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Ceturtdiena 09.04.2020 | Name days: Valērija, Žubīte

Saeima approves Fiscal Discipline Council members

On Thursday, 5 March, Latvia’s Saeima approved Andrejs Jakobsons and Mārtiņš Āboliņš as new members of the Fiscal Discipline Council, as reported by the parliament’s press-service.

Samples from 170 people reveal no new Covid-19 infections in Latvia

So far 170 people in Latvia have been tested for the new coronavirus Covid-19. No new infection cases have been found, as reported by the Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

BMX track, Alfa, Cesis Castle and other nominees for Best Building of the Year in Latvia 2019

The team of experts of the Best Building of the Year in Latvia 2019 contest has picked a total of 41 buildings out of 91 for the finals, as confirmed by the chairman Normunds Grinbergs.

Bank of Latvia governor offers banks to write off debts left from «bubble era»

Bank of Latvia governor Mārtiņš Kazāks offered banks to write off unrecoverable debts left from so-called «fat years» or «bubble era», which would allow more than 10 000 people to return to the economy.

Latvia supports commencing EU accession talks with North Macedonia

Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs has outlined the joint visit of Baltic and Polish foreign affairs ministers as a strong indication of the EU perspective for North Macedonia, as reported by Foreign Affairs Ministry.

IUB prohibits signing of contract in LU House of Letters construction procurement

Latvia’s Procurement Monitoring Bureau has prohibited the signing of a contract in the EUR 35 million worth University of Latvia House of Letters construction procurement, according to information from IUB homepage.

Freight transports in Latvia suffer 8.3% decline in 2019

118 million tons of the freight was carried in transport by land and pipeline in 2019, which is a drop of 10.7 million tons (8.3 %) compared to 2018, when freight transport volume was the largest in the last five years.

Swedbank warns about suspicious text messages sent on bank’s behalf

Swedbank has received information about fraudsters using the bank’s name and sending fake text messages to its clients, the bank warns.

Until new regulations are ready, Saeima proposes banning child adoption by foreigners

On Wednesday, 4 March, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee’s majority conceptually supported establishment of a moratorium on adoption of children by foreigners until new regulations have been developed.

Samples from 152 people reveal no new Covid-19 infections in Latvia

So far 152 people in Latvia have been tested for Covid-19 infection, but no new infection cases have been found, as reported by the Disease Prevention and Monitoring Centre.

Territorial reform may require corrections after implementation, says Latvian prime minister

The possibility of having to add new corrections to Latvia’s territorial administrative reform in five years after its implementation cannot be excluded. However, this is no excuse for doing nothing now to improve it, said Latvia’s President Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to LTV programme Rīta panorama.

Latvia hands Belarus a project for cooperation in transport and logistics

Latvian Transport Ministry’s vice-state secretary Uldis Reimanis, during his visit to Minsk, presented a project for cooperation between Latvia and Belarus in transports and logistics, as reported by the ministry’s representative Ilze Greiškalna.

PHOTOS: farewell to the old microbus parking lot opposite of Origo in Riga

Active dismantling work is taking place in Riga, Satekles Street. Construction workers are working on freeing territory for the future construction of a shopping and office building there.

Housing costs in Latvia average at EUR 151 a month in 2019

In 2019 housing costs on average constituted EUR 151 per household monthly, which is one euro more than a year ago. Share of housing costs in the total household expenditure keeps declining – last year households spent on average 12.2 % of their disposable income on housing costs: 13.4 % in 2018.

Latvian consumers actively submit requests for dispute resolution

In 2019, Latvian Consumer Dispute Resolution Commission received a total of 176 applications, which is 58 applications more when compared to 2018, as reported by Consumer Awareness and Communication Office head Santa Zarāne.

With Covid-19 panic, authorities to perform monitoring of prices to control dishonest traders

Considering the situation with the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19, Latvian Crisis Management Council decided on Monday, 2 March, to order relevant institutions to perform monitoring of the prices of basic needs prices and services.

Eurostat: Latvia has the largest expenses on defence from GDP in the European Union

Latvia’s expenditures on defence reach 2.1% of its GDP. This makes Latvia’s index the highest among all European Union member states, according to data published by Eurostat on 2 March.

Competition Council permits Baltcom and Bite Latvija merge

Latvia’s Competition Council has decided to permit mobile communications operator Bite Latvija and telecommunications company Baltcom to merge, as confirmed by Bite Latvija representative Una Ahuna-Ozola.

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