Posts tagged as Riga

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…

Snap elections in Riga would be better than two more years of torment

Monday, June 10, 2019

Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) party is ready for snap elections in the Latvian capital city and considers such a scenario to be better than “two more years of torment”, Riga vice mayor and GKR board member Olegs Burovs says in an interview published in today’s issue of Neatkariga. Commenting on his party’s relations with coalition partner Harmony, Burovs said that during the 2013 elections the two parties were like…

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…

Latvian corruption watchdog detains another ex-official of Riga’s tourism bureau

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

On Tuesday, 26 May, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) detained Riga City Deputy and ex-board member of Riga Tourism Development Bureau (RTDB) Maksims Tolstojs. Tolstojs had been absent from Latvia since 14 May due to his official visit to Russia. He had also submitted a sick leave paper to KNAB. On 13 May, KNAB performed investigative activities, including more than a dozen searches at different addresses. Officers also confiscated…

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…

Fuel prices down in Riga, up in Tallinn and Vilnius

Monday, May 20, 2019

Fuel prices this week have fallen in Riga, but increased in Tallinn and Vilnius. The most expensive 95-octane fuel is in Tallinn, followed by Riga and Vilnius. Meanwhile, the most expensive diesel fuel is in Tallinn, while the lowest – in Vilnius. The price of 95-octane fuel at Circle K gas stations in Riga reached EUR 1.344 per liter this week, while the price of diesel fuel EUR 1.274 per…

Rail Baltic’s ticket from Tallinn to Riga to cost EUR 38

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Rail Baltic’s high-speed train journey from Tallinn to the city center of Riga will take an hour and 42 minutes and the estimated ticket price is EUR 38. There will be a total of four departures per day from Tallinn. “The estimated schedule and ticket price will make the train a serious alternative for plane passengers as well, especially if the destination is the city center of Riga and there…

Officials of Riga Tourism Development Bureau to be probed for embezzlement, fraud other offenses

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) has started a criminal probe against several officials of the municipal foundation Riga Tourism Development Bureau (RTAB) over embezzlement of budget funds, counterfeiting of documents and use of counterfeit documents, as well as fraud, LETA was told at the anti-corruption bureau. As LETA observed, KNAB officers, including operatives in masks, raided the RTAB office on Monday. KNAB representatives confirmed that an urgent operation was under…

US Department of Treasury official Billingslea to visit Riga this week

Monday, May 13, 2019

Marshall Billingslea, the Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the US Department of the Treasury is due to arrive in Riga this weelk, reported LETA/BNS. Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) is scheduled to meet with Billingslea on Thursday, May 16. The meeting will be followed by a press briefing. Billingslea last visited Riga in June 2018 to meet with Latvian officials. After her meeting with the US official, then…

Can you afford to pay all your bills?

Friday, May 10, 2019

In 2018, 6.2 % of the population or around 31 million people in the European Union (EU) were severely materially deprived, informed Eurostat. This means that they cannot afford at least four of the following items, which are considered by most people to be desirable or necessary to lead an adequate life: pay their bills on time; keep their home adequately warm; face unexpected expenses; eat meat (or fish or the vegetarian…