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Monday 24.04.2017 | Name days: Nameda, Visvaldis, Ritvaldis

Unexpected guest arrives at Ventspils Port

Ventspils Port has welcomed an unexpected guest – Siem Barracuda ship. This vessel picked Ventspils for crew change, refuelling and resupply.

Personalized voter IDs to be adopted in Latvia

For residents that only have an ID card and no citizen passport will be provided with personalized voter IDs for next year’s Saeima elections, as agreed upon by Saeima’s Public Administration and Local Government Committee.

This year’s influenza season claimed 37 lives in Latvia

Influenza intensity has declined 33% in Latvia, according to monitoring data prepared by Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

Reduced VAT on food would also help reduce illegal trade of food products

Retail trade networks plan to adopt an honest reduced VAT rate for fresh vegetables, fruits and berries, as agreed upon by Agriculture Ministry, Latvian Traders Association and Latvian Federation of Food Enterprises.

SEB expands cooperation with Altum to service loan requests more quickly

SEB Bank and Altum have signed authorization agreement for the issue of guarantees. This will help the bank speed up the processing of loan requests from small and medium-sized companies, as BNN was informed by the bank.

Orkla Foods Latvia: largest export increases were noted in Estonia and Finland last year

The turnover of Orkla Foods Latvia reached EUR 29.9 million in 2016. 78% of the company’s turnover consisted of sales in Latvia and 22% of sales in export markets, the company reports.

Latvia will not join EU countries planning to create a public prosecutor's office

Latvian Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs has been asked to to explain why Latvia is not among 16 European Union member states that plan to found a public prosecutor’s office, as reported by For Latvia’s Development.

Public transport services in Riga will be free of charge 4 May

All residents will be able to use Riga’s public transport services on 4 May, the Day of Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia, as provided by amendments accepted by Riga City Council’s Traffic and Transport Affairs Committee.

Number of transfer passengers at Riga airport up 11%

In the first quarter of 2017, the number of transit and transfer passengers serviced at Riga International Airport increased by 11%, according to data on the airport’s results for the first three months of 2017.

UEL: double taxation on pensions will impede re-emigration

Application of new taxes on pensions of Latvian citizens earned abroad will impede the re-emigration process, said representative of the Union of European Latvians Elina Pinto in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Balsts: standard apartment prices remain the lowest in Bolderaja

In March standard apartments were offered for an average price of 732 EUR/m2. The highest prices are found in Teika (867 EUR/m2). The lowest prices and most rapid price rise are found in Bolderaja (491 EUR/m2), according to data from Balsts.

Less-intrusive approach to interrogation of sexually abused children to be adopted in Latvia

Sexual abuse of children is the most common form of violence against children in Latvia, as reported by State Police. According to data from Dardedze centre, 26% of cases of violence against children involved sexual abuse in 2016.

Expert: outlook on future for processing industry remains optimistic

The general mood in industry remains optimistic on the local and export markets, which leads us to believe that February’s slowdown will not have a lasting effect, Swedbank economist Linda Vildava comments data on February’s industrial output.

Pulks: Riga City Council gives away 17 million euros without tendering procedure

Over the course of the past five years, more than EUR 17 million was spend with no tendering procedure on Riga City Council’s single information system’s maintenance. Politician Olafs Pulks from Unity suspects certain municipal officials of having selfish interests.