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Tuesday 19.03.2019 | Name days: Jāzeps

Minister: fixed tariff could be implemented for taxis working at Riga airport

To finally resolve the problematic situation with taxi services at Riga International Airport it may be a good idea to implement fixed prices for taxis carrying passengers from there, says Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits.

Meat of sick livestock from Poland delivered to Lido restaurant

A small amount of meat from sick livestock from Poland has been found in a Lido restaurant, as confirmed by Chief of Latvian Food and Veterinary Service’s Public Relations Office Ilze Meistere.

EPP chairman: it is better to reform EU than to ruin it

It would be better to reform the European Union than leaving or ruining it, says European People’s Party group chairman in the European Parliament Manfred Weber.

Latvian police allow there may be more detainees in Koknese cocaine case

Latvian State Police allow that the number of detainees in the Koknese cocaine case could increase soon.

Opinion: next head of SES should continue initiated investment projects

The next director general of Latvia’s State Environment Service will definitely have to continue initiated investment projects, says the now former head of the service Inga Koļegova.

Flu epidemic in Latvia picks up in strength

The flu epidemic in Latvia had spread considerably last week. 17 people have already died from this disease or complications caused by it, according to data from the Disease Prevention and Monitoring Centre.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 4% last year

Compared to 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 4 % in 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products had increased by 4.2 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products by 4.2%, and turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel by 2.9 %.

Minister: Latvian government will view law amendments linked to Brexit in February

On 12 February, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers will view amendments to laws associated with Brexit, says Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Patients suffering from rare diseases will require EUR 30 million this year

Treatment of patients suffering from rare diseases will require and additional amount of funding equal to EUR 30 million in Latvia this year, according to the head of Rare Diseases Coordination Centre Ieva Mālniece.

Minister: Koļegova’s departure is in her and civil service’s best interest

The decision to step down by the head of Latvia’s State Environment Service is in her and the civil service’s best interest, as agreed upon by Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce and Inga Koļegova on Tuesday, 29 January.

Finance Minister: 2019 budget will not have any new expenses or «deputy quotas»

The country’s 2019 budget does not include any new expenditures or so-called deputy quotas, says Latvian Finance Minister Jānis Reirs.

Alcoholic drinks’ shelf price in Latvia might grow considerably and soon

The prices of alcoholic beverages in Latvia might grow more than excise tax this year, says CEO of Latvian Alcohol Industry Association Dāvis Vītols.

Latvia’s Corruption Perception Index remains unchanged

Latvia’s positions in the 2018 Corruption Perception Index created by Transparency International remained unchanged, according to information published by the organization.

Pasažieru vilciens prohibited from signing train procurement contract with Talgo

Latvia’s Procurement Monitoring Bureau has prohibited AS Pasažieru vilciens from signing a train procurement contract with Spanish company Patentes Talgo S.L., according to information from PMB’s website.

Latvia’s Disease Prevention Centre joins EU project on joint action on vaccination

Latvia’s Disease Prevention and Control Centre has joined European Joint Action on Vaccination, as confirmed by the centre.

Prime minister: coalition needs to agree on the next state president candidate

The coalition should reach an agreement on a single state president candidate and nominate them, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to LNT programme 900 seconds.

Latvia’s prime minister expects minister’s report on Riga City Council’s dismissal initiative

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš expects Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce’s report on his predecessor’s initiative to dismiss Riga City Council.

Latvian prime minister and his freelance advisors leave their posts at the same time

With the term coming to an end for Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, his office manager Māris Krastiņš and five freelance advisors have all stepped down with him.

Latvian residents not eager to prove innocence in relation to KGB after publication of files

Since the publication of documents left in Latvia from KGB, the prosecutor’s office has received a total of two requests from people wanting to prove they did not cooperate with KGB in the past, as confirmed by the prosecutor’s office.

Jurašs lawyer: due to statute of limitations, raising charges is no longer possible

In accordance with requirements of the Criminal Process Law, the prosecutor is required to launch criminal prosecution within ten days of receiving materials of the criminal case from an investigative institutions – in this case State Security Service.