Three and a half years prior to the devastating fire at Riga Castle, the State Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) had uncovered and number of serious fire safety violations on the premises used for the needs of the State President's Chancellery. Most of the responsibility for these violations falls on Valsts nekustamie īpašumi (State Real Estate).
Calendar of political events in Latvia. August 26 - 30, 2013...
As part of their official visits to the United States of America, President of Latvia Andris Berzins, President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite will meet with US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
The number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments in Q2 of this year comprised 471.2 thousand people, which is 10.5% more than in the same period of the last year.
Thursday, August 22, Raimond Pauls and Guntars Račs performed their duo concert “Nekur nav tik labi kā mājās” (No place like home).
Today, August 23, marks the 24 anniversary since the three Baltic States – Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania – joined hands and formed the unique Baltic Way.
Some politicians of the coalition believe it is worth discussing the initiative of Healthcare Ministry regarding the introduction of excise tax on unhealthy food products. The bill regarding a more rapid increase of excise tax on tobacco, alcohol and gambling, on the other hand, is viewed more sceptically.
Even though the average monthly salary of representatives of the largest ports in Latvia ranges between LVL 1,500 – LVL 2,000, the idea of having to share port profits by means of diverting money to other industries – infrastructure, education and medicine – seems unacceptable to them, says advisor to the Economy Minister Ilona Platonova.
All pensions up to LVL 200 will be indexed by September 1, 2013. Pensions of the politically repressed will be indexed regardless of their amount.
At the end of the first half-year of 2013 the total capital of private pension plans reached LVL 149.3 million, growing 4.8% since the beginning of the year. The increase was mostly due to the growing deposits the pension plans, which have exceeded their pre-crisis levels for the first time since the beginning of 2013.
In the first six months of 2013, compared to the same period of 2012, the number of crimes involving minors has reduced slightly in Latvia. The number of children subjected to sexual and physical violence has notably reduced. However, minors are more frequently becoming victims of mugging and kidnapping attempts.
Even though more than 90% of Latvian residents would like to own a private house, every third resident lives at his or her relative or in rented property. 82% of respondents say the main reason why they choose to rent property instead of buying is the difficulty to save up enough money for the first payment.
Bomb disposal experts of the National Guard’s 54th Engineer Battalion’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company neutralized a total of 371 explosive items and approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition on the territory of the former Zvarde landfill.