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Bank analysts predict inflation in Latvia 3.2-3.4% for April

Compared to March, consumer prices in April had possibly grown by 0.6-0.8%, which means annual inflation in Latvia has reached approximately 3.2-3.4%, bank analysts predict.

eID cards to become compulsory for all residents in Latvia soon

Personal identification card or eID card will be compulsory for citizens and non-citizens older than 15 years in Latvia. The passport will be mainly used as a document of choice for travel to countries in which eID cards are not recognized as valid personal identification and travel documents, the Saeima decided 9 May.

Latvia to publish additional KGB filing system and other documents

On Thursday, 9 May, Saeima’s deputies supported in the second and final reading amendments to the Law Regarding Preservation and Use of Documents of the Former KGB.

Grass fire in Viļāni County burns down building

It is likely because of grass fire that an unsupervised building, electricity pylon and forest areas of 500 m2 caught fire and burned down, as reported by State Fire and Rescue Service.

Ombudsman Juris Jansons proposed as second presidential candidate in Latvia

Latvia’s Farmers Union, which is part of Union of Greens and Farmers, has decided to pick ombudsman Juris Jansons as their state presidential candidate, as confirmed by UGF board chairman Armands Krauze.

Telephone calls from from Latvia to Europe to become cheaper soon

15 May marks the coming into force of retail trade tariffs for international calls to countries of the European Economic Zone. This means that when making a telephone call to Europe, the operator will be allowed to charge the client no more than 0.19 EUR/minute for calls and 0.06 EUR per text message, as explained by Public Utilities Commission.

National Bolshevik Beness Aijo accused of taking part in armed conflict in Ukraine

In the middle of April 2019, Latvia’s State Security Service declared National Bolshevik Beness Aijo a suspect in a case regarding illegal participation in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, as reported by LETA.

Latvian police intercept 78.6 kg of hashish

Latvia’s State Revenue Service Tax and Customs Police have requested the prosecutor’s office to commence criminal prosecution of a criminal process against 1977-born Russian citizen for smuggling a large amount of an especially dangerous narcotic substance – hashish, as confirmed by SRS.

Ex-president: Vējonis’ decision is reasonable because he lacks support in Saeima

The decision made by Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis to not stand candidate for a second presidential term is reasonable, because he had only secured 11 out of 100 votes in the Saeima, said Latvia’s ex-president Valdis Zatlers in an interview to LNT.

State Audit: Medical Treatment Risk Fund does not function in patients’ interests

Medical Treatment Risk Fund was formed in Latvia to ensure patients are able to receive compensation for potential damages caused during the medical treatment process, but it does not perform its main function because it does not work in patients’ interests, as concluded by Latvia’s State Audit.

Supreme Court fines twenty three firms EUR 3 million for cartel agreement

With a verdict from the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Latvia 26 April marked the end of a series of litigations commenced by the Competition Council in relation to an energy construction cartel uncovered in 2013.

Stable output observed in Latvia’s manufacturing turnover

Compared to March 2018, industrial production output increased by 1.5 % in March 2019, according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices.

Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis will not stand candidate for second term

Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis has decided to not become a candidate for a second term. This means there is only one other potential presidential candidate – lawyer Egils Levits, who has already secured support from parties of the ruling coalition and is promised support from more than half of Saeima deputies.

Minister: administration of Latvian Railway cannot be trusted

The current administration of Latvian Railway cannot be trusted – they do not understand European Commission’s free market regulations. Moreover – there are suspicions of corruption and internal scheming within the company, said Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits during a press-conference.

«Spring cleaning»: multiple Latvian Railway board members may be replaced

Several board members of Latvian Railway, including board chairman Edvīns Bērziņš, are currently at risk of being dismissed from their posts, according to unofficial information.

Latvian authorities to test warning sirens 10 May; residents asked not to worry

On Friday, 10 May, Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service and Interior Affairs Ministry’s Information Centre will perform a test run of the country’s warning sirens to check the functionality of the civil early warning system and outline any problems with it, SFRS stresses.

Organizers: activity in this year’s Big Clean Up is just as high as last year

Organizers of the Big Clean Up expect this year’s activity to be as high as last year’s, when approximately 145,000 took part in it, says the event’s representative Gita Sauka.

One-fourth of Latvia’s residents to celebrate White Tablecloth Day

Similar to last year, approximately a quarter of Latvia’s residents (24%) plan to celebrate White Tablecloth Day on 4 May, according to results of a survey performed by Kantar research company.

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