Posts tagged as Prime Minister

PM Kariņš: Latvia has to plan Covid-19 vaccine boosters

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Ministry of Health should start planning a Covid-19 vaccine booster, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said on April 6 after the government meeting, Latvian Television reported. The Prime Minister said it is clear a booster shot to maintain immunity against Covid-19 will be needed next year. “It is clear that sooner or later, after a half-year or a year or longer, we will also need to go through the…

Passenger carriers want resignation of Transport Minister

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Latvian Association of Passenger Carriers has sent a letter to Saeima, to Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity), the Cabinet of Ministers, and President Egils Levits, in which the association expresses no confidence in Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party). The letter, sent on March 25, says that the association no longer trusts the minister due to the Road Transport Administration’s procurement of public transport services on regional routes,…

PM Kariņš: state of emergency might end but not the restrictions

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The state of emergency set to expire April 6 might not be extended, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Television March 24. At the same time, Kariņš said that the Covid-19 pandemic does not end and that the restrictions will not be lifted, so practically the situation would not change. He said that, at the moment, the state of emergency is a legal not practical concept. In addition, there are laws allowing for…

Latvian PM: Vaccine logistics be entrusted to the National Armed Forces

Friday, March 12, 2021

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš suggested at the government meeting March 11 that vaccine logistics be entrusted to the National Armed Forces (NBS). The Prime Minister was dismayed by the vaccines  stuck in  supplier Oribalt’s warehouse, which the National Health Service rushed to deliver via the help of several logistics companies. “Is it not time we say – enough? We have the Armed Forces. We can’t risk it a second time. Can’t we take…

EU recovery fund will be targeted at business representatives – Vitenbergs

Friday, February 12, 2021

EUR 1.6 billion available to Latvia from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility will be directly targeted at business representatives and not at the public sector, said Economics Minister Janis Vitenbergs (For Humane Latvia; KPV LV) at the government meeting today. Discussing the National Industrial Policy Guidelines for 2021-2027, developed by the Economics Ministry, business representatives voiced criticism that the recovery plan provides for attraction of large funds to the…

Lithuanian PM apologises for raising expectations on lockdown easing

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Lithuanian Prime Minister apologized for the raising of premature expectations that isolation conditions would be relaxed. “I regret that public discussions […] were taken by some as adopted decisions,” Šimonytė wrote on Facebook. “I have no doubt that on Monday, we will be able to agree in principle on lockdown easing steps,” she said. “And tonight I apologise for the expectations that should not have been raised. I think it…

Estonian government collapses over corruption investigation

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Estonia’s prime minister has resigned after police and prosecutors launched an investigation into an alleged corruption scandal involving his left-leaning Centre party related to a property development. Jüri Ratas, the prime minister since 2016, handed his resignation letter to the president on Wednesday, local media reported, bringing down the centre-right coalition government he heads that also includes a far-right party. “The suspicion expressed by the public prosecutor’s office … does…

Ministers might get vaccinated soon, says Latvian Prime Minister

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

According to LSM.LV, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Television January 13 that ministers might get vaccinated against Covid-19 as a priority. He said that state officials getting vaccinated shows an example to the public and could convince some who are hesitant. At the same time, he is concerned about decision-making capacity. “We can’t afford [a minister getting infected]!” Kariņš said. “These people have very high responsibilities.” He also said…

Kariņš: it is the wrong time to discuss on the amendments to the Constitution

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

This is not the time for discussions on amendments to the Constitution, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told LETA January 11. Last week, faction National Alliance  submitted a draft law proposal to the Saeima on defining ‘family’ in the Constitution as a union between man and woman. Kariņš said that he did not know what the vote of his New Unity faction would be. “I will express my personal opinion: I think this…

Data Inspectorate to investigate leaked footage of Prime Minister

Monday, December 7, 2020

Data State Inspectorate has started an investigation into the publication of surveillance footage  where the Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš is shown at a store without wearing a mask, Latvian Television reported December 7. Those images were actively distributed on social networks at the beginning of last week – most likely, in order to give the impression that the Prime Minister does not respect the rules adopted by the government itself. Kariņš…