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Ceturtdiena 12.12.2019 | Name days: Otīlija, Iveta

Suspicious over cartel agreement, KNAB searches construction company Merks

On Tuesday, 3 September, Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau performed investigative activities at construction company SIA Merks, as confirmed by the company’s representative Jānis Lievītis.

Ministry suggests increasing number of students passing exact science exams

There is an unjustifiably small number of schoolchildren passing exact science exams in Latvia, said Latvian Economy Ministry’s representative Jānis Salmiņš at a meeting with Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee on Tuesday, 3 September.

Manufacturing output in Latvia declines 1.3%

Calendar adjusted data at constant prices shows that when compared to July 2018, industrial production output decreased by 1.3 % in July 2019.

Acting University of Latvia rector expects new head to be elected before 2020

Election of a new rector for the University of Latvia could take place around November or December, said the university’s acting rector Gvido Straube. He did explain that such a scenario would be possible if the court does not impede the process with any decisions.

Latvian minister plans to present new governance model for universities in December

Education and Science Ministry, in preparation for change of governance model for Latvian higher education institutions, has plans for a four-seminar cycle to promote the creation of a single document for the Law on Higher Education Institutions and Law on Scientific Activity.

Latvia’s ruling coalition committed to finding compromise in budget planning

Nothing in the next year’s budget formation process has been turned down yet. However, nothing has been provided with unanimous support either, journalists were told by Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš after a government meeting on Monday, 2 September.

Latvian ministries issue requests for funding that reaches EUR 935.5 million

In an attempt to finance priority tasks, Latvian ministries have made requests for funding worth a total of EUR 935.5 million from the 2020 state budget, EUR 1.82 billion from the 2021 state budget, and EUR 2.14 billion from the 2022 state budget, as detailed in Finance Ministry’s report.

Survey: half of Latvian parents spend up to EUR 150 on school necessities for children

With the beginning of a new school year Latvian residents who have children spend an average of EUR 150 per child to procure all necessary items for school – books, writing utensils, notebooks, bags and clothe, according to results of a survey performed by Gemius.

Riga City Council’s new chairman may become in charge of Riga Freeport authority

Riga City Council chairman Oļegs Burovs may become approved as the new chairman of Riga Freeport authority, according to information from LETA.

Freight and passenger transport volumes reduce in Latvia

Compared to the 1st half of 2018, the volume of freights carried by rail and road has decreased during the 1st half of 2019.

Swedbank code cards to remain in use for one more week

A week from now, from 9 September onward, Swedbank clients will no longer be able to use code cards to use internet banking services, Swedbank warns.

Audit shows some Latvian municipalities are slow in matters of teachers’ wages

Half of the ten municipalities inspected last year still have not adopted State Audit’s recommendations to prevent unequal treatment of teachers when it comes to matters of wages, SA reports.

LTV: Riga Freeport pays firm owned by ex-board chairman’s son for website maintenance

Since 2013 Riga Freeport has paid the firm owned by Agris Ameriks, the son of once chairman of the freeport’s board and Vice-Mayor of Riga Andris Ameriks, for maintenance of the freeport’s website, as reported by public broadcaster LTV programme De Facto.

Nearly 215 000 Latvian children to commence studies in new school year

2 September marks the beginning of the 2019/2020 school year in Latvia. Approximately 215 000 children are set to open a new chapter in their lives, according to provisional data from Education and Science Ministry.

Week in Lithuania: PM admits he has lymphoma, President and experts discuss Minsk ties

Last week in Lithuania, the Prime Minister admitted suffering from lymphoma, contacts with Belarus were discussed by the Lithuanian President and experts and a permit for large mosque in Vilnius was issued.

IMF: Being slow in combating financial crimes could push Latvia to «grey list»

The International Monetary Fund has expressed concern over Latvia’s results in tackling financial crime and called for a faster implementation of Moneyval recommendations.

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