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Tuesday 27.06.2017 | Name days: Malvīne, Malvis

Corruption inquiry launched at human rights organisation – Council of Europe

At the human rights monitoring organisation, the Council of Europe, an inquiry has been launched into claims that corrupt dealings have been performed in relation to possible human rights abuses in Azerbaijan.

President supports idea to gradually stop using plastic bottles for alcohol

During his meeting with Latvian Food Traders Federation and representatives of Latvian Beer Brewers Union, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis agreed with participants of the discussion to gradually stop using plastic bottles in turnover of alcoholic drinks, as reported by the State President’s Chancellery.

Population decline continues in Latvia; Riga’s population increases

At the beginning of 2017, Latvia population accounted for 1 million 950 thousand, which is 18.8 thousand people fewer than a year ago. In 2016, population declined by 0.97 % ( 0.87 % in 2015).

April’s retail trade turnover up 2.8% in Latvia

Compared to April 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 2.8 % in April 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 1.7 % and turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 4.0 %.

Finnish manufacturer relocates part of Estonian operations to India

Finnish-owned AS Kolmeks, which is a producer of components for electric motors and industrial robots based in the Southern Estonian city of Viljandi, is set to relocate part of operations to India.

Association: Latvia has a distorted patient motivation for active rehabilitation

Latvian Association of Professional Rehabilitation Organizations believes Health and Labour Expert Physicians' State Commission’s reform would be rushed and would not provide intended results without first performing a change of the disability and labour ability inspection system.

Taxify and Uber drivers in Estonia declare 450,000 euros of income

Estonians, informing the state for income acquired through Uber and Taxify informal taxi services in 2016, have declared revenue totalling 450,000 euros, which is a jump from 67,800 euros.

Discussions take place about the need to differentiate planned «healthcare fees»

An equal fixed payment rate for healthcare may not be the best solution, believes Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis. Coalition partners agree with the prime minister. They believe such a payment should be differentiated if it ever introduced.

Free skin test uncovers skin cancer for several Latvian residents

«The situation with skin cancer in Latvia requires attention, because three melanomas have been found among 3,000 people within eight hours. This shows a serious situation in the country,» BNN was told by chairman of Dermatologists Against Skin Cancer association Raimonds Karls.

Russian capital hit by tragic thunderstorm

Russian capital Moscow has been hit by a powerful thunderstorm that has taken the lives of at least 11 people. The storm on Monday, May 29, toppled hundreds of trees and that electrical cables were damaged as Moscow was lashed with high winds, hail and torrential rain.

Murniece emphasizes Lithuania’s role in the fight against Russia’s information war

Latvia and Lithuania have to continue active cooperation in security and defence, as well as transport and energy, says Latvian Saeima speaker Inara Murniece during her meeting with Lithuanian Seimas Chairman Viktoras Pranckietis.

Accommodation and catering service industry has become a risk sector in Latvia

Non-registered employment and accidents-wise, catering and accommodation service industry is one of Latvia’s risk sectors, as concluded by State Labour Inspectorate.

Construction costs in Latvia up 0.9% in April

Compared to March, the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 0.9 % in April 2017. Labour remuneration of workers grew by 2.9 %, prices of building materials increased by 0.5 %, whereas maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment rose by 0.4 %.

Estonian wage growth slows down

The average monthly gross wage in Estonia, in the first three months of 2017, compared to the respective period last year, increased by 5.7%, Estonian statisticians have estimated and concluded that the country’s wage increase has continued to decelerate for year in a row.

De Facto: millionaire Krumins’ family donates to UGF; four more houses to be built in Jurmala

Latvian businessman Julijs Krumins’ daughter donated EUR 19,000 to the Union of Greens and Farmers in May, as reported by LTV programme De Facto. Krumins has confirmed this, adding that «four more houses are to be built in Jurmala».

State law enforcement institutions join forces to combat crime

Latvia’s state law enforcement institutions join forces to combat crime. Work groups first meeting already held, as reported by State Police representatives.

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