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Latvian state-owned company Ventas osta officially registered

On Friday, 27 December, state-owned company Ventas osta was officially registered by the Enterprise Register of the Republic of Latvia, according to information from

Fire at tire warehouse in Andrejsala was not an act of deliberate arson, police say

State Police did not find evidence of deliberate arson at tire warehouse in Andrejsala, says State Police representative Gita Gžibovska.

Bank analysts: unemployment decline might stop in Latvia next year

The unemployment level decline in Latvia will become slower or even stop next year, according to bank analysts. Swedbank senior economist Agnese Buceniece says under slower economic growth demand for labourers will gradually calm down. The first signals for this came up from business surveys.

Reasons behind Ecolines bus crash in Estonia remain unknown

The reasons behind the road traffic accident involving an Ecolines bus bound for Riga from St Petersburg on Sunday, 29 December, remain unknown. Nine people, including four Latvian citizens, were injured in this accident, as reported by Ecolines representatives.

As excise tax goes up, prices of alcoholic drinks may grow by three euro per litre in Latvia

If Latvia increases excise tax for alcohol in March next year, it is expected the prices for alcohol may increase considerably – as far as three euros per litre, according to Latvian Alcohol Industry Association.

Weather in Latvia expected to be volatile in coming days

On Friday, 27 December, it will remain moderately cloudy in Latvia. The sky will become clear in western areas. Some precipitation is expected every now and again – mostly snow. Lasting snowfall is expected in the far eastern territories. The layer of snow there is expected to increase 2-5 cm, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Autumn session concludes with Saeima adopting 148 laws

During the autumn session of 2019, Latvia’s 13th Saeima adopted 148 laws in the final reading – 13 new laws and amendments to 135 existing laws, BNN was told by the parliament’s press-service.

Traffic to be restricted in Riga for New Year’s festivities: 11th November Embankment to be closed down

Traffic will be restricted in Riga in multiple locations to accommodate New Year’s festivities. The 11th November Embankment will be closed down as well, as reported by Riga City Council.

Latvia’s territories with the largest percentage of children – Mārupe, Ādaži and Babīte

Most children eagerly wait for Father Christmas to come and bring presents. This is why the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia has decided to look at data and compile a roadman for Father Christmas – locations in Latvia with the largest percentage of children.

Transport Ministry to turn to police over compensation paid to ex-LDz board

Transport Ministry intends to turn to law enforcement institutions over the compensation paid to ex-Latvian Railway chairman Edvīns Bērziņš and board member Aivars Strakšas, as Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits told journalists on Monday, 23 December.

KNAB has not handled a single criminal case about potential corruption at Latvian ports

Throughout its entire existence Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has never had a criminal process regarding possible corruption at any of Latvia’s ports.

Latvian Emergency Medical Service’s director is hopeful about the service’s future

The Emergency Medical Service has lately managed to implement a number of changes, says the service’s director Liene Cipule, adding that she is generally hopeful about the service’s future.

Volume of petrol imported to Latvia up 5.2% in first ten months

The volume of motor petrol imported to Latvia in the first ten months of 2019 has declined 5.2% when compared to the same period of 2018, whereas the volume of diesel fuel has declined 3.3%, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Kariņš: Ventas osta to ensure professional and depoliticized port management

Ventas osta, the state company created to perform the functions of Ventspils port, will provide a professional and depoliticized management of the port, says Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš.

Ex-President of Latvia wants to manage Latvian Basketball Association

Latvia’s former president Raimonds Vējonis has officially submitted his application as a candidate for the position of president of Latvian Basketball Association, as reported by LBS.

Justice Minister suspends State Land Service’s director general Zvidriņa

Latvia’s Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns has ordered a disciplinary case against State Land Service director general Solvita Zvidriņa, suspending her.

Alcohol and tobacco products to become more expensive in Latvia next year

In accordance with the Law on Excise Tax, with 1 January 2020 onward, excise tax on tax products and tobacco products will increase, reminds State Revenue Service.

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