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SRS dismantles criminal group that caused losses worth EUR 250,000 to state budget

Latvia’s State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police has dismantled a criminal group that has caused damages worth EUR 250,000 to the state budget.

Saeima adopts resolution, asking Latvia to not join UN migration pact

On Thursday, 6 December, Latvia’s Saeima adopted a resolution in which the government is asked to not join UN migration pact. 43 members of the parliament voted in favour of this resolution and 31 deputies voted against.

BATL: we expect a drop in turnover for ports and railway cargo freight

In the ten months of 2018, the total cargo turnover decline reached 2.1% at Ventspils port in comparison to the same period a year ago. This is the second lowest decline after the anti-record of 2016. In total, nearly 17 million tonnes of cargoes went through Ventspils port in this period of time, which is 31% of the total volume of cargoes.

Jurmala opposition agrees on repeated attempt to dismiss Mayor Gatis Truksnis

The opposition of Jurmala City Council has submitted a repeated invitation to decide on Mayor Gatis Truksnis’ dismissal, as confirmed by municipal deputy Guntis Grūba.

Airbnb hosts in Estonia to declare their income automatically

Airbnb hosts in Estonia will have the chance to declare their income to tax inspectors automatically, if they choose to, according to a new agreement signed between the Estonian Tax and Customs Board and the American company.

Latvian Saeima supports increasing wages for judges and prosecutors

On Thursday, 6 December, the Saeima supported in the final reading amendments to the Law on Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Self-government Authorities, which provide for increasing wages for judges and prosecutors.

More than 70% of people use mobile phones while driving

More than 70% of people use mobile phones while driving. At the same time, they acknowledge this is a serious problem. Observations of habits of road traffic participants show that the habit of using mobile phones while driving has been on a rise in the past five years.

Latvian Saeima to decide on next year’s temporary budget

On Thursday, 6 December, Latvian Saeima will view in the final reading amendments to the Law on Budget and Financial Management. These amendments do not allow next year’s budget expenditures to exceed expenditures detailed in Medium-Term Budget Law.

Biggest foreign investments in Latvia go to trade and woodworking industries

Direct foreign investments in Latvia reached EUR 237 million in Q3 2018, which is 3.1% of GDP, exceeding the average investment level of last year.

Augulis: UGF may agree to proposed Cabinet of Ministers composition

The Union of Greens and Farmers may agree to Latvian prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems’ offer on the division of seats in the new Cabinet of Ministers, even though the party does have some questions regarding the new government’s declaration and certain candidates, said UGF Saeima faction leader Uldis Augulis.

Luminor bank stays on safe side with reviewing e-resident accounts

The Estonian branch of the Scandinavian-capital bank Luminor has informed its clients of its plans to the accounts of Estonian e-residents from January 1, 2019.

Škoda Vagonka: Talgo’s price in PV train procurement is too high

Spanish Talgo – the company that won in the train procurement project organized by Pasažieru vilciens – does not have sufficient experience and qualifications. Additionally, their offered price is too high for it to have won in the procurement, according to Škoda Vagonka representatives.

All of airBaltic’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft to be named after Latvia’s cities

As airBaltic received its 14th Airbus A220-300 aircraft last weekend, names of all 14 most beloved Latvian cities have now been painted on the aircraft.

EUR 380,000 invested in sewage treatment facilities of Ādažu Čipsi factory

Planning in a long-term perspective and investing in solutions to reduce influence of industrial processes on the environment, Latvia’s leading chocolate, confectioneries and snacks manufacturer Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Latvija has invested EUR 380,000 in new and improved water treatment facilities at Ādažu Čipsi factory.

NATO ministers conclude Russia has put at risk Euro-Atlantic security

During approval of the Intermediate – Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, NATO foreign affairs ministers agreed with USA and concluded that Russia has developed and has tested missiles banned by the document, thereby breaching the treaty and putting at risk Euro-Atlantic security.

Latvian prime minister candidate says Saeima may vote for his government this week

Prime Minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV says there is an option to organize an extraordinary meeting of the Saeima on Friday, 7 December, so that the parliament is able to decide on approval of his proposed government, he said in an interview to Delfi TV.

Saeima Budget and Finance Committee supports temporary budget for final reading

On Tuesday, 4 December, Latvian Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee supported for the last reading amendments to the Law on Budget and Financial Management to guarantee funding next year for several decisions made by the previous Saeima, as reported by the parliament’s press-service.