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Saturday 19.08.2017 | Name days: Melānija, Imanta

U.S. congressman voices support for Latvia’s security; says cooperation should continue

Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s state secretary Andrejs Pildegovics met with Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives Ed Royce on Thursday, 10 August. During their meeting, the congressman voiced strong support for Latvia’s security.

Weather to become hot in Latvia – up to +32° C in some areas

On Friday, 11 August, weather in Latvia will be dictated by a high atmospheric pressure area. Because of that, air temperature will climb to +27° C… +28° C, according to State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Rinkevics and Aboltina discuss her return to diplomatic service

Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics and Unity Saeima faction chairperson Solvita Aboltina intend to discuss the politician’s return to the diplomatic service, said the minster’s advisor Martins Dregeris.

Court decides to keep insolvency administrator Durevskis under arrest

Riga City Latgale Suburb Court decided on Thursday, 10 August, to decline the request for change of security measure applied against insolvency administrator Nauris Durevskis. With that, he will remain under arrest, as confirmed by the court.

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.

Estonian exports increased by 11% in June on year

Estonian exports in June 2017, compared to June last year, grew by 11 and imports by six percent on year, decreasing somewhat the trade deficit of the Baltic country, Estonian statisticians have estimated.

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