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Saturday 16.12.2017 | Name days: Alvīne

Ridzene conversations: we need a weak government

Ir magazine continues publishing KNAB’s recorded conversations from Ridzene Hotel so that society can make conclusions on the accomplishments of oligarchs and investigators. This time the magazine published the section about oligarchs’ plans to form a special coalition. This conversation was attended by Aivars Lembergs, Ainars Slesers and Janis Urbanovics.

Mamikins: people with ‘former USSR citizen’ status continue being born in EU

In the context of citizenship and non-citizenship, the matter of newborn non-citizens is immediately important. MEP Andrejs Mamikins says even though USSR no longer exists, people with ‘former USSR citizen’ status continue being born in the EU.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 3.8% in May

Compared to May 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 3.8 % in May 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 2.4 % and turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 4.8 %.

Hungary promises to send armed forces to Baltic States for regular rotation

Considering international challenges, Latvia and Hungary should work together as relatively small European member states. This was agreed upon by Saeima secretary associate Gunars Kutris and Hungarian Foreign and Trade Minister Péter Szijjįrtó during their meeting in the Saeima. Talks were also attended by other Saeima deputies.

Latvian Shipping Company shareholder asks permission to extend share repurchase

Latvian Shipping Company shareholder Vitol Netherlands B.V. has requested permission to extend share repurchase offer.

SRS cannot explain why unequal approach appears in application of fines

Employees of the State Revenue Service do not follow the institution’s guidelines, do not document criteria assessments in accordance with requirements of Latvian Code of Administrative Violations and generally apply fines based on their views, creating an unequal approach, BNN was told by the State Audit.

Eurovision asks Ukraine to pay fine for delays and row with Russia

The management of the international Eurovision song contest has asked Ukraine to pay a large fine for problems in the organisation of the 2017 competition events in Kyiv. European Broadcasting Union stated Ukraine's state broadcaster UA:PBC should pay the fine because of «severe delays which created unnecessary difficulties».

Group of Chechens found guilty of Nemtsov’s murder

A court jury in Moscow found five Chechen men guilty of killing Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.

Saturday and Sunday to be rather rainy and cold in Latvia

Warm and moist air will be above Latvia on Friday, 30 June. With that, there is no guarantee of stable weather: thunderstorms will be present in many regions and wind speed may exceed 15-20 m/sec, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Most Latvians travel within the country rather than outside

53% of Latvia residents most often decide to travel within Latvia, not foreign countries, according to results of Baltic International Bank’s Latvian barometer.

Forest regeneration costs declined in Latvia last year

In 2016 the average forest regeneration costs, depending on the forest land quality group, varied between 551 and 600 euros per hectare.

Government and social partners agree on introduction of differentiated PIT

At a meeting of the National Council for Trilateral Cooperation, government representatives and social partners agreed on the introduction of differentiated personal income tax.

Latvia receives high score in latest innovation ratings

Latvia’s score in the latest innovative ratings is proof of stable and sustainable state development. This is proof Latvia is headed in the right direction, which benefits productivity and high added value goods, says Latvian Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens.

Latvian students demonstrated lowest results in all centralized exams this year

This year, Latvian students demonstrated the lowest results in all centralized exams when compared with the previous year, according to information from the State Education Content Centre.

Beer more expensive in Estonia: Year’s second excise rise on beer, cider in July

With swift excise tax increase on alcohol continuing, on July 1, the rate on beer and cider is to be raised by 70%, reaching 15.52 euro cents for percent of alcohol by volume per litre.

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