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PM Kariņš says red tape must not limit action in emergencies
Latvian society should stop being "servants of the letter" (implying following bureaucratic rules even in extraordinary situations), Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said in an interview on Latvian Television January 25.
Former minister Gundars Bērziņš dies aged 63
Politician and former finance and health minister Gundars Bērziņš passed away on Sunday, January 8 at the age of 63, according to the LETA newswire, citing social media posts by the deceased's colleagues.
LTV's De Facto: MPs hesitant to stall top state officials' salary rise
In October, the story of the expected rapid increase in wages for political positions drew a lot of attention. A public initiative was submitted about the freezing of top state officials' salaries. The initiative has been transferred to the government, which should respond more than four months later, Latvian Television's De Facto reported on January 8.
Year-end party ratings revealed
Three months after the October 1 Saeima elections, the party that received the most votes, New Unity (JV), has seen a drop in its political ratings, Latvian Television reports.
Climate and Energy Ministry begins work
The newly created Ministry of Climate and Energy has begun work in Latvia, where putting a brake on planned increases in electricity distribution rates is defined as the first emergency work. Long-term objectives are also outlined, Latvian Radio reported on January 3.
Ušakovs acquitted of using unauthorized video camera
Riga City Court on Wednesday, December 21, acquitted Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Nils Ušakovs (Harmony) in the first instance of secretly storing an unauthorized video surveillance device at a time when he was mayor of Rīga, LETA and Latvian Radio reported.
Government: Budget should be ready for Saeima in February
The new Latvian coalition government agreed on a schedule for its spending plans on December 20, which foresees the budget for 2022 being delivered to the Saeima for debate and approval in early February 2022.
For Stability! party gets warning from State Security Service
The State Security Service (VDD) has issued a warning to the political party For Stability! in connection with statements made by its members in an interview with information channels used for Russian and Belarusian propaganda purposes, the Service said on December 20.
Government supports creation of Climate and Energy Ministry
At the meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday, December 20, the Cabinet approved the draft order on the reorganization of the Ministry of Economics (EM) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM), and the creation of a new Ministry of Climate and Energy from January 1, 2023.
LTV's De Facto asks what ministers think of new government declaration
Last Wednesday, the second government of Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) was finally approved after two and a half months of negotiations. The main document listing the work to be done is the government declaration, with 328 points and numerous deviations. The 'De Facto' broadcast of Latvian Television asked the new ministers about the contents and thoughts on the document December 18.
Edvards Ratnieks elected vice-mayor of Rīga
On Wednesday, December 14, Riga City Council deputies elected the representative of the faction of the National Alliance/Latvian Regional Alliance, Edvards Ratnieks, as the vice-mayor of Rīga.
Incoming Latvian government reveals its 'economic transformation' ambition
The three political forces forming the incoming Latvian government – "Jaunā Vienotība" (New Unity, JV), "Apvienotais saraksts" (United List, AS) and "Nacionālā apvienība" (National Alliance, NA) released the texts December 13 of their joint government declaration, cooperation agreement and fiscal discipline agreement. 
Party ratings for November show few big shifts
More than a month after the 14th Saeima elections, which were held on October 1, there's was little major to report in terms of changes of political allegiance in November, according to the latest polling data conducted by the research center SKDS, commissioned by Latvian Television (LTV). 
Parties hesitant to introduce deputy ministers in Latvia
Next week, a vote in the Saeima on the approval of the next government is expected. It is planned that the amendments to the Law on the formation of the Ministry of Climate and Energy and the introduction of deputy ministers' offices will come into force a day before that. However, at least for the time being, the parties have abandoned the plan of deputy ministers, Latvian Television reported on December 8.
United List names its minister candidates
The political association United List (AS) has chosen their ministerial candidates as the last of the three coalition parties, AS said on Tuesday, December 6.
Rinkēvičs: Letting TV Rain into Latvia was correct
Allowing the Russian television channel “TV Rain” or “Dozhdj” to take shelter from Kremlin censorship and to work in Latvia was the right decision, the Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs told Latvian Television on December 5, adding that the channel should be held responsible for providing assistance to the Russian army.
PM Kariņš: Tax system changes are not expected
The new coalition forming the next government has agreed not to change the tax system in times of crisis, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said in an interview on Latvian Television November 30.
Court rejects Lembergs' claim for 'health damage' in prison
On November 23, the administrative district court in Riga rejected the application of former Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs for the recovery of €100,000 in a dispute with the state regarding harm to health, which the applicant believes was done when he was in prison.
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