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August 3, 2008

News Flash

40% votes for amending the constitution - referendum fails

Despite the high participation (about 40 % of the citizens with the right to vote - 629.064 votes) and a 96,75 % agreement for the suggested constitutional changes the referendum August 2 failes because of insufficient votes. The referendum scheduled the possibility for a tenth of the citizens with the rights to vote to recall the parliament. Accordingly the state president still will be the only one with the right to recall the parliament.

August 1, 2008

News Flash

Referendum to allow Saeima’s recall set for August 2

A national referendum on amending the constitution to allow for the popular recall of Latvia’s Saeima is scheduled Aug. 2. The referendum was announced after the parliament rejected proposed amendments submitted following a successful citizen initiative. Strong support for the initiative stemmed from months of popular dissatisfaction with the government and parliament. Under Latvia’s law on initiative and referendum, a referendum must be held if the Saeima rejects the proposed legislation.

July 13, 2008

The leadership group of the Thuringian State Chancellery gets informed about the developments in Latvia

The leadership group of Thuringia State Chancellery visited Latvia from 6 to 12 July within it’s training program. During the stay the participants were informed on the development of Latvia since it’s independence in the Ministry of Economy, the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce and the International Office of KAS. The participants were informed by the City Council of Riga and Jelgava of the challenges and future prospects of the Regions.

June 19, 2008

Dialog program

Latvian delegation caught up on the german party law

On invitation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftunga delegation consisting of latvian politicians and political advisers visited Berlin on June 17th and 18th in order to catch up on the german party law. At present there are working on a similar law in Latvia too, to limit the political influence of the oligarchy. The german party law could act as a model. The group met amongst others Prof. Dr. Schiwy (Administration School Speyer), senator Wilnis S. Tracums and Peter Brörmann (CDU).

June 18, 2008

News Flash

The governments of the Baltic States regret Irish 'No'

The governments of the Baltic States regret the result of the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. The decision makers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania unanimously are supporting the appeal of the President of the European Commission, José Barroso, to continue the ratification process regardless of the Irish 'No'. All three Baltic States have ratified the Lisbon Treaty already without a referendum.

June 10, 2008

News Flash

The economies of the Baltic Tiger States are cooling down

The economies of the Baltic Tiger States, which were leading the European rankings by growth rates in the past, are cooling down substantialy. After an economic growth of 10,5% in 2007, Latvia's economy is growing by 3,6% in the first half of 2008. At the same time the country shows with 17,5% the highest inflation rate in the EU and a current account deficit of 23% of the GDP.

June 5, 2008

News Flash

The Baltic Sea Council decides to change their inner structure and content

While the congress on June 3/4th the Baltic Sea Council reached the decision to change their structure and the content of the organisation. The central change will be a long-term setting of priorities independent of varying councilpresidencies. Also the government of the Baltic Sea states came to an agreement that the priorities will be environment, economic development, energy, education, culture and civil safety.

June 1, 2008

German cultural days in Latvia

The German cultural days in Latvia are ending with KAS's event

With the joint event of KAS and Goethe Institute titled "From the Bonn to the Berlin Republic" presented by journalist and book author Helmut Herles the German cultural days in Riga ended. Throughout the whole months of May, Latvia based German institutions and organizations were presenting Germany's cultural, political and economic diversity to a wider public. more…

May 9, 2008

News Flash

Latvian and Lithuanian Parliament ratifying Lisbon Treaty

On May 8, the Parliaments of Latvia and Lithuania have ratified the Treaty of Lisbon. While the vast majority of MPs in Latvia's Saeima have approved the treaty, the voting at the Lithuanian Parliament was preceded by a heated debated. Currently, Lithuania feels abandoned by its European partners regarding the negotiations with Russia over Lithuania's energy security and the unsolved issue of reparation for the damages caused by more than 40 years of Sovjet occupation.

May 1, 2008

German cultural days in Latvia

Latvia's Minister of Culture is opening German cultural days "O!Vacija"

Latvia's Minister of Culture Helena Demakova and the German Ambassador to Latvia, Eberhard Schuppius, have opened the German days of Culture in Latvia. In the upcoming weeks, Germany will present its contemporary and traditional culture in various cities throughout the country. The German days of Culture in Latvia are organized by the German Embassy and Latvia's Ministry of Culture in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Riga and the Government of the Bundesland Northrhine Westfalia.