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Sunday 19.05.2019 | Name days: Sibilla, Teika, Lita

Minister requests information about Riga Central Market to conduct monitoring

Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce has asked Riga Vice-Mayor and Riga Central Market shareholder Vadims Baraņņiks to provide information about the market’s work, including its finances.

Deglava Bridge to reopen for public transport

Augusta Deglava Overpass will be reopened for public transport on 4 May. A speed limit of 20 km/h will be imposed, however. Riga City Council, Transport Department, Riga City Construction Office, State Police and State Construction Control Office representatives agreed as much on 3 May.

Number of legal person taxpayers in Latvia declined 7.9% last year

As of 1 May 2019 there were 197,565 legal person taxpayers in Latvia, which is 7.9% less than in the same month a year ago, according to data compiled by the State Revenue Service.

Weekends in Latvia expected to be rainy and cold

There will be precipitation in Latvia at the end of the week. Wind speed may increase as well and cold snap will appear at night as air temperature drops to 0° C… -3° C, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Aivars Lembergs income reached EUR 333,461 and debts exceeded EUR 15 million last year

The dismissed Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs earned income worth EUR 333,461 last year. His debts, on the other hand, still exceed EUR 15 million, according to his declaration for 2018.

Internal betrayal? KPV LV members suspend faction’s chairman

Seven out of eleven KPV LV faction deputies decided on 2 May to dismiss Artuss Kaimiņš as deputy chairman of the faction, as reported by

Latvia terminates contract on diverting EU funding for «cemetery tram» service

The Central Finance and Contracting Agency has decided to terminate the contract with public transport company Rīgas satiksme regarding the implementation of EU fund co-financed Skanste tram project, as confirmed by CFCA.

Riga’s mayor earned the most at Riga Freeport last year; debts reach EUR 40,597

The income of the dismissed Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs had grown by EUR 2,342 last year, according to information from his declaration submitted to the State Revenue Service.

Latvian police intercepts more than 500 kg of narcotic substances in postal packages

In April 2019, Latvia’s State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police commenced three criminal processes for smuggling of raw materials for production of narcotic or psychotropic substances.

Saeima to support people at risk of unemployment and reduce bureaucracy

Latvia’s Saeima has conceptually supported amendments to the Support for Unemployed Persons and Persons Seeking Employment Law, which will help reduce the administrative burden for cooperation partners of the State Employment Agency, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

SSS: counter-intelligence efforts can help protect Latvia’s high-ranking officials

More and more often protection of Latvia’s high-ranking officials also requires counter-intelligence measures, as explained by Latvia’s State Security Service in its last year’s report.

Latvian Saeima conceptually supports providing citizenship to children of non-citizens

Deputies of Latvia’s Saeima have conceptually supported the legislative draft On Termination of Awarding Non-Citizen Status to Children, which provides for the abolishment of the practice to provide non-citizen status to children born after 1 January 2020, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 4.3% in March

Compared to March 2018, the total retail trade turnover rose by 4.3 % in March 2019. Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 0.3 %, in non-food products by 8.3 %, and turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel by 2.8%.

Weather to become chilly most of Europe soon

At the beginning of May, cold air from the Arctic will flow into Europe, which will put agriculture in danger, meteorologists predict.

Survey: Raimonds Vējonis is more popular among Latvians, but Egils Levits has more support

Among the presidential candidates in Latvia, the existing President Raimonds Vējonis is more well-known than Egils Levits among residents. However, Vējonis’ chances of becoming president again are considered low by residents, says representative of Egils Levits’ supporting initiative For an Excellent Latvia’s President Kristīne Tjarve.

Expert: Latvia’s economic development is mainly ensured by entrepreneurs’ finances

«Latvia’s economic development is currently largely secured by finances of entrepreneurs, whereas the contribution of banks in the form of loans among businesses and households grows minimally,» Bank of Latvia economist Vilnis Purviņš told portal.

Construction costs in Latvia up 0.2% in March

Compared to February, in March 2019 the level of construction costs in Latvia had increased by 0.2 %. Labour remuneration of workers went up by 0.4 %, prices of building materials and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment by 0.1 %.

PHOTO: motorbike season’s opening in Riga

While a bicycle party was being held on the closed Deglava Bridge at the end of last week, bikers were celebrating the opening of the motorbike season in Riga’s centre.

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