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Monday 16.07.2018 | Name days: Hermīne, Estere

Latvia will not escape talks on increasing defence spending

It is necessary to develop Latvia’s defensive capabilities. Because of that, Latvia cannot escape talks on increasing defence spending to more than 2% of GDP, said Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis, who is participating in the NATO summit in Brussels.

US President announces «tremendous amount of progress» in defence spending matter

On Thursday, 12 July, US President Donald Trump announced having achieved a great deal of progress in the NATO member states’ defence spending matter during the summit.

European Commission predicts 9% lower wheat harvest for Latvia this year

According to estimates from the European Commission, Latvia’s wheat harvest is likely to be 9% below that of last year, according to information from Agriculture Ministry’s Market and Direct Support Department.

NATO agrees to station multinational division North headquarters in Latvia

In accordance with an agreement reached by Denmark, Latvia and Estonia, it has been decided to station the headquarters of NATO’s multinational division North at Ādaži base, as confirmed by Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Police requested prosecution for 50 insolvency administrators in past several years

Since 2016, Latvia’s State Police have received several hundred reports regarding possible illegalities during insolvency processes. Over the course of the last two years, police have asked the prosecutor’s office to commence criminal prosecution of 50 insolvency administrators.

Prosecutor’s office ends case on OCMA official’s involvement in fictive marriage organization

The Prosecutor General’s Office has ended the case launched against and official of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, who was allegedly involved in organization of fictive marriages, as reported by LNT News on Tuesday, 10 July.

Unemployment level in Latvia remained 6.4% in June

At the end of June, the level of registered unemployment in Latvia was 6.4% of the economically active population, which is the same as it was a month prior, as reported by State Employment Agency.

Investors optimistic – exchange indexes and oil prices up

Share prices increased in world stock exchanges on Tuesday, 10 July, which helped improved investors’ optimism about the upcoming business season, especially in the United States of America.

PHOTO: conclusion of XXVI Latvia’s Song and XVI Dance Celebration

The XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration was attended by approximately half a million people. A new record was set for the number of people attending the closing concert and Sing Along Night event afterwards. Organizers and representatives of security services say the celebration was successful – the event was emotionally saturated and at the same time peaceful.

UGF received nearly two-thirds of all donations paid to parties in June

In June 2018, the Union of Greens and Farmers received the most generous donations among Latvia’s political parties. EUR 98,599 or 62.7% of donations paid to political parties in that month were received by UGF, according to information from the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Almost 1,000 children waiting in queues to kindergartens in Riga

There are currently approximately 1,000 children waiting in queues to kindergartens in Riga. Pre-school services are provided in 150 kindergartens, including 71 Latvian, 41 shared Latvian and national minority kindergartens, as well as 38 national minority institutions.

Riga Mayor has no plans to start in Saeima and EP elections

Mayor of Riga and leader of Harmony Nils Ušakovs has no plans to start in this year’s Saeima elections and next year’s European Parliament elections.

Still no clarity about data protection matters in Latvia’s hospitals

Currently there is no general clarity in regards to realization of data protection matters in hospitals, said chairman of Latvian Hospitals Association Jevgēņijs Kalējs after his meeting with Healthcare Ministry’s representatives.

Imports forest products up 17% in Latvia in four months

In the first four months of 2018, Latvia imported forest products worth EUR 292,526, which is 17% more when compared to the same period of 2017.

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