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Tuesday 01.12.2015 | Name days: Emanuels, Arnolds

Drivers in Latvia will not be allowed to use tablets and phones while driving

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.

Hunters begin actively putting down female boars

Last week, Latvian Food and Veterinary Service received samples taken from 491 hunted down female boars. 202 female boars were shot in Kurzeme alone.

Attempt to blow up an ATM in Bolderaja ends tragically

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.

Every fifth Baltic employer would be prepared to employ refugees

Next year’s economic growth is expected to improve the labour market’s situation by increasing the level of employment and wages.

Differentiated non-taxable minimum to be gradually adopted in Latvia starting 2016

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.

Solidarity tax to be adopted in Latvia next year

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.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 5.7%

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%.

Latvia’s Gross Domestic Product grows 1% in Q3 2015

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.

Lufthansa agrees to raise pay to 30 000 workers

In a hope to avoid large strikes at Lufthansa, Europe's largest airline has on November 28 agreed with 30 000 ground staff on a one-off payment of €2,250 and a 2.2% pay rise.

EU and Turkey agree on action to reduce migrant flow to Europe

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.

Latvian legislators propose amendments in relation to bail money

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.

No Freedom Prize for modern Lithuania’s architect Vytautas Landsbergis - still more divisive

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.

Snow expected in Latvia on weekends

So far, meteorological winter has been registered in Latgale, most of Vidzeme and Zemgale in Latvia. This is because average air temperature in most of the country has dropped below 0° C.

PHOTO: partially finished atrium of Stradins Hospital

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.

Latvians still have the smallest wages after taxes in Baltic States

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%).