Posts published in Day: October 13, 2021

Investigation still ongoing in tragic hostel fire case

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Two persons are still charged with a criminal offense in the case of the tragic fire in an illegal hostel on Merķeļa Street, newswire LETA reported October 13. Police detained a total of six people after the fire.  Two were arrested  , including  entrepreneur Ernests Rieksts. The State Police’s Public Relations Department’s representative, Krista Andersone, confirmed to LETA that a non-custodial penalty had been applied to previously detained persons and that…

Latvian police seize booze, cigarettes, guns and ammo in Kuldīga raids

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

State Police said October 13 a series of raids in Kuldīga had resulted in the seizure of guns, ammunition, contraband cogarettes and alcohol. Officials of the Criminal Police Division of the Kuldīga District of the State Police conducted four sanctioned searches, during which they found 200 liters of alcohol of illegal origin and 27,700 cigarettes without excise stamps of the Republic of Latvia. In another criminal proceeding, 25 different unregistered weapons, 20…

Latvian VMD has confirmed 33 wolf attacks this year

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Latvian Radio reported on October 13, the State Forest Service (VMD) has confirmed 33 wolf attacks this year, a third of which were registered in Latgale. VMD asks residents to report any damage caused by wolves. In Latvia, there is a limit of 280 wolves allowed to be hunted each year. Since the beginning of the hunting season three months ago, hunters have already managed to pack in 145 kills…

Minister: CO2 quota sales revenue one of electricity inflation measures

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Finance Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus says a government relief package aimed at combating soaring energy costs in Estonia can be covered, at least in part, through surplus income from CO2 emission credits trading. Pentus-Rosimannus had already said at the end of September that such a measure would take weeks to complete, mainly due to strict European Commission-level regulations, while in the intervening timeelectricity prices have continued to rise . Natural gas…

Rail Baltica plans 17 regional stations in Latvia

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Latvian Radio reported on October 13, the Rail Baltica railway infrastructure project has announced a procurement to create a total of 17 regional stations or ‘mobility points’. Kaspars Vingris, head of the project implementer  Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas,  said that the construction works in Latvia are ongoing at a steady pace. Active works are being carried out both in the area of “Riga International Airport” and in the vicinity of Riga Central…

More wind parks would alleviate electricity price rise in Estonia

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

One of the reasons Estonia is seeing such high electricity prices is that there are renewable energy projects which haven’t been completed, head of Enefit Green Aavo Kärmas told ETV current affairs show ‘Esimene stuudio’ Tuesday. Enefit Green is a subsidiary of the state-owned Eesti Energia. Kärmas said that. “If today we had more wind, and also solar parks, then we wouldn’t see such levels of price fluctuation. One of…

Latvia’s median age on a par with EU as a whole

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

According to data published by EU on October 12, in 2020 the  median age  of the  EU  population stood at 43.9 years . When compared with 2001 (the first reference year for which information is available), the median age increased by more than 5 years (from 38.4 years). In Latvia the median age was almost exactly the same as for the EU as whole, coming in at 43.7 years. As is…

EU borders chief: More ‘violations’ in Lithuania than reported

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Reports detailing alleged violations against migrants in Lithuania are now around 20 in number, the head of EU border agency Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, has said. “There are, if I remember correctly now 17, almost 20 let’s say, serious incident reports with a suspicion of the violation of fundamental rights in Lithuania,” he said on Monday (11 October) at an event organised by the Brussels-based EUWatch, an NGO. “My understanding is…

Politicians tackle question of lowering VAT to combat inflation

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Politicians have reacted to a proposal from Isamaa members, two MPs and two non-MPs, which would see VAT on energy heating cut from its current rate of 20 percent, to 9 percent, in order to combat soaring electricity and gas prices. While politicians from Center, Reform and the Social Democrats (SDE) question the timing and implementation of the idea, they do not rule it or other solutions out wholly. Former…

Latvian ambassador to Australia now in place

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

On 13 October 2021 in Canberra, an accreditation ceremony took place for the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Commonwealth of Australia, Marģers Krams. In an official ceremony held online, the Ambassador presented his credentials to the Governor-General of Australia, David Hurley, and offered him greetings from the President of Latvia, Egils Levits. In a conversation with the Governor-General, Marģers Krams pointed out the active and…