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Tuesday 21.11.2017 | Name days: Andis, Zeltīte

Latvian Post offers 29 pieces of property at open auction

Latvian Post has put up 29 unused or unnecessary pieces of property at an ascending-bid auction. The lowest initial price is for pieces of property, land and construction-intended pieces of land in Riebiņi County – EUR 970. The highest price is noted for land and buildings in Riga – EUR 187,000.

Former official: part of education reforms will likely end up politically delayed

Education and Science Ministry currently lacks the capacity to complete all of its planned reforms. In addition, some of those reforms will likely end up politically delayed, former director of the ministry’s Education Department and deputy state secretary Evija Papule told Latvijas Avīze.

Ašeradens admits the need to change Unity’s operational model

Unity’s chairman and Latvia’s Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens see no reason to recall and reform Unity’s Saeima faction, as requested by Kustības Par! members. He does admit, however, that it is necessary to change the party’s operational model.

VIDEO: residents cheer for Latvia’s 99th birthday

To congratulate Latvian residents on Latvia’s 99th birthday a special video with poetry has been made. The video itself shows Latvian people of different age, professional backgrounds and interests at their birthdays.

LOSP surprised about Dālderis’ attitude towards VAT differentiation for fruits and vegetables

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives is surprised about the opinion of Kustība Par! board member Ints Dālderis on the idea for the differentiation of VAT for fruits and vegetables.

Number of foreign guests serviced in Latvian accommodation establishments grows 12.6%

964.1 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q3 2017, which is 11.8 % more than during the respective period of 2016. Compared to the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 14.4 %, reaching 1.86 million. The average length of stay comprised 1.9 nights.

FCMC applies 890,000 euros fine to Meridian Trade Bank

Finance and Capital Market Commission has made the decision to apply a fine of EUR 889,651 to Meridian Trade Bank, as confirmed by FCMC Council.

Kārums starts producing cheese cakes; 70,000 invested in assortment expansion

Milk processing company Food Union has expanded the assortment of Kārums products by offering customers something new – Kārums cheese cake. Creation of this new product cost the company an investment of EUR 70,000, as reported by Food Union.

Booming alcohol stores on Latvian-Estonian border to expand

Facing large interest from Estonian customers, alcohol stores located at the Latvian side of the defunct Ainaži-Ikla border crossing rush to expand their premises.

FVS finds traces of banned substances in Canpol Babies latex teats

Latvia’s Food and Veterinary Service has called for a full withdrawal of Canpol Babies latex teats from circulation due to the discovery of migration of N-nitrosatable substances. These chemical substances are toxic and can do serious damage to human health.

Rinkēvičs invites EU to continue investing in African women’s education

In the discussion regarding EU-African relations and preparations for the Africa-EU Summit, which will take place in Côte d'Ivoire at the end of November, Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs emphasized the importance of comprehensive and sustainable cooperation.

National Alliance urges employees to speak in state language

On Monday, 13 November, the National Alliance asked coalition partners to support amendments to the Labour Law that would make it so employees, when performing their duties, are to communicate with Latvian residents in the state language, as reported by party’s representatives.

Barometer: Christmas markets in Riga recognized as the most affordable in Europe

This year, Riga will have the most affordable Christmas markets in Europe. Estimates shows that spending time at such markets at a weekend will cost two people around GBP 504 or EUR 570.33, according to the Christmas markets barometer data.

Construction output in Latvia up 25% in Q3 2017

Compared to the corresponding period of 2016, construction output in Latvia has increased by 25 % in Q3 2017. Construction output at current prices amounted to 580.8 million euros.

Unemployment in Latvia remained unchanged in October – 6.6%

In October 2017, unemployment in Latvia remained unchanged – 6.6%, according to information compiled by the State Employment Agency.

Programme: EC warns – Latvia does not recycle enough waste

Due to insufficient volumes of recycled waste, European Commission’s Environment Directorate in Latvia has commenced an inspection procedure as part of an early-warning system, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Kariņš: new electricity subsidies under Vējoņis’ fold mean «milking people»

The initial version of the legislative project prepared by the Energy Security Commission formed by Latvian President Vējoņis goes against already existing legislative drafts about the structure of Europe’s electricity market and have nothing more in store than «milking the nation», says MEP Krišjānis Kariņš.