Posts tagged as Latvia

Defense Ministry has approached 12 countries regarding armored vehicles procurement

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Defense Ministry has approached 12 countries as potential suppliers of armored vehicles to the Latvian military as part of a major procurement, LETA was told at the ministry. The Defense Ministry has conducted research to determine which partner countries would be ready to supply the vehicle platforms for the National Armed Forces’ operational needs. In all, 12 countries have been offered to submit their bids in the tender, the…

NATO’s right to deploy in Latvia in crisis situations to be outlined in legislation

Monday, July 15, 2019

In the event of crisis situations NATO forces will be able to deploy in Latvia from beyond its border, as provided by amendments to the Latvian State Border Law the government will discuss on 16 July. Amendments state that people who arrive in Latvia as part of NATO forces to provide assistance in emergency situations or in exceptional cases, including while taking part in exercises, will be able to cross…

Estonian businessman Ossinovski donates to son’s Social Democratic party

Friday, July 12, 2019

Estonian businessman mired in corruption scandals Olegs Ossinovski has donated EUR 25 000 to Estonia’s Social Democratic Party when his son Jevgeni Ossinovski was the party’s chair, as reported by Estonian public media ERR. When Ossinovski because charged with bribery in the 2015 criminal case against then the head of Latvian Railway Uģis Magonis, Ossinovski Jr. denied receiving any donations to the part from his father, adding that the party would be cutting ties with…

Broka claims corruption does not have a place in her life

Friday, July 12, 2019

The now-suspended University of Latvia vice-rector Baiba Broka, who was also voted to the Riga City Council from the National Alliance’s ticket, says that she will cooperate with the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) in the corruption case against her. She also plans to call a press conference tomorrow, where she intends to answer questions from members of the press, she posted on her Facebook profile. Broka also said that she…

President Levits has no other option but to promulgate tax cut on strong alcohol due to bill’s urgency

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President Egils Levits has no other option but to promulgate the legislative amendment reducing excise tax on alcohol by 15 percent because Saiema has decided to adopt the bill in a fast-track procedure. Dina Meistere, head of the Saeima Legal Office, told LETA that since the parliament has assigned the bill urgency status by at least two thirds of votes, the president cannot request reconsideration of the bill and has…

Corruption watchdog officer interviewed LU vice-rector following some person’s request

Thursday, July 11, 2019

University of Latvia vice-rector and Riga City Council deputy Baiba Broka, who was detained on Monday, 8 July, and then subsequently released from custody is fully prepared to cooperate with Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) in the investigation of the criminal case regarding the EUR 20 000 bribe. The suspended vice-rector added that she is also prepared to provide answers to journalists, because she believes corruption has no place…

Baltic States protest against Moscow’s plans to celebrate Baltics’ «liberation» with fireworks

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Latvian, Lithuania and Estonian foreign ministries have summoned representatives of Russian embassies to issue protests against Moscow’s plans to celebrate with fireworks on 22 September Baltics’ «liberation» from German forces in 1944. Estonia’s Foreign Ministry summoned Russia’s ambassador on 10 June to issue a complaint in regards to Russia’s planned festivities. Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu believes the announcement on the planned festivities in the Russian Federation is «a provocative…

Baltic presidents meet and discuss climate change, digital era and security

Thursday, July 11, 2019

On his first official foreign visit, Latvia’s President Egils Levits met with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. The two discussed climate change, challenges of the digital age and security affairs. Leaders of the two countries agreed that Baltic and Nordic states should cooperate in climate change matters and agreed that climate change is a priority for Europe and the rest of the world. The two also stressed that Latvia and Estonia…

Russia-NATO deportment – feel the difference

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 11, 2019

A special resolution was adopted in PACE on 26 of June. According to this document full powers were returned to the Russian delegation. The participants in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution that confirms the authority of the Russian delegation in full. Russia remains in PACE without any restrictions. A robust, responsible, pro-European position has prevailed, however not in all…

Foreign trade turnover changes in Latvia: exports drop and imports grow in May

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

In May 2019, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.5 billion, which at current prices was 3.5 % more than in May 2017, of which the exports value of goods was 2.6 % lower, but imports value of goods was 8.6 % higher. In May, Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 1.07 billion, but imported – in the amount of EUR 1.43 billion. Compared to…