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Residents: situation with Latvia’s security and state defence has improved

Latvian residents’ concerns over state security have reduced, as noted in a study by SKDS ordered by Defence Ministry.

Survey: residents intentionally try to pick services of small businesses

64% of Latvian residents intentionally try to pick services provided by small businesses, according to results of a survey performed by Swedbank Institute of Finances.

VAT reverse payment proposed for construction sector to combat grey economy

Representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers Grey Economy Combating Council, social and cooperation partners have reviewed the State Institutions’ work plan for limiting grey economy in 2016-2020. 60 specific goals were added to the project plan. Realizing those goals will help reduce grey economy to the average level across the EU by 2020.

Nekā Personīga: Harmony's influence – wife’s post in Live Riga taken by mother

After Saeima deputy Sandris Bergmanis wife left her post in Riga Tourism Development Agency’s Live Riga office left for a maternity leave, her place was quickly taken by Bergmanis’ mother, Nekā Personīga reports.

DNB: signing contracts with the bank over Skype will be a reality

By using Skype, the bank’s clients – private and legal persons – will be able to remotely receive all kinds of services: from informative consultations to signing of contracts, BNN was told by DNB Bank.

Rain and snow expected in Latvia this week

A wide low-atmospheric pressure area is currently found above Northern Europe. It will dictate weather conditions in Latvia this week: the sky will remain cloudy and precipitation will come often, as reported by the State Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Providus: parties delegate lesser-known members for municipal elections

Although it is currently unclear how many Saeima deputies will be taking part in municipal elections, the reason for such a step could be Saeima’s desire to realize its ambitions on a municipal level, says Providus researcher Iveta Kazoka.

KHL team was on board the aircraft that slid off runway at Riga airport

On Friday, 17 February, an incident involving Vim Airlines charter flight from Ufa took place at Riga International Airport. The aircraft slid on the runway before take-off.

List of Latvia’s most desired employers is unveiled

Latvenergo remains Latvia’s most desired employer for the fifth consecutive year. Latvijas Mobilais Telefons is on the second place and Rimi Latvia is on the third, according to results of a survey performed by cvmarket.lv.

Waze: Latvia is the seventh best country for driving a car

Latvia is the seventh best country in the world for driving a car, according to results of Waze’s Driver Satisfaction Index.

Largest expenses for Latvia’s birthday – funding for children to experience Latvia

The Latvian school bag is the biggest present to Latvian schoolchildren for Latvia’s 100th birthday, said Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis at a press-conference. EUR 13.5 million is planned to be allocated for the education programme. As part of it, children will be able to study outside of schools to learn about important affairs in Latvia.

Aircraft slides off runway before take-off at Riga International Airport

On Friday, 17 February, an incident took place at Riga International Airport involving Vim Airlines aircraft slid on runway before take-off.

Council: delays with EU funds could negatively impact budget completion

This week the Fiscal Discipline Council provided confirmation to Finance Ministry’s macroeconomic outlooks the government will use as the basis for the development of the next year’s budget, as BNN was told by the council.

More rain and wet snow expected in Latvia

At the end of this week most of precipitation in Latvia will consist of rain and wet snow. On Saturday, 18 February, atmospheric pressure above Latvia will increase for a short while and the sky will become clear, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

FM: this year average gross wages may reach EUR 906.1

Average gross monthly wages of people employed in the country could exceed EUR 1,000 in 2020, as mentioned in Finance Ministry’s macroeconomic indexes outlook.

Latvia and Lithuania to study youth entrepreneurship in regions

Radām Novadam business project contest has commenced. As part of this contest, teams of youngsters will compete in different regions in Latvia by realizing business ideas to provide the biggest possible economic benefit to those regions, as reported by Radām Novadam organizers.

Saeima to allow USA to freely stay and access military objects in Latvia

On Thursday, 16 February, the Saeima conceptually supported the legislative draft intended to ratify the intergovernmental agreement between Latvia and USA on cooperation in the field to defence.

Five years pass since language referendum in Latvia

Five years have passed since residents had initiated a referendum to amend the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia to make Russian language as the second official language in the country.