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Wednesday 16.01.2019 | Name days: Lida, Lidija

Construction costs in Latvia up 4.4%

Compared to September, the level of construction costs in Latvia dropped by 0.1 % in October 2018. Prices of building materials reduced by 0.2 %, labour remuneration of workers by 0.1 %, while maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment grew by 0.1 %.

Wind energy production output doubled in Latvia

In September and October 2018, wind power plants in Latvia had doubled their yield of electricity for the country’s total balance when compared to the previous four months, according to information compiled by AS Augstsprieguma tīkls.

Latvian government conceptually supports raising wages of medical personnel

During a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, members of the government went through a report prepared by Healthcare Ministry in regards to increasing wages for doctors, nurses and other medical staff in the next three years.

Latvian Education Minister steps down; aims for European Parliament instead

Latvian Education and Science Minister Kārlis Šadurskis has decided to step down. He intends to aim for a seat in the European Parliament. On Wednesday, 28 November, Šadurskis will travel to Brussels, where he will take post as a member of the European Parliament.

CSB surveys Latvian counties with the highest yield of agricultural crops in 2017

In 2017, the average yield of cereals in Latvia constituted 38.3 ql/ha, while the indicator registered in Dobele county was almost two times higher – 64.9 ql/ha (relative margin of error 1.6 %). Among all counties, the highest cereal yield was recorded in Dobele County.

Deputy: Harmony will not support a government in which it is not represented

Harmony has no plans to support a government in which the party is not represented, says the political party’s representative Andrejs Klementjevs, adding that currently political parties are doing harm to Latvia with their indecisiveness.

Gobzems: new government in Latvia should include women

«Today we will begin collecting votes in the parliament for the approval of a new government, asking all partners to be very serious of the process. I will try approaching parties’ offers very carefully,» says KPV LV representative and nominated prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems.

Latvian authorities detain Ukrainian citizen for illegally smuggling weapon parts

In November 2018, Latvia State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police sent a criminal process to Ludza District Prosecutor’s Office for commencement of criminal prosecution in regards to illegal carrying of weapon parts over the Latvian border.

Gobzems: government’s main priority – children

Children should be the main priority for the government, says the newly-nominated prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV. He says from now on «a country that takes care of children and puts them ahead of other matters» will be a priority.

Nano-water scheme’s participant involved in another Rīgas satiksme criminal case

In October the prosecutor’s office submitted to court a criminal case in which four people are accused of defrauding EUR 800,000 from Rīgas satiksme in different washing chemical procurements in 2013 and 2014. However, investigators are still interested in the company – police suspect the company of foul play in procurements.

Weather to become colder in Latvia this week; more snow expected

Precipitation is expected at the beginning of the week – mostly snow and wet snow. Coastal regions can expect rain. The amount of clouds will reduce gradually in the middle of the week. Wind will draw in from the south in the second half of the week, carrying warmer masses of air to the country, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology.

Latvian president to meet with all parties represented in the Saeima

On Monday, 26 November, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis intends to meet with all parties elected to the Saeima. It is worth mentioning that representatives of KPV LV and Attīstībai/Par! will meet with the president in a joint meeting.

Association declares state of emergency in Latvia’s hospital sector

Latvian Hospital Association has declared a state of emergency in relation to the ruling of the Supreme Court on limiting overtime work for medical personnel, as confirmed by the association’s chairman Jevgēņijs Kalējs.

Social protection expenditures up 5% in Latvia

In 2017 social protection expenditure in Latvia accounted for EUR 3 974.8 million and, compared to 2016, it has grown by EUR 188.5 million or 5.0 %. Expenditure on survivors function rose by 10.5 %, on sickness and heath care by 6.8 %, and on disability function by 4.9 %.

SRS announces procurement for next year’s receipt lottery

In order to organize a receipt lottery next year, Latvia’s State Revenue Service has organized a procurement project for receipt lottery organization and implementation services.