21 April 2018 sees the coming into force of documents that permanently demarcate the border between Latvia and Russia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release.
They may have control of the reins of power, but most of Latvia's leading politicians generally have fairly humble lives, at least as far as their earnings are concerned, according to official tax declarations for the year 2017.
They may have control of the reins of power, but most of Latvia's leading politicians generally have fairly humble lives, at least as far as their earnings are concerned, according to official tax declarations they have submitted recently.
Ensuring transparent elections is a priority for Facebook, Jēkabs Straume, the head of Latvia's Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) said following a meeting with the social network’s representatives on April 13, reported Latvian Radio.
Latvian officials have expressed condolences to Algeria about the fatal April 11 plane crash of a military plane that saw more than 250 people die in what was the country's worst-ever air disaster.
The Environment Ministry, also tasked with supervising local councils, has threatened to sack the Ķekava municipal council due to violations, the ministry told the press April 11.
The Riga City Council on April 9 cancelled the limit on the number of questions councilors can pose in council meetings, a move which had already been reversed by Environment Minister Kaspars Gerhards.
President of the United States of America Donald J. Trump played host to the Presidents of the three Baltic states, plus their entourages, at the White House in Washington, D.C. March 3.
Latvia's president and other officials were en route to Washington D.C. April 2 ahead of a summit meeting involving all three Baltic presidents and U.S. President Donald J. Trump on april 3.
Russia will expel one Latvian diplomat from the country, who will have to leave the country by April 6, Foreign Ministry spokesman Gints Jegermanis told the LETA newswire March 30.
On 27 March 2018, Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the start of its latest grant project competition, "Support for development cooperation project in recipient countries selected by the Republic of Latvia".
The opposition walked out of an extraordinary meeting of the Riga City Council on Monday as the members of the ruling coalition in the city council adopted new restrictions on the questions that the councilors can asked at the local council meeting.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said March 26 Latvia would be expelling a Russian diplomat for activities not consistent with their duties and in a show of solidarity with the United Kingdom in response to the Skripal poisoning case.
In solidarity with the United Kingdom and other European Union member states, Latvia will decide on the expulsion of suspected Russian security service operatives working under diplomatic cover, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (Unity) told Latvian Radio March 23.
The Latvian parliament on March 22 passed in the final reading amendments to the Education Law and the Law on General Education under which schools of ethnic minorities will have to start gradual transition to Latvian-only secondary education in the 2019/2020 academic year.
Incumbent Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis will be the prime ministerial candidate for the Greens and Farmers Union political grouping (ZZS) ahead of parliamentary elections to take place in October, Armands Krauze, a leading member of the ZZS in his capacity as leader of the Latvian Farmers Union (LZS) sub-party confirmed March 23.
At a meeting in Brussels on 22 March, the governments of the Baltic countries and Poland as well as the President of the European Commission, said there would be synchronization of the electricity networks of the Baltic states with the continental European system by 2025.
Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis finally decided to congratulate Vladimir Putin on being reelected as the Russian President, reported the LETA newswire.
On 20 March, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the Development Cooperation Policy Plan for 2018 drawn up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The plan sets out concrete measures for putting into practice Latvia’s Development Cooperation Policy Guidelines for 2016–2020 and has a strong emphasis on support for Ukraine.
The Latvian Foreign Ministry has advised the British Council in Russia and the BBC's Russian Service that they would be very welcome if they want to set up shop in Latvia after being expelled from Russia, the LETA newswire reported March 20.
The number of voters turning out for the Russian presidential election in Latvia last weekend dropped by 5 percent from the previous election, LETA was told at the Russian Embassy in Riga, March 19.
New investigations by LTV's De Facto investigative news show and Re:Baltica, the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, have raised serious questions about the ways in which Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs publicizes himself via social media and the associated costs of doing so.
Latvia's interior police force, the Security Police, warn there are risks of cyber attacks prior to the parliamentary elections in the fall. Ints Ulmanis, deputy head of the Security Police, told LTV's De Facto March 19 that IT systems have to be well-prepared before the election, and that there may be website hacks and leaks of sensitive information as Latvia gears up for the October 6 election.
Latvia's government on March 16 issued a reminder that four years on from Russia's illegal annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, nothing has changed as fr as recognition of the aggression is concerned.
The Saeima Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee on March 14 agreed to advance the adoption of a bill that would limit the number of times a person can serve as Bank of Latvia governor to two consecutive terms.
Latvia's government on March 13 said it fully supported the United Kingdom in its stand-off with Russia over what are believed to be attempts by Russian agencies to carry out chemical assassinations on UK soil.
Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis met with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday, March 9, in Vilnius as part of a series of meetings between the premiers of the Baltic states and Poland.
The head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis, will visit Latvia on September 24 this year, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis confirmed March 9.
European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said March 8 the ECB was asking the European Court of Justice to assess the situation with regard to whether or not Latvian central bank governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs can carry out his duties as a member of the ECB's governing council.
Saeima on March 8 voted down a proposal, filed by the Latvian Association of Regions, to hold a vote of no confidence in Economics Minister Arvils Ašeradens (Unity).