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Tuesday 11.12.2018 | Name days: Valdis, Voldemārs, Valdemārs

To resolve wage matter, doctors to be allowed to work extended hours for three years

Latvian Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee plans to increase the number of extended work hours doctors are allowed to work, according to the committee’s vote on the period until which doctors are to be allowed to work more hours than permitted by the Labour Law.

Freight and passenger transports up in Latvia

Compared to the same nine-month period of 2017, the volume of freights carried by land and via pipelines increased by 7.6 million tonnes or 8.6 % and freight turnover rose by 5.4 % in January–September 2018.

SA: pupils’ transportation – municipalities’ competition for money

With municipalities organizing transportation for pupils, more often than not they pick ‘one solution for all’, and picked solutions often boil down competition with neighbouring municipalities for pupils and money that follows children, not the understanding of children’s different situations and needs, as concluded by State Audit.

«KGB bag» to be opened before Christmas

Latvia’s National Archive plans to publish the first portion of information from ‘KGB bag’ this year. However, it is expected people will have a hard time taking in the contents. Some disappointment is expected, says LNA director Māra Sprūdža.

airBaltic receives 14 Airbus A220-300 aircraft and successfully achieves fleet expansion goal

Latvian airline airBaltic on December 1, 2018 in Riga welcomed the last Airbus A220-300 jet for the year, registered as YL-CSM. Currently airBaltic has a total of 14 Airbus A220-300 aircraft on its fleet.

Weather to become warm in Latvia at week’s beginning; wind speed to pick up later

This week will begin in Latvia with warm weather and precipitation – snow, increased air temperature, wet snow and rain. At the middle of the week air temperature will drop. Wind speed will pick up, reaching 15-19 m/sec, as reported by Latvian’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. Government set to raise teachers' pay only in 2020

Lithuania's government on Thursday, November 29, proposed to trade unions that an agreement of political parties on raising teachers' pay should be signed. But due to failure to make any decision on teachers' salaries, the negotiations at the Ministry of Education and Science were postponed.

BATL: Ventspils Freeport’s decision to raise fees will not bring in more cargoes

The decision of Ventspils Freeport authority to raise fees for port services starting with 1 January 2019 will not bring in more cargoes to Ventspils, says Baltic Association – Transit and Logistics.

Estonian economy grew faster in quarter three

Estonian economy has grown faster in the third quarter of 2018, with its gross domestic product being by 4.2% higher in the third quarter of 2018 than in the respective period last year, the country's official statistics showed.

BTA Baltic Insurance Company appoints new board chairman

BTA Baltic Insurance Company AAS makes changes to the composition of its Management Board on 30 November 2018 – BTA Management Board Member Wolfgang Stockmeyer has been appointed as the Management Board Chairman.

Weekends in Latvia to be chilly; thaw expected next week

Weather is expected to remain cold in Latvia at the end of the week. No precipitation is expected. However, there will be snow, wet snow and even rain at the beginning of next week.

KPV LV leader: check for issue of permits to access official secrets should be sped up

The law should state that the inspection to see if a person can be provided with a permit to access official secrets should not take longer than three weeks, says prime minister candidate from KPV LV Aldis Gobzems.

European Parliament supports new temporary border control rules for Schengen Area

Instead of the two-year period, the temporary border control within Schengen Area should not exceed one year, MEPs say. In accordance with the current Schengen Borders Code, member states are allowed to organize temporary border control checks within internal borders if there are threats to public order or internal security.

Average wages in Latvia up EUR 75 in 2018

Compared to Q3 2017, the average monthly gross wages and salaries grew by 8.0 % or EUR 75, reaching EUR 1,006 for full-time work in Q3 2018. Compared to Q2 2018, gross wages and salaries have increased by 0.2 % or EUR 2.