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  • Latvia marks 25 years since independence
    not to run for a second presidential term the first president since Latvia s independence was restored not to do so this will in all likelihood be his last independence day speech as president Berzins reminded listeners that the crisis in southeastern Ukraine began NATO has boosted patrols over Latvian airspace fourfold minesweepers have resumed patrols in the Baltic Sea and the number of allied troops in Latvia has been increased Latvia has also done much to enhance its defense capacity Berzins noted adding that the law now specifies that defense spending must reach two percent of gross domestic product by 2018 I wish to emphasise that Latvia is no less protected than any other NATO member state I have been confirmed this during my meetings with our strategic partners this was also acknowledged during the NATO Summit in Wales and this resolve is proved by our allies actions ever yday the president concluded Inara Murniece the Speaker of the Latvian Parliament the Saeima also made a speech in which she said that although much had been achieved since the restoration of independence Latvia is still some way from the nation that it dreamt of becoming 25 years ago Today we are still moving toward the future Latvia that we were dreaming of 25 years ago Toward a Latvia ruled by the principle of fairness with a more uniform set of values and ideas where the people will consider themselves a capable and strong nation where respect and kindness toward other people will be a matter of course and where every citizen of Latvia will feel safe for him or herself and their future said Murniece adding that much had been achieved already She urged the nation not to be afraid of difficulties as achieving the dream of Latvia will not be easy Still a long way to go Latvia still has to do a lot to eliminate unacceptable defects in the principle of fairness that are commonplace in Latvia said Murniece The authorities have to be equally interested in the protection of the interests of both the wealthy and indigent residents and the principles of justice and social equality have to be equal for all which will also contribute to society s trust in the state said the Saeima speaker After the restoration of independence Latvia much like the other countries in Eastern Europe experienced an unprecedented transition to a market economy said Murniece While our friends in the West and we believed that the economy of Latvia would quickly and successfully adapt to the free market model of the Western democracies the resources remained in the hands of those who had managed them in the Latvian SSR Using the finances of the Communist Party KGB and Komsomol and their networks of contacts the conformists and collaborationists of the soviet era became wealthy businessmen Today we can say that oligarchs although not completely have been ousted from the political administration of the country But in the economy they continue

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  • OECD experts to visit Latvia to assess its readiness to join
    country s priorities Being a member of this organisation will prove that we have successfully joined the world s most developed countries says Kronbergs at the same time expressing gratitude for the high ranking experts decision to meet representatives of Latvian institutions and organisations to assess Latvia s readiness to join the OECD Experts from Switzerland and the Czech Republic and the secretariat of the Task Force on Combating Bribery of Public Officials will assess Latvia s achievements regarding the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions as well as the country s progress in implementing of the recommendations made A delegation of OECD experts will meet representatives from the Justice Ministry the Finance Ministry the Economy Ministry the Foreign Ministry the Prosecutor General s Office the Corruption Prevention Bureau the Financial and Capital Market Commission the Bank of Latvia the State Police the State Revenue Service the Procurement Monitoring Bureau the State Chancellery the State Audit Office non governmental organizations as well as Saeima deputies judges certified auditors and lawyers and media representatives Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is

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  • Thousands of contraband cigarettes found in car belonging to Latvian Embassy in Minsk
    in a diplomatic car owned by the Latvian Embassy in Minsk Belarus LNT television reported on Monday The Latvian Foreign Ministry confirmed that such an incident indeed took place but added that no diplomats were involved the automobile was used by the spouse of one of the maintenance staff The car was detained on the Belarusian Lithuanian border on Sunday evening Lithuanian customs officers asked the driver reveal the contents of the automobile s cargo however the driver refused to follow the orders using diplomatic immunity as an excuse Because of this the customs office contacted a representative of the embassy to carry out a search in their presence Several thousand contraband cigarettes worth 14 400 euros were found in the car An investigation has been launched into the case Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this

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  • 59% of residents of Latvia consider themselves happy: new survey
    Italy and Greece are unhappier than Latvia In Latvia the unhappiest groups of people are senior citizens divorcees and those who are widowed as well as people who live alone and have lower levels of education According to Kaktins 56 percent of people who live alone say they do not feel happy It was also observed that in general the higher the level of education the happier the person is Every third resident of Latvia is afraid of loneliness and 62 percent feel lonely now and then Only 33 percent say that they never feel lonely According to the findings of the survey unhappy people feel that they are not supported by the people around them Of those who say they feel happy none said that they are not supported by other people while 21 5 percent of those who consider themselves unhappy note that they receive no support from other people Those who live alone rate their happiness levels as 5 92 on average whereas those who live with one other person have an average score of 6 8 People who live in groups of three 6 9 and people who live with three or more persons 7 36 People with children tend to be happier than childless people The survey concludes that having a family is important for one s happiness and that people with children and married couples are happier than those who live alone added Kaktins Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s

