Posts tagged as ombudsman

Latvia’s Chief Ombudsman keeps seat for five more years

Friday, March 12, 2021

On Thursday, March 11, Members of Parliament elected Juris Jansons for another term as Latvia’s Chief Ombudsman. Jansons was elected with 68 votes over 24. The other candidates, Welfare Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Krišs Lipšāns and lawyer Edgars Zelderis, received 15 and 8 votes respectively. Jansons, born in 1973, has been Latvia’s ombudsman since March 17, 2011. Previously Jansons, a lawyer and economist by education, worked as the head of a health insurance company. Deputies expressed support…

European Ombudsman releases decision on Latvian sanctions banking query

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The European Ombudsman released a decision on July 27 with relevance to the imposition of sanctions against a high-profile individual in Latvia, namely long-time Ventspils mayor and influential political fixer Aivars Lembergs, referred to by U.S. authorities and others as one of Latvia’s top ” oligarchs “. Following the  imposition of U.S, sanctions against Lembergs   which froze his financial assets and bank accounts, he protested that his life would become difficult as he was…

Latvian candidate fails in bid to become EU Ombudsman

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Latvia’s Nils Muižnieks failed in his bid to become a new Ombudsman for the European Union after votes in the European Parliament December 17 and 18. In first-round voting on December 17, Muižnieks, who served as the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights between 2012 and 2018, came last out of the five contenders with 47 votes, and so dropped out of the subsequent rounds of voting. Eventually on…

Ombudsman blames ordinary people for worsening situation in the country

Thursday, September 13, 2018

If people do not participate in elections, then they should not complain for the next four years that everything is bad, said ombudsman Juris Jansons to Rīta panorama programme, encouraging people to vote. The ombudsman said that participation in elections is not just a right but a duty, as well. Everyone should go vote, because every vote is important. Believing the ‘my vote changes nothing’ statement is wrong, Jansons stressed.…