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Wednesday 24.04.2019 | Name days: Nameda, Visvaldis, Ritvaldis

EPP chairman: it is better to reform EU than to ruin it

It would be better to reform the European Union than leaving or ruining it, says European People’s Party group chairman in the European Parliament Manfred Weber.

Precipitation and thaw expected in Latvia at the end of the week

On Friday, 1 February, thaw will appear during the day, which will remain for the end of the week. Precipitation is also expected in most of the country – snow, wet snow and even rain.

Latvian police allow there may be more detainees in Koknese cocaine case

Latvian State Police allow that the number of detainees in the Koknese cocaine case could increase soon.

Changes to consumer loan data circulation come to force in Latvia

January 2019 marked the coming into force of amendments to legislation that detail the duty for all lenders to exchange information about consumers’ loan data, as reported by Credit Information Bureau.

Ministry: volunteer work at state social care centres is valuable

At the end of 2017, Latvia’s Welfare Ministry invited residents to become volunteers in state social care centres with children. Since then, many have applied for work: 258 have submitted applications as volunteers, 204 of which have become employees and 50 continue working as volunteers.

Take #2: opposition collects signatures to repeat Ušakovs’ dismissal vote

Opposition parties in Riga City Council have collected the necessary number of votes to once again request the organization of an extraordinary meeting to hold a vote on dismissal of Riga’s Mayor Nils Ušakovs, as confirmed by National Alliance’s faction representative Edvards Ratnieks.

Opinion: next head of SES should continue initiated investment projects

The next director general of Latvia’s State Environment Service will definitely have to continue initiated investment projects, says the now former head of the service Inga Koļegova.

Flu epidemic in Latvia picks up in strength

The flu epidemic in Latvia had spread considerably last week. 17 people have already died from this disease or complications caused by it, according to data from the Disease Prevention and Monitoring Centre.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 4% last year

Compared to 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 4 % in 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products had increased by 4.2 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products by 4.2%, and turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel by 2.9 %.

Food Union presents new Kārums curd cheese snacks; invests EUR 625,000

Milk processing concern Food Union has invested EUR 625,000 in the production of a new line of Kārums curd cheese snacks, as confirmed by the company.

Minister: Latvian government will view law amendments linked to Brexit in February

On 12 February, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers will view amendments to laws associated with Brexit, says Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Patients suffering from rare diseases will require EUR 30 million this year

Treatment of patients suffering from rare diseases will require and additional amount of funding equal to EUR 30 million in Latvia this year, according to the head of Rare Diseases Coordination Centre Ieva Mālniece.

Minister: Koļegova’s departure is in her and civil service’s best interest

The decision to step down by the head of Latvia’s State Environment Service is in her and the civil service’s best interest, as agreed upon by Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce and Inga Koļegova on Tuesday, 29 January.

Finance Minister: 2019 budget will not have any new expenses or «deputy quotas»

The country’s 2019 budget does not include any new expenditures or so-called deputy quotas, says Latvian Finance Minister Jānis Reirs.

Number of internet users in Latvia grew 28,000 in 2018

The total number of internet users in Latvia had increased by 28,000 over the course of last year, according to data compiled by Gemius. Users’ connectivity has increased by two percentage points for all platforms in general.