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Armenia's anti-corruption drive pushes war hero out of parliament

Armenia's new Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan heads an anti-corruption drive in the government bodies of the Caucasus nation. A member of parliament has been arrested after investigators accused him of feeding animals in private zoo with humanitarian aid intended for Armenian soldiers.

New penalties for traffic violations come to force in Latvia

Thursday, 5 July, marked to coming into force of amendments to Latvian Code of Administrative Violations. Changes to the law include more severe penalties for several serious road traffic violations, including use of smart devices while driving, as reported by State Police.

ISB says detained border guards’ duties were associated with procurement projects

Duties of state border guards detained by Internal Security Bureau were associated with public procurements. ISB representative Diāna Petersa notes the three detained private persons are representatives of several companies.

Work group to discuss further increase of wages for doctors in Latvia

On Thursday, 5 July, Latvia’s Healthcare Ministry will be holding a meeting of a work group at 15:00. During this meeting, members of the work group will discuss wage rise for doctors, as confirmed by Latvian Health and Social Care Union chairman Valdis Keris.

NCRPI: unannounced inspections offer a more objective look

National Children's Rights Protection Inspectorate no longer warns about planned inspections. This provides a more objective look at what happens in the institution, says the head of the inspectorate Marianna Dreja.

Prosecutor issues warning to Riga City Council and Rīgas satiksme officials

On 21 June, the prosecutor of the specialized prosecutor’s office for organized crime and other sectors issued a warning to officials of Riga City Council and Rīgas satiksme in regards to nano-water procurement projects, as confirmed by Prosecutor General’s Office public relations specialist Una Rēķe.

Controversial changes prohibiting education in Russian language approved in Latvia

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis has declared amendments to the Law on Institutions of Higher Education that prohibit private higher education institutions from offering education programmes in Russian language, as detailed in the publication in Latvian Herald.

Air quality in Latvia – pollutants do not exceed permitted limits

Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre’s experts have concluded in their report on the quality of air observed in Latvia last year that none of the pollutants measured in Riga and other Latvian cities had exceeded permitted limits.

CRPC: offered credit rate restriction level is too low

Proposed changes to the Consumer Rights Protection Law proposed to limit non-banking loan services by establishing a credit rate ceiling of 0.07% per day, is too low, said Chief of Consumer Rights Protection Centre Baiba Vītoliņa in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

European Parliament members support tighter cooperation in fight against VAT fraud

On Tuesday, 3 July, European Parliament called for ensuring tighter cooperation between their tax supervisory institutions and responsible EU institutions, as well as compiling EU level statistical data on VAT fraud.

Percentage of shell companies’ deposits in Latvia drops to 0.5%

Since March/April, the number of shell companies among bank clients in Latvia has declined rapidly. Currently the percentage of shell companies’ deposits in Latvian banks does not exceed 0.5%, as reported by Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Work group proposes limiting doctors’ ability to provide state-funded services in several hospitals

A specially formed work group in Latvia proposes limiting doctors’ ability to provide state-funded services in several healthcare institutions, as mentioned in the report on provision of state-funded healthcare in state, municipal and private healthcare institutions.

Barometer: knowledge and competence are what is most important in business

When asked to describe factors that contribute or impede sustainable business development, respondents mentioned that businessmen’s knowledge and competence are two of the most significant contributing factors, whereas high taxes are usually what holds back development, according to data from the latest Latvian Barometer Study by Baltic International Bank.