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VIDEO: Baltics’ tallest graffiti painted in Olaine

This summer Artists Dainis Rudens and Ēriks Caune painted a graffiti on 45 m tall water tower in Olaine. «Eureka!» is the name they decided to give their work.

Latvian Saeima commences autumn session with 33 topics on its agenda

The Saeima will gather for its first meeting of the autumn session on Thursday, 5 September. The meeting will focus on a total of 33 topics. Additionally, the first meeting of the parliament will also be attended by Latvia’s President Egils Levits, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Social partners unhappy with EUR 45 million set aside for doctors' wages

Social partners are entirely unhappy with the option discussed by Latvia’s ruling coalition on diverting EUR 45 million instead of the previously promised EUR 120 million for the increase of wages of healthcare workers, journalists were told by members of National Trilateral Cooperation Council’s Healthcare Industry sub-committee.

Fee for home delivery of pensions or benefits in Latvia to double next year

From 2020 onward the fee charged by Latvian Post for home delivery of pension, benefit or remuneration paid by State Social Insurance Agency will be EUR 4.88, which is double of the current fee, whereas from 2021 onward this service will cost EUR 5.28.

Association: migraine creates a serious economic burden for Latvia

Migraine is common for people of working age. The economic burden caused by this illness in Latvia is unfortunately high, reports Latvia’s Headache Patients Society as part of the Migraine Awareness Week.

Competition Council suspects foul play in major construction procurements

We suspect that large construction projects were acquired in an unfair way and that there was an act of market division, said the chairperson of Latvia’s Competition Council Skaidrīte Ābrama in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma.

Company that worked on Latvia’s eastern border might end up in hot water

Internal Security Bureau’s investigation of the construction work performed at Latvia’s eastern border could potentially result in Interior Affairs Ministry reconsidering relations with construction company Igate.

Latvian prime minister takes notice of KNAB’s investigation of construction cartel

«We as a society pay too much for those structures,» said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LNT programme 900 seconds, commenting on the recent wave of searches performed by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau at multiple well-known construction companies.

Latvia’s KNAB interviews current and former owners of high-profile construction companies

On Tuesday, 3 September, Armands Garkāns, co-owner of construction company Arčers and road construction company Binders, was seen at the office of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, as reported by LETA.

Suspicious over cartel agreement, KNAB searches construction company Merks

On Tuesday, 3 September, Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau performed investigative activities at construction company SIA Merks, as confirmed by the company’s representative Jānis Lievītis.

Ministry suggests increasing number of students passing exact science exams

There is an unjustifiably small number of schoolchildren passing exact science exams in Latvia, said Latvian Economy Ministry’s representative Jānis Salmiņš at a meeting with Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee on Tuesday, 3 September.

Manufacturing output in Latvia declines 1.3%

Calendar adjusted data at constant prices shows that when compared to July 2018, industrial production output decreased by 1.3 % in July 2019.

Acting University of Latvia rector expects new head to be elected before 2020

Election of a new rector for the University of Latvia could take place around November or December, said the university’s acting rector Gvido Straube. He did explain that such a scenario would be possible if the court does not impede the process with any decisions.

Latvian minister plans to present new governance model for universities in December

Education and Science Ministry, in preparation for change of governance model for Latvian higher education institutions, has plans for a four-seminar cycle to promote the creation of a single document for the Law on Higher Education Institutions and Law on Scientific Activity.

Latvia’s ruling coalition committed to finding compromise in budget planning

Nothing in the next year’s budget formation process has been turned down yet. However, nothing has been provided with unanimous support either, journalists were told by Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš after a government meeting on Monday, 2 September.

Latvian ministries issue requests for funding that reaches EUR 935.5 million

In an attempt to finance priority tasks, Latvian ministries have made requests for funding worth a total of EUR 935.5 million from the 2020 state budget, EUR 1.82 billion from the 2021 state budget, and EUR 2.14 billion from the 2022 state budget, as detailed in Finance Ministry’s report.

Survey: half of Latvian parents spend up to EUR 150 on school necessities for children

With the beginning of a new school year Latvian residents who have children spend an average of EUR 150 per child to procure all necessary items for school – books, writing utensils, notebooks, bags and clothe, according to results of a survey performed by Gemius.

Riga City Council’s new chairman may become in charge of Riga Freeport authority

Riga City Council chairman Oļegs Burovs may become approved as the new chairman of Riga Freeport authority, according to information from LETA.

Freight and passenger transport volumes reduce in Latvia

Compared to the 1st half of 2018, the volume of freights carried by rail and road has decreased during the 1st half of 2019.

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