Posts tagged as Latvia

Health Minister replaces Latvia’s chief oncologist

Friday, May 24, 2019

Latvia’s Health Minister Ilze Viņķele (Development/For!) has replaced five chief specialists in the country’s healthcare system, including Dace Baltiņa, the ministry’s oncology specialist who was, for a time, a high-ranking employee at a company promoting the highly controversial Rigvir anti-cancer medicine. Baltiņa was routinely criticized in the media for her simultaneous work at a private medical company while concurrently playing a role at the Health Ministry. Baltiņa’s post will be taken…

National Alliance and New Unity lead political polls ahead of EP elections

Friday, May 24, 2019

According to the latest political polls carried out by Factum, the National Alliance, New Unity and Harmony are the most popular parties ahead of tomorrow’s European Parliament elections. According to the poll, the National Alliance is in first place with 17.1 percent of the vote, which would give it two seats in the next EP. In second place is New Unity with 16.1 percent support, which would give it one…

Study: 50.6% of enterprises view Latvia’s business-related legislative environment negatively

Friday, May 24, 2019

Latvia’s business-related legislation is poor to very poor, according to 50.6% of interviewed entrepreneurs. Only 19.2% view legislation as either very good or more or less good, according to Turība University’s Business Index. Companies with 250 or more employees seem the most positive about Latvia’s business legislation, whereas companies with 10 to 49 employees are the most negative, results show. Analysing results in different sectors it was concluded that the…

Latvian partisans stay at home

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, May 24, 2019

Most Latvians are not ready to resist the occupation authorities in case of war. This is evidenced by the results of a social research commissioned by the Latvian Ministry of Defence. The authorities are introducing a comprehensive defense system and preparing the population for guerrilla warfare. However, society is not ready to take up arms and provide armed resistance. According to the SKDS social research, 33.7% of respondents from Russian-speaking…

Latvian Foreign Ministry appreciates contribution by Spain to strengthening of Baltic region’s security

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

On May 21, Riga hosted political consultations between the Political Directors of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Spain, LETA learned from the ministry. The Latvian delegation was headed by the Under Secretary, Political Director Janis Mazeiks, and the Spanish delegation – by the Director General for Foreign Policy and Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Enrique Ignacio Mora Benavente. The consultations…

Unemployment level in Latvia reaches 7% at beginning of 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In Q1 2019 Latvian unemployment rate constituted 6.9 %. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate has not changed, while over the year it fell by 1.3 percentage points. In Q1, in Latvia there were 66.9 thousand unemployed persons aged 15–74, which is 13.1 thousand people fewer than a year ago and 0.2 thousand people fewer than in the previous quarter. Since the 3rd quarter of 2008, Latvian unemployment rate…

First Pension Plan Created in Latvia Which Invests in Industries’ Most Sustainable Businesses

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Citadele Bank’s subsidiary, CBL Asset Management, has created Latvia’s first pension plan whose pension savings are invested in businesses which are the most sustainable in their respective industries. Therefore Latvia now has the first pension plan based on responsible investments, BC learned from the CBL Asset. The new pension plan, “CBL Sustainable Opportunity Investment Plan”, has also been published on the manapensija.lv site, and anyone can apply. This pension plan…

Coalition wants more time to discuss Prosecutor General’s position

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Several ruling coalition politicians on May 20 avoided expressing a concrete position on Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns’ (New Conservative Party) suggestion to assess Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers’ suitability for the post; the coalition is planning to return to the issue after a week, on May 27. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told reporters after the coalition’s weekly meeting that not all coalition members had acquainted themselves with Bordān’s reasons, and discussions about the proposal…

Little green birds are back online at Latvian military base

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Green Crows are back, and everyone is invited to watch. As we reported last year, it might seem like a shocking security breach that tiny concealed cameras are broadcasting live pictures from inside a restricted Latvian military facility, but it’s all done for a very laudable reason: the showcase the role of military zones as important wildlife habitats. Green crows are actually not carrion birds at all but known in English as European…

Probes continue into 15 MPs who have applied for security clearances

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Constitutional Protection Bureau continues probing fifteen Saeima members who have applied for security clearances, the bureau informed LETA. So far, 27 Saeima members have been issued security clearances. Probes into fifteen more MPs still continue, while another sixteen Saeima members who require security clearances have not yet applied to the Constitutional Protection Bureau. 36 MPs do not need security clearances in their work. Six Saeima members have been denied…