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Sunday 25.06.2017 | Name days: Maiga, Milija

EP simplifies energy labels; residents will be able to reduce electricity costs

Members of the European Parliament have given green light to the system that will let consumers pick energy-efficient household appliances more easily and reduce electricity costs through simplified energy labels for appliances, EP reports.

Justice Ministry: work of arbitration courts is improved in Latvia

The reform for arbitration courts has benefited the general state of their work environment, states Latvian Justice Ministry.

Latvian government to increase fight against money laundering and terrorism funding

The government has supported amendments to the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing intended to adapt European Parliament’s and European Commission’s fourth money laundering and terrorist financing prevention directive, as reported by Finance Ministry.

Latvian government conceptually supports procurement of new trains

Pasažieru vilciens will continue the procurement of new trains in the second stage of the process. This was conceptually approved by the government on Tuesday, 13 June.

Experts: pest control should be a priority in Latvia’s agriculture

«Winter and supper crops are currently developing quickly under influence from heat and moisture. This is good. Still, we have to carefully monitor leaf diseases and spread of different pests,» emphasize specialists of Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre.

In photos: Latvian tennis player Aļona Ostapenko’s arrival in Riga

On Monday, 12 June, a huge gathering of fans welcomed Latvian tennis player Aļona Ostapenko’s arrival at Riga International Airport. On Saturday, 10 June, Ostapenko triumphed at Roland-Garros Open in France.

CEC does not revoke results of municipal elections in Rezekne

The Central Election Commission had decided to decline the complaint submitted by four Rezekne City Council candidates asking to revoke election results.

Criminal process launched against Bogdanovs couple working at Finance Police

Latvian Security Police has commenced a criminal process against Kristine and Maksim Bogdanov, who are husband and wife. The two are officials working at State Revenue Service’s Finance Police.The reason for the criminal process is disclosure of official secrets.

One accident at work – one too many; expert talks about work safety

Practices in Latvian companies show that the general attitude towards work safety varies greatly. This is proven by situations when employees have to put their signatures under work safety rules but no real training follows, says business effectiveness expert Vids Petraitis says about the situation in Latvia.

HM: additional funding for healthcare would help reduce queues by 10%

«In accordance with European Commission’s permitted budget deficit correction – 110 million euros – and additional funding form the state budget, which would form approximately 80 million euros, it would be possible in 2018 to reduce queues by 40% and secure 548,110 additional services to patients, including 5,845 eye operations,» Latvian Healthcare Ministry reports.

Supreme Court: hidden lobbying has hurt Latvia a lot over the years

«Hidden lobbying, which is very common in Latvia, has hurt the country a lot over the years. It is one of the elements that contributes to distrust towards the government,» believes chairperson of the Supreme Court’s Administrative Cases Department Veronika Krumina.

Programme: authorities launch new criminal processes after municipal elections

Latvian Security Police have launched three criminal processes for vote-buying in the 2017 municipal elections, as confirmed by deputy chief of Security Police Ints Ulmanis in an interview to De Facto of LTV.

Thunderstorms expected in Latvia this week

Weather in Latvia will be dictated by a cyclone currently above Scandinavia. It will start moving east soon. This will bring a lot of rain to Latvia – the volume of precipitation may exceed 10 mm daily, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Maxima Latvija signs agreement with Riga Plaza shopping centre

Maxima Latvija retailer has signed a rent agreement with fashion and entertainment centre Riga Plaza to secure space for the opening of Maxima XXX supermarket there. The company plans to invest EUR 2.06 million in this project, BNN was told by Maxima Latvija representatives.

Foreign trade turnover in Latvia was 1.9 billion euros in April

In April 2017 Latvian foreign trade turnover amounted to EUR 1.88 billion, which was 0.5 % higher than in April 2016, and the exports and imports values of goods were 1.0 % and 0.2 % higher, respectively.

Last moment to get people to return to Latvia; government asked to act

Latvian government is asked to continue the tax reform, as the main problem in the country is the continued population decline, which creates a lack of labour force and decline of domestic consumption, as noted by Latvian Chamber for Commerce and Industry and Latvian Employers’ Confederation.

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