed to know.

Prime Minister says use of funding for healthcare could benefit from more transparency

We need greater transparency for the division of funding in healthcare so that both doctors and society have an understanding how this money is used, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma.

Z-Towers developer, construction office and Burovs go at each other over Twin Towers

Z-Towers project developers have turned to State Police and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau over intentional delays with the building’s commissioning, as reported by AS Tower Construction Management commercial director Andžejs Neguliners.

Competition Council bashes Riga’s planned waste management tender

Latvia’s Competition Council has voiced 15 complaints about the developed waste management service tender, including the differences among the four planned waste management zones, and the proposal to allow a single contender manage up to 86% of the city’s territory.

LDz Council refuses to reveal to Saeima compensation paid to ex-managers

The council of Latvian Railway and Latvia’s Transport Ministry as the company shareholder decided not to reveal to Saeima’s Public Expenditures and Audit Committee the exact amount of compensations paid to the company’s ex-managers.

Belarus punishes mass MDMA trafficker with 17 years in prison

A court in Belarus has convicted a female Russian citizen of drug trafficking sending her to 17 years in prison, Meduza news portal reports.

Rail Baltica airport station’s construction may cost 250 – 280 million euros for Latvia

Railway project Rail Baltica station’s construction at Riga International Airport may cost around 250 – 280 million euros. The exact amount will be clarified soon – in the second stage of the construction tender, says Rail Baltica implementer in Latvia Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas board chairman Kaspars Vingris.

Polish judge retirement reform violated EU law, bloc’s top court says

The European Court of Justice has ruled on November 5 that Poland has violated the law of the European Union in its reform aimed at lowering the pension age of regular court judges.

More money promised for doctors’ wages next year; Latvia puts embassy plan on hold

Latvia’s government might be able to find an additional amount of approximately EUR 18 million to increase doctors’ wages next year. This plan includes postponing the opening of Latvia’s embassy in Australia, as government representatives told journalists after meeting with healthcare representatives on Tuesday, 5 November.

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