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Lembergs avoids giving a clear yes or no to stepping down from Ventspils Freeport board

Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of committing serious crimes, avoided giving a clear yes or no in regards to the possibility of stepping down as chairman of Ventspils Freeport board, according to what he said at a press-conference on Tuesday, 10 December.

VID officials will need to have spotless reputation, Saeima decides

From now on, officials of the State Revenue Service will need to have a spotless reputation. This is decided by Saeima’s amendments to the Law on State Revenue Service approved in the final reading on 5 December, as BNN was told by Saeima’s press-service.

Prime Minister: next EU budget’s cohesion funding for Latvia may drop by one billion euros

In the next European Union multi-year budget, cohesion funding for Latvia may drop by 22% or EUR 1 billion, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš during a meeting of the National Trilateral Cooperation Council on Tuesday, 3 December.

Riga’s new vice-mayor Kleins partially replaces Rīgas satiksme council

The new vice-mayor of Riga Druvis Kleins, who represents For Riga! Bloc has partially replaced the council of public transport company LLC Rīgas satiksme, dismissing council chairman Normunds Narvaišs, council members Ainārs Ozols and Andrejs Pančenko, as reported by RS representative Viktors Zaķis

Doctors protest outside Saeima: Let’s not be like beaten dogs returning home!

During the protest held on Thursday, 28 November, leaders of doctors’ organizations urged deputies of the Saeima to study healthcare workers’ everyday life and promised to not act like beaten dogs returning home.

Latvia’s president announced next year’s state budget

On Thursday, 28 November, Latvia’s President Egils Levits announced the country’s budget for 2020. Both the Law on State Budget 2020 and 27 accompanying laws have been published in the Latvian Herald.

Healthcare Minister refuses to drop idea of financing healthcare at budget deficit’s expense

Latvian Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele is committed to meeting with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš to discuss the idea of increasing healthcare funding at the expense of state budget deficit.

Kazāks: the central bank cannot be made an «ivory tower»

The council of the Bank of Latvia should take over functions of the management board, said candidate for the post of governor of the Bank of Latvia and member of the central bank’s council Mārtiņš Kazāks in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Monday, 25 November.

Court sees personal promotion attempts in claims about delays with Maxima tragedy case

Riga City Pardaugava Court denies claims made by a number of people about slow progress with the review of the criminal case regarding the Zolitude tragedy. On top of that, the court says those are attempts to secure positive personal promotion at the expense of the tragedy’s victims and such claims mislead society.

57 children receive intestinal infections at Smiltene’s secondary school

According to deputy principal of Secondary School in Smiltene Inese Raiskuma, 57 children have received virus-induced intestinal infections.

«Was never fit for vice-mayor’s post.» Baraņņiks loses post in Riga City Council

With votes from opposition deputies, Riga City Council’s Vice-Chairman Vadims Baraņņiks was removed from his post on Tuesday, 19 November. He was also removed from his post in Riga Freeport board.

Riga City Council opposition will likely refrain from Baraņņiks’ dismissal vote

On Tuesday, 19 November, the opposition of Riga City Council will likely abstain or not participate at all in the vote regarding the dismissal of the city council’s vice-chairman Vadims Baraņņiks, as told by For Latvia’s Development faction chairman Viesturs Zeps.

Employment rate in Latvia reaches 65.6% of the population

917.8 thousand people or 65.6 % of the population of Latvia aged 15–74 were employed in Q3 2019. Over the year, employment rate grew by 0.3 percentage points, and number of employed persons fell by 2.3 thousand. During the period, population declined faster than the number of employed persons.

Lielais Kristaps Award Ceremony: Best actors – Reinis and Nevarauska, best film – Oļegs

At Lielais Kristaps Latvian National Film Award ceremony film director Juris Kursietis work Oļegs was named the best full-length film. Camera operator Bogumils Godfrejovs was also awarded for his work on this film.

Doctors: Healthcare Ministry’s offered wage increase model is unfair

Healthcare Ministry’s proposed model for wage increase for doctors is unfair is goes against the previously voiced desire to raise wages for all healthcare workers equally, said chairman of Latvian Young Doctors Association Kārlis Rācenis and Latvia Health and Social Care Workers Trade Union chairman Valdis Keris.


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