Posts tagged as Latvia

Latvian neo-Nazi on trial in Finland for alleged New Year bomb plot

Friday, January 17, 2020

Finnish national broadcaster YLE and news daily Iltalehti report that the trial has started in Helsinki of a neo-Nazi from Latvia who is accused of plotting to detonate a bomb at New Year celebrations in 2018. “Helsinki District Court began hearings in a case Thursday in which a 22 year-old man is charged with planning to explode a homemade bomb on a crowded central Helsinki street during 2018 New Year’s Eve celebrations,” …

Foreign investors say Latvian investment climate in 2019 still “average”

Friday, January 17, 2020

Introducing the Index, researcher Dr. Arnis Sauka said foreign investors had revealed they were more prepared to increase their investments in Latvia than in previous years, and that while this was certainly positive news, Latvia was still lagging behind both Estonia and Lithuania. According to investors, Latvia’s investment climate in 2019 was still seen as average, reaching 2.6 points out of five, which is an improvement by only 0.1 point in comparison…

Weather to remain warm in Latvia at week’s end

Friday, January 17, 2020

At the end of the week the sky in Latvia will become clear and the sun will shine. No precipitation is expected. However, a low atmospheric pressure area will approach the country from the west during weekends, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. Meteorologists warn that drivers need to be cautious because visibility will be poor and roads may be slippery at night. Wind will draw in…

Prime minister affirms possibility of carrying oil supplies for Belarus through Latvia

Friday, January 17, 2020

During his meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko on Thursday, 16 January, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš affirmed that oil supplies for Belarus may be possible using Latvia’s ports. After speaking with Lukashenko, Kariņš told journalists that when developing mutual economic relations the most logical decision is focusing on transports and logistics, because the two countries in question already have relations in these two sectors. «On the one hand, it…

Latvian PM Kariņš visits Belarus

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Prime Minister to meet with A. Lukashenko and S. Roumas during his working visit to Belarus, according to mk.gov.lv. High on the agenda are preparations for Latvia and Belarus’ joint hosting of the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2021 (Slogan: “Passion. No borders.”  ) “Latvia is interested in maintaining good neighbourly relations and closer economic cooperation with Belarus. The Ice Hockey World Championship, organised jointly by Latvia and Belarus in…

Bizarre 1990s Kinder egg court case continues in Latvia

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The court case involving the young boy, who is now a middle-aged man with visible gray hairs, began a few years after the crime was committed. In the first case he was acquitted, but the prosecutor’s office has said with suitably Kafka-esque certainty that the proceedings must continue. “Currently the prosecutor’s office has asked us to verify all of the testimonies from 1995 and 1994. We’re currently doing that, reading the case…

Latvia: State Police Chief steps down

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens (KPV LV) announced that after 40 years of service State Police Chief Ints Ķuzis will leave the force, according to LTV on January 15. “At the end of each year I evaluate what has been accomplished, what has been done, and think about the work that needs to be done in the next year. At the end of last year, I decided to leave the force,”…

Latvia: Wine producers demand additional tax breaks

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture indicated that the proposal needs to be discussed further to make sure the industry isn’t being given privileged treatment. The  Finance Ministry   (FM) also expresses apprehension that the tax reductions would decrease the shadow economy. “The Finance Ministry is cautious in considering the expansion for this regime for several reasons – previously evaluated regimes haven’t reached their defined results,” said FM Direct Taxation Department Director…

European Commission Vice-President Suica to visit Latvia on Friday

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The European Commission’s Vice-President for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Suica is scheduled to make a visit to Latvia this Friday, LETA was told at the EU Commission’s Representation in Latvia. During her visit, Suica will meet with President Egils Levits and Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity). The EU commissioner also plans to meet with representatives of the Demographic Affairs Center and participate in an event dedicated to the opening…

Mērsrags mushroom discovery a first for Latvia

Monday, January 13, 2020

Ieva Kukle-Ozoliņa was taking inventory of the forest Mērsrags at the end of October when she accidentally noticed the interesting beige-colored, spiny mushroom by sheer luck on a bed of conifer needle debris. “Very beautiful. I tried to photograph it as well as possible to preserve the beauty,” said the mushroom discoverer. Although now the mushroom more resembles wet cotton, it seem continue to grow. At first Kukle-Ozoliņa searched for…