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KPV LV faction pledges support to Aldis Gobzems

Saeima faction of KPV LV has pledged support to its prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems to lead the government formation talks.

Inflation in Latvia reaches 3% in 2018

November 2018, compared to November 2017, the average level of consumer prices rose by 3.0 %. Prices of both goods and services grew by 3.0 %. Compared to 2015, consumer prices were 6.8 % higher in November 2018. Prices of goods increased by 5.9 % and prices of services by 9.1 %.

Politologist: two weeks in government formation is lost time

Two weeks spent in government formation is lost time, because budget development has not even started. However, the current situation may pave the way for a new prime minister, because several of the previously voiced red lines have been erased, says interior policy expert Ieva Bikava.

KPV LV prime minister candidate to present president with three scenarios

Prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV will present Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis with three possible scenarios for government formation this Monday, 10 December.

Weather in Latvia expected warm at weeks beginning; air temperature to drop again later on

Weather in Latvia will be cloudy and rich with precipitation this week. Air temperature may remain positive until the middle of the week, but colder masses of air will flow to the country shortly after that. More snow is also expected, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Snow and ice create problems for drivers in Latvia

In spite of several trips coating roads with anti-freeze and clearing them of snow on Friday, 7 December, driving conditions remained complicated in many parts of Latvia in the afternoon.

Share of fast loans extended three and more times increases in Latvia

Lending volumes in the non-banking sector in Latvia continue growing in the first half-year of 2018 – the total loan portfolio of lenders’ had grown 7.11%, reaching EUR 655.82 million, by the end of June.

Aldis Gobzems withdraws his government offer extended to political parties

Latvian prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV has decided to withdraw his government offer extended to political parties. He plans to invite non-party professionals to the new Cabinet of Ministers. «If my proposed government composition is not approved, I will ask President Raimonds Vējonis to announce emergency elections,» said Aldis Gobzems.

SRS dismantles criminal group that caused losses worth EUR 250,000 to state budget

Latvia’s State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police has dismantled a criminal group that has caused damages worth EUR 250,000 to the state budget.

Saeima adopts resolution, asking Latvia to not join UN migration pact

On Thursday, 6 December, Latvia’s Saeima adopted a resolution in which the government is asked to not join UN migration pact. 43 members of the parliament voted in favour of this resolution and 31 deputies voted against.

BATL: we expect a drop in turnover for ports and railway cargo freight

In the ten months of 2018, the total cargo turnover decline reached 2.1% at Ventspils port in comparison to the same period a year ago. This is the second lowest decline after the anti-record of 2016. In total, nearly 17 million tonnes of cargoes went through Ventspils port in this period of time, which is 31% of the total volume of cargoes.

Jurmala opposition agrees on repeated attempt to dismiss Mayor Gatis Truksnis

The opposition of Jurmala City Council has submitted a repeated invitation to decide on Mayor Gatis Truksnis’ dismissal, as confirmed by municipal deputy Guntis Grūba.

Latvian Saeima supports increasing wages for judges and prosecutors

On Thursday, 6 December, the Saeima supported in the final reading amendments to the Law on Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Self-government Authorities, which provide for increasing wages for judges and prosecutors.

More than 70% of people use mobile phones while driving

More than 70% of people use mobile phones while driving. At the same time, they acknowledge this is a serious problem. Observations of habits of road traffic participants show that the habit of using mobile phones while driving has been on a rise in the past five years.

Latvian Saeima to decide on next year’s temporary budget

On Thursday, 6 December, Latvian Saeima will view in the final reading amendments to the Law on Budget and Financial Management. These amendments do not allow next year’s budget expenditures to exceed expenditures detailed in Medium-Term Budget Law.

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