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Saturday 17.08.2019 | Name days: Oļegs, Vineta

Chairperson: Stradins Hospital’s idleness will definitely cost the state several thousands

The idleness suffered by Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital when an anonymous phone call detailed bombing threats on 31 July will likely cost the state several thousand euros, said the hospital’s board chairperson Ilze Kreicberga.

Island Bridge restoration proceeds ahead of schedule, but complaints surface

Construction work of the second stage of the Island Bridge project is ahead of schedule. However, at the same time, residents complain about the organization of traffic for pedestrians and cyclists.

Latvia's State Employment Agency outlines industries in dire need of workers

Industries that suffer the most from the shortage of labour force include freight transport, construction, processing industry, as well as retail trade, as State Employment Agency director Evita Simsone explained in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta panorama.

Stradins Hospital reopens after bombing threats; patient admission to be limited

Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital reopened again on Wednesday evening. Nevertheless, patient admission will be limited on Thursday, 1 August.

Latvian government proposes outlining plans for the event of «hard Brexit»

Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has sent letters to ministries, the Bank of Latvia, Latvian Employers’ Confederation and Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, urging them to outline action plans for the event of so-called hard Brexit.

Latvia’s national media council chairperson considers leaving post

Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council chairperson Dace Ķezbere considers leaving her post. She says she has yet to write her resignation, but it will be done.

Estonia not to borrow to build Rail Baltica, ministry says

The Estonian part of the Rail Baltica super project will not require loans for construction, according to the country’s Finance Ministry.

Latvian Healthcare Minister promises to not shut down hospitals

Hospitals in Latvia will not be closed, although from now on hospitals will be allowed to provide services only if they are of sufficient quality, Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele told newspaper Dienas Bizness in an interview.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 2.1% in June

Compared to June 2018, total retail trade turnover rose by 2.1 % in June 2019. Retail trade in food products grew by 0.8 %, retail trade in non-food products increased by 3.6 %, and turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel grew by 1.0 %.

Flash estimate – Latvia’s GDP up 2.1% in Q2 2019

Compared to Q2 2018, the gross domestic product volume has increased by 2.1 % in Latvia in Q2 2019.

President: Latvia supports Finland in the fight against climate change

Latvia will actively support Finland’s priorities in the fight against climate change while the country holds presidency over the EU Council, said Latvia’s President Egils Levits.

Latvia’s Pasažieru vilciens and Czech Škoda Vagonka sign train supply contract

Pasažieru vilciens and Škoda Vagonka have signed a contract for the supply of 32 new electric trains. The contract states that all trains have to be supplied before the end of 2023.

Competition Council launches case against Riga City Council and Getliņi EKO

Latvia’s Competition Council has initiated a case against Riga City Council and Getliņi EKO for possible breach of EU establishing treaty. A temporary measure is requested, which could mean the halting of the re-signing of the waste management contract.

There’s always room for old friends. Latvian MEP unveils his team

The team of Latvian member of the European Parliament Ivars Ijabs will include For Latvia’s Development board member Edgars Jaunups and Pēteris Viņķelis, as reported by media portal LSM.lv.

Time passes. Bribery accused Baiba Broka receives new post in University of Latvia

Vice-rector of the University of Latvia Baiba Broka, who is accused of bribery in a criminal case investigated by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, has received a new post in the university – she has been appointed as the expert for legal affairs in the administration’s support group.

Minister wonders if money for ex-LDz board members counts as resource squandering

Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits intends to ask the shareholder of Latvian Railway to check if payment of compensation to ex-LDz board chairman Edvīns Bērziņš and board member Aivars Strakšas for early termination of work relations can be considered squandering of state resources.

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