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  • Latvian healthcare union members to protest insufficient funding today
    may be on the verge of insolvency The union also points out that the proportion of residents with neglected health care needs in Latvia is the highest in the EU that salaries for medical personnel increase only after considerable delays when compared to other sectors and that only 50 percent of graduates from medical universities and colleges seek employment in Latvia However the Latvian Health Minister Guntis Belevics a member of the Greens and Farmers Union political party has claimed that the union have chosen the wrong place and time for a protest during an interview with the Latvian Television show Rita Panorama Healthcare is a national matter for each country it is not only a matter for the European Union the minister said He believes that the Cabinet of Ministers is the right place to voice one s demands while the best time for this would be during talks about next year s budget At the same time the minister said that he will inform the EU s health ministers about the insufficient level of funding for healthcare in Latvia He also repeatedly confirmed that he supports the protesters demands and is ready to stand up for them However it does not make much sense in this context Asking for additional funding will make sense only when the right time comes during budget talks the minister emphasised Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced

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  • Charges brought against eight in Maxima supermarket collapse criminal case
    or had been hired to work as designers while uncertificated had been accused although they declined to reveal who exactly they were referring to According to the statement on the prosecutor office s website the prosecutor s office has launched criminal prosecution of eight persons in the Zolitude case Five persons have been accused of violations of construction rules which resulted in the collapse of the building and three officials are accused of negligence Janis Junkers lawyer for the architect Andris Kalinka who designed the collapsed Maxima supermarket in Zolitude declined to tell LETA whether charges had been brought against Kalinka As previously reported at the beginning of April the State Police asked the prosecutor s office to bring charges against eight persons The police asked the prosecutor s office to charge five persons pursuant to Section 239 of the Criminal Law violations of construction provisions and three other persons with failure to act by a state official Section 319 The police also asked the prosecutor to keep restraints on properties of four legal entities in place The other criminal case on the Maxima supermarket collapse in Zolitude which deals with violations of safety regulations at the supermarket was handed over to the prosecutor s office earlier this week In this case the police want one Maxima employee to be held responsible The total amount of compensation claims in the two cases is over 100 million euros Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia

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  • Prosecution possible for Latvian resident behind online petition to join Russia: Security Police
    The Security Police have not revealed the identity of this person but did confirm that he is not one of the high profile pro Russia activists operating in Latvia The case has since been forwarded to the Riga Prosecutor s Office As reported the Security Police have detained a Latvian resident for organising an online signature drive on www avaaz org campaigning for Latvia to join the Russian Federation The petition was submitted to the U S based www avaaz org last March A criminal process was later started the Security Police detained the man on February 25 and carried out searches at five other addresses The Security Police were able to identify the man despite the fact that he carried out his activities on websites registered outside of Latvia Police have also gathered evidence connecting the man to other online activities aimed at undermining Latvia s sovereignty Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996

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  • Latvian workers in UK town complain of discrimination and bad treatment
    to work outside regular shifts without giving any notice The report conducted between 2013 2015 went on to say If they do not arrive within an hour or two they are penalised with 7 14 days unpaid leave In addition 33 Latvians said they had reported injuries at work and had subsequently been dismissed One example was given of a woman who had her employment terminated after requesting to be transferred to a different department as a result of suffering ill health due to heavy work Other issues included 98 workers not being paid in full for work done eight being subject to discrimination humiliation and ridicule and four car wash workers being paid below the minimum wage The report also says Often pregnant women aren t given jobs they may also be discriminated against and denied maternity pay 17 workers reported experiencing this Following recent floods in the city 30 Latvians reported that landlords were not willing to carry out essential repairs forcing them to find alternative accommodation Boston is a town of 64 000 in the agricultural county of Lincolnshire It has been referred to by the British media as the most Eastern European town in Britain it is estimated that at least 8 000 of the town s population are from the ten countries that joined the EU in 2004 including all of the Baltic States Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew

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