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Monday, 31.08.2015, 09:43
Estonian millionaire Oleg Ossinovski, who may be implicated in a bribery affair where Latvijas Dzelzcels CEO Ugis Magonis has been detained and suspended from his job, is acquainted with a number of high-ranking Latvian politicians, newspaper Diena wrote oin August 28th, cites LETA.
Keyword tags: Corruption, Estonia, Latvia, Legislation, Railways, Transport
The Register of Enterprises has decided not to enter the Russian state-owned information agency Russia Today in the list of representations registered in Latvia, the Register of Enterprises told LETA.
Public Prosecutor Laura Feldmanis gave a press conference on Friday, explaining that the investigation on alleged systemic taking of bribes by the Port of Tallinn executives is linked to Esteve terminal and HTG Invest, long-term partners of the Port of Tallinn, writes LETA/Postimees Online.
Maris Leja, the prosecutor on one of the criminal cases on the so-called Latvenergo bribery affair, is demanding jail sentences for the former Latvenergo Vice President Aigars Melko, the company's former Technical Director Gunars Cvetkovs, and company Energy Consulting head Andrejs Livanovics, informs LETA.
Latvian Construction Control Office: 89% educational establishments are in excellent or good condition28.08.2015
The State Construction Control Office in Latvia had inspected 261 educational establishments in Latvia by August 25, which is 40% of all buildings the office has visited so far this summer. The majority of the inspected educational establishments, 89%, are either in excellent or good condition, according to the office.
Lithuania's Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevicius, who is paying an official visit to Indonesia, says that the country is very interested in Lithuania's renewable energy sector, informs LETA/ELTA.
During an emergency meeting on August 27th, the government of Latvia discussed budget cuts in 2016 and agreed that ministries' spending would be reduced 3% or EUR 12.4 million in total, but spending cuts will not concern four priorities – defense, security, healthcare, and education, informs LETA.
At the cabinet meeting on August 27th, the Government members in Estonia were given an overview of the current state of preparations for the European Union presidency, reports LETA, referring to the Government Press Office.
Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Unity) told Latvian Radio today that Latvia too could build a fence in some areas bordering Russia, reports LETA.
Lithuanian president: government is responsible for the loss of EU funding for the Rail Baltica signalling system
President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite says the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Government are responsible for the loss of European funding for the Rail Baltica signalling system. Moreover, the inability to prepare attractive funding project for Brussels shows poor communication with the European Commission (EC), writes LETA/ELTA.
United States officials have confirmed on the phone to the agriculture minister that Lithuania will receive permits to export meat products across the Atlantic, reports LETA/ELTA.
After visiting Vilijampole social care home Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite said that its management exerted pressure on staff and forced them to lie, reports LETA/ELTA.
The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal said he is convinced that despite the corruption case at the Port of Tallinn, the procurement of ferries is not at risk, writes LETA/Postimees Online.
The Jelgava dairy plant Latvijas piens is starting to expand its export market thus, in coming months, it plans to increase milk purchased by 50%. The company is paying dairy farmers regularly for the milk received.
By comparing data available from two Russian funds and annual reports of Baltic non-governmental organizations, the Baltic investigative journalism center "Re:Baltica" has found more than forty organizations in the Baltic countries through which at least EUR 1.5 million has been channeled into the Baltic NGO sector from Russia during the past three years, cites LETA.