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Monday 29.05.2017 | Name days: Raivis, Raivo, Maksis

Deputy: Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks avoids defending apartment owners

Since 2008, Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks has been actively avoiding requests to report on the municipal company’s accomplishments and measures undertaken to ensure home owners do not have to pay land lease debts requested by City Land Service and other land owners, as reported by Riga City Council deputy from Unity Nils Josts.

Construction output in Latvia up 8.4% in Q1 2017

Compared to the corresponding period of 2016, construction output in Latvia increased by 8.4 % in Q1 2017. Construction production output at current prices amounted to 222 million euros.

EU provides additional funding for project intended to improve cross-border business

European Union has allocated additional funding for the project intended to improve small and medium Estonian and Latvian cross-border business development.

Latvia develops action plan to limit the spread of HIV, STD, B and C hepatitis

An action plan has been developed for 2018-2020 to limit the spread of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, B and C hepatitis, as reported by Healthcare Ministry.

SEA: level of registered unemployment in Latvia down to 7.8% in April

In April 2017, there were 76,431 unemployed people registered with Latvia’s State Employment Agency. By the end of April this number declined to 71,705. The total level of registered unemployment in the country declined 0.5% in comparison with March. It was 7.8% at the end of April, according to data from SEA.

Uzbekistan wants Latvia’s experience in food monitoring

Uzbekistan wants to learn about Latvia’s experience in monitoring of food quality and safety, as reported by Latvian Agriculture Ministry.

Weather to become warmer in Latvia; meteorologist promise +20° C next week

Weather is expected to gradually become warmer over the next seven days. The amount of precipitation will be low as well, according to Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Economic forecast: stable economic growth on the horizon

Europe’s economy has started on its fifth recovery year. All EU member states currently experience recovery. It is expected that recovery will continue at a moderate rate this year and the next, as mentioned in the 2017 spring economic forecast.

Real estate company: number of deals decreases and prices rise

In April, price rise was observed in all of Riga’s districts from 0.12% in Teika to 0.71% in Vecmilgravis. In the city centre, however, prices remained unchanged, as the situation is described by real estate company Balsts.

Agreement signed with USA on defence procurement

Latvian Defence Ministry has signed an agreement with United States of America on defence procurement, which offers equal opportunities for companies from both countries to participate in procurements of the other country, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Riga International Airport reaches historically highest passenger count

In April 2017, Riga International Airport serviced nearly 490,000 passengers, which is the highest number of serviced passengers in the airport’s history, as confirmed by the airport’s representative.

LDDK: to reduce social inequality, minimum wage should be EUR 430

During a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, the government supported proposals from social partners and the realization of the new tax policy with consideration of conditions extended by the coalition’s partners for securing funding to healthcare, education and defence, as reported by Latvian Employers’ Confederation.

Foreign trade turnover in Latvia up 14.3% in March

In March 2017, Latvian foreign trade turnover amounted to EUR 2.15 billion, which was 14.3 % higher than in March 2016, and the exports and imports values of goods were 13.2 % and 15.2 % higher, respectively.

SRS supports informative campaign to reduce circulation of contraband

Purchasing contraband goods and paying less for them results in taxes not being paid to the state budget, which reduces funding for education, healthcare and culture sectors. Instead money ends up in the hands of organized crime groups, funding their future crimes, says State Revenue Service.