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Riga Central Market’s restoration to require EUR 18 million more than planned

Restoration of territories of Riga Central Market will cost EUR 18 million more than initially estimated. Funds are required for two separate projects – reconstruction of the market’s cellars and restoration of the central market’s channel infrastructure and public outdoor space.

Large energy consumers in Latvia expected to comply with energy efficiency plan by 15 May

On Thursday, 11 April, Latvia’s Saeima supported in the first reading amendments to the Energy Efficiency Law, extending the initial requirement for compliance with energy efficiency plan for large energy consumers from 1 April 2018 to 15 May 2019, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvia’s Saeima supports giving SRS more freedom to fight VAT fraudsters

On Thursday, 11 April, Latvia’s Saeima approved in the first reading amendments to the Value Added Tax Law, which provide for expanding the freedom of the State Revenue Service in the fight against VAT fraud schemes, as confirmed by the parliament’s press-service.

Latvian minister: we may need harsher penalties for people making child pornography

«If a person who makes child pornography does not understand what they’ve done, we may need to discuss adopting harsher penalties and changes to the Criminal Law,» said Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens.

Latvian ministry proposes reducing number of municipal deputies from 1,614 to 686

Following the administrative territory reform, it is planned to reduce the number of municipal deputies from 1,614 to 686, said Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce at a press-conference on Wednesday, 10 April.

Latvia’s corruption watchdog accuses KPV LV member of fraud; politician denies guilt

KPV LV Saeima faction chairman Atis Zakatistovs denies his guilt in accusations regarding possible fraud. He told journalists on 10 April that he wants to better understand the situation before making future decisions.

Latvian authorities detain ten child pornography distributors

In a large-scale operation that took place last week Latvian police detained ten of the most active child pornography distributors, as confirmed by Latvia’s State Police Sex Crime Prevention Department Chief Oļegs Lavčinovskis.

Enefit: 30% of Latvian households want to produce their own electricity

Although sunlight in Latvia is an underappreciated source of energy, there has been an increase of interest towards use of solar energy among Latvian households. This is proven by the fact that in the last three years the number of households that produce their own electricity has doubled, according to data compiled by energy company Enefit.

Latvian ministries to prepare possible state threat prevention plans

All Latvian ministries are to submit possible state threat prevention plan projects to the Crisis Management Council and risk assessments to the State Fire and Rescue Service before 31 July, as decided by the council on 9 April.

Judicial investigation concludes in Zolitude Maxima tragedy’s trial

Riga City Pārdaugava Court has finished the judicial investigation in the massive Zolitude Maxima tragedy’s criminal case. The court announced that the debates on the case will commence 11 June.

McDonald’s in Latvia to provide plastic straws on demand-only basis

To motivate clients to reduce using plastic straws, McDonald’s fast food chain in Latvia plans to start a test in which straws will be provided on demand only.

Latvia’s foreign trade turnover down 0.4% in February

In February 2019, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.06 billion, which at current prices was 0.4 % less than a year ago, of which the exports value of goods was 1 % higher, but imports value of goods was 1.7 % lower.

Flu epidemic in Latvia is officially over

Because the number of flu patients has not exceeded 100 per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks, Disease Prevention and Control Centre announced the end of the flu epidemic in Latvia on Tuesday, 9 April.

Saeima speaker: EU should start accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania

Integration of Western Balkan Countries in the European Union would be a contribution to a stable and strong Europe. EU should commence accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania in June and recognize the hard work the two countries have put into democratic reforms, said Latvian Saeima’s speaker Ināra Mūrniece.

SEB Bank decides not to extend Riga public transport company’s overdraft agreement

SEB Bank has decided to not extend Riga municipality’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme’s overdraft agreement of EUR 3.2 million, as confirmed by the company’s representative Baiba Bartaševiča.