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Hourly labour costs in Latvia grew 10.6% in Latvia in Q2

Compared to Q2 previous year, hourly labour costs rose by 77 cents or 10.6 %, reaching 8.07 euros in Q2 2017. Seasonally adjusted data show that labour costs increased by 8.2 %.

Lietuvietis: European urologists report growing numbers of prostate cancer cases

European urologists report rapid rise of prostate cancer spread among men. Prostate cancer is the most common forms of cancer among men in Latvia, as well. More than 417,000 new prostate cancer cases are uncovered in Europe every year. 92,000 men die from this type of cancer every year.

Court: Lembergs openly ignores requests from judges; sanctions applied again

On Friday, 15 September, Riga Regional Court will continue viewing the criminal case revolving around Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of serious crimes. Lembergs will continue testifying.

Saeima conceptually approves increasing penalties state language violations

«By increasing sanctions for violations of state language rules, we will strengthen the principle detailed in the Constitution – Latvian language is the sole state language,» believes Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs.

Rainy weather to remain in Latvia; a new cyclone will come close next week

On Friday, 15 September, weather in Latvia will remain rainy in most areas, some will even experience thunderstorms. Precipitation will back down closer to the evening, however. Air temperature will be +12° C… +15° C during most of the day. At night, however, air temperature will decline to +9° C… +14° C, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

FCMC revokes Hanza Cooperative credit union’s license

Finance Capital and Market Commission has made the decision to revoke the license of Hanza Cooperative credit union issued on 20 April 2004.

Climate change: MEPs support larger role for forests in reducing CO2

On Wednesday, 13 September, members of the European Parliament supported the plan that is aimed to reduce climate change by means of increasing the role of forests in absorbing CO2.

Funding for social integration measures proposed to be increased

In 2018, funding will be necessary for a wide range of integration measures, including support of national minorities, NGOs and social organization, as well as activities to involve youngsters in public processes, BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Police intercept an impressive amount of contraband cigarettes in Latgale

At the beginning of the week, a massive amount of contraband cigarettes was intercepted – 1,900,140 Minsk 5 Superslim cigarettes with Belarusian excise labels. 1966-born citizen of Lithuania who was driving the truck in which cigarettes were found has been arrested.

Latvia disagrees with proposal to reduce cod and herring fishing volumes in the Gulf of Riga

On Wednesday, 13 September, minister Jānis Dūklavs met with NGOs at Agriculture Ministry’s Fishing Advisory Council meeting and discussed with them European Commission’s proposal for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea in 2018.

European Parliament to allocate another 500 million euros to combat youth unemployment

Members of the European Parliament approved the allocation of an additional amount of EUR 500 million for the youth employment initiative. It is part of the achieved EUR 1.2 billion increase for 2017-2020, as reported by EP.

Juncker wants to attract special attention to Baltic States next year

Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, has promised to pay more attention to Baltic States next year, when they will be celebrating their centenary.

Residents’ opinion: wages should be stated in the job offers

Most interviewed Latvian residents are confident that stating the size of offered wage in job offers should be mandatory, according to results of a survey performed by CV Market.

Expert: tax accounting will become more complex after the tax reform

After the introduction of the tax reform, tax accounting will become more complex. And this is not because it will take several years for businesses, private persons and tax inspectors to get used to the system. The new laws in general are not meant to make things simpler, says Latvian Tax Consultant Association board member Ainis Dābols.

Latvian basketball team withdraws from European championship

On Tuesday, 12 September, Latvian men’s basketball team lost to Slovenia in the quarter finals game of European Championship 2017 in Istanbul, failing to reach the semi-finals in the Old Continent for the first time since the restoration of independence.

Cabinet of Ministers: Latvia will have 100 stationary speed cameras next year

Latvian Cabinet of Ministers has supported amendments to regulations that provide clarifying planned income and expenditures for measures associated with improving road traffic supervision. In 2018, Latvia will have 100 stationary speed cameras set up on roads, as reported by Interior Affairs Ministry.

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