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Latvian MEP to continue working in EP Transport Committee due to Rail Baltica

Latvian MEP Roberts Zīle from the National Alliance «All for Latvia-For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» plans to continue working in European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee. At the same time, he will be a substitute in the Agriculture and Countryside Development Committee, said Zīle.

Volume of instant payments in Latvia reaches one billion euros

Instant payment infrastructure in Latvia has been used 5.1 million times, reaching a total value of EUR 1 billion. The historical EUR 1 billion was reached on Monday, 1 July, as reported by Bank of Latvia.

Memorial and apartment building might share Zolitude tragedy site

Riga City Council and Estonian company SIA Prana property intend to terminate joint property rights for the real estate property located in Zolitude, Priedaines Street 20, where Maxima supermarket had collapsed in November 2013, as decided by Riga City Council City Property Committee on Monday, 1 July.

Latvia’s unemployment level stays low, whereas Spain's level reaches 13.6% in May

In May 2019, Latvia’s unemployment level was 6.4%, which is higher than the average in the EU, according to data published by Eurostat on 1 July.

Latvian ministry halts terminates state support for 134 «green» power plants

State support has been terminated for 134 «green» power plants and mandatory procurement component system support recipients, BNN was told by Latvian Economy Ministry.

July’s first week expected to be cool in Latvia

Several cyclones will pass through Latvia this week, bringing precipitation and strong wind with them. Weather in Latvia on Monday, 1 July, will be warm. However, colder masses of air will flow into the country on the night to Tuesday.

Latvian energy giant’s temporary council steps down

The temporary council of Latvenergo has decided to step down, BNN was told by the council’s chairman Pāvels Rebenoks.

Construction costs in Latvia up 4.3% in May

Compared to April, the level of construction costs in Latvia grew by 0.6 % in May 2019. Labour remuneration of workers increased by 1.7 %, prices of building materials by 0.5 %, and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment by 0.1 %.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 1.2% in May

Compared to May 2018, total retail trade turnover rose by 1.2 % in May 2019. Retail trade in food products fell by 0.5 %, retail trade in non-food products increased by 4.2 %, and turnover of retail sale of automotive dropped by 2.8 %.

Ministry reports more than 79 000 people suffer from gambling addiction in Latvia

In absolute numbers, a total of 79 119 people aged 15-64 in Latvia suffer from gambling addiction at different degrees. For 16 162 of them, this addiction has already reached peak level, as reported by Latvia’s Welfare Ministry in its study on gambling, computer game and excessive internet habits in Latvia.

Unity leader says party will do everything to ensure emergency elections in Riga

Everything is done to ensure emergency elections are organized in Riga, said opposition party Unity faction leader Vilnis Ķirsis in a telephone conversation with public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta panorama.

June’s last day and July’s first day will be hot in Latvia

On Friday, 28 June, weather in Latvia will be dictated by the western portion of a cyclone. There will be clouds and short-term rain, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvian Saeima’s committee refuses to reduce excise tax for beer

On Thursday, 27 June, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee decided to not support the proposal to reduce excise tax for beer.

Latvian Finance Ministry reports half a billion surplus in state budget

In the January-May period of 2019, a surplus of EUR 514.4 million has formed in the consolidated budget, as reported by Finance Ministry.

Riga City Council has yet to officially discuss possible mayoral candidates

Factions represented in Riga City Council still have not held official talks regarding potential mayoral candidates, politicians say.