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Minister: it is impossible to completely abolish orphanages

Although the number of children in orphanages gradually reduces in Latvia, Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča is confident there is no way to completely abolish orphanages. The minister said as much in her interview to LNT programme 900 seconds on Monday, 29 April.

airBaltic receives its 17th Airbus A220-300 aircraft

Latvian airline airBaltic on April 27, 2019 in Riga welcomed its 17th Airbus A220-300 jet of 2019, registered as YL-AAQ. This was the third Airbus A220-300 received this year and five more new aircraft will join the airline’s fleet by the end of the year.

Minister: new raiderism cases outline names of well-known judges

One of the ways to optimize the work of courts in Latvia is enhancing the responsibility of courts, prosecutor offices and law firms, says Latvia’s Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns.

Weather in Latvia to become cooler; precipitation expected at week’s end

A wide anticyclone will be dictating weather in Latvia in the first half of the week. No precipitation is expected, but the amount of clouds will increase. Wind speed will be slow for the most part, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

LMT to adopt virtual SIM card functionality

Mobile communications operator LMT plans to introduce virtual SIM card or eSIM functionality, the company reports.

Swedes, Brits and Germans among top tourists in Latvia; Estonians and Lithuanians – less so

In 2018, foreign travellers crossed the border of Latvia 7.8 million times, which is 0.6 % more than the year before. Last year foreign travellers spent EUR 751.9 million in Latvia, which is EUR 3.7 million or 0.5 % more than a year ago.

9th Youth Saeima to discuss the place of youngsters in Latvia and EU

The 9th Youth Saeima gathered for its first meeting on Friday, 26 April. The main topic of the meeting will be the place of youngsters in Latvia and Europe, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Following Deglava Bridge closure, minister expects Riga City Council to regulate traffic

Following the closure of A.Deglava Street overpass, Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens expects Riga City Council to become involved in regulating road traffic and actively informing society about alternative roles.

Meteorologists promise summer-like warmth up to +27° C in Latvia on weekends

On Friday, 26 April, weather in Latvia will be dictated by low atmospheric pressure area. Some local rain and even thunderstorms are expected in the afternoon, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

National Media Council reduces LTV board to one

Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council has decided to change the status of the board of LTV, reducing the number of board members from three to one, as reported by lsm.lv.

Latvia’s employment indexes exceeded average EU indexes in 2018

Last year, Latvia’s employment level for residents aged 20-64 years was 76.8%, which is higher than the average index in the European Union. Latvia was among 13 member states who had achieved employment goals for 2020 last year, according to data compiled by Eurostat.

CIB: consumer lending in a rise, whereas mortgage lending is down in Latvia

The number of loan commitments among private persons has reached a number of 1.1 million loan contracts. The total loan burden for residents for both delayed and timely paid loans is nearing EUR 6 billion, according to data from the Credit Information Bureau.

Latvia’s Saeima supports publication of KGB expanded filing system

On Thursday, 25 April, Saeima deputies supported in the first reading amendments to the Law on Preservation, Use and Publication of Documents of KGB, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvian Transport Ministry to focus on public transport service in 2020 budget

Latvia’s Transport Ministry’s priorities in the 2020 budget will be, like in previous years, public transport services and road repairs, says Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits.

Latvian Saeima proposes celebrating 13 May as State Language Day

On Thursday, 25 April, deputies of Latvia’s Saeima conceptually supported amendments to the Law on Festive, Memorable and Celebrated Days. Amendments provide for delegating to the Cabinet of Ministers the rights to set special holidays dedicated to specific jobs.

Swedbank’s profit in Q1 up EUR 29 million in spite of scandals

Swedbank’s profit in Q1 2019, compared to the same period of 2018, has grown to reach EUR 29 million. The reason for this was increased economic activity by the bank’s clients and therefore bigger income for the bank, as reported by the bank’s representative Jānis Krops.

Riga City Council hasn’t a clue how to prove safety of Deglava overpass

Riga City Council’s Transport Department has not been informed as to what documents regarding the safety of Deglava overpass are requested by State Construction Control Bureau, said the head of the department Emīls Jakrins during an extraordinary meeting of the Transport Affairs Committee.

Saeima paves way for full opening of «KGB bag»

On Wednesday, 24 April, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee deputies supported in the first reading amendments to the KBG Law. This will provide the full publication of all KGB documents stored in Latvia’s National Archive, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Riga’s public transport company fined EUR 2.4 million in nano-water criminal case

Latvia’s Competition Council has applied a fine of EUR 2.4 million to Riga’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme for participating in a prohibited agreement in the so-called nano-water case, as reported by the council on Wednesday, 24 April.

CPB: Russia’s propaganda media not trying to affect 13th Saeima election results

After monitoring nineteen Russian propaganda media websites, Latvia’s Constitution Protection Bureau has concluded that Russia did not use them to affect Saeima election results.

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