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Monday 22.07.2019 | Name days: Marija, Marika, Marina

Latvian medical personnel hope for funding increase despite prime minister’s criticisms

It is very important for funding of Latvia’s healthcare to increase, especially in the segment of doctors’ wages, said chairman of Latvian Health and Social Care Workers Union Valdis Keris.

Minister: designing Latvia’s first railway tunnel will be Rail Baltica’s main challenge

Designing Latvia’s first railway tunnel in Torņkalns will be the main challenge of Rail Baltica construction project in Riga, journalists were told by Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits on Friday, 5 July.

Weather in Latvia expected to be especially windy at weeks end

At the end of the week, the sky in Latvia will be covered in rain clouds – many areas will experience rainfall, including heavy rainfall in some areas. Thunderstorms and hail are expected as well, as reported by Latvian State, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Harmony party member detained for importing 15 tonnes of illegal vodka to Latvia

On the night to 1 June, Latvia’s State Police intercepted approximately 15 tonnes of contraband vodka. Ex-Saeima deputy candidate from Harmony Ziedonis Apariņš has been detained. This man, together with once Riga City Council deputy Sandris Bergmanis and ex-Saeima deputy Andris Morozovs, founded Latvian Transport Association.

Head of Latvian Finance and Capital Market Commission steps down

The chairman of Latvia’s Finance and Capital Market Commission Pēters Putniņš and his deputy Gunta Razāne submitted resignations on Thursday, 4 July, as confirmed by Finance Minister Jānis Reirs.

Industrial production output in Latvia showed moderate growth in May

Compared to May 2018, manufacturing output grew by 1.7 % in May 2019. Output rise was also recorded in electricity and gas supply, while in mining and quarrying there was a drop of 3.3 %. Total industrial production output went up by 1.7 %

Ratings: Harmony hits all-time low since 2010; New Unity enjoys best rating in recent years

In June, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš’s party New Unity’s rating reached its highest point in the last four years, whereas Harmony’s popularity index dropped to its lowest point since 2010.

Survey: nearly half of Latvian youngsters would like to receive at least EUR 800 after taxes

47% of Latvian youngsters would like to receive EUR 800 to EUR 1 000 after taxes per month, according to a survey by SEB Bank.

SRS: law amendments will reduce freedom to defraud VAT

From 12 July onward Latvia’s State Revenue Service will have more expansive rights to exclude from SRS VAT Payer Register VAT payers who fail to detail at least one transaction in their declaration in a six-month period or if they perform full replacement of company officials, SRS reports.

Business Index: 73.6% Latvian businessmen outline legislation stability problems

Stability and predictability of legislation associated with entrepreneurship is more likely bad or very bad, according to 73.6% of entrepreneurs, according to Turība University’s Business Index.

State Audit: Latvia’s Healthcare Ministry is fighting problems that existed ten years ago

Although since 2005 there have been adopted to ensure Latvia has a sufficient number of doctors with appropriate qualifications, the State Audit found in an inspection that this goal still has not been reached.

Mayoral candidate offers «treats» but opposition remains lukewarm towards him

To promote cooperation among Riga City Council deputies, mayoral candidate Oļegs Burovs offered opposition members at a mutual meeting to participate in governance of committees, but he failed to gather support from them.

Latvia’s party financing problem may be resolved in autumn

The topic regarding financing of political parties may receive a resolution in autumn 2019, said Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks after a meeting of the Cooperation Council on Tuesday, 2 July.