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Latvia’s Saeima proposes improving job-combining rules for state officials

Thursday, June 21, 2018

On Wednesday, 20 June, Latvian parliament’s Public Administration and Local Government Committee decided to submit for review amendments to the Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest in Activities of Public Officials. These amendments provide for reviewing established restrictions for state officials, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service. Changes also provide for establishing rights for state officials to combine their post with the one they have in a trade union without…

Lithuania’s election watchdog doesn’t check candidates for KGB cooperation – MP

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission does not check candidates’ personal information forms whether they have correctly provided information on their link with the KGB, MP Zbignev Jedisnki, representing the opposition Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance, claims. He said in the parliament on Tuesday that he has the CEC’s official confirmation of that. “Candidates to the 2016 Seimas were not checked under point 9.1 (whether they have…

Baltic Sea states must work together to reduce sea pollution

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

All members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) should agree on practical measures and seek an effective solution so as to reduce the catastrophic pollution of the Baltic Sea, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said during the meeting with the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, informs LETA. Rinkevics and Wallstrom met during the CBSS meeting of the foreign ministers to discuss bilateral cooperation between Latvia and Sweden…

Doctors unjustifiably charged fees for services worth 255,000 last year

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Last year, authorities found that medical institutions that provide state budget-financed healthcare services had charged fees for services worth EUR 254,994, according to data compiled by Health Inspectorate. Last year, 246 administrative acts for recovery of funds for healthcare budget and patients came to force. EUR 254,994 was recovered for the state budget and patients. This includes EUR 245,388 for unjustified fees charged for healthcare services, EUR 9,606 for unjustifiably…

Anti-corruption officers detain MP Kaimins after Saeima meeting

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Officers of the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) detained MP Artuss Kaimins (KPV LV) following today’s Saeima meeting at which lawmakers voted to grant permission to search and detain Kaimins. After anti-corruption officers had read his rights, Kaimins gave interviews to the media, while KNAB operatives stood by waiting for him. When Kaimins was done with the interviews he was driven away in a KNAB minibus. KNAB representatives told LETA that…

30% of Latvian residents are dissatisfied with their family’s financial state

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Residents’ overall mood has declined considerably across all survey positions. Residents have become the most negative about Latvia’s economic situation – 31% of them believe it has worsened. When asked to voice their outlooks for Latvia’s economy in a year from now, 17% of respondents said it will have improved, according to results of Baltic International Bank’s latest Latvian Barometer. Similar outlooks have been voiced about the financial state of…

Ireland’s experience might help Latvia to find way to return emigrated nationals – Vejonis

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ireland’s experience might help Latvia to find a way to return the emigrated Latvians, said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis after his meeting with Irish President Michael Higgins today. The parties discussed several issues, including bilateral relations and their future development. One of the topics was Latvia’s diaspora in Ireland. Vejonis said that there are about 30,000 Latvian citizens living in Ireland and Latvia wants to promote their return back home.…

Latvia police investigate link between murdered insolvency administrator and missing businessman

Monday, June 18, 2018

Latvia’s State Police have begun an investigation of a possible link between the murdered insolvency administrator Mārtiņš Bunkus and the missing businessman Andris Bojārs, as confirmed by police representative Ilze Jurēvica. She explains that information was reported in November 2017 about Bojārs’ disappearance and a search was organized shortly after. It is also possible Bojārs is dead. Because of that, police have launched a criminal process. Investigation continues. Jurēvica says…

Body of man who went missing on Saaremaa ferry found

Monday, June 18, 2018

The body of a 24-year-old man who fell overboard or jumped off the deck of a ferry plying the Virtsu-Kuivastu route before noon on Friday was recovered by divers late on Friday afternoon. The body of the man was found on the sea bottom not far from the dock of Kuivastu harbour and recovered by divers from the Muhu volunteer maritime rescue unit at about 18.00 on Friday. The body…

Kaunas, whole Lithuania will have new stadium in 20 months

Monday, June 18, 2018

Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city, will start the reconstruction of its Darius and Girenas Stadium in early July after the city signed a contract with contractors. Kaunas should have a new stadium in 20 months, the city’s mayor says. “We believe Kaunas and the whole of Lithuania will have a stadium in 20 months,” Visvaldas Matijosaitis told a press conference on Friday. Representatives of Kaunas authorities say the stadium will be…