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SRS uncovers numerous violations more than half of inspected companies

State Revenue Service’s Tax Control Office performed a total of 305 thematic inspections of employers in Latvia in Q1 2018. Authorities recorded violations in 171 inspections, according to information from SRS.

Petrol station network in Latvia caught performing fraudulent activities with diesel fuel

State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police have uncovered and put an end to a fraudulent scheme with diesel fuel performed by some network of petrol stations in Latvia, as confirmed by the service.

Saeima fires judge for coming to work in a drunken state

On Thursday, 21 June, Latvia’s parliament supported the proposal to dismiss Rezekne Court judge Arvis Garais from his post. 71 deputies voted in favour, no one abstained and no one voted against.

Pope Francis’ visit to Latvia will be a national holiday

Latvia’s parliament has approved in the final reading a law that makes 24 September – the day Pope Francis plans to visit Latvia – a national holiday.

Total tax debts in Latvia reached EUR 1.224 billion in June

At the beginning of June, total tax debts in Latvia, including topical, halted debts and extended repayment terms were equal to EUR 1.233 billion, which is 0.6% less compared to May, as reported by State Revenue Service.

Control Service proposes kicking out shell companies as intensely as offshore companies

Shell companies in Latvia should be combated with the same intensity once shown to offshore companies, says chief of Anti-Money Laundering Service Ilze Znotiņa.

Saeima permits commencement of criminal process against Artuss Kaimiņš

This week Latvia’s Saeima voted in favour of the decision to detain and then perform a search in the home of Saeima member Artuss Kaimiņš from KPV LV political party.

Doctors unjustifiably charged fees for services worth 255,000 last year

Last year, authorities found that medical institutions that provide state budget-financed healthcare services had charged fees for services worth EUR 254,994, according to data compiled by Health Inspectorate.

Latvia’s ports suffer freight volume decline in first five months of 2018

Latvian ports handled 27.072 million tonnes of freight in the first five months of this year, which is 7.5% less when compared to the same period of last year, according to data compiled by Transport Ministry.

158 election sites to open in Riga during next Saeima elections

A total of 158 election sites are planned to be opened in Riga for this autumn’s Saeima elections, as confirmed by documents prepared by Riga City Council.

Latvian coalition still torn about attracting highly-qualified guest workers

Because of differences in opinions among ministries, Latvia’s government is unlikely to support and view the proposal to ease the issue of EU blue card to highly-qualified guest workers without appropriate higher education, says Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

Riga City Council votes to add Vidzeme market to Riga Central Market’s capital

Riga City Council’s City Property Development Committee has voted in favour of adding Vidzeme Market to AS Riga Central Market’s capital. Opposition members voted against this during the meeting.

Riga to hold large summer solstice events for three days

The traditional Latvian summer summer solstice Jāņi will be celebrated in the capital Riga for three consecutive evenings of folk, theatre and pop music performances from June 21 to 23 that will cost the city 380 212 euros.

Latvian Insolvency Administration turns to police suspecting breach in automated queue

The Latvian Insolvency Administration (LIA) has notified the State Police and the Information Technology Security Incident Response Institution Cert.lv about a suspected system breach in the automated queue that ensures insolvency administrators are suggested to courts in random sequence.

Deposit volume in Latvian banks down to EUR 17.6 billion

The total volume of deposits in Latvian banks has declined this May by 1.1% or EUR 195.157 million – to EUR 17.6 billion, according to data compiled by Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Augstsprieguma tīkls to pay the state EUR 3.6 million in dividends next year

Augstsprieguma tīkls will have to pay the state EUR 3.6 million in the form of dividends in 2019, as decided by the Cabinet of Ministers behind closed doors.

Court puts ex-LDz manager’s bribery case viewing on hold until autumn

The viewing of the bribery case involving the now ex-manager of LDz Uģis Magonis in Vidzeme District Court has been put on hold until 11 September, as confirmed by Estonian businessman Oleg Osinovskis’ lawyer Jeļena Kvjatkovska.

Heat waves to become the most serious climate change challenges for Latvia

The biggest challenges Northern Europe, Latvia included, can expect from climate change in the next five to ten years are heat waves and other extreme weather events, such as floods, according to experts from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Baltic States cannot afford creating air defence system

Formation of a comprehensive air defence system is not something Baltic States can afford on their own, as concluded in a report from Tallinn-based International Center for Defense and Security.

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