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Balta: mobile phone owners are the most often insurance claim applicants

Insurance claims for loss of purchase are submitted most often in regards to mobile phones and tablets. Last year, Balta paid compensations to clients for purchases worth more than 1.3 million, according to data from the insurance company.

SRS: number of connections to EDS currently 100 times higher than normal

Latvian State Revenue Service reports that some users of the Electronic Declaration Systems may experience connectivity issues.

Excise tax rise in Latvia to impact prices minimally this year

1 March 2017 marks the entry into force of the new excise tax rate on alcoholic drinks in Latvia. State Revenue Service urges licensed traders to take inventory and perform payments of excise tax difference to the state budget before 18 April.

Rinkevics expresses support to Palestine’s Foreign Affairs Minister in talks with Israel

In his conversation with Palestine’s Foreign Affairs Minister Riad Malki, Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics expressed support to the solution between Palestine and Israel.

Police detain two under suspicion of pimping

Latvian State Police have detained two individuals who have been engaged in pimping for a long time, having forced at least five women in prostitution. The youngest woman forced to work as a prostitute is not even 18, police say.

Swedbank: society lacks understanding about differentiated non-taxable allowance

«Residents who earned wages up to EUR 1,000 before taxes in 2016 will be able to recover part of non-taxable allowance by submitting income declaration,» explains expert of Swedbank Institute for Finances Evija Kropa.

Latvian government concludes work on amendments to Law on Register of Enterprises

Registration of enterprises in Latvia will no longer be tied to a specific geographical location. It will be allowed to be performed in any regional office. This is provided by amendments to the Law on Register of Enterprises prepared by Latvian Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee for the third and final reading on Tuesday, 28 February.

Construction costs in Latvia increased by 0.3% in January

Compared to December 2016, in January 2017 the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 0.3 %. Prices of building materials rose by 0.9 %, whereas labour remuneration of workers decreased by 0.4 % and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment dropped by 0.2 %.

Minister: healthcare system will require additional 150 million euros next year

Next year, Latvia’s healthcare system should receive at least EUR 150 million to accommodate changes brought by reforms, said Healthcare Minister Anda Caksa in an interview to LNT on 28 February.

SEA: unemployment level in Latvia continues to decline

The most serious deficit of workers in Latvia is noted in sectors like IT, processing industry and transports, said Evita Simsone, Director of the State Employment Agency, in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Estonia seeks to limit chances of officials to conceal business interests

Estonian Minster of Justice Urmas Reinsalu is pushing for new rules that would prevent present and former public servants and politicians from having hidden business interests. «I instructed the ministry to work out certain rules concerning the prevention of the acquisition of concealed holdings or concealed options by those who have left positions of public power or are exercising power,» Reinsalu stated on Monday.

Experts in Lithuania find highly pathogenic avian influenza in six dead swans

Lithuanian Food and Veterinary Service reports that laboratory tests uncovered the presence of a highly pathogenic avian influenza in samples taken from six swans that were found dead in Kaunas near Nemuna River.

Trump envisages 10% increase in U.S. defence spending

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced a plan to include in the country’s budget for 2018 a military spending increase by 10% or USD 54 billion. Outlining U.S. federal budget priorities for the year 2018, Trump said on Monday, February 27: «It will include an historic increase in defence spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it».

Latvijas aptieka to gather previously bought pharmacies under its brand

Pharmaceutical company Olainfarm plans to add previously bought pharmacies to its owned Latvijas aptieka brand, according to information from

Healthcare Ministry hopes to attract doctors to work outside Riga using additional pay

Using single-time and monthly payments, Latvian Healthcare Ministry hopes to attract doctors to work outside of Riga.

Nekā personīga: FM promises cheaper life for Latvia; Lembergs objects

Finance Ministry promises cheaper life for Latvian residents. However, reduction of PIT would impact municipalities the most. Because of that, a situation has formed when Aivars Lembergs, the infamous Mayor of Ventspils accused of serious crimes, and Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola have come head to head.