Posts tagged as law

Von der Leyen seeks to secure EU top job at parliament

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Outgoing German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday set out her political objectives on a greener, gender-equal Europe where the rule of law continues to hold sway, in an attempt to woo enough legislators at the European Parliament to secure the job of European Commission President The Christian Democrat of the European People’s Party is seeking to become the first woman to hold perhaps the most important post…

Estonia transposes directive on protection of EU financial interests into national law

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Estonian government at a sitting on Thursday decided to amend the Penal Code and relating laws to transpose into national legislation two directives of the European Union — one on the protection of the Union’s financial interests and the other on the rights of minors who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings. By adopting the EU directives, investigating crimes with an adverse effect on the Union’s financial…

Latvian Saeima’s committee refuses to reduce excise tax for beer

Thursday, June 27, 2019

On Thursday, 27 June, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee decided to not support the proposal to reduce excise tax for beer. With the expected reduction of excise tax for strong alcohol, the proposal to reduce excise tax for beer was submitted separately by three sides – Latvia’s Agriculture Minister Kaspars Gerhards, Saeima deputy Armands Krauze and non-party deputies Aldis Gobzems, Didzis Šmits, Jūlija Stepaņenko, Linda Liepiņa and Karina Sprūde. Politicians…

Lithuania passes law on relocation of people of Lithuanian descent from crisis zones

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Seimas adopted on Friday a law opening the way for using public funds to help people of Lithuanian descent to move from humanitarian crisis zones to Lithuania. The Law on the Relocation of Persons to the Republic of Lithuania was passed unanimously with 96 votes and is to come into force in June. Those eligible for relocation will include Lithuanian citizens, people of Lithuanian descent and those who would…

Riga mayor breaking law by withholding Rigas Satiksme audit report

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs is breaking the law by withholding the audit report on Rigas Satiksme municipal transport company from the ministry, Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce (For Development/For) believes, citing LETA. The minister told LETA that the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry is entitled to receive the audit report on the financial situation in Rigas Satiksme because the ministry is the local authority’s supervisor and the refusal…

It is not correct to complain to embassies about internal matters – Raimonds Vejonis

Thursday, January 31, 2019

In an interview on the LNT television channel this morning, President Raimonds Vejonis said that it is not correct for parties to complain about internal political problems to foreign embassies. The President agreed that rule of law must be strengthened in Latvia, but that this must be done internally, and that proposals must first come from the Justice Ministry. He also reminded that once a person becomes an elected official,…

Latvian president announces law on publication of KGB files

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

On Tuesday, 16 October, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis announced the law on publication of Latvian KGB files, as confirmed by the entry in Latvian Herald. The president had previously said that Latvia’s centenary would be the time to put this matter to rest. At the same time, he said that in accordance with Saeima’s decision, the information to be published this year will be incomplete. Names will not tell anything…

France tightens smartphone ban to schoolchildren

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Pupils in France will not be allowed to use their smartphones at school, starting from the new school year according to a ban adopted by the French parliament. French news agency AFP reports that the restriction on smartphones, tablets and other internet devices passed on Monday, July 30, which will apply to pupils up to the age of 14-15, fulfils a campaign pledge by centrist President Emmanuel Macron. The new…

SRS requests commencement of criminal process for smuggling of narcotics

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Latvia’s State Revenue Service has requested commencement of criminal prosecution of a case revolving around smuggling of narcotics in postal packages, as BNN was informed by the service. «SRS Tax and Customs Police has combined a criminal case from 2016 with fourteen other criminal processes launched in relation to smuggling of narcotics in postal packages from Netherlands. A 1982-born Latvian citizen was stated as the recipient in all of those…

Canada legalises recreational cannabis use

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Canada’s parliament has passed a law legalising the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. The Cannabis Act passed its final hurdle on Tuesday in a 52-29 vote in the Senate. The bill controls and regulates how the drug can be grown, distributed, and sold. Canadians will be able to buy and consume cannabis legally as early as this September. The country is the second worldwide to legalise the drug’s recreational use.…