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Debtor database to be expanded with Latvenergo clients

The Credit Information Bureau has signed a cooperation agreement on information exchange with Latvenergo. Soon the unified database of private and legal persons’ credit history database will also include information about Latvenergo debtors, as BNN was informed by the company.

KNAB requests prosecution of Stradins hospital employees for forging documents

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has asked the Prosecutor General’s office to commence criminal prosecution of employees of Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital for illegally requesting monetary benefits and forging documents, BNN was told by KNAB.

Coface: among Baltics, only Estonia works to improve business risk rating

International credit risk insurance company Coface has upgraded Estonia’s rating in the new credit risk rating to A2. Latvia’s and Lithuania’s business environment assessment remain unchanged – A4 and A3 respectively.

Enterprise Registry to fully digitize documents stored in archives

Registration of enterprises will no longer be tied to a specific geographical location. It will be possible to do that from any Enterprise Registry office, as BNN was informed by Saeima press-service.

Frost to pick up in strength Latvia next week; air temperature may decline to -20° C

On Friday, 3 January, under influence of the western portion of an anticyclone, no major weather changes are expected – the sky will rarely get clear, but the day will pass without major precipitation. Wind speed will be low and air temperature will be within +1° C… -3° C range, as reported by the State Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Heating tariffs finally reduced for Ventspils residents

Starting from 5 March 2017, the end heating tariff for Ventspils residents will be 54.90 EUR/1 MWh. This is 5.8% lower when compared with the current tariff, which is one of the highest among Latvian cities, as reported by the Public Utilities Commission.

More than one-fifth of Latvia’s population subjected to poverty risk

424 thousand persons or 21.8 % of Latvia population were at risk of poverty in 2015 – 0.7 percentage points less than in 2014.

Lithuania sees more foreign investments, yet they bypass regions

According to Invest Lithuania, a non-profit organization set up by the Ministry of Economy to promote investments in the country, the past year of 2016 was «another record-breaking year» for foreign direct investments (FDI) in Lithuania.

Saeima ratifies Paris agreement on climate change mitigation

On Thursday, 2 February, Latvia’s Saeima ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The goal of this convention is to enhance global action on global change mitigation, BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

LRA and LA to start in municipal elections in Riga together

On 1 February, political parties Latvian Association of Regions and For Latvia’s Development signed a cooperation agreement on a joint start in the upcoming elections in Riga. The candidate for the post of chairman of Riga City Council will be announced once both agree on consultations of the two parties’ work group.

Estonia’s ruling party to employ corruption-charged Savisaar

Estonia’s ruling Centre Party has decided to employ and pay salary to its former leader, Edgar Savisaar, who has been charged with severe crimes, and the party would not ask him to compensate for 117,000 euros it was found having received in forbidden donations and has to pay back on his behalf.

Political forces may want to use taxpayer money to influence voters

Delna – Society for Openness notices possible violations in three procurements posted on the website of the Procurement Monitoring Bureau’s website. Delna believes those procurements may be related to pre-election campaigns.

British court sentences Latvian antique collector for stolen painting

In Britain a Latvian antique collector was sentenced to a nine months in prison for stealing a religious painting from a Chester Cathedral, as reported by The Guardian.

LPS: situations when taxpayers are forced to cover large distances are unacceptable

«It is good that digitization of SRS’ internal processes helps workers of this institution to work in Riga and practically anywhere in Latvia. Nevertheless, situations in which taxpayers are forced to cover large distances are unacceptable,» – says advisor of Latvian Local Governments Union Sanita Skiltere.

Spolitis applied with reprimand for statements addressed to Kaimins

Saeima’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee concluded on Wednesday, 1 February, that statements voiced by Unity deputy Veiko Spolitis and addressed to parliamentarian Artuss Kaimins were in violation of the Ethics Code. Spolitis was then given a reprimand.

Latvia to develop computer game to help children learn to read

Development has commenced in Latvia on a computer game to help develop reading skills. It is intended for children of the age of three, as confirmed by the developer Janis Abele.

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