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Ceturtdiena 17.08.2017 | Name days: Oļegs, Vineta

Latvian Association of Traders: how much does food cost in Riga’s stores?

The price rise for butter in Latvia was affected by multiple factors. As a result, the price of butter grew to EUR 3 – 4.5 thousand per 1 ton in the second half of 2016. This year, however, the price has already grown to EUR 6.3 thousand per 1 ton, as reported by Latvian Association of Traders.

Qatar cancels visa requirement for nationals of 80 countries, Latvia included

On Wednesday, 9 August, Qatar cancelled visa requirement for nationals of 80 countries, including Latvia. According to the new scheme for citizens of 33 countries, mainly from the Schengen Area, there is no need for them to buy a visa. Those residents are also allowed to stay in Qatar for up to 90 days.

Estonian military to accept invitation of Belarus to attend Zapad

Estonian would accept the invitation by Belarus to send observers to the Zapad military drill to be jointly held by Russian and Belarusian armed forces this September, the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces has stated.

Facebook to introduce video platform, to compete with YouTube

Popular social network Facebook has announced launch of a new video service entitled Watch that would compete with video streaming service YouTube and web television channels.

CC: competition distortions created by the state threaten entrepreneurship

Competition Council’s chairperson Skaidrite Abrama confirms the presence of a general disregards for competition neutrality principle among officials. CC once again emphasizes that competition distortions created by the state and municipalities can cause serious risks for the development of businesses in Latvia.

French police arrests attacker of soldiers

French police has managed to shoot and arrest a man suspected of driving a car onto six soldiers, injuring them. One policeman has been injured during the arrest operation in northern France on the A16 motorway at the town of Marquise.

Residents: municipalities should not engage in business activities

47% of Latvian residents believe the private sector is better at managing businesses and only 18% of residents believe municipalities can do a good enough job, according to results of a survey performed by SKDS.

CEC: number of residents who see no point in voting has grown 2.4%

«Don’t see the point in voting» – this is the main reason why some Latvian citizens choose not to participate in elections. 21% of respondents said in a survey realized by Central Election Commission and SKDS they did not participate in this June’s municipal elections.

Find out about interesting documents – proof a person is alive and others

Hope purchase agreement, proof a person is alive and details of a safe’s contents – these are only some of the documents that may seem odd to most people. Nevertheless, they are important documents prepared by notaries in Latvia on a regular basis.

June’s foreign trade turnover in Latvia 19.2% higher than last year

In June 2017, Latvian foreign trade turnover amounted to EUR 2.15 billion, which at current prices was 19.2 % more than in June 2016, of which the exports and imports values of goods were 12.2 % and 25.1 % higher, respectively.

Unemployment level in Latvia the lowest it has been in the past eight years

Unemployment in Latvia was 7.2% at the beginning of July and 7.1% at the end. This is the lowest unemployment index in the country since 2009, according to data from the State Employment Agency.

French President to drop plans to define status of first lady

French President Emmanuel Macron will drop plans to define an official status for his spouse Brigitte.

Housing support programme provided with additional funding EUR 2.5 million

On Tuesday, 8 August, the Cabinet of Minister decided to allocate additional funding of EUR 2.5 million for Altum development finance institution’s housing support programme to sustain it until the end of the year, BNN was informed by Economy Ministry.

Average consumer price level up 2.6% in Latvia

Compared to July 2016, the average level of consumer prices increased by 2.6 % in July 2017. Prices of goods grew by 2.6 % and prices of services by 2.9 %.

In pictures: Georgia remembers soldiers killed in Russo-Georgian war

Marking the ninth anniversary of the war between Georgia and Russia, in a memorial in Tbilisi on Tuesday, August 8, the fallen Georgian soldiers have been remembered.

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