Posts tagged as Latvia

Latvia hoping to switch part of Russia-Europe freight traffic to Rail Baltic

Friday, September 13, 2019

Latvia is hoping to switch some cargo traffic flowing from Russia to Europe to Rail Baltic, a high-speed European gauge line, Latvian Ambassador to Russia Maris Riekstins told Interfax on Thursday. “The Rail Baltic high-speed European gauge railway line project to link Tallinn, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany is a big project that I think might be interesting for Russian business people. And there are plans on how we will connect…

Political consultations held between the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Palestine

Thursday, September 12, 2019

On 11 September 2019 in Riga, political consultations were held between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Palestine. They were co-chaired by Jānis Mažeiks, Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, and Dr Amal Jadou, Deputy Foreign Minister of Palestine. The consultations addressed the current bilateral cooperation issues and developments in the Middle East. The Latvian side confirmed its firm support for a two-state solution in…

ECJ limits Gazprom’s use of crucial gas link after objections from Latvia, Lithuania and Poland

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The EU’s top court has delivered a blow to Gazprom by overturning an EU decision allowing the Russian gas giant to boost deliveries to Europe via the Opal pipeline, according to the Financial Times information reports LETA. Poland, Lithuania and Latvia had challenged the European Commission’s 2016 decision to allow Gazprom to send more gas via Opal, which connects Russia’s Nordstream pipeline to Germany, arguing that the decision “violated the…

Latvian Formin: Baltics should be satisfied with Leyen’s proposed EC

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Baltics should be very satisfied with European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s proposal on the makeup of the next European Commission, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (New Unity) told LETA. According to him, the division of EC portfolios is ”balanced, well though out and quite good”. Rinkēvičs said that the chosen commissioner candidates are strong and capable ones, and that he personally knows several of them – Belgian…

Latvia: Drones can be piloted from the age of 16

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

In order to facilitate the safety of unmanned aircraft and drones, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved the respective regulations from the Ministry of Transport. According to the new regulations approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, drones can be piloted by persons from the age of 16, while flights in heightened risk circumstances can be piloted from the age of 18. Those wishing to fly unmanned aircraft in heightened risk…

Latvia: Income to live a ”normal life” has reached EUR 1,466

Monday, September 9, 2019

According to a SKDS survey, the income which residents believe is needed to live a ”normal life” has reached EUR 1,466 per month. In the survey, people were asked what they believe the monthly income should be to ”live a normal” life. This year, the sum has reached EUR 1,466, which is considerably more than last year and is the historically largest average. For example, in 2000 residents believed EUR…

Election of new LU rector might take place in November or December

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The election of a new University of Latvia (LU) rector might take place in November or December, said acting LU rector Gvido Straube. He said though that this will happen only if the process is not restricted by the court with some decisions. In line with the legislation, if the Cabiner of Ministers does not approve the elected rector, the university has to repeatedly organize elections in two months. Before…

Latvia concludes its presidency of the Arms Trade Treaty

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

On 30 August 2019, the annual week-long plenary meeting of the Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. The event saw the conclusion of the Latvian ATT presidency, which began on 24 August 2018. The presidency promoted the international visibility of Latvia in the matters of international security policy and brought Latvia’s contribution to controlling the export of conventional arms. In the course of…

Latvian state police seize 300 kilos of drugs

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The State Police in a large-scale operation on Monday seized 300 kilos of drugs and detained six persons, State Police chief Ints Kuzis said in an interview with commercial LNT television today citing LETA. He said that in a cargo arriving from Europe, three kinds of drugs were uncovered – methamphetamine, hashish and extasy pills. A bulk of this cargo had been meant for the Latvian market. Kuzis said that…

Latvia: Despite rising wages the pay gap remains significant

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Wages continue to grow in Latvia, and the average monthly gross wage of employees reached 1083 euro in the second quarter of 2019. The pace of remuneration growth is decelerating, reflecting the general trend observed in economic development. Despite the decreasing share of low-wage earners, the considerable differences in wages between industries and regions, however, remain. The average remuneration rose by 7.8% in the second quarter of 2019 year-on-year, which equals…