Posts tagged as Ventspils

Local government representatives will no longer work at Riga and Ventspils freeport

Friday, December 13, 2019

Following the coming into force of amendments to the Law on Ports, representatives of Riga City Council and Ventspils City Council will lose their respective posts in the board of Riga Freeport and Ventspils Freeport, the law states. On Thursday, 12 December, Saeima approved in two readings amendments to the Law on Ports, which provide for changes to the composition of the boards of Riga Freeport and Ventspils Freeport, as…

What is Ventspils Development Agency and what will its members do now?

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Among the organizations against which US Department of Treasury Office for Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) has adopted sanctions is also Ventspils Development Agency (VAA). In accordance with OFAC issued Global Magnitsky General Licence Nr.1, global partners have 30 days to cease all cooperation with this organization. However, among VAA members are multiple companies owned by Ventspils municipality. For years they’ve paid generous fees to VAA. Membership in VAA is not…

The Baltic countries are the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, August 1, 2019

Road accidents, fighting in the streets and in bars, broken shop windows and cars, mountains of garbage, sexual harassment – this is the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. On June 7, 2018, four armored personnel carriers of the US Army, Stryker, collided in a major road accident in the Prienai district. 13 US troops sought medical assistance. Another accident happened on the night of June 9…

Financing sports in Ventspils – borrow money under rules but spend how you want

Saturday, June 8, 2019

This spring, Ventspils City Council released a misleading report that funding of EUR 1.5 million for the construction of a new swimming pool was denied because of the letter sent by opposition deputies to Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee’s Sub-Committee for Sports. In it, opposition deputies question the use of funding allocated for sports. Not it has become known that part of the funding was used in breach of…

Ventspils Musical High School ends up in bribery scandal

Monday, June 3, 2019

A bribe of EUR 7 000 was reportedly given to ensure Ventspils Musical High School is declared compliant with fire safety requirements, as reported by public broadcaster TV3 programme Nekā personīga. Construction of Ventspils Musical High School cost EUR 25 million and the building itself is to be commissioned at the end of June. Internal Security Bureau has acquired information about an attempt to bribe the fire-fighters committee. Investigators waited…

Verbal terror in Ventspils City Council forces opposition to ask government to step in

Friday, April 26, 2019

«We have informed the government that as representatives of Ventspils residents we no longer have any moral and ethical reasons to participate in the work done by the illegal administration of Ventspils City Council. We have told the government that we will not participate in the work of the municipality until the government and authorities have performed measures to stabilize the situation in Ventspils City Council,» as reported by deputies…

Media: Ventspils has a coal dust problem. Who is to blame?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Members of the opposition in Ventspils City Council admit that undesirable side-effects from Ventspils Commercial Port’s activities still exist and need to be dealt with. However, this goal cannot be accomplished without a constructive dialogue and cooperation between companies working at the port, the port’s authority and municipal administration. There is no cooperation to speak of at the moment, and intimidation methods used by the city’s and freeport’s managers do…

Ventspils beach high in popularity this week; Lembergs gets spotlight time as well

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ventspils city ended up in the spotlight in an unusual way this week: seals washed up on the beach in Ventspils. Animal Freedom association emphasizes that human contact with baby seals would hurt them. Residents are asked to maintain at least 50 m distance from them. In spite of recommendations, however, the suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs decided to take photos with baby seals and publish them on his…