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Tuesday 26.03.2019 | Name days: Eiženija, Ženija

More than one-third of Latvian households paid for utilities with difficulty last year

In 2018 the share of households making ends meet with difficulty or great difficulty constituted 35.7 %, which is 7.9 percentage points more than in 2017.

Consumer protection centre found problems with all playgrounds surveyed this year

Consumer Rights Protection Centre found different flaws in all child playgrounds surveyed in Latvia in recent years. To prevent those problems, economy Ministry has developed a legislative draft, as reported by the ministry’s representative Evita Urpena.

Access to official secret to be provided to CEC chairman in Latvia

On Thursday, 14 March, Saeima deputies supported amendments to the Law on Official Secrets in the second reading. Changes to the law provide access to official secrets to the chairman of the Central Election Commission, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Authority of police expanded in Latvia

Latvian Saeima approved in the third reading amendments the Law on Police. The approved amendments expand the authority of police officers, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Security chief: this year’s risks for 16 March events don’t differ much from previous years

This year’s security risks with 16 March events are not too different from previous years, said State Security Service Chief Normunds Mežviets in an interview to LNT programme Rīta Panorāma on Thursday, 14 March.

Latvian Saeima committee supports changes to overtime pay

Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee supported in the final reading amendments to the Labour Law, providing for paying 50% for overtime work if a general agreement on wages is signed in the industry.

Latvian Saeima supports proposal on extending PIT tax surcharge term

On Wednesday, 13 March, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee conceptually supported amendments to the Personal Income Tax Law. Approved amendments say the surcharge in declarations for 2018 and 2019 will be allowed to be paid by 1 December 2020, as reported by Saeima press-service.

CRPC invites Apple and Google to improve their store apps

Latvia’s Consumer Rights Protection Centre invites Apple and Google to improve their online store apps so that software providers to inform consumers about their confidentiality policy in regards to use of collected data.

Eesti Energia increases its renewables share in Enefit Green

Estonian state energy giant Eesti Energia, primarily an electricity producer from fossil oil shale, has considerably increased its renewable energy production in the subsidiary Enefit Green.

Latvia’s first solar-powered centralized heating system to be built in Salaspils

On 20 March, the foundation for the first solar-powered centralized heating system will be laid in Salaspils. Municipal company Salaspils Siltums has commenced preparations for the installation of 1,720 solar power collectors with a total area of 21,595 m2, BNN was told by Salaspils Siltums.

Latvian Saeima and Economy Ministry still study outcome of MPC system’s abolishment

Economy Ministry has prepared amendments to the Electricity Market Law, which provide for abolishment of mandatory procurement component system. The ministry is currently busy compiling information regarding the potential influence this decision could have on the national economy.

Latvian prime minister denies claims of his family having ties to offshores

On Wednesday, 13 March, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš denied in an interview to LNT 900 seconds programme claims regarding his family having ties with offshores in Cyprus.

Latvian security service expects provocations during Legionnaires Remembrance Day

Latvian State Security Service predicts that radical persons will take part in events associated with 16 March in an attempt to realize their personal interests.

Rail Baltica’s high-speed trains will course once every two hours

It is planned that Rail Baltica high-speed trains will course once every two hours, according to Rail Baltica representative Līva Biseniece.

Latvia’s foreign trade turnover down 0.1% when compared to previous year

In January 2019, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.07 billion, which at current prices was 0.1 % less than a year ago, of which the exports value of goods was 0.6 % lower, but imports value of goods was 0.3 % higher.

Survey: youngsters in Latvia save money for travel or first mortgage instalment

More than 60% of youngsters in Latvia aged 18 to 25 make regular savings, diverting a specific amount from income every month. Most youngsters save money for travel or first mortgage instalment, as concluded in SEB Bank’s survey.

Minister: wages of the least paid people in interior sector should be increased

Latvian Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens wants to increase wages for the ‘least paid people’ employed in the interior affairs sector, as the minister told LNT programme 900 seconds.

Latvian PNB Banka to be supervised by European Central Bank from now on

Following a proposal from Latvia’s Finance and Capital Market Commission, European Central Bank has decided to take over supervision of PNB Banka, as confirmed by FCMC.

Sudden snowfall in Latvia complicates driving conditions; 170 snow-clearing vehicles deployed

Intense snowfall and ice on roads has made driving conditions on Latvia’s state and regional roads this morning. Slippery segments of roads are now being coated with anti-slip materials, as reported by Latvian State Roads.

Latvian state and municipal institutions rush to erase employee wage lists

Following the ruling of the Constitutional Court, Latvian state and municipal institutions rush to erase from their websites information containing names of employees and the wages paid to them, as reported by LNT News.