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Welfare Minister approves of opening Latvia’s labour market for foreigners

Latvia’s Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča supports the idea to open Latvia’s labour market to citizens of third countries. This position was voiced by the politician on Thursday, 10 October, during an open meeting of the Agriculture Organizations Cooperation Council.

Liepaja Prison’s construction may be performed as public and private partnership

Latvia’s Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns allows for the possibility of constructing Liepaja Prison using a public and private partnership model, as confirmed by the city council after meeting with Liepaja Prison Administration and the minister.

Ex-Daugavpils mayor detained over suspicion of bribery and money laundering

On Wednesday, 9 October, Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau detained ex-mayor of Daugavpils Rihards Eigims over suspicions of bribery and money laundering, according to information from LETA.

Latvian parties to divide state funding: Harmony to get the lion's share

Political parties elected to the 13th Saeima will be able to receive funding from the state budget worth EUR 4 119 581 in 2020. The majority of this amount – EUR 800 000 – will be provided to Harmony, whereas the smallest amount will be provided to New Unity, which may receive EUR 416 535, according to Justice Ministry.

Inflation level in Latvia at 2.6% in September

Compared to September 2018, the average level of consumer prices in Latvia rose by 2.6 % in September 2019. Prices of goods have increased by 2.4 % and prices of services by 3.0 %.

Influenza season begins in Latvia as first patients appear

At the beginning of October Latvia’s Disease Control and Prevention Centre registered the first influenza cases this year even though overall flu intensity in Latvia remains very low, as confirmed by SPKC communication office head Ilze Arāja.

Security service finds possible violations found with unsent notifications for EP elections

Latvia’s State Security Service has found possible violations in relation to unsent or lost letters with information as to which election sites Latvian residents should use to participate in European Parliament elections.

Prime Minister: there is no time for an open selection of a new governor for Bank of Latvia

Currently there is no list of candidate for the post of governor of the Bank of Latvia, and this is concerning, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in Delfi TV interview with Jānis Domburs.

FKTK candidate says she is stuck amid «political infighting»

«I believe I have simply ended up in the middle of political infighting, market dispute, or whatever,» public broadcaster LTV programme 900 seconds was told by Santa Purgaile, candidate for the post of chief of Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Bordāns: education minister’s dismissal would mean collapse for the government

If partners of the ruling coalition in Latvia request dismissal for Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska, the existing Cabinet of Ministers will cease to exist, says New Conservative Party leader and Latvia’s Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns.

Construction sector’s illness: 51% of companies are aware of unofficial payments

Cartels are not a sudden appearance in Latvia, it is a phenomenon that has been swept under the rug for a long time, as experts explained at the «Competition in business: influence of cartels, lobbyist activity and black PR» discussion organized by Turība University.

Informal talks commence about Bank of Latvia governor’s possible successor

Political parties in Latvia have started discussing possible candidates to replace Ilmārs Rimšēvičs as the next governor of the Bank of Latvia, considering his term runs out 21 December 2019. However, parties are reluctant to make these discussions public, as reported by newspaper Latvijas Avīze.

Competition Council’s decision on waste management services in Riga kept in effect

The Administrative District Court has decided to keep in effect Competition Council’s temporary regulation aimed at preserving the structure of competition on the waste management market in Riga, as confirmed by CC.

Purgaile’s approval as FCMC’s next director postponed by government

Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers has decided to postpone decision-making in regards to the approval of Citadele Bank’s board member Santa Purgaile as the next director of Finance and Market Capital Commission.

Will Kalnmeiers last until term’s end? Supreme Court sees no reasons for dismissal

Marika Senkāne, senator of the Supreme Court of Justice, has not found any justifiable reasons to request Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers’ dismissal, as reported by Supreme Court’s representative Rasma Zvejniece.

Minister: MPC costs could be put on CO2 pollution indexes

One of the mechanisms for the liquidation of the mandatory procurement component would be passing an appropriate «burden» or payments on CO2 pollution or emission indexes, says Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro.