Jānis Kincis

Jānis Kincis

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KNAB reminds public to be on guard for election deepfakes
KNAB reminds public to be on guard for election deepfakes
In the last days before the European Parliament elections, the emergence of deepfakes for or against a candidate cannot be ruled out, law enforcement officials say. If you spot artificial campaign material, you should report it to the State Police or the State Security Service, Latvian Radio reports.
Rēzekne city council's dismissal legally unjustified, Saeima lawyers warn
Rēzekne city council's dismissal legally unjustified, Saeima lawyers warn
The arguments in the project on the dismissal of the Rēzekne City Council in financial difficulties, prepared by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) and supported by the Government, are insufficient and the State would lose in case of legal proceedings, warns the Legal Bureau of the Saeima.
Saeima committee pores over booze sale rule changes
Saeima committee pores over booze sale rule changes
The Social and Labor Affairs Committee of the Saeima has expressed support for legal changes that would ban the sale of alcoholic beverages on weekdays and Saturdays between the hours of 20:00 and 10:00. However, another proposal to prohibit retail alcohol sales on Sundays from 15:00 was not supported.
Municipal leaders will be subject to more security checks
Municipal leaders will be subject to more security checks
Local government officials will need a special permit for access to state secrets, the Saeima decided on Thursday, March 21, endorsing in the final reading amendments to the law proposed by the President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs.
Latvia-Belarus border to be under enhanced surveillance again
Latvia-Belarus border to be under enhanced surveillance again
Once again, the flow of migrants from Belarus to Latvia is increasing. Less than a month after an increased border protection mode was suspended, the Ministry of the Interior will encourage it to reinstate it, Latvian Radio reported Monday, March 4.
Rīga promises biowaste containers in coming months
Rīga promises biowaste containers in coming months
As of March 1 in Rīga it is mandatory to install biodegradable waste sorting containers near apartment buildings. So far, this has been partly satisfactory, with around 2,000 organic waste containers installed and another 5,000 needed. They will be introduced in the coming months, Latvian Radio reported.
Public urged to be cautious traveling outside EU, NATO member states
Public urged to be cautious traveling outside EU, NATO member states
The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is warning that not only people mentioned on Russia's reported 'wanted list' but by anyone from Latvia considering going outside EU and NATO member states to third countries should consider their situation carefully.
Latvian political parties not yet ready with EP election lists
Latvian political parties not yet ready with EP election lists
Political forces are still preparing lists of candidates for starting in the European Parliament (EP) elections. This process is characterized by the attraction of non-political candidates, internal competition, as well as pending decisions, Latvian Radio reported January 15.
Listing public companies to be discussed by Latvian government
Listing public companies to be discussed by Latvian government
The long-debated idea in Latvia to list shares of state-owned companies on the stock exchange will soon be on the government's table. The first company that could end up on the stock exchange is airBaltic. When others get there is not quite clear, Latvian Radio reported on January 9.
Passport issue fees might not double after all
Passport issue fees might not double after all
The passport issue fee will increase this year, but not double, as it was announced late last year, Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (New Unity) said at a meeting of the Saeima Parliamentary Inquiry Committee January 3.
Bank asks politicians to reassess nationalization of 'Moscow House'
Bank asks politicians to reassess nationalization of 'Moscow House'
In a letter to the Saeima, the commercial bank “Rietumu Banka” has invited the parliament to reassess the nationalization plans of the 'Moscow House' in Rīga, Marijas Street 7, warning about the consequences for Latvian merchants whose assets are located in Russia. The Commission responsible could assess this aspect, but not delay the takeover of the Moscow House, Latvian Radio reported on January 2.
General practitioners concerned about service maintenance
General practitioners concerned about service maintenance
At the end of this year, the contract of general practitioners (GPs) with the National Health Service (NVD) expires. Not all GPs have signed a new one yet, since according to  Alise Nicmane-Aišpure, President of the Association of General Practitioners of Latvia, no association requirement has been implemented, Latvian Radio reported December 28.
Latvia plans to reclaim 'Moscow House' and give it to Ukraine
Latvia plans to reclaim 'Moscow House' and give it to Ukraine
The Saeima will advance a law on the acquisition of the so-called Moscow House building in Riga, Marijas Street 7, into state ownership for approval in January. If this happens, the building is intended to be used to assist Ukraine or to be given to Ukraine, Latvian Radio reported on December 12.
Istanbul convention ratified by Saeima(update)
Istanbul convention ratified by Saeima(update)
On November 30 Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, supported the draft law intended to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Suppression of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, commonly known as the Istanbul Convention.
Rīga restaurant claims Latvia's first Michelin star
Rīga restaurant claims Latvia's first Michelin star
A Latvian restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star for the first time. The Michelin star system is a widely recognized ranking of gastronomic excellence produced by the Michelin Guides publisher.
Opposition MPs question former PM Kariņš' flying habits
Opposition MPs question former PM Kariņš' flying habits
The opposition of the Saeima has drawn attention to the fact that former Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) has used private jets 18 times to go on foreign visits, which has cost 613,000 euros from the state budget. The opposition's submission was examined by the responsible committee, but the matter will not be further raised, Latvian Radio reported Wednesday.
Partnership law to be viewed by parliament next week
Partnership law to be viewed by parliament next week
The Legal Affairs Committee of the Saeima has directed the package of draft laws regarding the introduction of a new legal institute – partnership – to the parliamentary meeting this week and the final reading next week, Latvian Radio reported October 31.
Municipal referendum introduction to be pushed back
Municipal referendum introduction to be pushed back
The Ministry of the Interior has proposed the postponement of the introduction of municipal referendums for two years – until 2026, because it is impossible to get the necessary system ready by January 1. However, during the discussion in the Saeima on Monday, October 30, a compromise was reached – to postpone the introduction of local referendums until September next year, reports Latvian Radio.