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McDonald’s in Latvia to provide plastic straws on demand-only basis

To motivate clients to reduce using plastic straws, McDonald’s fast food chain in Latvia plans to start a test in which straws will be provided on demand only.

Latvia’s foreign trade turnover down 0.4% in February

In February 2019, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.06 billion, which at current prices was 0.4 % less than a year ago, of which the exports value of goods was 1 % higher, but imports value of goods was 1.7 % lower.

Lithuania invests EUR 235,000 in floating solar power plant

Placing floating solar panels in dams of hydroelectric plants? Lithuanian Business Support Agency sees potential in the innovation and has granted 235,000 euros for the project at the Kruonis hydroelectric plant in Lithuania.

Flu epidemic in Latvia is officially over

Because the number of flu patients has not exceeded 100 per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks, Disease Prevention and Control Centre announced the end of the flu epidemic in Latvia on Tuesday, 9 April.

Saeima speaker: EU should start accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania

Integration of Western Balkan Countries in the European Union would be a contribution to a stable and strong Europe. EU should commence accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania in June and recognize the hard work the two countries have put into democratic reforms, said Latvian Saeima’s speaker Ināra Mūrniece.

SEB Bank decides not to extend Riga public transport company’s overdraft agreement

SEB Bank has decided to not extend Riga municipality’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme’s overdraft agreement of EUR 3.2 million, as confirmed by the company’s representative Baiba Bartaševiča.

Consumer prices in Latvia reach 2.8% in March

Compared to March 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.8 % in March 2019. Prices of goods increased by 2.7 % and prices of services by 2.9 %.

Latvian minister tackles pharmaceutical market to secure cheaper medicines for residents

Latvia’s Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro plans to form a work group to assess the country’s national pharmaceutical policy and come up with a proposal to improve competition in this market.

Latvian ministry turns to law enforcers against Riga’s dismissed mayor

Facts uncovered at Riga City Council by Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry suggest that Riga’s Mayor Nils Ušakovs may have committed criminal violations in his work. Because of that, the ministry has turned to the Prosecutor General’s Office and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Riga’s vice-mayor promises to patch potholes on streets and resolve RS scandal

Acting chairman of Riga City Council Oļegs Burovs has promised to resolve the problems uncovered at public transport company Rīgas satiksme and public utilities company Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks, as well as patch potholes on the streets of the capital.

Wet snow expected this week in Latvia; warm weather to return later

Colder masses of air will flow to Latvia this week, causing air temperature to drop considerably. Weather in the first half of the week will be dictated by a cyclone. With that, the sky will be cloudy and precipitation is expected in many areas, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Prosecutor’s office asked to step in and resolve LTV dispute

On Friday, 5 April, Latvian Journalist Association turned to the prosecutor’s office with a request to investigate the legal side of the personnel selection process organized by the National Electronic Mass Media Council to elect a new management board for LTV television channel.

Want to burn grass? Better prepare EUR 2,900 to pay fine

Burning last year’s grass is not the best way to clear unmanaged territories. Burning grass can and often does cause considerable damage to forests, living creatures, and in the event of a fire can claim lives and burn down entire homes. Reckless actions can and often does hurt people who start the fire and innocent people alike.

Minister: it is wrong for the state to answer for every gravel road in Latvia

In the field of maintenance of state roads it is necessary to outline priorities and leave only main roads with high traffic intensity and the most important regional roads in the hands of the state, said Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits during a conference on Friday, 5 April.

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