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Wednesday 18.09.2019 | Name days: Liesma, Elita, Alita

Latvia and Hungary sign cooperation programme for culture

The Culture Ministry of the Republic of Latvia and the Human Resource Ministry of Hungary have signed a cooperation programme in culture in 2019-2021, as confirmed by Culture Ministry’s representative Lita Kokale.

Maintenance debtors’ debt in Latvia exceeds EUR 320 million

More than 40 thousand parents in Latvia do not perform their duty to financially support their children. Maintenance is paid from the state budget on their behalf, which costs the country and average of EUR 4.5 million every month, according to data from the Administration of Maintenance Guarantee Fund.

SRS head under fire again? Finance Ministry initiates another inspection

During Latvian Finance Minister Jānis Reirs’ vacation his replacement, Agriculture Minister Kaspars Gerhards, has initiated another inspection of work done by the State Revenue Service, as reported by TV3 on 1 August 2019.

Violations of SRS employees may be investigated by Internal Security Bureau

Latvian Interior Affairs subordinated Internal Security Bureau may be entrusted with investigating violations committed by employees of the State Revenue Service, the ministry reports.

Corruption watchdog suspects parties were not honest with their EP election expenses

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau is not certain political parties had declared their entire European Parliament election expenses, according to what KNAB Political Organizations Violation Investigation Department head Amīlija Raituma.

Riga City Council’s independent deputies may consider working with HSR

Riga City Council’s Independent Deputies Faction, which combines deputies excluded from Harmony, would be prepared to sign a cooperation agreement with Honour to Serve Riga faction, admits IDF leader Valērijs Petrovs.

CC: bank competitiveness is impeded by consumers’ low mobility

Latvia’s Competition Council has found in a client mobility market assessment that most of Latvian consumers consider switching banks an expensive, complicated and time-consuming procedure, which is why they do not seek offers that are attractive both price and quality-wise.

Chairperson: Stradins Hospital’s idleness will definitely cost the state several thousands

The idleness suffered by Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital when an anonymous phone call detailed bombing threats on 31 July will likely cost the state several thousand euros, said the hospital’s board chairperson Ilze Kreicberga.

Island Bridge restoration proceeds ahead of schedule, but complaints surface

Construction work of the second stage of the Island Bridge project is ahead of schedule. However, at the same time, residents complain about the organization of traffic for pedestrians and cyclists.

Latvia's State Employment Agency outlines industries in dire need of workers

Industries that suffer the most from the shortage of labour force include freight transport, construction, processing industry, as well as retail trade, as State Employment Agency director Evita Simsone explained in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta panorama.

Stradins Hospital reopens after bombing threats; patient admission to be limited

Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital reopened again on Wednesday evening. Nevertheless, patient admission will be limited on Thursday, 1 August.

Latvian government proposes outlining plans for the event of «hard Brexit»

Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has sent letters to ministries, the Bank of Latvia, Latvian Employers’ Confederation and Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, urging them to outline action plans for the event of so-called hard Brexit.

Latvia’s national media council chairperson considers leaving post

Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council chairperson Dace Ķezbere considers leaving her post. She says she has yet to write her resignation, but it will be done.

Latvian Healthcare Minister promises to not shut down hospitals

Hospitals in Latvia will not be closed, although from now on hospitals will be allowed to provide services only if they are of sufficient quality, Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele told newspaper Dienas Bizness in an interview.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 2.1% in June

Compared to June 2018, total retail trade turnover rose by 2.1 % in June 2019. Retail trade in food products grew by 0.8 %, retail trade in non-food products increased by 3.6 %, and turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel grew by 1.0 %.

Flash estimate – Latvia’s GDP up 2.1% in Q2 2019

Compared to Q2 2018, the gross domestic product volume has increased by 2.1 % in Latvia in Q2 2019.

President: Latvia supports Finland in the fight against climate change

Latvia will actively support Finland’s priorities in the fight against climate change while the country holds presidency over the EU Council, said Latvia’s President Egils Levits.

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