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News of 24/04/2018
According to Baltic News Network,
Latvian government is prepared for participation in the international Expo 2020 in Dubai. Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis said after a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers this Tuesday that it is planned to allocate EUR 4.8 million for this venture.
Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens mentioned after the meeting that the Economy Ministry has been asked to sign a delegation agreement with Latvian Chamber for Commerce and Industry to organize Latvia’s part in the international expo.
Ašeradens praised the chamber’s previous experience organizing participation in international expos. In addition, he believes cooperation between the state and businessmen is the best way to organize Latvia’s participation in Expo 2020.
According to the minister, LCCI will develop the budget plan for Latvia’s participation in the expo by August 2018. The government will then review it and decide on the total co-financing. It is planned that Latvia’s participation in Expo 2020 will be financed the by the state and businessmen.
Kučinskis says the Cabinet of Ministers supported on Tuesday the proposal to allocate EUR 4.8 million from the state budget for Latvia’s participation in Expo 2020 in Dubai. This amount is intended for this period between 2018 and 2021.
LCCI head Jānis Endziņš told journalists that estimates from Expo 2020 organizers show that Latvia’s pavilion will cost at least six million euros. Nevertheless, he believes the actual amount will not be that large. LCCI could not provide any detailed information regarding the funding the private sector can provide. More detailed information will become available closer to August.
As it is known, Latvia’s government made a conceptual decision regarding the country’s participation in Expo 2020 in Dubai.
The government ordered Economy Ministry, together with Transport Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry and Agriculture Ministry to develop a financing model for Latvia’s participation in the expo.
Expo 2020 will be taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.
The government supported Economy Ministry’s amendments in two sections: rules for production of electricity and price-calculation when producing electricity in co-generation and rules for production of electricity using renewable energy resources and price-calculation.
The goal of those rules is improving state support for end consumers of electricity, ensuring more efficient use of electricity and predictability of costs, as well as introducing stricter control mechanisms for CHP plants and requirements for provision of support.
To ensure accurate record keeping of electrical energy, heating energy and fuel, Economy Ministry proposes adopting rules to perform records at least once a day for produced electricity and heating energy and at least once a month for fuel used in energy production. This data is to be stored for at least five years.
Rules also state that CHP plans that have not yet commenced energy production have to reach electricity production output of at least 50% of their planned volume within the term provided for the issue of an MPC permit.
The current head of Latvia’s Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity has decided to participate in the open selection process to stay in his post for a repeated term.
The 61-year-old Burkâns has confirmed that he would like to stay for another four-year term. He will likely submit his application next week.
«I have invested all of my effort in the service. I have not looked at other job opportunities. I needed time to assess the situation surrounding the service,» said Burkâns.
The chief of the service mentioned that the fight against crime will never be over. Still, he wants to keep working in the service to make sure the next officers would receive cases in the best possible condition. «I’m not saying cases do not fit international requirements. It is worth mentioning that requirements change all the time,» said Burkâns.
He mentioned that his service works in a very narrow range, which requires deep knowledge in law, financial affairs and money laundering prevention measures. «There is no institution in Latvia that trains officers in money laundering prevention – this is something we have to learn in time,» adds Burkâns.
«Based on what I’ve heard from colleagues, they want me to stay, because it would be hard for them to work with someone else. Officers have an appropriate knowledge level – any newcomer would automatically be below their level. Decisions in regards to freezing money should be made within a day or even half an hour. Such decisions have to be made quickly and efficiently,» said Burkâns.
The State Chancellery has announced an open contest for the post of the head of the Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity.
Candidates have to submit documents to the State Chancellery before 20 March. Candidates will be assessed by a special committee and picked by the prosecutor general.
Burkâns has remained in his post since 1998. His current term ends 31 May.
On Monday, 12 February, political party Unity asked parties of the coalition to conceptually support the initiative to pay politically repressed individuals benefits worth EUR 100 during Latvia’s centenary, as confirmed by Unity’s Saeima faction.
«Politically repressed individuals have suffered from criminal regimes that had ruled Latvia in the past. But they have never lost faith in a free and independent Latvia. The invitation for the government to decide on symbolic support for the annual congress of Latvian politically repressed. Unity believes the Cabinet of Ministers should make a relevant decision in the nearest future,» comments Unity’s Saeima faction leader Abu Meri.
The party notes that estimates show that a single-time benefit would cost the state budget EUR 1.2 million. The party invites Finance Ministry to come up with proposals for the best sources of funding.