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Wednesday 20.02.2019 | Name days: Smuidra, Vitauts, Smuidris

Weather in Latvia to be chilly and windy this week

Weather will be volatile in Latvia this week – a reasonable amount of thaw along with chilly air is expected. Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre predicts strong wind and plenty of precipitation.

Latvia’s forming government’s priorities include minimal wages and schools

Among the priorities of Latvia’s forming government is the administrative territorial reform, strengthening of the national economy, reformation in education and healthcare, «uncompromised rule of law», state security, cooperation with diaspora and demography, according to information LETA.

Inflation in Latvia reached 2.6% in December 2018

Compared to December 2017, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.6 % in December 2018. Prices of goods increased by 2.3 % and prices of services by 3.1 %. Compared to 2015, in December 2018 consumer prices were 6.4 % higher.

Delays with state budget may put at risk EP elections in Latvia

Delays with approval of the country’s state budget could put at risk residents’ ability to vote in upcoming European Parliament elections at any election site, Diena reports with reference to concerns voiced by Central Election Commission’s chairman Arnis Cimdars.

UK pledges large investment in Northern Ireland before decisive Brexit vote

London has pledged hundreds of millions of pounds in funds to uphold peace and welfare in Northern Ireland after Brexit, as British MPs are expected to deny their support to the withdrawal deal.

Unemployment level in Latvia was 6.4% at the end of 2018

At the end of 2018 the registered unemployment level in Latvia was 6.4% of the total number of economically active population, which is 0.2 percentage points more than a month prior and 0.4% less than at the end of 2017, according to information from the State Employment Agency.

Blizzard expected in Latvia soon

Although winter has entered its rights in Latvia, stable frosty weather and snow remains only in the country’s eastern regions, whereas western and central regions experience thaw, wet snow and rain every now and then, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvian Saeima supports decision project on MPC system’s cancellation

On Thursday, 10 January, Latvia’s Saeima supported the decision project regarding the cancellation of the mandatory procurement component system.

Committee: NEPLP precedents prove the need for mass media regulation

Precedents associated with the National Electronic Mass Media Council prove the need for immediate approval of Public Electronic Mass Media Finances and Management Law, as noted by the head of Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee Artuss Kaimiņš during a meeting Wednesday, 9 January.

Agriculture Ministry moves from Vilnius to Kaunas, some staff leave

From now on Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city and the interim and de facto capital of Lithuania during 1919-1940, will be known not only for the legendary basketball club Žalgiris, but also as the host city of a ministry.

23 perpetrators caught on Latvia’s external borders

On Wednesday, 9 January, Latvian State Border Guard caught 23 perpetrators on the country’s external borders and the country’s interior territories.

Deputies: Latvia should be prepared for different Brexit process scenarios

On Wednesday, 9 January, Saeima’s European Affairs Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee discussed Latvia’s readiness for the possible consequences from Brexit, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

New Unity’s PM candidate to comment on government declaration this Friday

Prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš intends to comment on the declaration of the forming government around Friday, 11 January.

Minister: Brexit will force changing multiple of Latvia’s laws

Regardless if Britain exits EU or not, it will be necessary to amend a number of Latvia’s laws and regulations, said Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs during a meeting of Saeima’s European Affairs Committee.