In order to recover their driving licence, residents in Latvia will have to take an exam on theoretical knowledge of road traffic rules. This change is provided by amendments to the Road Traffic Law developed by the Saeima National Economy Committee.
On Tuesday, 1 December, an explosion took place near railway lines in Bolderaja, Gaigalas Street. The explosion took place at roughly four o’clock in the morning. One man was killed and another was seriously injured in the blast. The 30-year-old man has been hospitalized.
Next year’s economic growth is expected to improve the labour market’s situation by increasing the level of employment and wages.
On Monday, 30 November, the Saeima approved amendments to the Personal Income Tax Law that state how differentiated non-taxable minimum will be gradually introduced in Latvia starting from 2016.
On Monday, 30 November, Latvian Saeima approved the Solidarity Tax Law in the final reading. This tax will apply to socially insured people – employees and self-employed people whose annual income exceeds the maximum amount of state social insurance – EUR 48,600.
Compared to September, Latvia’s total retail trade turnover rose by 1.4% in October 2015, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices. Retail trade in food products grew by 1.0%, and turnover of non-food products – by 1.7%.
Compared with Q2 2015, Latvia’s GDP at constant prices, according to seasonally adjusted data increased by 1.0% in Q3 2015. In Q3 2015, GDP value at current prices was EUR 6.4 billion.
At an EU-Turkey summit in Brussels on November 29 Turkey pledged to reduce migrant flow to Europe through its territory in exchange for financial aid, potential visa-free travel and continued ES accession talks.
Shortly after the release from custody of former head of LDz Ugis Magonis in exchange for bail of EUR 400,000, the Saeima received a proposal to amend rules regarding bail money to make sure investigators are informed of the origin of this money.
Retired from active politics, Vytautas Landsbergis, one of the architects of modern Lithuania, is nowadays busy with scribbling memoirs shedding light on the events that broke down the Soviet Union and shook the word.
Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital’s new building is gradually becoming more and more life-like – SBRE construction company has partially finished the installation of the atrium’s glass frame. In addition, a temporary heating system was set up for two of the hospital’s wards in November.
In Q3 2015 the average monthly gross wages and salaries in the country accounted for 829 euros. As compared to Q3 2014 they increased by 7.3%, which is a more rapid growth than in the 1st quarter (6.2%) and second quarter (6.4%).