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Tuesday 26.03.2019 | Name days: Eiženija, Ženija

Latvian prime minister denies claims of his family having ties to offshores

On Wednesday, 13 March, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš denied in an interview to LNT 900 seconds programme claims regarding his family having ties with offshores in Cyprus.

Latvian security service expects provocations during Legionnaires Remembrance Day

Latvian State Security Service predicts that radical persons will take part in events associated with 16 March in an attempt to realize their personal interests.

Latvia’s foreign trade turnover down 0.1% when compared to previous year

In January 2019, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.07 billion, which at current prices was 0.1 % less than a year ago, of which the exports value of goods was 0.6 % lower, but imports value of goods was 0.3 % higher.

Minister: wages of the least paid people in interior sector should be increased

Latvian Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens wants to increase wages for the ‘least paid people’ employed in the interior affairs sector, as the minister told LNT programme 900 seconds.

Latvian PNB Banka to be supervised by European Central Bank from now on

Following a proposal from Latvia’s Finance and Capital Market Commission, European Central Bank has decided to take over supervision of PNB Banka, as confirmed by FCMC.

Sudden snowfall in Latvia complicates driving conditions; 170 snow-clearing vehicles deployed

Intense snowfall and ice on roads has made driving conditions on Latvia’s state and regional roads this morning. Slippery segments of roads are now being coated with anti-slip materials, as reported by Latvian State Roads.

Latvian state and municipal institutions rush to erase employee wage lists

Following the ruling of the Constitutional Court, Latvian state and municipal institutions rush to erase from their websites information containing names of employees and the wages paid to them, as reported by LNT News.

Study: 76% would gladly work after retiring; one fifth say work will be a necessity

76% of residents interviewed by Swedbank would gladly continue working after retiring. Approximately half would agree to part-time employment. One-fifth of interviewed people admit – work after retirement will be necessary for them to survive.

Minister hopes to sort out Riga airport’s taxi problem soon

In an interview to Rīta Panorāma on Monday, 11 March, Latvian Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits said he hopes to resolve the taxi problem at Riga International Airport by May this year.

Latvijas auto: Brexit could complicate Europe’s road freight transport industry

Britain’s exit from the European Union could affect EU’s freight flow and logistics, creating pressure on competition, says Latvijas Auto Chairman Andris Lubāns.

Spring not here yet – snow and negative temperatures expected in Latvia

Similar to last week, precipitation and strong wind is expected in Latvia this week. With influence from the cyclone, many parts of Latvia will experience precipitation in the form of snow. Moderate north-west wind will reach a speed of 15-17 m/sec, meteorologists say.

Latvian police registered 1,677 incidents in schools last year

In 2018, a total of 1,677 incidents were registered in education institutions around the country. Most often police received information about physical violence – 424 such cases happened among children last year, BNN was told by the police.

Data: women are paid 10% smaller wages than men in the same jobs

Men in Latvia earn 10% than women in the same jobs, according to data from Paylab, which works in Latvia together with CV-Online database, studying long-term wage trends.

Consumer price growth in Latvia was 2.9% in February

Compared to February 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.9 % in February 2019. Prices of both goods and services grew by 2.9 %.

LMT to take part in EU cyber-security strategy development project

Latvijas Mobilais Telefons has become a partner in SPARTA – European Union’s cyber-security enhancement project that includes 44 partners from 14 countries, as confirmed by LMT representative Elīna Lidere.

Association: number of non-contact payment cards has increased 91% last year

Over the course of the years, the number of non-contact payment cards in Latvia has increased 91% in 2018 when compared to Q4 2017, according to data from the Finance Industry Association.

Ķekava County Council approves municipal budget worth EUR 38 million

On 7 March Ķekava County Council approved municipal budget for 2019 worth EUR 38 million, as BNN was told by the county council.

Prosecutor for Lembergs’ case: criminal proceedings should be made more efficient

Criminal proceedings should be made more efficient, says prosecutor Juris Juriss, who is responsible for the criminal case involving suspended Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs.