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Survey: every fourth residents would gladly combine business trips with leisure

Every fourth Latvian resident would gladly use the opportunity to combine a business trip with leisure. One-third of residents say their employer’s policy does not allow it, according to the latest Latvia Tours Travel Index.

Unemployment in Latvia declines 0.4 percentage points

In Q3 2017 Latvian unemployment rate constituted 8.5 %. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points, whereas, compared to the same period of the year before – by 1.0 percentage points.

Tallinn pushes to pay corruption-accused Savisaar 15 000 euros

It has been proposed in the Tallinn City Council to pay to Edgar Savisaar, who has been deposed from the office of the Mayor on suspicion of large-scale corruption, a severance pay equalling three monthly salaries in the amount of 15,865.20 euros.

Bad weather impacted ice cream sales in Latvia

Because of bad weather, ice cream sales in summer had declined in comparison with the previous year, as admitted by interviewed Latvian ice cream producers.

Latvian Post offers 29 pieces of property at open auction

Latvian Post has put up 29 unused or unnecessary pieces of property at an ascending-bid auction. The lowest initial price is for pieces of property, land and construction-intended pieces of land in Riebiņi County – EUR 970. The highest price is noted for land and buildings in Riga – EUR 187,000.

Former official: part of education reforms will likely end up politically delayed

Education and Science Ministry currently lacks the capacity to complete all of its planned reforms. In addition, some of those reforms will likely end up politically delayed, former director of the ministry’s Education Department and deputy state secretary Evija Papule told Latvijas Avīze.

Ašeradens admits the need to change Unity’s operational model

Unity’s chairman and Latvia’s Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens see no reason to recall and reform Unity’s Saeima faction, as requested by Kustības Par! members. He does admit, however, that it is necessary to change the party’s operational model.

VIDEO: residents cheer for Latvia’s 99th birthday

To congratulate Latvian residents on Latvia’s 99th birthday a special video with poetry has been made. The video itself shows Latvian people of different age, professional backgrounds and interests at their birthdays.

LOSP surprised about Dālderis’ attitude towards VAT differentiation for fruits and vegetables

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives is surprised about the opinion of Kustība Par! board member Ints Dālderis on the idea for the differentiation of VAT for fruits and vegetables.

Number of foreign guests serviced in Latvian accommodation establishments grows 12.6%

964.1 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q3 2017, which is 11.8 % more than during the respective period of 2016. Compared to the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 14.4 %, reaching 1.86 million. The average length of stay comprised 1.9 nights.

FCMC applies 890,000 euros fine to Meridian Trade Bank

Finance and Capital Market Commission has made the decision to apply a fine of EUR 889,651 to Meridian Trade Bank, as confirmed by FCMC Council.

Kārums starts producing cheese cakes; 70,000 invested in assortment expansion

Milk processing company Food Union has expanded the assortment of Kārums products by offering customers something new – Kārums cheese cake. Creation of this new product cost the company an investment of EUR 70,000, as reported by Food Union.

Booming alcohol stores on Latvian-Estonian border to expand

Facing large interest from Estonian customers, alcohol stores located at the Latvian side of the defunct Ainaži-Ikla border crossing rush to expand their premises.

Estonia detains suspected Russian spy, Embassy – perplexed

The top Russian diplomat in Estonia has expressed perplexity of suspicion by Estonian authorities that a Russian citizen detained in the Narva border crossing could be an agents of the Russian Federal Security Service.

FVS finds traces of banned substances in Canpol Babies latex teats

Latvia’s Food and Veterinary Service has called for a full withdrawal of Canpol Babies latex teats from circulation due to the discovery of migration of N-nitrosatable substances. These chemical substances are toxic and can do serious damage to human health.

Rinkēvičs invites EU to continue investing in African women’s education

In the discussion regarding EU-African relations and preparations for the Africa-EU Summit, which will take place in Côte d'Ivoire at the end of November, Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs emphasized the importance of comprehensive and sustainable cooperation.

National Alliance urges employees to speak in state language

On Monday, 13 November, the National Alliance asked coalition partners to support amendments to the Labour Law that would make it so employees, when performing their duties, are to communicate with Latvian residents in the state language, as reported by party’s representatives.

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