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European fund allocated EUR 37 million funding for Competence Centres

Funding of more than EUR 37.6 million from European Regional Development Fund is available to Competence Centres to help finance development of new products and technologies.

Saeima committee: job advertisements will have to include potential wage

From now on, employers will have to state the wage amplitude in job advertisements. This is provided by amendments to the Labour Law approved in the third reading by Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee on Tuesday, 23 October, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvian parties mostly ready to join expert groups and meet with NCP

Multiple political parties in Latvia have voiced readiness to join expert groups that will discuss specific tasks of the new government, and respond to New Conservative Party’s initiative to meet.

Costs of Stradins University Hospital’s new wing have grown by EUR 30.7 million

Provisional costs of construction of the new A wing of Pauls Stradins Criminal University Hospital have grown by one-third or EUR 30.684 million, as reported by the hospital’s board member Jānis Komisārs during a meeting of Saeima’s Public Expenditure and Audit Committee.

Fight against fraud using EU finances to be made more efficient

Latvian government has supported Justice Ministry’s proposed amendments to the Criminal Law in order to implement European Union’s directive on the fight against fraud using EU finances.

Family Physicians Association wants to see a Healthcare Minister from newly-elected parties

Latvia’s current Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša has no place in the new government. Instead, it would be best to replace her with a representative from one of the newly-elected parties, said president of Latvian Family Physicians Association Sarmīte Veide in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Latvian Security Police detains pensioner under suspicion of spying for Russia

Latvian Security Police has detained a Latvian pensioner. The man is suspected of spying in Russia’s favour. The detainment took place last week. The man has been put under arrest, according to information from LETA.

E-health project’s implementation so far has cost Latvia EUR 16.4 million

In order to implement e-health system in Latvia, the total used funding has reached EUR 16.409 million as part of European Regional Development Fund, according to information from Healthcare Ministry’s final report on the implementation of E-health in Latvia in 2014-2017.

Latvia continues providing medical assistance to victims of crisis in Ukraine

On Monday, 22 October, eight victims of the crisis in Ukraine commenced 18-day long treatment in National Rehabilitation Centre in Vaivari, as reported by Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

SRS: car retailers are starting to exit grey economy sector

Latvian state budget’s revenue from car retail sector has grown by more than EUR 9.7 million, reaching EUR 119.6 million in the first nine months of 2018, according to information from the State Revenue Service. The largest increase was observed for value added tax.

Opinions of Latvian Finance and Healthcare ministries differ on healthcare budget

The funding for healthcare in the 2019 budget plan has caused a bit of confusion between Latvia’s Finance and Healthcare ministries. According to estimates from Finance Ministry, Latvia’s healthcare budge encompasses 4% of GDP, whereas information from Healthcare Ministry shows that it is only 3.5%.

Rain and strong wind expected in Latvia this week; possibility of wet snow remains

A deep cyclone will pass through Latvia at the beginning of the week. Because of that, weather in the country is expected to be windy and rainy. As air temperature drops below 0° C, there is a possibility of wet snow, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Central Election Commission approves results of 13th Saeima elections in Latvia

On Friday, 19 October, the Central Election Commission approved results of 13th Saeima elections. According to approved results, Harmony received 19.8% of votes, KPV LV – 14.25%, New Conservative Party – 13.59%, Attīstībai/Par – 12.04%, National Alliance – 11.01%, Union of Greens and Farmers – 9.91%, and New Unity – 6.69%.

Latvia’s general budget deficit estimated around EUR 155.7 million

In 2017, general government budget deficit accounted for EUR 155.7 million or 0.6 % of the Gross Domestic Product and general government consolidated gross debt at the end of 2017 amounted to EUR 10 806.8 million or 40.0 % of the GDP.

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