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Wednesday 18.07.2018 | Name days: Rozālija, Roze

Latvijas gaze: Latvia was close to an energy crisis in winter

Looking back at the first heating season passed after Latvijas gaze’s division, the company’s chairman Aigars Kalvītis mentioned in an interview that the country was close to an energy crisis.

43% of residents went on trips outside of Latvia last year

In 2017, 43% of Latvian residents went on trips outside of the country, according to the latest data from Latvia Tours Travel Index. In 26% of cases, residents went on a leisure trip, 7% - on a business trip, whereas 13% of respondents said they travelled outside the country for personal reasons.

Latvia’s export decline was 2.7% in March

In March 2018, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.19 billion, which at current prices was 2.7 % smaller than in March 2017, of which the exports value of goods was 6.1 % smaller, but imports value of goods was 0.2 % higher.

Opinion: authorities should act and stop pretending gambling is restricted

To limit access to gambling machines, it would be a good idea to permit their installation only in luxurious hotels, as stated in the proposals submitted to Riga City Council’s City Development Committee by New Conservative Party.

Weekends in Latvia to be dry and sunny

Weather in Latvia will not change much in the coming days – it will be mostly dry and sunny. On Sunday, 13 March, however, anticyclone activity will reduce and cloudiness will increase. No precipitation will follow, however, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

SLC: there aren’t many officials who don’t know Latvian language well enough

There aren’t many officials in Latvia that don’t know the state language well enough to perform their duties, said representative of the State Language Centre Sarmīte Pāvulēna in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Lithuania’s intelligence: Liberal party was the Trojan Horse of business giant MG Baltic

Lithuania has perhaps never seen this calibre political scandals like these ones grabbing the media headlines in recent weeks. First, the embattled former Liberals leader, Eligijus Masiulis, who is fighting influence peddling and corruption charges, made his personal correspondence with President Dalia Grybauskaitė public. The head-of-state goes as Tulip in the barrage of emails with Masiulis and the exchange reveals her heavy, some say, meddlesome engagement in the Lithuanian legislation.

Average level of consumer prices in Latvia up 2%

Compared to April 2017, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.0 % in April 2018. Prices of goods grew by 1.5 % and prices of services by 3.3 %.

Mobility support programme’s conditions for unemployed people to be changed

A conceptual agreement has been reached in regards to amendments to Cabinet of Ministers requirements for changes to the mobility programme. Proposed changes also include the possibility of increasing financial support and length of the programme, as confirmed by chairman of Latvia’s Chamber for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dīns Cielavs.

Police: events in Victory Park passed without major incidents

«The annual 9 May events in Victory Park passed without any major incidents and physical confrontations,» said Chief of State Police’s Riga Region Department Juris Šulte in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Latvian companies in Vietnam to be provided with a stable tax system

Latvian companies working in Vietnam will be provided with a stable tax system that will not be affected by amendments of Vietnam’s regulations. This is provided by Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee’s conceptually supported on Wednesday, 9 May, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Proportion of envelope wages in Latvia’s construction sector dropped to 32.1% last year

The proportion of grey economy in Latvia’s construction sector dropped in almost all field last year. For example, while the proportion of envelope waged in 2016 was 34.6%, last year it dropped to 32.1%, says manager of the Partnership of Latvian Construction Entrepreneurs Baiba Fromane.

Saeima conceptually supports limiting terms of office for FCMC management

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee has conceptually supported the legislative draft that provides terms of office restrictions for council members of the Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Photos: things calm in Victory Park – police escorted several protesters; one is detained

Three people stood in Victory Park holding up posters saying ‘Only a guest, idiot or occupant who forces his language on others can live in a country without knowing its state language’. Police have escorted at least three protesters from the park. One of them has been detained.

Latvian State Border Guard apprehends 25 perpetrators on the country’s external border

On Tuesday, 8 May, officers of Latvia’s State Border Guard apprehended 25 perpetrators on the country’s external border and within its territories.

Fitch ratings to Baltic states at 'A' grade with stable or positive outlook

Fitch Ratings, the American credit rating agency, has set its long-term rating of all three Baltic states at the 'A' grade, as its evaluation of Estonia's finances has been announced last week.