Posts tagged as Latvia

Allowance for people suffering from serious disability to be increased by EUR 100 in Latvia

Thursday, March 21, 2019

From 1 July the Latvian government plans to increase the allowance for children and adults who require special care and who suffer from serious health problems from childhood. This is provided by amendments to the Law on State Social Allowances conceptually supported on Wednesday, 20 March. It is planned that the allowance will reach EUR 313.43 instead of EUR 213.43 starting from 1 July 2019. Considering the need for the…

Latvian minister: we should work with convicts, not isolate them

Thursday, March 21, 2019

People who are currently isolated from society in prisons should not be kept isolated – they should be allowed to re-socialize, said Latvian Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns at a press-conference about the study on former inmates’ abilities to re-socialize. The board chairman of the company responsible for the study – SIA Comperio – Gunta Misāne explained that the study came to the conclusion that 63% of Latvian residents are acquainted…

Five persons detained in Latvia for fraud with EU funds

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The State Police has detained five persons on suspicion of defrauding EUR 4 million from the EU funds. The State Police is conducting searches in different parts of Latvia in a criminal procedure launched earlier on possible fraudulent actions in relation to programs of the Regional Development Funds and the Latvian Investment and Development Agency. So far the State Police has detained five persons on suspicion of fraud and possible…

Latvia needs representatives in EP the country can be proud of

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

«Latvian voters should keep in mind that Latvia is represented by only eight members in the European Parliament. It is vital to find candidates we would not be ashamed of. There is no other recipe – if you want to affect the composition of the European Parliament, it is important to remember that results from votes. Nothing will change if we stand on the sidelines,» said Latvian Culture Minister and…

Latvia’s 2020 budget draft sent to the parliament for first viewing

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On Tuesday, 19 March, Latvian Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee conceptually supported this year’s state budget project and decided to submit it to the parliament for its first viewing. The committee decided to submit 14 additional legislative drafts associated with the budget, as reported by Saeima’s press-service. The committee has asked the parliament to view the budget project on 20 March, as confirmed by Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee’s chairman…

Baltic states no longer a bridge between east and west, says Latvia

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Baltic states can no longer cast themselves in the role of a bridge between Russia and the west, the Latvian foreign minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, has said in an interview with the Guardian. Successive crises have shown Russian determination to interfere in western democracy or use Baltic banks to launder corrupt money, Rinkēvičs said after a visit to London during which he met Dominic Grieve, the chairman of the UK intelligence and…

Number of job vacancies in Latvia up 33.4% in 2018

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

In 2018, there were 22.7 thousand job vacancies in Latvia, which is 5.7 thousand vacancies or 33.4 % more than in 2017. In public the sector there were 6.8 thousand and in private sector 15.9 thousand job vacancies. Over the year, the number of job vacancies in private sector grew by 5 thousand or 45.3 %, while in public sector by 0.7 thousand or 12.0 %, according to data compiled…

UK will remain close cooperation partner to Latvia also after Brexit – Rinkevics

Monday, March 18, 2019

On Friday in London, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with Vice Speaker of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, Chairman of the European Union Committee, Lord Boswell, de facto deputy Prime Minister David Lidington, and the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt for discussions on the bilateral relations between Latvia and the UK’s preparations for Brexit, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry. In a discussion with the British…

2019 state budget bill forwarded to Saeima committees

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saeima forwarded to committees the 2019 state budget bill package. Besides the budget bill, the package also includes fifteen accompanying legislative documents. Saeima is planning to pass the budget bill in the first reading on March 20 and in the final reading on April 3. If budget debates take longer than planned, Saeima will also convene for an extraordinary meeting on April 4. Saeima Budget and Finance Committee is responsible…

Saeima lowers minimum hunting age to 16

Friday, March 15, 2019

Saeima in a final reading March 14 adopted legislative amendments lowering the minimum age for underage hunters who may use firearms during hunting to 16 years. A proposal by Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV LV) that young hunters must have a hunter’s license issued by the State Forest Service and a permit from the State Police, was approved by the committee. Once the amendment comes into force, individuals who are…