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Calls for Estonian subtitles in film festivals voiced by Estonian Culture Minister

Tõnis Lukas, the Estonian Culture Minister, has encouraged organisers of cultural events to ensure state language subtitles with theatre and film festivals, as well as future public funding in mind, according to Estonian broadcaster ERR.

Latvian Saeima increases excise tax for sweetened non-alcoholic beverages

From 2022 onward it is planned to apply increased excise tax rate on sweetened non-alcoholic beverages, as provided by amendments to the Law on Excise Duties approved by the Saeima in the last reading on Thursday, 6 February.

Failing to secure quorum for last meeting, Riga City Council faces dismissal

Upon failing to secure quorum at the last organized meeting, deputies of Riga City Council have generated a legal basis for the city council’s dismissal.

One of the lead investigators in Rīgas satiksme procurement case leaves KNAB

One of the lead investigators in the criminal case regarding public transport company Rīgas satiksme procurements has left Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, as confirmed by KNAB chief Jēkabs Straume on Wednesday, 5 February.

Latvian Olympic Committee’s president decides to not stand candidate for fifth term

Latvian Olympic Committee incumbent president Aldons Vrubļevskis has decided not to stand candidate for re-election at the General Assembly scheduled for mid-March, LOK reports.

Number of criminal cases commenced by KNAB reaches forty seven in 2019

When it comes for corruption prevention, in 2019 Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau accomplished its best result in the past decade – a total of 47 criminal processes were commenced, according to the statement released by KNAB.

Latvian government approves rules for Riga and Ventspils Freeport

To ensure operations for Ventspils Freeport and Riga Freeport without jeopardizing security in the harbour or on land, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers approved on Tuesday, 4 February, the rules of the two of Latvia’s biggest ports and ordered ministries to clarify and correct the final redaction, as reported by Transport Ministry.

Riga’s mayor agrees with opposition to organize three no-quorum meetings

Riga City Council chairman Oļegs Burovs has reached an agreement with political parties representing the opposition to organize three city council meetings but without quorum, thereby creating legal basis for the city council’s dismissal, according to information from LETA.

Prime Minister: there are loops in the law that can be used to prolong trials

«The difficulty is that there are loops in the law lawyers are able to use to prolong trials,» said Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 5 February.

Maxima tragedy criminal case viewing concludes; ruling promised in mid-February

On Tuesday, 4 February, Riga City Pārdaugava Court concluded listening to the last words of the accused in the so-called Zolitude Maxima supermarket tragedy criminal case and announced the ruling will be announced on 18 February.

US first democratic caucuses bring Buttigieg and Sanders as top presidential candidates

In the US state of Iowa, the first caucuses of the Democratic Party to select its candidate for the US presidential election has produced Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders as the frontrunners, according to AP news agency.

RTAB head accuses Riga’s mayor of document forging; asks KNAB to investigate

Riga Tourism Development Bureau board chairman Guntars Grīnvalds has asked Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau to investigate possible document forging in the institution.

Lithuanian troops to have careful medical tests over Iran missile attacks

Lithuanian troops, who were among allied forces in Iraq during Iran’s retaliatory attack on US forces in January would undergo careful health tests after their return to the Baltic country, LRT broadcaster reports.


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