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Tuesday 27.06.2017 | Name days: Malvīne, Malvis

Public transport services in Riga will be free of charge 4 May

All residents will be able to use Riga’s public transport services on 4 May, the Day of Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia, as provided by amendments accepted by Riga City Council’s Traffic and Transport Affairs Committee.

Number of transfer passengers at Riga airport up 11%

In the first quarter of 2017, the number of transit and transfer passengers serviced at Riga International Airport increased by 11%, according to data on the airport’s results for the first three months of 2017.

UEL: double taxation on pensions will impede re-emigration

Application of new taxes on pensions of Latvian citizens earned abroad will impede the re-emigration process, said representative of the Union of European Latvians Elina Pinto in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Balsts: standard apartment prices remain the lowest in Bolderaja

In March standard apartments were offered for an average price of 732 EUR/m2. The highest prices are found in Teika (867 EUR/m2). The lowest prices and most rapid price rise are found in Bolderaja (491 EUR/m2), according to data from Balsts.

Less-intrusive approach to interrogation of sexually abused children to be adopted in Latvia

Sexual abuse of children is the most common form of violence against children in Latvia, as reported by State Police. According to data from Dardedze centre, 26% of cases of violence against children involved sexual abuse in 2016.

Expert: outlook on future for processing industry remains optimistic

The general mood in industry remains optimistic on the local and export markets, which leads us to believe that February’s slowdown will not have a lasting effect, Swedbank economist Linda Vildava comments data on February’s industrial output.

Pulks: Riga City Council gives away 17 million euros without tendering procedure

Over the course of the past five years, more than EUR 17 million was spend with no tendering procedure on Riga City Council’s single information system’s maintenance. Politician Olafs Pulks from Unity suspects certain municipal officials of having selfish interests.

Eurostat: Latvia’s unemployment level was the sixth highest in EU in February

Latvia’s unemployment level was 9.3% in February, which is the sixth highest level among European Union member states for which data is available, as reported by Eurostat.

Ventspils Nafta Terminals awarded first place for work safety conditions

On 29 March 2017, Ventspils nafta termināls received first place in the global Tank Storage Awards in the category Safety Excellence in Bulk Liquid Storage.

HIV continues spreading in Estonia with 70 new cases

In Estonia, where there is the largest rate of HIV infections in the EU, 70 new cases have been diagnosed in 2017.

Three Latvian parties sign cooperation memorandum for elections in Ventspils

Leaders of three political parties in Ventspils have signed a mutual agreement on the creation of a single list of candidates and participation in municipal elections in Ventspils, as BNN was informed by the parties’ representative Inese Ozolina.

Rinkevics: European countries should increase defence costs

It is important for European countries to fulfil promises given at the Wales Summit and increase defence costs, Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics said at a meeting of NATO foreign affairs ministers meeting in Brussels.

Rehabilitation organization: can insurance save healthcare in Latvia?

Although Latvia’s government has decided that healthcare will be financed as state-funded medical services, practitioners of rehabilitation services are concerned if the goals stated in healthcare guidelines 2014-2020 are reachable, as reported by Latvian Professional Rehabilitation Organizations Union.

Air temperature in Latvia to drop again this week

Weather in Latvia this week will be influenced by a high atmospheric pressure area. Wind speed will be low because of that, and the sun will shine in western regions of Latvia on 3 April. Eastern territories, meanwhile, will experience mostly cloudy weather with a chance of rain, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvia officially opens its natural gas market

On Monday, 3 April, the Energy Law regulations that govern the liberalization of the natural gas market came into force in Latvia.

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