President suggests restricting non-EU language TV
Latvian President Egils Levits has suggested supplementing the bill on Amendments to the Electronic Mass Media Law to include a stipulation that TV service providers must provide subscribers with TV programs distributed in Latvia as part of the basic program package, and if additional TV programs are included, then at least 80% of them should contain content originally created in a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) official language, according to the Chancery of the President of Latvia on February 11.
Latvia and Finland sign armored vehicle system agreement
Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks and Finnish Defense Minister  Antti Kaikkonen signed a technical agreement on developing a common army mobility system based on the Finnish-made Patria 6x6 armored wheeled combat vehicle, according to both defense ministries on January 29.
Defense minister: abandoning Iraq would have dramatic consequences
Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For!) told Latvian Radio on January 14 the Latvian government decided to extend the mandate for the National Armed forces to continue participation in the international operation in Iraq battling Daesh, and on January 15 he spoke on LTV’s morning broadcast “Rīta Panorāma” about the significance of the mission and Latvia’s participation.
Latvian soldiers avoid injury in Iran attack on US military base in Iraq
One of the US air bases in Iraq that suffered from an Iranian missile attack on the morning of January 8 also contained six Latvian soldiers, who were unharmed in the attack, Defense Ministry Representative Kaspars Galkins said on Latvian Television’s “Rīta Panorāma” broadcast the same morning.
Latgale independence centenary to be marked with celebrations
Several celebratory events have been organized to celebrate the Latgale independence centenary by the Ministry of Defense (MOD) and National Armed Forces, including the National Guard 3rd Latgale brigade, in cooperation with municipal governments in Latgale, according to the Ministry on December 31.
Polish soldier dies at Camp Ādaži
A Polish soldier in Latvia as part of NATO's defensive presence has died at the Ādaži military base near Rīga, Latvia's Defense Ministry said in an announcement December 15.
State institutions and politicians experience cyber attack
The Information Technology Security Incident Response Institution Cert.lv announced on Friday, December 13 that over the last few days several state institution employees and politicians have experienced targeted cyber attacks using phishing emails purporting to be from the Russian embassy, formatted as a reply to previous correspondence.
Defense Ministry releases some research
According to the Ministry of Defense, new research it has conducted shows that 80% of respondents to a survey believe that in the case of a national-scale threat they would be most concerned about knowing where to turn for information.
Source of army information leak identified
Defense officials have identified a person involved in leaking text messages which included restricted information, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For!) said in an interview with the LETA news agency November 24.
NATO ships clear more than 50 mines from Baltic Sea
November 14 saw the conclusion of the Joint Hod ops (Historical Ordnance Disposal Operation) exercise organized by NATO's 1st Standing Anti-Mine Squad and the Baltic Minesweeper Squadron (BALTRON) which began November 4.
A day in the life of Latvian Naval Forces patrol ship “Rēzekne”
Latvian Radio has recently visited a Naval Forces patrol ship, and reported November 11 on spending a working day with one of the ship's crew. They found out what the objectives are for modern patrol ships, why recruits choose the sea, how the ship's cooks prepare food during storms and what soldiers think about civilian rescue operations.
Study highlights fears around migration and terrorism
Latvian Institute of International Affairs researcher Sintija Broka highlights Latvian residents' fears related to migration and terrorism during the regional discussion cycle “How Safe Do You Feel in Europe?”.