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Tuesday 23.05.2017 | Name days: Leontīne, Ligija, Lonija, Leokādija

Industries experience clear deficit of workforce; foreigners hired to help out

Already certain industries in Latvia are experiencing major deficit of labour force. It could increase even more because of seasonality. Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry proposes approving the list of professions that can be applied with a simplified procedure for attraction of labour force from abroad.

Survey: Latvians believe housing prices will rise

Predicting changes for housing prices in the next two to three years, 66% of interviewed Latvian residents said prices will likely increase, according to data from DNB Bank’s survey.

Italian mafia accused of controlling Italy’s migrant centre 10 years, police claims

One of the largest migrant centres in Italy, which is run by a Catholic charity organisation, has in fact been controlled by mafia for over 10 years, Italian police has claimed.

Competition Council to assess mobile operators’ intended tariff increase

Competition Council to assess the increase of tariffs performed by mobile communications operators, CC manager Skaidrite Abrama told Rīta panorama programme in an interview.

Macron urges to reconstruct and deepen the EU

The new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, who this week took up his new duties, has urged to perform a reconstruction of the European Union, assessing that this would be the necessary reaction battling populism.

Hydrogen refuelling station under construction; project’s costs planned at EUR 16.1 million

On Monday, 15 May, construction of a hydrogen refuelling station commenced in Riga, Vienibas gatve 6, as reported by Rīgas satiksme.

State Audit: early retirement pension does not fit Latvia’s pension policy

Through an audit at Welfare Ministry about the longevity of Latvia’s pension system, State Audit analysed the pension filed. The service concluded that Latvia’s current pension system does not comply with the policy’s nature.

Lithuania to process criminal case on bribery at Klaipeda port and Latvijas Tilti

Lithuanian Special Investigations Service has submitted to court a criminal case in relation to corruption at Klaipeda port and construction company Latvijas Tilti.

Swedbank: businesses motivate banks to develop digital services

More and more companies not only welcome but also motivate banks to develop digital services, as stated in results of Swedbank’s study.

NA: BI-2 is Riga City Council’s attempt to finance election campaign using municipal resources

The National Alliance has asked Riga City Council to provide explanations about the origin of financial resources to be used to organize BI-2 free concert on Lucavsala, as the estimated costs of such a concert exceed EUR 200,000.

Association: 10,000 nurses registered in Latvia do not work in their profession

Out of 18,700 nurses registered in Latvia, only 8,750 of them work in healthcare, said the head of Latvian Nurses Association Dita Raiska in her interview to Rīta panorama.

Windows systems facing ransomware can be protected by updates

A cyber-attack with malicious WannaCrypt software that has hit 150 countries since May 12 block access to files on Windows systems without a March security update, Microsoft announced.

Estonian MEP: EU must not lift sanctions off Russia

Currently peace and freedom in the European Union are accepted as obvious values, but they are not. This is why they should not be rejected, as sanctions against Russia should not be lifted either, said Estonian MEP Kaja Kallas.

Reizniece-Ozola is asked to improve Latvia’s attractiveness for venture capital funds

Latvian Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens has turned to Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola with a written request to change the ministry’s established practice to apply PIT on pension fund income from participation in venture capital funds.

Latvian authorities to clarify procedure for determining blood alcohol concentration

To improve the quality of results from medical examinations, it is planned to include tests for determining the fact of use of alcohol, narcotics or other intoxicating substances based not only on drivers’ testimony but also objective data.

Experts: SIM card registration would help speed up crime investigation

It is necessary to exact changes to the Electronic Communications Law to ensure that mobile communication services are provided only to registered users. Such a control method would benefit society, said chairman of Latvian Law Association Rihards Bunka at a conference on data flow control on 12 May.

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