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Saturday 15.12.2018 | Name days: Jana, Johanna, Hanna

Latvian Saeima supports in second reading stricter requirements for fast loans

On Thursday, 6 September, Saeima’s deputies supported in the second reading amendments to the Consumer Rights Protection Law. Amendments provide for reducing total loan costs for consumers by limiting the size of loans issued to 30 days, as well as changing repayment order.

SRS: envelope wages are gradually declining in number

Considering that envelope wages present one of the most significant components of grey economy, this year Latvia’s State Revenue Service has performed a study on the situation with non-declared wages or envelope in the country.

Week’s end in Latvia will be mostly dry and warm

The end of the week in Latvia is expected to be mostly dry and hot. Nevertheless, next week will kick off with increased cyclone activity, which means often rainfall and considerably cooler and windier weather, as reported State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvia’s FVS pulls two tonnes of cheese for circulation after surprise inspection

During a surprise product labelling inspection at SIA RVA Company warehouse in Riga, Latvian Food and Veterinary Service found evidence of re-labelling of food products, specifically a certain type of cheese.

Latvia’s Saeima may prohibit employers from requesting foreign language skills

Amendments to the Labour Law supported in the first reading provide that employers may no longer be allowed to request specific foreign language skills from their employees if use of said language is not part of their job.

U.S. to consider investigating tech firms over limiting free speech

The U.S. government has warned of possible legal action against large computer technology companies in relation to issues of competition or political bias.

Latvian butter receives European protection

European Commission has approved the inclusion of two more food products – Spanish sausage Morcille de Burgos and Latvian Rucavas white butter – to the EU register of Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs), as confirmed by European Commission’s office in Latvia.

Consumption of renewable energy in Latvia up 17.8%

In 2017, gross consumption of renewable energy sources in Latvia amounted to 80.5 petajoules. Compared to 2016, consumption of RES has risen by 17.8 %, whereas over the past five years – by 18.7 %.

Study: Latvian residents want to reach average EU welfare level

In the latest Baltic International Bank’s Latvian Barometer study, Latvian residents were asked to look back at the past decade and voice predictions about the next decade.

Catholic Church in Latvia is ready to cooperate with investigators if necessary

After receiving word of the recent arrest of one of their priests under suspicion of human trafficking, representatives of the Roman Catholic Church in Latvia say they «depend on professional work by State Police and court justice system, and hope the investigation will be performed carefully and honestly».

Estonian life expectancy continues to grow, while still below EU average

Estonian life expectancy has over the past ten years increased by 3.5 years for women and six years for men, official statistics show.

World Wildlife Foundation invites reducing fishing quotas for Baltic cod

«Because of environmental stress and the fact that cod is overfished in the Baltic Sea, offspring are forced to reproduce at a younger age, which limits maximum size of fish. With that, the World Wildlife Foundation invites countries to reduce fishing quotas for Baltic cod,» says WWF representative Sarmīte Kolāte.

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