Posts tagged as government

Government backs dismissal of Dundaga council

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Latvian cabinet confirmed May 11 that it wants the municipal administration of Dundaga district dismissed and will ask Saeima to approve the measure. Under the government’s initiative, a temporary administration will be appointed in Dundaga municipality, which will be headed by Arnis Šults, an official of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, supported by Inta Komisare of the Ministry of Finance. The interim administration will operate until the day when the…

Ignoring government position, Saeima permits catering services outdoors from May 7 in accordance with epidemiological safety requirements

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Today, in the final reading, the Saeima passed amendments which from May 7 allow public catering companies to provide their services outdoors in accordance with the epidemiological safety requirements set by the government. The Saeima made such a decision without taking into account the agreement previously reached in the government – not to review any restrictions until 11 May. From May 7, public catering service providers will be allowed to…

Finance minister: Ministries must cut spend by €60 million in 2022

Friday, April 30, 2021

Government ministries must be prepared to make spending cuts to the tune of €60 million next year, finance minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) says. Pentus-Rosimannus’ comments follow state budget strategy discussions which have been going on this week, involving the two coalition parties, Center and Reform, who have not been seeing eye-to-eye on all aspects of the negotiations. The finance minister told daily Postimees that: “We had a difficult partner at…

Saeima permits catering with outdoor seating; government disagrees

Friday, April 30, 2021

On April 29 the Saeima supported amendments to the Covid-19 infection spread management law, which provides for the resumption of public catering on outdoor terraces from next week, despite the government deciding against lifting any such restrictions. On Thursday, the Saeima Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee supported proposals prepared by the Ministry of Economy (EM) and backed by the  catering industry  , which provides for the resumption of outdoor…

Estonian government’s budget strategy to cut corners on fixed costs

Friday, April 23, 2021

On Wednesday, the government reached an agreement on a four-year state budget strategy with Minister of Finance Keit-Pentus Rosimannus (Reform) saying there are cuts to be made on fixed costs. The new budget strategy will work towards balancing the budget and cuts will be made in every area of government. Each sector will propose where savings can be made and the budget strategy will be approved next Thursday. Among many…

Government budget deficit in Latvia was 4.5% of GDP in 2020

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Provisional results published April 21 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that   in 2020 general government budget deficit accounted for EUR 1.3 billion or 4.5 % of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). General government consolidated gross debt amounted to EUR 12.7 billion or 43.5 % of the GDP. Under the impact of Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 general government revenues, compared to 2019, reduced by 0.4 % and comprised EUR 11.5 billion, but expenditure – increased by 9.5 % and reached…

Saeima commission to probe government Covid decision-making

Friday, April 9, 2021

The Saeima on April 8, at the proposal of opposition lawmakers, made a decision to set up parliamentary ad hoc commission to investigate mistakes made by the Latvian government during the Covid-19 pandemic. The commission will work for six months, the LETA news agency said. LETA learned from opposition MP Viktors Valainis (Greens/Farmers) that 36 opposition lawmakers signed the proposal on setting up the ad hoc commission. A commission can be…

Rural tourism industry hopes for ‘logical’ Latvian government decisions

Friday, April 9, 2021

The rural tourism industry looks forward to ‘logical government decisions’ that would allow the industry to work in compliance with all the requirements needed to limit Covid-19, the head of the Rural Tourism Association, Asnāte Ziemele, told Latvian Radio April 9. She said last year was different for different representatives of the industry, for some it was very good, better than previous seasons, some were just surviving, but those who focused…

Estonian government approves €46-million COVID-19 support for regions

Monday, April 5, 2021

The government has approved €46-million in local support, which puts a particular emphasis on Ida-Viru County. The cabinet approved the move at its regular Thursday sitting and endorsed the terms and conditions of the aid, which comes as part of the supplementary budget passed last month in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the second of its kind since the virus arrived over a year ago. Minister of Public Administration…

Latvian government to discuss four-stage plan of reducing restrictions Friday

Thursday, March 25, 2021

On Wednesday, March 24, the Cabinet postponed making a decision on the four-step plan proposed by the Crisis Management Council for the gradual reduction of Covid-19 restrictive measures following the state of emergency, which will lapse on April 6. The government could review this issue at a meeting on Friday, March 26, hearing the expert panel’s assessment of the proposal. The offer for the reduction of Covid-19 restrictive measures, foresees a total of…