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Expert: Reduced VAT rate on fruit and vegetables to have economic effect

The Latvian government has decided to lower VAT rate on fresh vegetables, fruit and berries to 5%, triggering an active discussion on possible effects of the decision among professionals and consumers. Commercial director of retailer Elvi Latvija has voiced her opinion.

Polish national dies as helicopter crashes in Latvia

During Rally Liepāja in Western Latvia a helicopter has crashed killing one person and injuring three others.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian, German ministers sign agreement on 1918 Independence Act

The foreign ministers of Lithuania and Germany signed in Berlin on Thursday, October 5, an agreement on handover of the February 16, 1918 Independence Act to Lithuania for five years.

Police: Tragic Saulkrasti explosion had force of 100 kgs of TNT

The explosion that blew up a residential house in Saulkrasti novads, where five people have been found dead, could have equalled the power of 100 kilograms of trinitrotoluene explosive, Latvian police evaluated.

Tragic explosion in residential building in Saulkrasti novads

Fire-fighters in Latvia, have been called to Saulkrasti novads, where a residential building had crumbled after an explosion. Five dead people were found in the rubble.

Heating to arrive in Riga flats this week

All Riga residential buildings administered by the city council’s SIA Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks can expect to have central heating by the end of the week.

UK situation with children of Latvian nationals has improved

Lately, the situation with the children of Latvian nationals in the UK has got better, stated Latvian Ambassador to the UK, Baiba Braže. The Ambassador acknowledged that the number of children taken away by British authorities from families of UK-based Latvian nationals has decreased and added that currently, local authorities are more active in informing the Latvian Embassy of such cases.

Latvian farmers oppose the need to buy insurance for vehicle, if it's not used on road

Latvian farmers are opposed to the requirement backed by the Latvian government for owners to buy compulsory motor vehicle civil liability insurance also for vehicles that are not used in road traffic, says the board chairman of the Latvian Agricultural Organization Cooperation Council, Edgars Treibergs.

Fire-fighters: cats are animals getting most often into trouble

Latvian fire-fighters have in the first nine months of 2016 performed over 5 500 rescue operations and close to every seventh such a call, or 735 cases, have been from residents seeking help in saving animals in difficult situations, said the Latvian State Fire and Rescue Service.

Latvian government supports EUR 88 million more funding to road repairs

The Latvian government has backed allocating in the next three years additional 88.4 million euros to repairing roads, which in Latvian rural parts are often dangerously outdated.

Single elderly households are poorest in Latvia

Among Latvian households, the lowest income has been observed in the households of single and elderly people, who are aged 65 or older, Latvian statisticians have estimated.

Estonian cooperative bank Coop Pank starts operations

Estonian Krediidipank has been from Monday, October 2, rebranded to Coop Pank reflecting the principles of operation of its largest owner – a group of cooperatives.

Oncologists: Rigvir scandal shames Latvia

Leading oncology and health organizations in Latvia have rejected taking part in Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša’s discussion on whether or not Rigvir medicine should remain on the State Register of Medicines and list of state-compensated medicines.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia grew 5.3% in August

Compared to August 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 5.3 % in August 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 7.7 %, while turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 4.1 %.

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