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Ceturtdiena 09.04.2020 | Name days: Valērija, Žubīte

Latvian government allocates additional funding to measures against Covid-19

On Tuesday, 3 March, Latvian government decided to allocate additional EUR 2.6 million for Healthcare Ministry to spend on different measures aimed at limiting the spread of the new coronavirus Covid-19 in Latvia.

PHOTOS: farewell to the old microbus parking lot opposite of Origo in Riga

Active dismantling work is taking place in Riga, Satekles Street. Construction workers are working on freeing territory for the future construction of a shopping and office building there.

Estonian schools step up hygiene

In Estonia, where one case of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 has been found, increased hygiene measures have been noticed by the public broadcaster ERR.

Housing costs in Latvia average at EUR 151 a month in 2019

In 2019 housing costs on average constituted EUR 151 per household monthly, which is one euro more than a year ago. Share of housing costs in the total household expenditure keeps declining – last year households spent on average 12.2 % of their disposable income on housing costs: 13.4 % in 2018.

Latvian consumers actively submit requests for dispute resolution

In 2019, Latvian Consumer Dispute Resolution Commission received a total of 176 applications, which is 58 applications more when compared to 2018, as reported by Consumer Awareness and Communication Office head Santa Zarāne.

Latvia does a lot, but can do more. UN reports on prevention of discrimination of women

UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women welcomes Latvia’s legislative initiative on prevention of discrimination of women in important areas. This includes amendments to the Criminal Law to combat violence against women, as reported by Latvia’s Defence Ministry.

Estonia sentences Russian citizen for crushing through border gates

A court in Estonia has sentenced a Russian citizen to three months in prison for illegal border crossing by ramming a car through the gates of a border check point in Narva, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports.

With Covid-19 panic, authorities to perform monitoring of prices to control dishonest traders

Considering the situation with the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19, Latvian Crisis Management Council decided on Monday, 2 March, to order relevant institutions to perform monitoring of the prices of basic needs prices and services.

Three US presidential candidates quit race to endorse Biden

As the US Democratic Party continues to vote to select ist presidential candidate, three candidates have quit their campaigns and endorsed Joe Biden, French news agency AFP reports.

Eurostat: Latvia has the largest expenses on defence from GDP in the European Union

Latvia’s expenditures on defence reach 2.1% of its GDP. This makes Latvia’s index the highest among all European Union member states, according to data published by Eurostat on 2 March.

EU raises coronavirus risk level, deeming it moderate to high

In the EU, majority of the member states have registered their first cases of the coronavirus-caused disease COVID-19 and the bloc’s health bodies have raised the public risk level setting it on the level of moderate to high, German public broadcaster DW reports.

Coronavirus makes its way to Latvia

The first case of infection with the new coronavirus Covid-19 was found in Latvia on Saturday, 29 February. The infected person flew in from Munich, but before then they had visited the region of Italy affected by the virus, as journalists were informed by Disease Prevention and Monitoring Centre Infectious Diseases Risk Analysis and Prevention Department director Jurijs Perevoščikovs.

Competition Council permits Baltcom and Bite Latvija merge

Latvia’s Competition Council has decided to permit mobile communications operator Bite Latvija and telecommunications company Baltcom to merge, as confirmed by Bite Latvija representative Una Ahuna-Ozola.

Port of Tallinn, seeking cleaner air, builds power grid connection to ferries

In the Estonian capital, where considerable amount of CO2 emissions comes from ferries docked and making their own electricity, the port has set up a connection possibility to the land power grid to become operative from summer, ERR reports.

Measures requested for Latvian citizen over recruitment of VDD official for Russia

In the middle of February Latvian State Security Service requested the office of the prosecutor to commence criminal prosecution of a Latvian citizen over recruitment of a VDD official to spy for Russian intelligence services.

Average wage in Latvia before taxes last year – EUR 1 076

In 2019, the average gross wages and salaries for full-time work in Latvia comprised EUR 1 076. Compared to 2018, the average earnings rose by EUR 72 or 7.2 %. Average net wages and salaries (calculated based on labour taxes applicable on workplace) comprised EUR 793 or 73.7 % of gross earnings.

Survey: one-third of Latvian residents expect tax returns

One-third of Latvian residents expect to receive tax returns of 50 to 100 euros this year, according to Swedbank Private Finances Institute expert Evija Kropa.

Greece denies 9 800 attempts to cross into EU illegally in 24 hours

Greek authorities have declared their highest alert level after it denied 9 877 attempts to cross the Turkish-Greek border in the wake of Turkey’s decision to allow migrants to reach the border, German public broadcaster DW reports.

Ritvars Jansons becomes parliamentary secretary to Culture Ministry

13th Saeima deputy Ritvars Jansons from the National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» has become parliamentary secretary to Latvia’s Culture Ministry, as confirmed by the ministry’s advisor for public relations Inga Vasiļjeva.

Healthcare workers who had been to countries affected by Covid-19 may be quarantined

On 2 March Latvia’s Crisis Management Council was provided a recommendation to establish a 14-day quarantine for all state social care institutions, as well as pre-school education institution workers who have returned from countries affected by the new coronavirus, said Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele.

Coronavirus situation in Estonia – stable with one case found

In Estonia, the novel coronavirus has been found to one person; however, disease prevention authorities are seeking extra three million euros to buy protective gear, thermal cameras and cover specialist wages in the event of a possible outbreak, Estonian public broadcaster reports.

Jūlijs Krūmiņš punished for illegally financing parties, but «would do it again»

The first criminal case regarding illegal financing of political parties For Latvia from the Heart and the Union of Greens and Farmers to have reached a ruling has concluded with fines that are smaller than the amounts of illegal financing provided to both parties.

EU and UK launch talks on trade and other areas of future relationship

As the United Kingdom is continuing its life as usual in the post-Brexit transition period, Brussels and London beginning on Monday, March 2, their talks on EU-UK future relationship in areas from trade to fisheries and police, AFP news agency reports.

Warning – icy roads make road traffic potentially risky in parts of Latvia

On 2 March the ice formed on roads in Vidzeme and Kurzeme makes driving conditions dangerous on state and regional roads, as reported by Latvian State Roads.

Slovak election marks end of dominance of ex-Fico’s Smer-SD party

In the election of the Slovak National Council, held over the weekend, voters have taken away the dominant political position of ex-Prime Minister Robert Fico’s Smer-SD party entrusting it to the anticorruption party OLaNO, The Guardian reports.

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