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Ministry: Latvia has accomplished a lot in ensuring gender equality

Latvia is among six countries in the world with the highest index for gender equality on the labour market. This is shown as much in World Bank’s published study that analysed legislation on gender equality in 187 countries.

Freight transport between Latvia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will not require permits

An agreement has been reached in regards to permit regime’s cancellation for mutual freight transport between Latvia and Bosnia and Herzegovina starting from 1 January 2020. This means transit and mutual freight transport will be liberalized and allowed to be performed without permits, as reported by Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Communication Office.

Committee: funding for innovations should be no lower than 25% of the total envelope

Funding for research and innovations in the next planning period should be below 25% of the total EU fund envelope. It is preferable for funding to reach 40%. This was unanimously supported by Saeima’s Sustainable Development Committee during a meeting on Wednesday, 27 February.

Saeima: Latvia’s 2019 budget couple be approved around April

Latvia’s budget of 2019 approval in the final reading is planned for the first week of April, said head of Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee Mārtiņš Bondars after meeting with Finance Minister Jānis Reirs on Wednesday, 27 February.

Lido invests EUR 10,000 in new equipment and products

Lido restaurant network has invested EUR 10,000 to procure new cooking equipment and develop new products, as confirmed by Lido representatives.

Construction costs in Latvia down 0.2% in January

Compared to December 2018, the level of construction costs in Latvia reduced by 0.2 % in January 2019. Prices of building materials had decreased by 0.5 %, while labour remuneration of workers and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment grew by 0.1 %.

Survey: last year’s best development in agriculture – compensation for floods

According to Latvia farmers, the best thing to have happened in the industry last year was state support for the losses caused by floods in 2017 (47.8%), whereas the worst development in 2018 was the lasting drought and consequences it had caused (82.3%), according to results of Swedbank survey.

Opinion: Citadele Bank wants to be active on the stock market

Citadele Bank wants to become active on the stock market, says the bank’s governor Guntis Beļavskis.

Ombudsman on taxes: give with one hand and take with the other

«Give with one hand and take with the other,» said ombudsman Juris Jansons, commenting on Latvia’s last tax reform in his interview to LNT programme 900 seconds.

Prime minister: municipalities could provide money for teachers’ wages

Money for teachers’ wages could be taken from funding intended for municipalities, such as the municipal finance equalization fund, said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to LNT programme 900 seconds.

Latvian government approves amendments to improve measures against avian influenza

Latvian government has approved amendments developed by Agriculture Ministry on liquidation of risks of avian influenza, as confirmed by the ministry.

Latvian government to attract USD 400,000 to improve ambulance infrastructure

To make sure Latvian Emergency Medical Service is able to receive financing from USA to improve infrastructure, the Latvian state plans to take on co-financing of associated projects, according to the report compiled by Healthcare Ministry reviewed by the government on Tuesday, 26 February.

Tosmare shipbuilding factory on sale for EUR 2.163 million

Insolvency administrator of the bankrupt Tosmare shipbuilding factory Ivars Meļķis has put up the company’s owned ship repair and shipbuilding factory for EUR 2.164 million, according to published announcement on the media.

Bank: 76% Latvian small and medium businesses till focus on employee retention

«Considering the tense situation on the labour market, 76% of Latvian small and medium-sized companies will focus on employee retention. This situation is similar to Lithuania and Estonia, where employee retention has been named a priority for 73% and 78% of businesses,» SEB Bank experts say.

Latvian government showers teachers with promises of better wages

Representatives of several Latvian ministries promise to look for ways to improve education quality and teachers’ wages. Members of the ruling coalition, on the other hand, refrain from giving any clear terms for planned changes.

Minister: it’s currently impossible to save money in healthcare

Because Healthcare Ministry lacks the capacity to follow everything that happens in capital associations, in order to keep track of developments in Latvian hospitals the country needs professional, not political, councils, said Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele.

Riga’s mayor and former vice-mayor want to be candidates in EP elections

Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs and the now former vice-mayor Andris Ameriks will be candidates in upcoming European Parliament elections, LTV reported on Monday, 25 February.

Survey: one-third of Latvian residents use mobile internet at home

More and more Latvian residents use mobile internet as the main form of internet for their homes – around 80% of residents who have mobile internet use it as their main. Considering accessibility, this kind of internet connection is more often used in the countryside and Pieriga, according to results of a market survey by Tele2 and RAIT Custom Research Baltic.

President: Latvia wants to work with Germany in science and digital technologies

«Latvia is interested in developing cooperation in digital technologies and science, as well as transport and logistics sector. At the same time, we want to continue established cooperation in tourism and attraction of students,» said Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis during his meeting with Mayor of Hamburg Dr. Peter Tschentscher on Monday, 25 February.

Latvian MEP asks State Security Service to investigate Zhdanok

European Parliament member from Latvia Inese Vaidere has asked State Security Service to investigate ex-MEP Tatyana Zhdanok’s statements about political persecution in Baltic States, as BNN was told by European People’s Party’s Latvian press and communication advisor Ģirts Salmgriezis.