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Monday 24.04.2017 | Name days: Nameda, Visvaldis, Ritvaldis

Study: corruption level in Latvia put in Europe’s highest risk group

58% of private and state sector management level professionals view corruption as widely spread in Latvia. This puts Latvia in Europe’s highest risk group alongside most Eastern European countries, according to results of EY Global Fraud Survey.

Estonia’s 99th birthday celebrated in Latvia’s Society House

24 February marks the 99th anniversary of declaration of Estonia’s independence. On 9 February, Estonian embassy organized a festive event in Riga Latvian Society House in honour of Estonia’s national celebration.

European Union to celebrate 112 Day

On Saturday, 11 February, the European Union will celebrate the 112 Day dedicated to the unified emergency number. As part of the celebration, there will be many informative campaigns to increase society’s awareness of the emergency hotline in all EU member states.

Cold weather to remain in Latvia for the whole week; thaw to commence next week

The anticyclone from the Scandinavian Peninsula will begin moving to the south. Its centre will be above Latvia – air will be cold and dry, the sun will shine often, but days will no longer be as sunny as this week, as reported by State Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvia’s imports down 1.7% and exports up 0.3% in 2016

In December 2016, Latvian foreign trade turnover at current prices was 9.7 % higher than in December 2015, and the exports and imports values of goods were 7.6 % and 11.4 % higher, respectively.

Staburadze to have a new visual design

Staburadze confectionery brand has developed a new visual design. A total of EUR 41,000 was invested in the development of a new visual identity. The time has come for the brand to change, says Orkla Confectionery & Snacks marketing manager in Latvia Aija Udre, adding that Staburadze’s visual design has not changed much since 1910.

New requirements to be adopted for driving schools to improve traffic safety

Work continues to improve road traffic security. It is planned to introduce a video format questions to driving school exams. Deployment of new speed cameras will also continue in 2017.

Latvians living abroad to be able to re-register childbirth in Latvia

To comply with the right of the child to know their origin and provide rights to both parents, new law amendments state Latvian citizens living abroad will be able to perform re-registration of childbirth in Latvian civil registry office.

BKUS: parenteral nutrition in Latvia to be allowed to be performed at home

Children’s Clinical University Hospital has commences a new practice – training for parents about parenteral nutrition to allow patients with such a need to stay at home instead of a hospital, BKUS representative Vita Steina says.

Sudraba and Aboltina: Kucinskis’ mistake – approval of this year’s budget

Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis’ government is as though an empty boat without a captain or crew tossed around by waves. Such an assessment to Kucinskis’ government’s first year was given by Inguna Sudraba in her interview to Rīta panorama on 9 February.

EC: Latvia risks not reaching 50% household waste recycling goal

European Commission has warned Latvia about the risk of failing to reach 50% household waste recycling goal by 2020.

Study: EU consumers pessimistic about electricity market

58% of interviewed consumers in the European Union admit the electricity retail market in their home country does not function sufficiently, according to results of the European Commission’s Retail energy market study.

Ventspils Freeport terminals transshipped 40% more cargoes than last year

In January 2017, Ventspils Freeport terminals transshipped 2.5 million tons of cargoes, which is 40% more than last year, as reported by the freeport’s public relations manager Inga Ievina.

Latvia and France to cooperate more closely in defence field

Latvia and France have signed an inter-governmental agreement in the field of defence. The new agreement states that both countries will cooperate in multiple defence-related fields – development of security and defence concepts, defence and planning policy, cyber-defence, military exercises, etc.

Reirs asks SEA to introduce mandatory financial literacy training for the unemployed

To help improve understanding of the need to pay social fees, Welfare Minister Janis Reirs has asked the State Revenue Service to ensure mandatory four-hour education course for unemployed people to help improve their financial literacy.

Rinkevics: we should not «punish» the British for their nation’s choice

«We find any desire to ‘punish’ the British for their nation’s choice unacceptable. Their choice should be respected by other European Union member states,» notes Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics.

Vejonis: there is room to expand cooperation between Latvia and Russia

«In spite of different positions in important international policy matters, there is room for our countries to expand practical industrial cooperation,» said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis during the presentation of credentials to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian federation in Latvia Yevgeniy Lukyanov.

ASF appears again in Salaspils; 10,000 pigs to be liquidated

On Tuesday, 7 February, the Food and Veterinary Service received results of laboratory tests, proving the presence of African swine fever in Ancers pig enclosure in Salaspils. Approximately 10,000 pigs will have to be liquidated.