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Unemployment level in Latvia was 6.4% at the end of 2018

At the end of 2018 the registered unemployment level in Latvia was 6.4% of the total number of economically active population, which is 0.2 percentage points more than a month prior and 0.4% less than at the end of 2017, according to information from the State Employment Agency.

Blizzard expected in Latvia soon

Although winter has entered its rights in Latvia, stable frosty weather and snow remains only in the country’s eastern regions, whereas western and central regions experience thaw, wet snow and rain every now and then, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvia’s R&D funding share of GDP is second lowest in Europe

Latvia spends 0.51% of its GDP, which is the second lowest index among EU member states, on research and development, according to data from Eurostat.

Latvian Saeima supports decision project on MPC system’s cancellation

On Thursday, 10 January, Latvia’s Saeima supported the decision project regarding the cancellation of the mandatory procurement component system.

Committee: NEPLP precedents prove the need for mass media regulation

Precedents associated with the National Electronic Mass Media Council prove the need for immediate approval of Public Electronic Mass Media Finances and Management Law, as noted by the head of Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee Artuss Kaimiņš during a meeting Wednesday, 9 January.

23 perpetrators caught on Latvia’s external borders

On Wednesday, 9 January, Latvian State Border Guard caught 23 perpetrators on the country’s external borders and the country’s interior territories.

Deputies: Latvia should be prepared for different Brexit process scenarios

On Wednesday, 9 January, Saeima’s European Affairs Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee discussed Latvia’s readiness for the possible consequences from Brexit, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

New Unity’s PM candidate to comment on government declaration this Friday

Prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš intends to comment on the declaration of the forming government around Friday, 11 January.

Minister: Brexit will force changing multiple of Latvia’s laws

Regardless if Britain exits EU or not, it will be necessary to amend a number of Latvia’s laws and regulations, said Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs during a meeting of Saeima’s European Affairs Committee.

Ministry to clarify legislative draft on dismissal of Riga City Council

Considering the resolution received from the Prime Minister on the need to clarify Riga City Council dismissal draft, Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry will soon organize a meeting to discuss the legislative draft, as reported by the ministry’s representative Santa Vaļuma.

Latvia’s exports increased 7% in November 2018

In November 2018 Latvian foreign trade turnover amounted to EUR 2.47 billion, which at current prices was 7 % more than in November 2017, of which the exports value of goods was 5.2 % and imports value of goods was 8.6 % higher.

Opinion: lack of clarity about Latvia’s government may delay Moneyval recommendations

The lack of clarity with the forming government in Latvia may cause delays with implementation of recommendations from EU’s Moneyval, said Control Service’s head Ilze Znotiņa in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Latvian FCMC overhauls Bank Compass information tool

As of 8 January 2019, Finance and Capital Market Commission’s Bank Compass tool on www.fktk.lv will be available in an overhauled version, BNN was told by FCMC.

Latvian politologist Ivars Ījabs may start in EP election from Attīstībai/Par list

Politologist and associate professor of the University of Latvia Ivars Ījabs could take part in this spring’s European Parliament elections from the list of candidates of Attīstībai/Par political party, as reported by LNT.

Latvian government proposes postponing division of healthcare services in two baskets

On Wednesday, 9 January, Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee will decide on postponing the viewing of proposals for the division of healthcare services into two baskets until 1 June, as reported by chairman Andris Skride.

Micro-enterprise tax payers in Latvia can expect multiple legislative changes

Latvian State Revenue Service reminds that 2019 marks the coming into force of multiple regulations in relation to micro-enterprise tax payers as part of previously implemented reforms.

SRS requests criminal prosecution of person that caused damages of EUR 1.2 million to Latvia

A criminal process launched against a private person for causing financial damages worth EUR 1.2 million to the Latvian state has been submitted for commencement of criminal prosecution.

Ex-prime minister says Latvia’s new government won’t have manoeuvring options in budget talks

The new government will not have much room to manoeuvrer in 2019 budget formation talks. Members of the government will not be able to progress towards increasing budget deficit, says European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.

Next European Parliament could change Rail Baltica project’s financing aspects

The financing aspects of Rail Baltica project could be changed or influenced by the next European Parliament, which may turn out rather euro-sceptical, says TEN-T network corridor coordinator Katerina Trautmane.