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Friday 20.07.2018 | Name days: Ramona, Ritma

Influenza epidemic in Latvia has officially ended

As reported by the Disease Prevention and Control Centre’s representative Samanta Čapkovska, the influenza epidemic has ended in Latvia.

Minister: society has said a strict «no» to orphanages

The number of small children in state social care centres in Latvia has declined significantly. While one year ago there were approximately 80 children under the age of three in this category, their number was cut down by half by November 2017. At the moment there are 17 children under the age of three in orphanages, as reported by Welfare Ministry.

Prime Minister: Agriculture Ministry alone cannot veto the entire package deposit system

A single ministry does not have veto rights that would allow it to block the introduction of entire systems, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT when asked about Agriculture Minister Jāņis Dūklavs’ objections to the introduction of a package deposit system in Latvia.

21.7% of Latvian residents believe electronic transactions help save money

One-fifth of Latvia’s residents believe using credit and debit cards to perform purchases helps save money. Only 10.7% are confident that using cash helps the economy, according to information from Ferratum Bank.

Portugal takes over NATO’s air space patrol mission in Baltic States

On Wednesday, 2 May, NATO’s air space patrol mission in Baltic States was taken over by Portugal, as confirmed by Lithuania’s Defence Ministry.

Weather in Latvia expected to be spring-like warm

A volatile volume of clouds is expected in Latvia on Wednesday, 2 May, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. No major precipitation is expected. Wind will draw in from the south-east/west. Air temperature is expected to be around +14° C… +19° C. Along the coast, however, air temperature will stay around +10° C… +13° C.

Dishonest sellers offer tickets for Song and Dance Celebration for unreasonable prices

Several months before the XXVI Latvian Song and Dance Celebration some dishonest people are offering tickets for this event for inordinately inflated prices, posting offers on different advertisement portals.

152 troops join NATO’s expanded combat group in Latvia

Realizing the decision made at the 2016 NATO summit in Wales regarding the deployment of a battalion-sized group in Baltic States and Poland, 152 troops from Slovakia will be deployed in Latvia in the second half of 2018, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 6.5% in March

Compared to March 2017, the total retail trade turnover rose by 6.5 % in March 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products has increased by 6.8 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products by 6.0%, and turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel by 7.3 %.

Construction costs in Latvia up 0.5%

Compared to February, level of construction costs in Latvia grew by 0.5 % in March 2018. Labour remuneration of workers rose by 1.1 %, prices of building materials by 0.5 %, and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment by 0.2 %.

Latvian government commences work on MPC termination

To prepare a report on mandatory procurement component and subsidized electricity system’s influence on national economy for 1 August, a work group responsible with cancellation of MPC payment system gathered for a first meeting, as reported by Economy Ministry.

European Affairs Committee supports stricter restrictions on use of neonicotinoids

Latvian Saeima’s European Affairs Committee has voiced support in regards to European Commission’s proposal to establish new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids. This is necessary to respond to concerns that this substance is harmful to bees, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvia’s Saeima supports starting school at the age of six

Latvia’s parliament supported in the first reading amendments to the General Education Law and Education Law that provide a flexible transition to compulsory primary education at the age of six, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

April’s final week expected to be warm and rainy in Latvia

Warmer masses of air will flow into Latvia in the last days of April and the first days of May. It is possible that air temperature may reach +23° C. However, this warmth will pass with thunderstorms, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Study: wages in Latvia grew more rapidly in 2017 than they did in previous years

As a result of economic growth and increasing labour force demand, remuneration level in Latvia in 2017 has reached the most rapid rate in the past several years. Average net wage in Latvia has increased by 6%, reaching EUR 894, according to results of a study performed by CV-Online Latvia.

Number of foreign travellers in Latvia up 53.2% in past seven years

In 2017, foreign travellers crossed the border of Latvia 7.7 million times, which is 13.7 % more than a year before. Last year, foreign travellers in Latvia spent EUR 691.9 million – EUR 46.7 million or 7.2 % more than in 2016.