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Tuesday 26.03.2019 | Name days: Eiženija, Ženija

Riga Mayor’s wife suspected of dubious employed in public water supply company

For eight years Riga Mayor Nils Ušakovs’ office manager Iveta Strautiņa-Ušakova worked as a consultant for municipal water supply company Rīgas Ūdens, as reported by LTV investigative journalism programme De Facto.

Air temperature in Latvia to stay positive this week; more precipitation expected

Weather will be dominated by cyclone activity this week. Wind speed will also increase in the country’s western parts in the first half of the week. At the end of the week, air temperature to become chilly at night, as reported by Latvian State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Suspect in criminal case leaves post in Alkom-Trans

SIA Alkom-Trans chairman Aleksandrs Krjačeks, who is a suspect in a criminal case regarding SIA Rīgas satiksme’s procurements, has decided to step down, according to information from Lursoft.

Eurostat: Latvia had higher annual inflation than average in EU and Eurozone

In February 2019, Latvia’s inflation was higher than the average in European Union and Eurozone, according to data published by Eurostat on Friday, 15 March.

ABLV Bank’s liquidators recover assets worth EUR 37.938 million in February

In February 2019, liquidators of ABLV Bank had successfully recovered assets worth EUR 37.938 million, which is 21% less than a month prior, according to the annual account published in Latvian Herald.

Insurer: children receive 11% more injuries during school breaks

During school breaks the frequency at which children receive injuries is 11% higher when compared to the year’s average, according to data from BTA Baltic Insurance Company.

Weather to remain rainy in Latvia; air temperature expected above 0° C

At the end of the week, a cyclone will approach Latvia from Scandinavia’s side, which will bring rain and wet snow to many parts of Latvia, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

More than one-third of Latvian households paid for utilities with difficulty last year

In 2018 the share of households making ends meet with difficulty or great difficulty constituted 35.7 %, which is 7.9 percentage points more than in 2017.

Consumer protection centre found problems with all playgrounds surveyed this year

Consumer Rights Protection Centre found different flaws in all child playgrounds surveyed in Latvia in recent years. To prevent those problems, economy Ministry has developed a legislative draft, as reported by the ministry’s representative Evita Urpena.

Access to official secret to be provided to CEC chairman in Latvia

On Thursday, 14 March, Saeima deputies supported amendments to the Law on Official Secrets in the second reading. Changes to the law provide access to official secrets to the chairman of the Central Election Commission, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Authority of police expanded in Latvia

Latvian Saeima approved in the third reading amendments the Law on Police. The approved amendments expand the authority of police officers, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Security chief: this year’s risks for 16 March events don’t differ much from previous years

This year’s security risks with 16 March events are not too different from previous years, said State Security Service Chief Normunds Mežviets in an interview to LNT programme Rīta Panorāma on Thursday, 14 March.

Latvian Saeima committee supports changes to overtime pay

Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee supported in the final reading amendments to the Labour Law, providing for paying 50% for overtime work if a general agreement on wages is signed in the industry.

Latvian Saeima supports proposal on extending PIT tax surcharge term

On Wednesday, 13 March, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee conceptually supported amendments to the Personal Income Tax Law. Approved amendments say the surcharge in declarations for 2018 and 2019 will be allowed to be paid by 1 December 2020, as reported by Saeima press-service.

CRPC invites Apple and Google to improve their store apps

Latvia’s Consumer Rights Protection Centre invites Apple and Google to improve their online store apps so that software providers to inform consumers about their confidentiality policy in regards to use of collected data.

Latvia’s first solar-powered centralized heating system to be built in Salaspils

On 20 March, the foundation for the first solar-powered centralized heating system will be laid in Salaspils. Municipal company Salaspils Siltums has commenced preparations for the installation of 1,720 solar power collectors with a total area of 21,595 m2, BNN was told by Salaspils Siltums.

Latvian Saeima and Economy Ministry still study outcome of MPC system’s abolishment

Economy Ministry has prepared amendments to the Electricity Market Law, which provide for abolishment of mandatory procurement component system. The ministry is currently busy compiling information regarding the potential influence this decision could have on the national economy.