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Sunday 25.06.2017 | Name days: Maiga, Milija

FM: food prices will continue increasing in Latvia

The main factor with consumer price changes in May was the rise of food prices. Increase has been noted for nearly all food products, but the most rapid increase has been noted for fresh fish, milk, oils and vegetables – their prices rose 23.9%, 14.3%, 13.4% and 6%, as reported by Finance Ministry.

Summer-like warmth expected in Latvia on weekends; up to +25° C

A small high atmospheric pressure area will remain above Latvia on Friday, 9 June. Still, some rain is expected. Wind speed will be low and air temperature is expected around +16° C… +21° C, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Will Latvia introduce PET bottle deposit refund system?

On Thursday, 8 June, Saeima decided to ask Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry to evaluate the possibility of introducing PET bottles and other beverage package deposit system, BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Cargo turnover increase noted for Ventspils port terminals; declines noted too

Turnover of terminals working at Ventspils Freeport has grown 20% in the past five months in comparison with the same period of last year, as reported by Ventspils Freeport Authority.

Insolvency administrators Ilmars Krums and Maris Spruds are detained

Latvian State Police have detained insolvency administrators Ilmars Krums and Maris Spruds. Both of them were previously in charge of the insolvency process for the liquidated Trasta komercbanka.

Researchers publish first scientific study dedicated to Latvian Roma music

A book titled «Authenticity and Ethnicity in the Music of Latvian Roma» has been published in Latvia. It is the first scientific study dedicated to the music of this Latvian minority. This book tells about ethnicity and authenticity theories interesting no only to Roma representatives, but other cultures and communities, as noted by Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia.

Latvia’s Q1 growth was fourth most rapid among EU member states

In Q1 2017 Latvia’s GDP growth was the fourth most rapid among European Union member states when compared to the same period of 2016, according to data published by Eurostat on Thursday, 8 June.

Saeima ratifies EU-Afghanistan cooperation agreement

Latvian Saeima has ratified the cooperation agreement for partnership and development between the European Union and Afghanistan. The goal of partnership is strengthening dialogue and cooperation to further contribute to peace and security in Afghanistan.

Residents expect their revenue to increase in the next five years

58% of Latvian residents expect their income to increase in the next five years. 25% of residents believe their income will remain the same, according to data from Nordea Bank’s study about residents’ savings.

Teachers: IT technologies have a positive effect on students’ learning process

In parallel to other teaching subjects, multiple Latvian schools have been teaching computer science using Start IT materials as part of a pilot project for the second consecutive year. 83% of interviewed teachers participating in the project admit that computer science has a positive effect on the learning process – children are more motivated to learn new skills.

Ruling coalition in Latvia may decide to put off PIT reduction

The ruling coalition plans to discuss different new proposals for compensating mechanisms in the realization of the tax reform – higher progressiveness of PIT, the option to postpone PIT reduction by six months and others.

Mass media to be held accountable for reporting false information

On Wednesday, 7 June, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee concluded work on amendments to the Law on the Press and Other Mass Media. These amendments are intended to clarify that the goal of this law is protecting the right of freedom of speech as it is stated in the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia.

Welfare Ministry representative becomes head of EU Employment Committee

Latvian Welfare Ministry’s Labour Market Policy Department’s deputy director Ilze Zvidrina has been elected at chairperson of European Union Employment Committee.

African swine fever found in domestic pigs in Lithuania; FVS reminds of biosecurity

African swine fever has been confirmed in two domestic pigs in a farm in Panevezys, Lithuania. This is the second confirmed FVS infection case recorder in Lithuania this year, as reported by the Food and Veterinary Service.

Kucinskis promises to find decisive solution to tax reform next week

None of the coalition partners have any desire to overthrow the government. A solution to the tax reform and healthcare funding problem will be found, said Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

More than 200,000 people in Baltics use Smart-ID solution

The number of unique Smart-ID users in Baltic States currently exceeds 200,000. More than 100,000 people in Latvia, 60,500 people in Lithuania and 50,000 people in Estonia actively use the new electronic identification solution used by Swedbank and SEB Bank in their internet banking services, as confirmed by representatives of said banks.

FM: Latvia has always been in favour of closer EU-Belarusian cooperation

Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica asks to continue active and multilateral cooperation between Latvia and Belarus, as reported by the ministry.

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