Though since April, amendments to the Citizenship Law have allowed for the waiving of Latvian citizenship to persons who have provided different kinds of support to aggressor states, Russian billionaire Pyotr Aven who has been included in the European Union sanctions lists since February, remains a Latvian citizen, Latvian Television's broadcast De Facto reported on September 25.
If the “New Unity” association (JV) gets into the 14th Saeima, the easiest cooperation in forming the coalition would be with the current coalition partners, the current Prime Minister and JV's Prime Minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš said in an interview to LETA on September 25.
With just one week until Latvia's 14th Saeima elections take place on October 1, Latvian television and the SKDS pollster have released a final poll of the voting intentions of the public.
Minister of Finance Jānis Reirs (New Unity) has issued an order regarding the initiation of disciplinary proceedings and the suspension of the Director General of the State Revenue Service, Ieva Jaunzeme, Finance Ministry said in a statement on September 15.
The Prime Ministers of the Baltic states scooped an award in Germany September 4. Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas , Latvia's Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and Lithuania's Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė were all on hand in Berlin to receive the 2022 Hayek Prize awarded by the Friedrich-August-von-Hayek-Foundation.
The Central Election Commission (CVK) said September 1 it was removing the candidacies of two people who wanted to run in the Saeima elections on October 1.
Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, 761 Russian nationals' residence permits have been annulled, according to Citizenship and Migration Affairs Office (PMLP) information, LETA reported August 31.
A profusion of political parties have a realistic chance of securing seats in the next Saeima, Latvia's unicameral parliament, according to the latest polling data produced for Latvian Television by the SKDS pollster.
On August 30, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš participates in the Baltic Energy Security Summit in Copenhagen, alongside European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, and the heads of government of Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland and Sweden.
Due to the inaction of the Daugavpils City Council and its Mayor Andrejs Elksniņš (Harmony) in dismantling occupation-glorifying objects, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM) is considering the possibility of dismissing the City Council, VARAM said on August 29.
In an unexpected move that immediately injected interest into Latvia's election season, a Latvian Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has announced that she is switching her party allegiance with immediate effect.
Political parties in Latvia are in campaign mode in the lead-up to October's parliamentary elections, but LTV's De Facto investigative show suggested on August 21 that some of the newer and smaller contenders have found imaginative ways of meeting the necessary criteria to field candidates.
This summer, changes to the law took effect, depriving Russian and Belarusian companies of voting rights in Latvian companies. This prohibition also applies to “Latvijas Gāze” (LG), the subsidiary of which is responsible for the distribution of gas in Latvia. According to Latvian Television's investigative broadcast De Facto, the Russian company Gazprom has nevertheless participated in recent meetings of LG shareholders.
The coalition agreed on Tuesday, August 16, that Russian citizens will only be allowed to renew temporary residence permits on rare occasions, Latvian Radio reported.
The Latvian government plans to decide on the possible discontinuation of renewals of visas and residence permits for Russian and Belarusian citizens. Parliamentary secretary of the Foreign Ministry Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica told Latvian Radio on August 16 that this would not apply in all cases the same.
The Saeima has decided to transfer the collective initiative “For a Unified Society without the Russian Union” to the Saeima National Security Commission for further evaluation, according to information from the Saeima on August 11.
With the next Saeima elections approaching fast on October 1, political parties continue to jostle for position. According to the lastest poll conducted by SKDS for Latvian Television, the top three positions remained unchanged in July and a large proportion of voters were still undecided or apathetic.
Latvia's largest business association, the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LTRK) together with Latvia's largest employers' organization, the Latvian Confederation of Employers (LDDK) on July 20 presented joint recommendations for the economic programs of political parties in the context of parliamentary elections taking place on October 1.
The Prosecutor General's Office has filed an appeal against the May verdict of the Riga Latgale Suburb Court acquitting businessman Viesturs Tamužs and Saeima deputy Atis Zakatistovs of fraud charges, the LETA news agency reports.
Oppsition political party the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS) has nominated Aivaras Lembergs, a businessman and politician sent to jail for corruption, as its preferred Prime Minister in upcoming parliamentary elections in Latvia.
Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said July 13 he had tested positive for Covid-19 and would be altering his schedule accordingly.
The 14th Saeima elections take place on October 1, and from Wednesday, July 13 the Central Election Commission (CVK) will start accepting party candidate lists.
The Chairman of the Daugavpils City Council, Andrejs Elksniņš (Harmony party), attended a Belarusian Independence Day celebration hosted by a diplomatic representative of the Lukashenko regime held at the restaurant of the hotel "Latgola" on Tuesday, the television channel "ReTV" and the Internet portal "Chayka" report.
With the next Saeima elections approaching fast on October 1, political parties continue to jostle for position. According to the lastest poll conducted by SKDS for Latvian Television, there are as yet no major swings evident in political support, with the top three positions remaining unchanged and a large proportion of voters still undecided or apathetic.
In the new heating season, the government plans to partially cover the increase in heating for all households, as agreed at the coalition meeting on June 20.
Below you will find a link to the 3 Seas Summit press conference featuring the presidents of Latvia, Poland and Romania on the official event website.
As a result of inflation and especially energy price increases, the State intends to provide support to the population, and it is intended to raise funds in the state budget and borrow in international markets, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said June 15 said after meeting with the President Egils Levits.
The campaign materials by the Latvia First (LPV) party association and its head Ainars Šlesers are considered to be agitation, as found by the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) on June 10. KNAB identified violations of the campaign during the investigation and will decide on the application of the administrative penalty.
The state regime and the people of Belarus are two different things. It is necessary to continue to support the Belarusians who are opposed to the Alexander Lukashenko regime, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the democratic movement of Belarus, told Latvian Television on June 8.