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Cargo and passenger traffic increased in Latvia in nine months of 2017

Compared to the nine months of 2016, the volume of freights carried by land and pipelines had increased by 2.3 million tonnes or 2.7 % and freight turnover by 3 % in the nine months of 2017.

LRA refuses to sign cooperation agreement proposed by For Latvia’s Development

The board of Latvian Association of Regions has decided not to support the signing of the cooperation agreement with party For Latvia’s Development, says the party’s representative Valdis Verners.

Deputies request check of Rinkēvičs’ responsibility for defending rights of Latvians

Ten Saeima deputies have submitted a request to Prime Minster Māris Kučinskis to evaluate actions of Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs. They believe Rinkēvičs has avoided his duties to protect the rights of Latvian citizens under the age of 18 in UK and Northern Ireland and has submitted false information to Saeima deputies.

Endziņš: consideration of MPC 2 is pure madness

Considering that electricity costs in Latvia are higher than they are in neighbouring states, thinking of Mandatory Procurement Component 2 is pure madness, said chairman of Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jānis Endziņš in an interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV.

SAB: state institutions sin by employing people without access to official secrets

Certain state institutions sin by employing people without access to official secrets in posts that require it, said first deputy director of Constitution Protection Bureau Andris Freimanis during a meeting of Saeima’s Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee.

Winter weather conditions to set a foothold in Latvia soon

This week and the next will pass under winter conditions, especially in the eastern regions, where snow will keep mounting and slight frost will remain for some time, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Eurostat: Latvia unemployment level was eighth highest in EU in October

In October 2017, Latvia’s unemployment level was 8.2%, which was the eighth highest among EU member states for which data is available, according to data from Eurostat.

Retail trade turnover grew in Latvia 4.5% in October

Compared to October 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 4.5 % in October 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 4.5 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, grew by 6.3 %, whereas turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel fell by 1.8 %.

Expert: human factor is the weak spot in cyber-attacks

Cyber-attacks are often aimed against specific workers. Criminals use information easily obtained on the internet against them. The new trend in cyber-crimes is exploitation of the human factor, says Tele2 Shared Service Center’s security office manager Artūrs Pantelis.

Police: many drivers blatantly ignore basic road traffic rules

Too often State Police receive information and experience for themselves that some drivers blatantly ignore even the most basic of road traffic rules, especially the requirement for signal lights, representatives of Latvian State Police say.

Circene: healthcare funding regulations will not motivate people to pay social tax

Regulations included in the healthcare funding legislative draft will not motivate residents to pay taxes, said representative of Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ingrīda Circene in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Daudze: Latvia and Pakistan share unused cooperation potential

«Latvia and Pakistan are united by an active and constructive dialogue. However, there is still unused economic cooperation potential left unexplored. Development of trade relations would benefit from a convention on prevention of double taxation,» says Saeima speaker’s associate Guntars Daudze.

Latvian Healthcare Minister joins Green Party

On Wednesday, 29 November, Latvian Green Party’s board reviewed Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša’s application to join the ranks of the party. With party chairman Edgars Tavars’ recommendation, her membership was approved.

Latvian households pay for electricity less than the average in EU

In the first six months of 2017, the price of electricity and gas in Latvia was below the average in the European Union, according to Eurostat data.

Conexus Baltic Grid gas storage tariff may increase 38%

The gas storage tariff of Conexus Baltic Grid may increase by 38% in the foreseeable future. This is provided by the new tariff project submitted for review to the Public Utilities Commission.

Average pay in Latvia was 925 euros in Q3 2017

In Q3 2017 the average gross wages and salaries for full-time work comprised 925 euros. Compared to Q3 2016, the average earnings have increased by 65 euros or 7.5 %.