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Tuesday 25.06.2019 | Name days: Maiga, Milija

Saeima plans to change public media board member approval order in Latvia

Latvia’s Saeima supported in the first reading amendments the Electronic Mass Media Law that clarify requirements for potential public media board member and their selection process, as well as their dismissal order.

Warm nights expected in Latvia at week’s end; heat to back away on Sunday

On Friday, 7 June, weather in Latvia will remain hot. Daytime air temperature will reach +26° C… +31° C, though it may be cooler along the coast in Kurzeme. Nights will be warm as well, as air temperature will stay at +15° C… +20° C.

MPC system’s parliamentary investigative committee to be led by Ieva Krapāne

Latvian Saeima’s parliamentary investigative committee will be led by Ieva Krapāne from KPV LV, as reported by Saeima press-service.

Estonian government picks Kadri Simson for European commissioner’s post

Estonian government coalition has picked ex-Economy Minister Kadri Simson for the post of European commissioner, Estonian public media ERR reports.

Latvian residents actively to on trips do different parts of the country

When compared to 2017, the number of domestic trips of Latvian residents comprised 10,9 million in 2018. On top of that, they spent EUR 333.9 million, EUR 31.2 million or 8.5 % less, during their trips.

Grab your binoculars and watch out for Jupiter and its moons

«Look up!» is the slogan the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) used to announce a grand event event. On 10 June, Jupiter – the largest planet in the Solar System – will be clearly visible from Earth, CBS News reports.

Chinese tech giant Huawei to develop 5G network in Russia

Chinese technology giant Huawei, which is suspected of creating threats to national security in several western nations, has signed a contract with Russian telecommunications company MTS for the development of a 5G network in the country, BBC reports.

Europe loses EUR 60 billion to counterfeit products and piracy every year

Because of different fake products and piracy, Latvia loses up to EUR 109 million in 11 industries every year, whereas the damages in the European Union reach EUR 60 billion.

Ex-Harmony members urge parties in Riga to resign from posts and start over

The Independents Deputies Faction, which consists of four deputies previously excluded from Harmony, in Riga City Council has presented a proposal for all political parties represented in the city council to step down from their posts, including the mayor, vice-mayors and heads of committees, and «reboot» the city council.

European Commission urges Latvia to cut taxes for poor people

In its latest recommendations European Commission urges Latvia to reduce the tax burden for people with low income, resolve problems of social exclusion, increase housing and transport accessibility, as well as perform other important improvements.

airBaltic agrees to compensate inconveniences to passengers

An agreement has been reached in a court of justice in Lithuania with Latvian airline airBaltic on payment of compensation to passengers worth a total of EUR 120 000, according to representatives of flight compensation assistance company Skycop.

Poland to not support Lithuania’s president as Tusk’s successor in European Council

Poland has announced that it will not support Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė as a candidate for the post of president of European Council, Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita reports.

Saeima committee permits KPV LV member’s criminal prosecution

On Wednesday, 5 June, Saeima’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee supported the proposal to permit commencement of KPV LV Saeima faction leader Atis Zakatistovs’ criminal prosecution.

Thousands of Czechs take it to streets, requesting prime minister’s resignation

120 000 people have filled Prague’s streets, demanding Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš resignation following accusations of fraudulent use of EU finances, BBC reports.

Prime minister: if Estonia reduces excise tax on alcohol, Latvia will be forced to react

If Estonia reduces excise tax on alcohol, Latvia will be forced to react, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 5 June.

Russia demands Tinder to share user data

Russian authorities have announced that online dating app Tinder needs to comply with the country’s demands to provide access to users’ photos and messages, BBC reports.

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