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Tuesday 12.11.2019 | Name days: Kaija, Kornēlija

Saeima’s budget committee supports Latvia’s 2020 budget outline in first reading

On Monday, 11 November, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee concluded work on the next year’s budget, supporting its submission to the parliament for the final reading.

Number of murders and murder attempts up in Latvia this year

When compared to 2018, there has been an increase in the number of murders and murder attempts in Latvia in the nine months of 2019. The majority of those crimes were committed during alcohol drinking, according to data from Latvia’s State Police.

PHOTO: 100th anniversary of victory over Bermondt forces commemorated at Freedom Monument

In celebration of Lāčplēsis Day and 100th anniversary since the victory of Latvian army over Bermondt-Avalov forces in Riga, Latvian officials laid flowers at the Freedom Monument on 11 November 2019.

Construction output in Latvia increases 5.9%

Compared to Q3 2018, construction output had increased by 5.9 % in Q3 2019. Construction output rise was observed in construction of buildings as 11.7 %, civil engineering as 2.1 % and specialised construction activities as 2.4 %.

Economist: high rent prices in Riga contribute to emigration

The high rent prices may be the reason why in spite of low unemployment levels and shortage of labour force people from Latvia’s regions depart to foreign countries, not Riga, says Citadele Bank’s economist Mārtiņš Āboliņš.

October’s unemployment level in Latvia at 5.7%

The registered unemployment level in Latvia was 5.7% of economically active population in October, which is as much as a month prior, according to data from the State Employment Agency.

Doctors urge government to postpone budget approval; prepare for strike

Latvian Doctors Union, Latvian Young Doctors Association and Latvian Nurses Association urge the government to postpone budget approval and continue talks about allocation of additional funding for healthcare in 2020 and future years, associations report.

Estonian exports weaken as imports rise

In Estonia, the exports of goods this September as compared to the respective month of 2018, have weakened by three percent, while imports have risen at the same pace, according to Estonian official statistics.

Latvian Green Party excluded from European Green Party

Latvian Green Party has been excluded from the European Green Party. However, such a decision did not come as a surprise to members of the party, because the idea of leaving had been discussed among members in the past, as reported by LZS chairman Edgars Tavars.

Inflation in Latvia estimated at 2.3% in October

Compared to October 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.3 % in October 2019. Prices of goods had increased by 1.9 % and prices of services by 3.0 %.

Winner of procurements in Jurmala has ties to Construction Office’s chief

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has taken notice of information mentioned by the press about the company that won in several generous procurements of Jurmala City Council, specifically that its owner is the brother of the Construction Office.

All Media Baltics to liquidate LNT news service; to work with TV3 brand instead

Media group All Media Baltics intends to work with TV3 brand in Baltics from December onward, as reported by the company. At the same time, the media group itself will work with TV3 Grupa brand.

Child vaccination: Lithuanian legislators back mandatory vaccines

In Lithuania, legislation to make child vaccines against polio, measles and rubella mandatory has received the support of the Seimas in the first vote.

LTV: ex-LDz chairman’s paid compensation for leaving may reach quarter of a million

The compensation paid to ex-chairman of Latvian Railway Edvīns Bērziņš and board member Aivars Štrakšas may reach EUR 250 000 and EUR 200 000, respectively, as reported by public broadcaster LTV programme Panorāma.

Latvian Saeima conceptually supports reducing the number of municipalities

On Thursday, 7 November, Saeima conceptually supported the legislative draft on Administrative Territories and Populated Areas. 70 deputies voted in favour of the municipal reform, 13 voted against, BNN was told by Saeima’s press-service.

Idea to make 11 November a holiday instead of 1 May submitted to Saeima

On Thursday, 7 November, Latvia’s Saeima submitted to the Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee amendments to the Law on Holidays, which propose making 11 November a holiday and taking away holiday status from 1 May.

EC predicts Latvia to have the slowest economic growth among Baltics

The latest economic outlook from the European Commission estimates that Latvia’s GDP will likely grow 2.5% this year, which means the slowest economic growth among Baltic States.