Posts published in Day: August 5, 2019

In context of regional reforms, local governments are worried about availability of services – Puce

Monday, August 5, 2019

In the context of regional reforms, local governments are concerned about availability of services, road infrastructure and even representation, said Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce (For Development). The minister has met with representatives of local governments and said that most of them voiced their objections against the planned reform. This, however, does not mean that the reform will not be carried out, but the concerns and proposals…

New US ambassador will also urge Latvia to carry out reforms to combat corruption and money laundering – expert

Monday, August 5, 2019

Diplomat John Leslie Carwile, who has been nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to become the next U.S. ambassador to Latvia, will also urge the Latvian government to carry out reforms aimed at combating corruption and money laundering, Maris Andzans, a researchers at the at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, told LETA. During his hearing with the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee this week, Carwile, said that if confirmed…

28% of Europeans can’t afford a 1 week annual holiday

Monday, August 5, 2019

For many people in the European Union (EU), summer means holidays and travel. However, it is estimated that 28.3% of the EU population aged 16 or over could not afford a one-week annual holiday away from home in 2018. In 2013 the corresponding proportion was 39.5%, informed Eurostat. Among the 28 EU Member States, the countries with the highest proportions of individuals in this situation were Romania (58.9%), Croatia (51.3%,…

Russia must halt ungrounded violence against innocent people – Rinkevics

Monday, August 5, 2019

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, in reaction to the hundreds detained during demonstrations in Moscow on Saturday, posted on his Twitter account last evening that Russia must halt the ungrounded violence against innocent civilians and release those who have been detained. ”Another day in which peaceful demonstrations are being brutally suppressed,” the minister said. He emphasized that Russia must observe its international human rights obligations, unjustified violence against innocent people…

Atko may be facing fines for skipping bus stops in Narva

Monday, August 5, 2019

Both bus passengers in the northeastern border town Narva as well as officials of the Road Inspection have noticed several breaches on bus routes serviced by operator Atko, mainly in relation to buses skipping stops, and as a result, the operator may be facing a fine, the regional Pohjarannik reports. The service contract between AS Atko Bussiliinid and the city of Narva runs from February 2016 to January 2022, and…

Parnu announces second procurement for bridge design

Monday, August 5, 2019

The Parnu city government has for the second time announced a procurement for the design of the city center bridge as the previous procurement did succeed due to all tenders exceeding the presumed value of the contract. The design criteria of the procurement lay down the reconstruction of the structures of the bridge and the expansion of traffic lanes, pedestrian walkways and non-motorized traffic routes. As part of the design…

Lithuanian Judicial Council puts off decision on sacking of judges suspected of corruption

Monday, August 5, 2019

The Lithuanian Judicial Council decided on Friday to postpone its discussion regarding the dismissal of three high-ranking judges suspected in a large-scale judicial corruption probe, its chairman said. “The council adjourned for a week,” Algimantas Valantinas told reporters. The decision to adjourn was made after the council received requests from two of the three judges – Egidijus Lauzikas of the Lithuanian Supreme Court and Valdimaras Bavejanas of the Court of…

Estonian Tax, Customs Board: Too soon to estimate tax receipts from tobaccoless snus sales

Monday, August 5, 2019

An Estonian importer of tobacco-free snus said that over 20,000 boxes of the nicotine product have been sold in the country over the past few weeks, from which the state has likely received some 100,000 euros in excise duty; the Tax and Customs board said that it is too early to give an estimate of the tax revenue earned. “So far, snus was only distributed by dealers in the black…

Fitch affirms Lithuania’s credit rating at A- with positive outlook

Monday, August 5, 2019

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Lithuania’s long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating (IDR) at “A-” with a positive outlook after positively assessing Lithuania’s public finance and economic situation, reported LETA/BNS. The credit agency’s experts state that Lithuania’s ratings balance strong economic institutions and sound public finances with a vulnerability to external shocks, the Ministry of Finance said. Fitch Ratings positively assessed Lithuania’s economy, the ongoing fiscal policy and the public’s sector’s good…