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Rimi Latvia – last year’s largest trade company in the country

Last year, the largest company in Latvia was Rimi Latvia turnover-wise: its turnover reached EUR 870.428 million, according to information from SIA and LETA.

Official secret permit issue system helps determine possible spies

Latvian Defence Ministry does not deny that termination of permits to access official secrets for workers of the defence system is one of the methods to help determine possible spies without handing them over to court, the ministry notes.

State Audit dissatisfied with slow pre-trial investigation field’s re-organization

Problems associated with pre-trial investigation efficiency and quality are not resolved sufficiently enough in Latvia. Because of that, it is necessary to prepare an action plan to improve pre-trial investigation functions, State Auditor Elita Krūmiņa wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

EUR 610,374 needed to compensate deputies not re-elected to 13th Saeima

Deputies that were not re-elected to the 13th Saeima will be paid compensations. The total amount will be around roughly EUR 610,374 before taxes, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Bribery case against former Daugavpils vice-mayor and businessman to be viewed next year

Zemgale District Court in Jekabpils has decided to postpone viewing the criminal case in which former Daugavpils vice-mayor Vjačeslavs Širjakovs and businessman Sergejs Karnauhovs are accused of bribery worth EUR 60,000 until February 2019.

Ombudsman calls Law on Financing of Health Care «total failure»

The Law on Financing of Health Care adopted by the 12th Saeima and which provides two different state guaranteed healthcare service levels is «a total failure», said ombudsman Juris Jansons in an interview to 900 seconds LNT.

Precipitation expected in Latvia on weekends, whereas next week to start with sunny days

Although Saturday and Sunday are expected to be rainy in Latvia, weather will generally remain warm. As the next week begins, however, air temperature will start to decline steadily, but it will still be dry and sunny, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Ministry: everyone, including Riga City Council, must comply with sanction regime

Everyone, including Riga City Council, that cooperate with Giprostrojmost, which is included on EU and US sanction lists, must comply with the sanction regime, Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry explains.

Employers in Latvia will not be allowed to demand foreign language skills from employees for no reason

Employers in Latvia will not have the right to request foreign language skills from employees if their duties do not include the use of foreign languages. This is provided by amendments to the Labour Law approved by the Saeima in the third and final reading on Thursday, 1 November.

Proposal to increase grants for Rīgas satiksme to EUR 132.8 million gains support

Riga City Council’s Finance and Administrative Affairs Committee supported amendments to the municipality’s 2018 budget plan. The supported changes increase the municipality’s expenditures to EUR 1.023 billion this year.

Four candidates apply for railway electrification project in Latvia

The first phase of Latvian railway network electrification project organized by Latvian Railway has concluded. During this phase, contenders were able to submit applications, confirming their desire to participate in the project.

Authorities to investigate cooperation between Riga City Council and Russian design company

Latvian Security Police has commenced an investigation regarding the cooperation between Riga City Council and Russian Giprostrojmost, which is a company under EU and US sanctions.

98% of households with children have internet access at home

The share of households having access to internet at home keeps growing – at the beginning of 2018 those were 81.6 % of households. Compared to 2010, the indicator has gone up by 21.8 percentage points, and compared to 2009, by three percentage points.

Rīgas satiksme: video surveillance helps keep passengers safe

A new information campaign is planned to be posted at Rīgas satiksme bus stops. This campaign is meant to explain to residence the importance of having video surveillance in public transports, explains Rīgas satiksme press-secretary Viktors Zaķis.

13th Saeima to gather for its first meeting 6 November

The 13th Saeima will gather for its first meeting on Tuesday, 6 November. The agenda of the first meeting of the newly-elected parliament was agreed upon by representatives of elected parties, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

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