Gunārs Valdmanis

Gunārs Valdmanis

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Ammo storage facility built in Vaiņode
Ammo storage facility built in Vaiņode

The military have unveiled an ammo storage facility worth close to €7m in Vaiņode, western Latvia. It will supply both local and national units, reported Latvian Radio on December 27.

Officials worried over potential sale of MTG's TV channels
Officials worried over potential sale of MTG's TV channels

Rumors over the sale of Modern Times Group (MTG) TV channels are worrying as such a deal could allow non-friendly forces make headway in the Latvian media space. Furthermore, a deal like that might influence the availability of quality content, say industry officials and experts.

Sources in Brussels say Latvia could secure EU funding post-2020
Sources in Brussels say Latvia could secure EU funding post-2020

It is likely that EU funds available to Latvia following 2020 will not decrease steeply. Sources in Brussels say that possibly most EU cohesion and social policy programs will remain in place following Britain's exit from the EU, reported Latvian Radio Wednesday.

Mandatory dog microchipping postponed
Mandatory dog microchipping postponed

Dogs will have to be microchipped in Latvia starting January 1 next year. The chipping procedure will be carried out by veterinarians and inspectors of Latvia's Food and Veterinary Service (PVD), reported Latvian Radio Monday.

200,000 attend Museum Night
200,000 attend Museum Night

The Museum Night event was attended by about 200,000 people this year. A total of 150 museums threw their doors open in an annual bash that sees Latvia's temples of knowledge work until late at night throughout the country, reported Latvian Radio Sunday.

Steelworks properties being auctioned
Steelworks properties being auctioned

Several properties of the troubled metallurgical company KVV Liepajas metalurgs are being auctioned starting May 9 to cover the company's debts, reported Latvian Radio Monday.

Regulator warns gas giant over access to infrastructure
Regulator warns gas giant over access to infrastructure

Latvia's energy regulator, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (SPKR), has issued a warning to gas utility Latvijas Gaze about denying the Latvenergo power supply company access to infrastructure that would allow buying gas from Lithuania, reported Latvian Radio Thursday.

Latvia to help manage Ukraine's forests
Latvia to help manage Ukraine's forests

Ukraine is hoping for a closer cooperation in transport and wants help in carrying out massive reforms in the forestry industry, the Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) and Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk told Latvian Radio Friday.

New details about Rail Baltica revealed
New details about Rail Baltica revealed

The developers of the Rail Baltica high-speed rail line have worked out more than 500 technical solutions for tailoring the railway to the country's roads, power lines and other man-made and natural objects, reported Latvian Radio Wednesday.

State Audit Agency examines flaws in E-Health project
State Audit Agency examines flaws in E-Health project

In a utility revision, the State Audit Agency (VK) has pointed out that the so-called E-Health (e-veselība) project has been planned and managed incompetently, and has pointed out that the state risks having to return the €11.3m EU funding for the project, announced Controller General Elita Krūmiņa on Tuesday, saying that a total of €14.5m have been invested in the project.

Russian food safety watchdog's fish ban made formal
Russian food safety watchdog's fish ban made formal

Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Rosselkhoznadzor’s ban on Latvian processed fish products is official and in effect as of June 4, announced the state Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) on its own website Thursday.