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Association: bread consumption in Latvia declined a bit last year

There was a slight drop in bread consumption in Latvia last year, according to Latvian Bakers’ Association board chairman Kārlis Zemešs.

Court decides to keep businessman Martinsons under arrest

On Thursday, 3 January, Riga Regional Court decided to keep businessman Māris Martinsons, who is a suspect in the ongoing Rīgas satiksme procurement case, under arrest.

Saeima deputy requests assessment of Harmony members’ behaviour, voting in place of colleagues

Saeima deputy Krišjānis Feldmans from the New Conservative Party has asked the parliament’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee to assess the behaviour of Harmony member Artūrs Rubiks during a meeting of the parliament, when he voted in place of his colleague Valērijs Agešins.

Latvian parties forming Latvia’s government are waiting for KPV LV to make up its mind

Until KPV LV announces its decision, politicians remain reluctant to comment on the government’s composition. It has been mentioned in unofficial talks that several KPV LV deputies may join the new four-party government coalition.

State Security Service says terrorism threat level in Latvia remained low in 2018

Thanks to active work from security services, fewer terrorist attacks took place in Europe last year. Terror attack threat level in Latvia remained low last year, according to State Security Service, previously known as Security Police.

Baltic residents spend more money on alcohol than other EU residents

Residents of Baltic States spend more money on alcoholic drinks than residents of other European member states for which information is available, according to data published by Eurostat for 2017.

Eurozone member states to cease emission of 500 euro notes

February 2019 onward, the majority of Eurozone member states will cease emission of 500 euro notes. This will be done due to the concerns that notes of this nominal value are used in illegal cash transactions the most often.

Opinion: Latvia’s five years in Eurozone should be considered successful

In spite of the initial difficulties, Eurozone’s creation should be viewed as a story of success. Additionally, the five years Latvia has spent in Eurozone should be considered successful, says Bank of Latvia Council member Mārtiņš Kazāks.

Latvian parties yet again promise to pick a prime minister candidate in one week’s time

Four potential core parties of the new government promise to offer Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis a prime minister candidate supported by all of them by 4 January next year.

Latvian corruption watchdog requests prosecution of businessman Jūlijs Krūmiņš for trade of influence

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has requested Prosecutor General’s Office to commence criminal prosecution against businessman Jūlijs Krūmiņš, businessman and former basketball player Valdis Valters and businessman Haralds Balodis for trading influence.

Opinion: current stability in Russia considered a value by residents

The stability observed in Russia is considered a value by its residents, said Latvian ambassador to Russia Māris Riekstiņš.

More progress for Latvia’s new government expected in January

Representatives of political parties in Latvia expect more progress for the government formation process in January.

Ameriks remains the chairman of Riga Freeport

With votes from members of Riga City Council, ex-Vice Mayor of Riga Andris Ameriks managed to retain his post as chairman of Riga Freeport board.

KGB bag to be published on the internet on 20 December

KGB files in Latvia will be published on the internet on 20 December, as confirmed by Latvian National Archive.