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Monday 09.12.2019 | Name days: Sarmīte, Tabita

Saeima supports government’s decision to extend state of emergency in Riga

On Thursday, 5 December, Saeima agreed with the government’s decision to extend the state of emergency with waste management in Riga’s administrative territory until 12 March 2020, as reported by the Saeima’s press-service.

Saeima’s majority may move towards Riga City Council’s dismissal

The majority of Latvia’s Saeima may vote towards dismissing Riga City Council, according to unofficial information from LETA. There is also a more reserved position on this, but generally it is admitted that Riga City Council’s dismissal process will be initiated.

Kleins: we may have to review who receives public transport discounts in Riga

Considering the complicated financial situation at Rīgas satiksme public transport company, it may be necessary to review which groups of people receive discounts and benefits, said Riga City Council’s vice-chairman Druvis Kleins in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Wednesday, 4 December.

Environment Ministry to decide on Riga City Council’s dismissal this week

Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry’s lawyers will prepare a report this week on whether or not it is necessary to initiate dismissal of Riga City Council, as journalists were told by Environment Protection Minister Juris Pūce on Tuesday, 3 December.

PHOTO: Christmas tree lights up at Dome Square in Riga

Like every year, a Christmas market has opened at Dome Square in Riga. And in its centre stands, quite possibly, the most beautiful Christmas tree in Riga to cheer both local and foreign guests.

Justice Minister suspects «high level» cover of illegal cigarette business

Law enforcers’ failure to put a stop to circulation of illegal circulates raises suspicions about «high level» cover of this criminal activity, said Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama.

Reconstruction of Elizabetes and Satekles street crossing to commence in December

As part of the expansion of the Origo shopping centre and the construction of the Origo One business centre, reconstruction of the Elizabetes and Satekles street crossing in December will be performed, as reported by Linstow Centre Management.

Ķirsis: violations at Riga Central Market could not have happened without the city council knowing

Violations at Riga Central Market could not have happened without Riga City Council’s ruling forces knowing about it, said the city council’s opposition deputy Vilnis Ķirsis in an interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Tuesday, 26 November

«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.

Economist: high rent prices in Riga contribute to emigration

The high rent prices may be the reason why in spite of low unemployment levels and shortage of labour force people from Latvia’s regions depart to foreign countries, not Riga, says Citadele Bank’s economist Mārtiņš Āboliņš.

Z-Towers developer, construction office and Burovs go at each other over Twin Towers

Z-Towers project developers have turned to State Police and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau over intentional delays with the building’s commissioning, as reported by AS Tower Construction Management commercial director Andžejs Neguliners.

Competition Council bashes Riga’s planned waste management tender

Latvia’s Competition Council has voiced 15 complaints about the developed waste management service tender, including the differences among the four planned waste management zones, and the proposal to allow a single contender manage up to 86% of the city’s territory.

Riga’s budget expenditure reduction was possible at expense of investments projects

Riga City Council supported amendments to the 2019 budget, securing a reduction of expenditures by EUR 33.34 million at the expense of investment projects. Revenue increase is estimated at EUR 8.62 million for next year.

Riga City Council’s budget for 2020: no money for new development initiatives

There will be no money for new development initiatives in Riga City Council’s budget for 2020, admits head of the city council’s Finance Department’s Municipal Budget Office Uldis Rakstiņš.

Unexpectedly, Riga City Council refuses to provide funding to Rīgas satiksme

On Monday, 28 October, Riga City Council’s Finance and Administration Affairs Committee supported amendments to the 2019 budget. At the same time, for the first time in years members of the committee approved no plans for additional funding allocation to public transport company SIA Rīgas satiksme.

Maxima tragedy: Court rejects slow proceedings’ criticism, as victims protest

As a court in Riga continues the criminal proceedings over the Maxima tragedy to determine the guilty persons in the death of 54 people in a 2013 supermarket collapse, the Latvian Court Administration has rejected criticism of the process as being delayed.

Riga transport company needs additional 2.9 million euros

Rīgas satiksme, the transport company of the Latvian capital, will request from the municipal budget an additional allocation of 2.9 million euros, said Rīgas satiksme’s council chairman in an interview with Latvijas radio.


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