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Latvia’s Saeima to limit officials’ activities in foundations and associations

On Thursday, 31 October, Latvia’s Saeima supported in the final reading a legislative draft that is intended to ensure officials who have jobs in associations, foundations and social companies are allowed to keep their jobs only if there are not paid wages, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Harmony would have lost large donations under new regulation this year

Had the new regulation on financing of political parties been adopted in Latvia this year, Harmony would have already exceeded the total permitted ceiling for financing and multiple other parties would have received considerably more donations than it would have been allowed under new rules, according to estimates from LETA.

Latvia’s Saeima approves budget plan for 2020 in first reading

The Saeima has conceptually approved the 2020 state budget project, medium-term budget plan for 2020, 2021 and 2022, as well as 26 accompanying legislative drafts associated with the budget, as confirmed by the parliament’s press-service.

More than one-third of orphans in Latvia don’t want to be adopted

Currently of the 1 175 orphans in Latvia, 431 children do not want to be adopted. This means it is possible to adopt 571 children. Of them, 377 are aged ten to 18 years, as reported by Welfare Ministry’s Communication Office head Aiga Ozoliņa.

Corruption watchdog to investigate possible conflict of interest at Social Integration Fund

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau plans to investigate Ascendum manager and Latvia’s Environment Minister Juris Pūce’s wife Zaigas Pūce’s candidacy for the post of director of the Social Integration Fund’s secretariat.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia reduces 0.4%

Compared to September 2018, total retail trade turnover fell by 0.4 % in September 2019. Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 0.8 %. Turnover of retail trade in non-food products (except for retail sale of automotive fuel) decreased by 1.4 %, but of automotive fuel – by 0.2 %.

Minister: Latvia’s budget for 2020 allocates funding for healthcare and other sectors

Latvia’s budget for 2020 allocates finances to healthcare, education, justice and internal security sector, said Latvia’s Finance Minister Jānis Reirs during debates about the next year’s budget in the Saeima.

Flash estimate: Latvia’s GDP increases 2.8% in third quarter of 2019

Compared to Q3 2018, the gross domestic product value increased by 2.8 %in Q3 2019 based on seasonally and calendar non-adjusted data.

Thousands of Estonian households yet to have power after Sunday storm

In southern Estonia, approximately 5,000 customers were without electricity on Tuesday, after a powerful storm that heavily affected regional power grid hit the Baltics on Sunday.

Prime Minister says problems in Latvia’s healthcare sector accumulated over 20 years

Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and Finance Minister Jānis Reirs do not promise additional funding for healthcare in the country’s budget for 2020.

PTAC: residents do not take security risks seriously when shopping online

Latvian consumers lack in-depth knowledge of security when shopping online and they are not aware of risks of fraud, said Consumer Rights Protection Centre director Baiba Vītoliņa during Safe E-Purchases discussion on Tuesday, 29 October.

Party ratings: support for all political parties in Latvia declines in October

Support for all political parties represented in the Saeima declined in October. Support has dropped the most rapidly for New Unity, National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» and Harmony, as reported by LTV programme Panorāma with reference to a survey performed by SKDS.

Latvian healthcare workers to hold protest in November

In hopes of securing larger state funding for healthcare industry’s workers, doctors and other medical staff plant to take unpaid leave and organize a protest outside the Saeima building on 7 November, as confirmed by healthcare workers organizations’ representatives.

State Audit: reform for re-socialization of convicts has not achieved its goal

The approach adopted in Latvia ten years ago for re-socialization of ex-convicts has not accomplished its goals and most of the ex-convicts tend to return to prison again, as concluded in a report from the State Audit.

World Stroke Day: Stradins Hospital offers free health check-ups

Tuesday, 29 October is celebrated as the World Stroke Day. Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital new A-ward offers all those interested the option to undergo free health check-up between 10:00 and 13:00 today. The offer covers blood sugar level measurement, body mass index and blood pressure measurement, as reported by the hospital’s representative Janita Veinberga.

Riga City Council’s budget for 2020: no money for new development initiatives

There will be no money for new development initiatives in Riga City Council’s budget for 2020, admits head of the city council’s Finance Department’s Municipal Budget Office Uldis Rakstiņš.

Latvijas Radio urges media council to finance equipment purchase and repairs

Latvijas Radio urges Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council to allocate EUR 271 800 to finance replacement of outdated radio equipment and repairs, as reported by Latvijas Radio Communication and Multimedia Office head Ieva Aile.

Unexpectedly, Riga City Council refuses to provide funding to Rīgas satiksme

On Monday, 28 October, Riga City Council’s Finance and Administration Affairs Committee supported amendments to the 2019 budget. At the same time, for the first time in years members of the committee approved no plans for additional funding allocation to public transport company SIA Rīgas satiksme.

Software fraud reported in multiple Latvian state institutions

Fraud with suspicious software procurements may have taken place at Latvia’s Interior Affairs Ministry, as reported by TV3 programme Nekā personīga.

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