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by Euro Reporter
2016-07-02 10:18:48
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Latvia rejects initiative to demolish Riga soviet liberators memorial

A Latvian parliament commission has refused to consider the initiative to demolish the Memorial to Soviet Liberators in the country’s capital Riga. A Latvian parliament commission has refused to consider the initiative to demolish the Memorial to Soviet Liberators in the country’s capital Riga as part of a plan to restore the pre-war Uzvaras (Victory) Square, a source in the commission said on Wednesday.

"The commission has rejected a collective initiative, citing the opinion of the country's foreign minister and Riga Duma," the source said. The Latvian Foreign Ministry said that Russia and Latvia had reached an agreement on monuments' preservation. The initiative has collected some 10,000 signatures, which allowed it to be sent the Latvian parliament for consideration.


Ride-sharing services should be integrated into Latvia's economic model

latvia_400Ride-sharing services such as Taxify and Uber should be integrated into Latvia's economic model, Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens (Unity) told members of the press. The Economy Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding with Taxify and Uber, which will highlight a new level of dialogue regarding the growing demand for such services and their place in the Latvian economy.

It is planned that the signed memorandum will serve as a foundation for including ride-sharing services in Latvia's transportation services market. Aseradens admitted that sharing economics is a growing economic trend all over the world, and Latvia is not an exception. ''A new ride-sharing service sphere is being formed in Latvia, which is basically an innovative business service. For it to be effectively and legally included in Latvia's national economy, a dialogue must be launched on including it in the current economic model,'' the minister emphasized.

According to Aseradens, the necessary legislation could be prepared sometime during the second half of the year. The head of the ride-sharing service Uber in the Baltics Enn Metsar told members of the press today that it is hard to predict when the company will be able to enter the Latvian market.  He said when the legislation in Latvia is in place for ride-sharing services to operate in the country, Uber would like to begin operations here. Metsar informed that Uber representatives have met with government minister and business organizations, and that they have been accommodation, however, the necessary legislation and regulations must first be in place for Uber to enter the Latvian market. ''We have analysed the Latvian market and we see that there is great interest in ride-sharing services, however, I cannot predict when Uber will be able to enter the Latvian market,'' he said.


Over 2,000 Latvians support initiative to leave EU

According to the social initiatives web site manabals.lv, if the initiative gains 10,000 signatures, the Latvian parliament will have to consider the issue of holding a referendum on EU membership.

On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

Latvia joined the European Union in 2004.


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