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Monday 19.08.2019 | Name days: Melānija, Imanta

Latvian minister: government could decide on territorial reform around October

In August 2019 Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry will push the administrative territorial reform forward so that the government can decide on it around October and forward it to the Saeima, said the Environment Minister Juris Pūce.

Police in Moscow arrests 800 people in another election protest

As Russians took to the streets of Moscow for another protest to demand free and fair elections, police arrested hundreds of people and used violence against protestors.

Minister: I am dissatisfied with State Revenue Service in certain areas

The head of Latvia’s State Revenue Service Iave Jaunzeme has a lot of work, but more focus should be put on dishonest companies, says Finance Minister Jānis Reirs.

Latvia and Hungary sign cooperation programme for culture

The Culture Ministry of the Republic of Latvia and the Human Resource Ministry of Hungary have signed a cooperation programme in culture in 2019-2021, as confirmed by Culture Ministry’s representative Lita Kokale.

Maintenance debtors’ debt in Latvia exceeds EUR 320 million

More than 40 thousand parents in Latvia do not perform their duty to financially support their children. Maintenance is paid from the state budget on their behalf, which costs the country and average of EUR 4.5 million every month, according to data from the Administration of Maintenance Guarantee Fund.

SRS head under fire again? Finance Ministry initiates another inspection

During Latvian Finance Minister Jānis Reirs’ vacation his replacement, Agriculture Minister Kaspars Gerhards, has initiated another inspection of work done by the State Revenue Service, as reported by TV3 on 1 August 2019.

Violations of SRS employees may be investigated by Internal Security Bureau

Latvian Interior Affairs subordinated Internal Security Bureau may be entrusted with investigating violations committed by employees of the State Revenue Service, the ministry reports.

Corruption watchdog suspects parties were not honest with their EP election expenses

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau is not certain political parties had declared their entire European Parliament election expenses, according to what KNAB Political Organizations Violation Investigation Department head Amīlija Raituma.

Lithuania would rather avoid additional restrictions for electric scooters

In spite of electric scooters popping up more and more on Lithuania’s streets, the government would rather avoid introducing additional restrictions, public media LRT reports on the words of the Lithuanian transport minister.

Riga City Council’s independent deputies may consider working with HSR

Riga City Council’s Independent Deputies Faction, which combines deputies excluded from Harmony, would be prepared to sign a cooperation agreement with Honour to Serve Riga faction, admits IDF leader Valērijs Petrovs.

CC: bank competitiveness is impeded by consumers’ low mobility

Latvia’s Competition Council has found in a client mobility market assessment that most of Latvian consumers consider switching banks an expensive, complicated and time-consuming procedure, which is why they do not seek offers that are attractive both price and quality-wise.

Lux Express suspects Road Transport Directorate of illegalities

Passenger-carrying company Lux Express has turned to Corruption Prevention and Prevention Bureau over suspicions of employees of the Road Transport Directorate of committing illegalities. The institution in question, on the other hand, claims that the carrier does not ensure appropriate safety of its clients.

Chairperson: Stradins Hospital’s idleness will definitely cost the state several thousands

The idleness suffered by Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital when an anonymous phone call detailed bombing threats on 31 July will likely cost the state several thousand euros, said the hospital’s board chairperson Ilze Kreicberga.

Island Bridge restoration proceeds ahead of schedule, but complaints surface

Construction work of the second stage of the Island Bridge project is ahead of schedule. However, at the same time, residents complain about the organization of traffic for pedestrians and cyclists.