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Estonian power grid executive detained over bribery suspicion

The Estonian Internal Security Service has detained a board member of the Elektrilevi power grid operator over suspicion of taking a bribe.

KNAB has not handled a single criminal case about potential corruption at Latvian ports

Throughout its entire existence Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has never had a criminal process regarding possible corruption at any of Latvia’s ports.

Kariņš: Ventas osta to ensure professional and depoliticized port management

Ventas osta, the state company created to perform the functions of Ventspils port, will provide a professional and depoliticized management of the port, says Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš.

KNAB to assess if sanctions against Lembergs are ground for ending state funding for UGF

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced an inspection to see if the US sanctions applied against the suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs could serve as ground for terminating state budget funding for the Union of Greens and Farmers.

Coalition agrees to found AS Ventas osta to perform Ventspils Freeport’s functions

To resolve the emergency situation with Ventspils Freeport, Latvia’s coalition has agreed to found a new state company that would take over the rights, duties and functions of Ventspils Freeport.

Bordāns: many people and companies financed by Lembergs will be outlined soon

The situation created by the decision by USA to apply sanctions against Aivars Lembergs and companies associated with him may have a short negative effect on Latvia’s economy, said Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Aivars Lembergs leaves his post in Latvian Olympic Committee

On Friday, 13 December, individual member of Latvian Olympic Committee and member of its Executive Committee Aivars Lembergs announced to LOK board his decision to leave the organization, BNN was told by LOK press-secretary Mārtiņš Mālmeisters.

Latvia’s prime minister forms a work group to ensure Ventspils Freeport’s operations

On Thursday, 12 December, Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has issued an order on formation of a work group under Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits in order to ensure undisrupted operations at Ventspils Freeport, as reported by the prime minister’s press-secretary Sandris Sabajevs.

What is Ventspils Development Agency and what will its members do now?

Among the organizations against which US Department of Treasury Office for Foreign Asset Control has adopted sanctions is also Ventspils Development Agency. In accordance with OFAC issued Global Magnitsky General Licence Nr.1, global partners have 30 days to cease all cooperation with this organization.

U.S. bans Lembergs and family from entry in U.S. over «significant corruption»

The U.S. Department of State has introduced a U.S. travel ban on criminally-accused Latvian official Aivars Lembergs and his immediate adult family members over «involvement in significant corruption».

USA adds Aivars Lembergs to its «black list»

On Monday, 9 December, based on the so-called Magnitsky Law, US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control established sanctions against a number of people and their organizations in Europe, Asia and Latin America, including the suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs.

Delna: accessibility of databases important for corruption prevention is too limited

Only one out of five state databases important for corruption prevention in Latvia has freely accessible data, as concluded in a study performed by Society for Openness – Delna.

Kundziņsala overpass construction splits Riga Freeport authority over cartel case

Last week, Riga Freeport authority decided to sign a contract worth nearly EUR 40 million on the construction of Kundziņsala transport overpass with companies that have ties with people involved in the so-called construction cartel case, as reported by LTV programme De Facto.


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