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Wednesday 20.11.2019 | Name days: Anda, Andīna

JRT reconstruction funds to be diverted to cover losses in public transport

The EUR 7 million allocated from the budget to finance reconstruction of New Riga Theatre are planned to be diverted to Transport Ministry in the form of grants to cover losses in public transport service sector, according to the 5 November agenda of the Cabinet of Ministers.

Manufacturing industry output in Latvia increases 3.1% in September

Compared to September 2018, industrial production output grew by 7.3 % in September 2019, according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices.

Counselling provided to 127 gambling addicts in Latvia in past four months

In four months’ time, since the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection has commenced state-funded free psychologist services to people to help them overcome their gambling addiction, a total of 214 certified psychology consultations have been provided, as reported by Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection.

Shareholder’s promise: Rīgas satiksme will be made to calculate possible losses

Shareholder of Riga municipality’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme Vadims Baraņņiks promises to make the company calculate possible losses the company may have suffered from decisions made by the previous board, as reported by LTV programme De Facto.

Major hospitals in Latvia consider themselves transparent

Referencing the government’s opinion voiced in the public space about problems with Latvia’s healthcare system, Latvian Association of Large Hospitals objects to such a rhetoric and calls claims unjustified, adding that those are nothing more than a goal to distract society form the true cause of problems.

Saeima’s Legal Affairs Office warns about potentially anti-Constitutional initiative

Before deciding on Welfare Ministry’s offer to reduce the length of payment period for unemployed benefits and their size, Latvia’s Saeima deputies are urged to check the legislative draft’s compliance with the Constitution, as concluded by Saeima’s Legal Affairs Office.

Weather in Latvia expected to be rainy and snowy this week

At the beginning of the week, the sky in Latvia will be cloudy and rainy: precipitation is expected to be heavy in some areas, as the volume of precipitation expected on Monday and the night to Tuesday may reach 15-20 mm, as reported by by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Riga’s budget expenditure reduction was possible at expense of investments projects

Riga City Council supported amendments to the 2019 budget, securing a reduction of expenditures by EUR 33.34 million at the expense of investment projects. Revenue increase is estimated at EUR 8.62 million for next year.

Minimal gross wage in construction sector to reach EUR 780 in Latvia

The general agreement on minimal wage in the construction sector, which is set to come to force 3 November, states that the minimum gross wage is to reach EUR 780 and hourly rate – EUR 4.67 – in the entire industry in Latvia, as reported by Latvian Construction Contractors Partnership.

Ex-Daugavpils mayor’s case against State Language Centre submitted to court

The litigation of ex-Daugavpils mayor Rihards Eigims against the State Language Centre in regards to the centre’s fine for him weak state language skills has been sent to Latgale Regional Court.

Five of the most common questions about safety of contact-free transactions

Although contact-free transactions have become a new norm for Latvian residents, some people still have doubts about the safety of this payment method, says Financial Industry Association’s communication specialist Ilze Vītola.

Latvian MEP will not discuss Bank of Latvia future with opposition

The future governor of the Bank of Latvia should have support from the opposition, says National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» board member and European Parliament member Roberts Zīle.

SRS employee accused of disclosure of confidential information for alcohol and money

Riga Vidzeme Suburb Court has applied 200 hours of community service for an employee of State Revenue Service for disclosing confidential information and illegal acceptance of money and alcohol.

Judges’ immunity in administrative violation cases may be abolished in Latvia

To enhance the independence and responsibility balance of judicial power, Latvia’s Saeima conceptually supported amendments to the Law on Judicial Power and Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law on Thursday, 31 October, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvia’s president says it is the country’s interest to accept the budget for 2020

It is in the country’s interest to accept the government’s developed budget for 2020, said Latvia’s President Egils Levits after meeting with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš on Thursday, 31 October.

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group 1 to arrive in Liepaja

Between 1st and 3rd November SNMCMG1 ships of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group 1 will be visiting Liepaja port. SNMCMG1 group also includes Latvia’s Navy ships M-06 Tālivaldis, as reported by Naval Forces Coast Guard.

To improve competition, Saeima supports amendments to Waste Management Law

On Thursday, 30 October, Latvia’s Saeima conceptually supported amendments to the Waste Management Law to help promote competition among waste management service providers, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

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