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Latvian government drops support for divided healthcare system

When amending Healthcare Financing Law on 14 May, Latvian government supported Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele’s offer to not divide healthcare accessibility into two «baskets» of services.

Latvian Post invest considerable funds in modernization project

Modernization of post offices, which lasted from the end of 2018 until spring 2019, cost Latvian Post EUR 2.1 million, as reported by the company.

Half of Latvia’s schools do not meet minimal requirements of new school reform

Latvia’s Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska says that schools that fail to meet necessary criteria could be reorganized. At the same time the minister stressed the role of municipalities as founders of schools.

Construction production output in Q1 grows 7.4% in Latvia

Compared to Q1 2018, construction output has increased by 7.4 % in Q1 2019. Construction output rise was observed in construction of buildings and specialised construction activities, but civil engineering experienced a drop.

Privatization Agency claims LDz board chairman misleads society

According to Privatization Agency (PA), Latvian Railways (LDz) board chairman Edvīns Bērziņš’s publicly voiced opinion in regards to attempts to secretly privatize LDz misleads residents.

NATO summit simulation game to be organized at Ādaži military base

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Latvia’s membership in NATO and the alliance’s 70th birthday on Wednesday, 15 May, a NATO summit simulation game will be held at Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and Latvia’s National Armed Forces military base in Ādaži.

KNAB checks Latvian Railways’ wall project – half a million spent but there is no wall

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced an investigation in relation to the protective wall project near Šķirotava railway station in Riga – Latvian Railway (LDz) has partially paid for the project, but the firm in charge of it has simply transferred the money to some company in Hong Kong.

Week’s beginning in Latvia will be rainy

A wide rain zone will pass through Latvia’s western portion on Monday, 13 May. This means lasting rain is expected in Kurzeme and Zemgale. Rain clouds will form in the country’s eastern areas, resulting in short-term rain, and local thunderstorms, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Consumer prices in Latvia reached 3.4% in April

Compared to April 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 3.4 % in April 2019. Prices of goods had increased by 3.5 % and prices of services by 3.3 %.

KPV LV party’s «opposition» picks their own presidential candidate

A handful of members of KPV LV political party have decided to pick Didzis Šmits as their presidential candidate, as reported by lsm.lv. Deputies do not hide the fact that with this step they wanted to engage in presidential elections.

Latvian minister proposes small compulsory fee for health insurance system

Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele proposes implementing a small compulsory fee for residents who are not insured. This basically means adoption of a unified healthcare service basket in Latvia, the politician says.

Tet and LMT merge topic outlined again as two companies hold talks

Merge talks have been held between telecommunication company Tet and mobile operator Latvijas mobilais telefons, as confirmed by Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits’ advisor for communication affairs Aļona Zandere.

PHOTO: cotton candy, flower sellers and Ušakovs – 9 May celebrations at Victory Park

Celebrations organized by 9maijs.lv association to commemorate the victims of WWII and the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany are traditionally held in Victory Park in Riga on 9 May. However, while some people celebrate the end of one of the most horrible wars in human history, others choose to focus on how this date was the beginning of a long occupation period for Latvia.

Saeima continues viewing proposal to no longer issue non-citizen status to newborns

Latvia’s parliament supported in the first reading the proposal to cease issuance of non-citizen status to children born in the country after 1 January 2020.

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