Posts tagged as Ventspils

Vitoliņš succeeds jailed Lembergs as Ventspils mayor

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Members of Ventspils City Council on Monday elected former vice-mayor Jānis Vitoliņš (For Latvia and Ventspils) the new mayor of Ventspils, the LETA newswire was told at the town hall. Vitoliņš ran against rival candidate Bruno Jursevics of the New Conservative Party (JKP) in the mayoral election. Vitoliņš was elected Ventspils mayor by seven votes and five abstentions. Five councilors voted for Jurševics, six voted against him and one councilor abstained. On July…

Electric public minibuses to start driving on streets of Ventspils

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Electrify Ventspils Ltd has built the first electric vans for passenger transport purposes, and their rebuilding work is fully carried out in Latvia, finance institution Altum spokeswoman Sandra Eglīte said May 11. The first two Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans have already been delivered to Ventspils, where they will set out on the streets, while the next two minivans with 21 passenger seats will be delivered in the next few weeks, and the remaining…

Wind park near Ventspils to start construction in April

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Estonian energy group Utilitas says in April it is starting construction work on a wind park at Tārgale in Ventspils region, ten years after permission for the site was originally granted. It is scheduled that the wind park will be completed in the autumn of 2022 with 14 wind turbines with a total capacity of 58,8 MW. “Latvia is blessed with river Daugava ensuring a sustainable supply of hydroelectricity. This is a…

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…

Courtyard concerts in Ventspils and Liepāja

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Creative teams of the Kurzeme Philharmonic and concert hall “Latvia” have joined in concert series “Atver logu” (Open the Window) in Ventspils City from May 3 until May 16. Meanwhile, Liepāja City carries out a similar series “Pilsētas serenādes” (City Serenades) from May 14 to June 12. Due to the state of emergency announced in Latvia, all mass events have been prohibited. Cultural life froze for a while. Many artists…

Local government representatives will no longer work at Riga and Ventspils freeport

Friday, December 13, 2019

Following the coming into force of amendments to the Law on Ports, representatives of Riga City Council and Ventspils City Council will lose their respective posts in the board of Riga Freeport and Ventspils Freeport, the law states. On Thursday, 12 December, Saeima approved in two readings amendments to the Law on Ports, which provide for changes to the composition of the boards of Riga Freeport and Ventspils Freeport, as…

What is Ventspils Development Agency and what will its members do now?

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Among the organizations against which US Department of Treasury Office for Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) has adopted sanctions is also Ventspils Development Agency (VAA). In accordance with OFAC issued Global Magnitsky General Licence Nr.1, global partners have 30 days to cease all cooperation with this organization. However, among VAA members are multiple companies owned by Ventspils municipality. For years they’ve paid generous fees to VAA. Membership in VAA is not…

The Baltic countries are the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, August 1, 2019

Road accidents, fighting in the streets and in bars, broken shop windows and cars, mountains of garbage, sexual harassment – this is the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. On June 7, 2018, four armored personnel carriers of the US Army, Stryker, collided in a major road accident in the Prienai district. 13 US troops sought medical assistance. Another accident happened on the night of June 9…

Financing sports in Ventspils – borrow money under rules but spend how you want

Saturday, June 8, 2019

This spring, Ventspils City Council released a misleading report that funding of EUR 1.5 million for the construction of a new swimming pool was denied because of the letter sent by opposition deputies to Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee’s Sub-Committee for Sports. In it, opposition deputies question the use of funding allocated for sports. Not it has become known that part of the funding was used in breach of…

Ventspils Musical High School ends up in bribery scandal

Monday, June 3, 2019

A bribe of EUR 7 000 was reportedly given to ensure Ventspils Musical High School is declared compliant with fire safety requirements, as reported by public broadcaster TV3 programme Nekā personīga. Construction of Ventspils Musical High School cost EUR 25 million and the building itself is to be commissioned at the end of June. Internal Security Bureau has acquired information about an attempt to bribe the fire-fighters committee. Investigators waited…