Posts tagged as law

Failure to wear masks could be penalized in Latvia

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Ministry of Justice (TM) has prepared amendments to the law, which requires the police to impose a warning or a fine of up to €50 to residents for not using mouth and nose covers in public places, the Deputy Secretary of State of TM Laila Medina told LETA October 19. The sanctions apply to the cases where according to Cabinet regulations, mouth and nose covers are mandatory, said Medina.…

To survive Lukashenko is willing to sacrifice his people to the Kremlin

By Zintis Znotiņš on Friday, September 11, 2020

It looks like the problems in Belarus will not go away any time soon. But all in all, nothing has really changed. The protesters are protesting, law enforcement and the government are keeping an eye on and detaining them and Lukashenko is still in power running around with an assault rifle, promising constitutional amendments and belittling protesters. We can also observe some trends that make the situation in Belarus even…

Aged men to serve in Latvia

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, August 31, 2020

Difficult political situation in Europe and unrest in neighbouring Belarus forced Latvian authorities to make strange decisions. Though NATO is thankful to the Baltic States for increasing its defence expenditures, the readiness of their armed forces are disputable and the future of their abilities arise questions. It is no secret, that one of Latvia’s main problem is lack of young people ready to serve in the armed forces. Probably, this…

Reizniece-Ozola: COVID-19 draft law “completely empty”

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Saeima will conceptually view draft legislation to control COVID-19 after June 9. Former Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (ZZS) told Latvian Radio on June 4 that the draft is “empty”. Opposition deputy Dana Reizniece-Ozola acknowledged that there is a need for regulation to transition from emergency to normal life, but the government’s legislation draft is “empty” because it does not specify what support measures for entrepreneurs, employees and those who have…

Seimas committee found that the State Security Department acted lawfully

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The State Security Department (VSD) did not break the law by collecting information about presidential candidates, a Lithuanian parliamentary committee found after investigating allegations against the intelligence agency of meddling in  politics  . However, the VSD must abandon the practice of giving verbal assignments to its staff to vet people, the Seimas’ Committee on National Security and Defence said on Monday. “The committee found that the VSD acted lawfully, in…

President promulgates law to dissolve Rīga City Council

Monday, February 24, 2020

State President Egils Levits on February 24 signed into law the Saeima’s decision to dissolve Rīga City Council, paving the way for fresh municipal elections in the Latvian capital at the end of April. Promulgation of the law was confirmed by the presidential chancellery and comes into force February 25, after which a temporary administration will take over municipal functions until elections are held, most probably on April 25, though the…

International law expert: Estonia joined the ‘real world’ with Iran crisis

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Estonia faces its first serious challenge since starting its two-year stint as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), in the light of the stand-off between the United States and Iran, says Lauri Mälksoo, professor of international law at the University of Tartu. “As for Estonia at the UNSC, this is now the real world, where we will be very visible over the next two years,” Mälksoo…

Lithuanian entrepreneur beats alcohol law with 24-hour ‘storage machine’

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ingenious entrepreneurs have found a way to bypass Lithuania’s strict alcohol sales restrictions. Instead of selling drinks, they have installed automated ‘alcohol storage machines’ where users can ‘borrow’ and ‘store’ alcohol. An MP has proposed to amend the law in order to close the loophole. Five ‘alcohol storage machines’ have been operating in Vilnius for two weeks, the daily Lietuvos Rytas has reported. Registered users can get strong alcoholic drinks…

UK parliamentary speaker warns prime minister to follow law

Friday, September 13, 2019

The speaker of Britain’s lower house of parliament has made it abundantly clear he is not going quietly into retirement. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow used a speech Thursday night to warn Prime Minister Boris Johnson to expect Parliament to take aggressive action to make sure its legislation designed to block a “no-deal” Brexit is respected. He says he will allow “procedural creativity” in making sure Johnson does not…

Lithuania asks US Supreme Court to clarify extradition law

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

An ex-Lithuanian judge jailed in Chicago is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on her pending extradition to Lithuania, where she faces charges linked to her allegations a pedophile network victimized her 4-year-old niece. A 46-page high-court filing by Neringa Venckiene’s (vehn-KEE’-ehn-nayz) lawyers last week argues the Supreme Court hasn’t updated guidance on key aspects of extradition law since the 1800s. It says Venckiene’s case presents a chance…