La dolce vita beckons for former Latvian politician
Former politician Solvita Āboltiņa is in line to occupy Latvia's diplomatic palazzo in Rome after her candidacy for the position of ambassador to Italy was supported by the Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee, according to information available to Latvian Television (LTV).
PM given a month to report on energy sector controversy
The Latvian parliament or Saeima on June 20 gave Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) a month to prepare a list of officials responsible for introduction of the flawed green energy subsidy system and the so-called Mandatory Purchase Component (MPC) of electricity bills.
Russia delivers entry-ban list in response to Magnitsky law
On Monday, June 18, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs submitted to the Latvian Embassy in Moscow a list of Latvian citizens for whom entry bans to the Russian Federation have been confirmed, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said June 19.
Conservative parties at one another's throats
Latvia's two right-of-center parties, the National Alliance (NA) and the New Conservative Party (JKP) are exchanging blows, with serious yet unproven accusations floated in the media space prior to the October 6 election, reported LTV June 18.
Government moves to tighten up sanctions law
Latvia's cabinet on 12 June approved amendments to the Law On International Sanctions and National Sanctions that should close some existing loopholes and clarify how and where sanctions apply.
Finance Minister endorses new tax chief
Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Greens/Farmers) has nominated Māris Skujiņš, a former board member of Latvian Television, for director-general of the State Revenue Service.
Harmony names potential PM candidate
The Saskaņa (Harmony) party might make Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, former minister and current head of the Certus think tank, its PM candidate for the upcoming October parliamentary election, it said June 4.
More trouble at the Latvian central bank
Turbulent times at the Latvian central bank (Latvijas banka, LB) continued May 24 with Saeima rejecting the candidacy of a prominent LB board member for another term in office.