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Sunday 18.03.2018 | Name days: Ilona, Adelīna

Layer of snow to increase and air temperature to drop in Latvia

On Monday, 29 January, a cyclone will pass through Estonia and Latvia’s northern parts. A precipitation zone associated with that cyclone will pass through as well, bringing rain to the country’s western and central regions, and snow to eastern regions, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Construction costs in Latvia up 3.1% over the course of the year

Compared to December 2016, the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 3.1 % in December 2017. Labour remuneration of workers1 increased by 7.5 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment - by 2.3 %, but prices of building materials - by 1.8 %.

Latvian MEP submits proposals to improve European Parliament’s direct investments control

Investments from Russia and other countries could potentially create threats to security and public order in the European Union, said MEP Roberts Zīle.

Researchers of Moscow's media activity say its current focus is on Sweden

Moscow's endeavour to affect public opinion currently focusing on Sweden to avoid from Stockholm developing closer ties with NATO, evaluated Estonian Colonel Peeter Tali, who is the Deputy Director of NATO's strategic communication centre of excellence in Riga.

Estonian farmers reach considerable cereal crops despite rainy summer

Farmers in Estonia have managed to reach the average cereal yield in 2017 amounting to 3,967 tonnes per hectare, which according to Estonian statisticians is a considerable result despite a very rainy summer.

Plenty of precipitation for end of January – rain in the west, snow in the east

Some precipitation is expected in Latvia on Friday, 26 January, and the night to Saturday. Snow and wet snow is expected in Latvia’s eastern parts, where air temperature will stay at 0° C. The layer of snow there is expected to increase by 4-8 cm, as reported by Latvian State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Debates: Russia’s aggressive behaviour in neighbouring countries creates risks

Strengthening of security should be made the main priority. Latvia’s and the entire region’s development depends on it, because welfare is only possible in a safe environment, said chairman of Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee Ojārs Ēriks Kalniņš during annual foreign affairs debates on Thursday, 25 January.

Bank: only 13 cents from each euro paid to 3rd level pension plans are provided by employers

Last year, total savings made by clients of 3rd level pension funds grew 14%, reaching EUR 434.5 million. This increase was possible largely thanks to payments made by new clients, which reached a new record peak – EUR 77.7 million, says Luminor Pensions board member Iļja Arefjevs.

Saeima speaker: election will play major role for country’s foreign policy’s integrity

Elections coming up in autumn will decide who will be forming Latvia’s foreign policy in the next four years and what this policy will include. Our biggest responsibility remains further strengthening of Latvia’s independence and security, said Saeima speaker Ināra Mūrniece at the opening of the parliament’s annual foreign policy debates on Thursday, 25 January.

KGB scientific research committee members provided with access to official secrets

Specialists of the KGB scientific research committee fit requirements of the law to be provided with a special permit to access official secrets, as concluded by Constitution Protection Bureau.

New investors will have to restore Agenskalns market within 3.5 years

The decision made by Riga City Council’s Property Department in regards to auctioning off Agenskalns market’s lease rights provides the duty for the new investor to fully restore the market within three years and six months.

LAR: Saeima members’ votes should be published in full

To make it easier for society to follow behaviour of Saeima members in decision-making processes, Latvian Association of Regions (LAR) proposes amending the parliament’s internal rules, allowing publication of names of deputies that do not register their participation in votes.

Latvia had the smallest budget deficit in EU in Q3

In Q3 2017, Latvia had the smallest general government budget deficit to GDP ratio among European Union member states, according to the latest data compiled for 22 EU member states and published by Eurostat.

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