Posts tagged as mayor

Riga’s mayor plans to implement most new initiatives without approving the budget

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Riga City Council chairman Oļegs Burovs has issued an order that, according to him, allows for restructuring of the municipality’s finance flow so that it is possible to implement this year’s planned initiatives using the last year’s budget base. Burovs told journalists on Monday, 10 February, that in the light of the recent political developments it has become clear that it is not possible to adopt the 2020 budget with…

Panvežys mayor investigated for corruption

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The mayor of Panevėžys, Lithuania’s fifth-biggest city, is part of an influence peddling investigation by prosecutors and the anti-corruption Special Investigation Service (STT). “STT officials have opened another pre-trial investigation today and brought suspicions of influence peddling against Panevėžys Mayor Rytis Mykolas Račkauskas,” Nida Grunskienė, the chief prosecutor in the region of Panevėžys, told reporters on Monday. The mayor was detained and is forbidden to leave Panevėžys. He is also…

Vilnius mayor wins praise for changing Lithuania’s Holocaust narrative

Friday, November 1, 2019

Remigijus Šimašius, the mayor of Vilnius, has been praised for his efforts to correct the narrative around Lithuanian complicity in the Holocaust at a event organised by the American Jewish Committee (AJC). Earlier this summer, Šimašius oversaw two important decisions regarding Holocaust memory in Lithuania. The first was changing the name of a street honoring Kazys Skirpa, founder of the Lithuanian Activist Front (LAF) resistance organisation, and the second was removing a plaque…

Usakovs has status of suspect in Rigas Satiksme criminal case

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Suspended Riga mayor and newly elected European Parliament lawmaker Nils Usakovs (Harmony) has the status of a suspect in the criminal case investigating procurements at Rigas Satiksme municipal public transport company, the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) confirmed to LETA. Also, KNAB said that during searches in Usakovs’ office, an object of strategic signifcance has been seized by KNAB officials. In line with the Criminal Law, purchase, storage and use of…

City council’s opposition members not to back Burovs for Riga mayor

Friday, June 28, 2019

Opposition members of the Riga City Council are not planning to support Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) party’s candidate for Riga mayor Olegs Burovs, the surveyed politicians told LETA. Vilnis Kirsis, the city council’s New Unity group, said that his party would not back Burovs’ candidacy as real change on the city council can only be achieved through a snap election and not forming a new coalition with Harmony’s current…

I don’t want to lose my job at the whim of some political group – Turlais

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Riga mayor Dainis Turlais (Honor to Serve Riga, GKR) is determined to carry on with his duties and does not want to lose his job “at the whims of some political group”, the politician told LETA. Asked about the reasoning behind the no confidence motion proposed by the Riga City Council’s opposition members, Turlais said that “all politicians want to be good in the eyes of their electorate”, so from…

Dainis Turlais elected Mayor of Riga after nine hour-long discussions

Friday, May 31, 2019

On Thursday, 30 May, members of Riga City Council elected Dainis Turlais from Honour to Serve Riga (HSR) political party as Mayor of Riga. No other candidate was proposed. Turlais was picked by the previous mayor – Nils Ušakovs. 32 deputies of the ruling coalition voted in favour of Turlais, whereas 23 opposition deputies decided to not participate in the vote. «It was far easier for me to do my…

Suspended Mayor of Riga decides takes appeal case to court

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Administrative District Court in Riga has commenced a case following a request from suspended Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs in objection of Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce on his suspension from his post as chairman of Riga City Council, as confirmed by the court. The court explains that the date for the case’s review is unknown at the moment. The exact date will be picked once an…

Puce dismisses Usakovs as Riga mayor

Friday, April 5, 2019

Regional Development and Environmental Protection Minister Juris Puce (For Development/For) has given the order to dismiss Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony) from his post, accroding the official government gazette Latvijas Vestnesis reported last night writes LETA. Puce made the order due to the many violations established in Usakovs’ oversight of the Rigas Satiksme municipal public transportation company. Usakovs has violated various laws and regulations, according to the ministry. Puce’s order…

Mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas to take up MP’s seat

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas announced on Wednesday that he will leave his current position to take up a seat in the new Estonian parliament. Aas announced at the city government’s press briefing that he will take the oath of member of the parliament on Thursday, which effectively means his resignation from the post of mayor from the same day. The duties of mayor will be performed on an ad-interim…