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Sunday 19.05.2019 | Name days: Sibilla, Teika, Lita

Grey economy proportion in Latvia reaches nearly a quarter of GDP

In 2018, Latvia’s grey economy ratio grew 2.2 percentage points and reached 24.2% of the country’s GDP, as reported by Stockholm School of Economics in Riga Sustainable Business Centre’s director Arnis Sauka on Wednesday, 15 May.

British MPs plan to reject May’s Brexit offer in June

Decisive groups in the British parliament have showed unity in being opposed to the European Union withdrawal agreement the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister plans to put once again for vote in June.

Corruption watchdog sinks teeth deep into Riga Tourism Development Bureau

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has detained Riga Tourism Development Bureau’s head Inguna Priedīte.

Facebook tightening Live streaming rules over Christchurch terror attack

Facebook has decided to introduce restrictions to its Live video feature in response to criticism the company has faced over a user streaming the Christchurch terror attack earlier in 2019.

Latvian minister says territorial reform will help reduce administrative costs

The planned territorial reform will help reduce administrative costs, as Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce told public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 15 May.

UK’s May warned by fellow Conservatives of fruitless Brexit talks with opposition

As the United Kingdom’s two largest parties have been trying to break the deadlock over UK’s future relationship with the European Union, the inner opposition of the ruling Conservatives insist a new deal could lose their support in parliament.

Latvian government drops support for divided healthcare system

When amending Healthcare Financing Law on 14 May, Latvian government supported Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele’s offer to not divide healthcare accessibility into two «baskets» of services.

Appreciate family over money, career, encourages Estonian Population Minister

Estonian government has a Minister of Population. Riina Solman, current holder of the post believes the state should encourage people towards having more children, by introducing policies that support large families.

Latvian Post invest considerable funds in modernization project

Modernization of post offices, which lasted from the end of 2018 until spring 2019, cost Latvian Post EUR 2.1 million, as reported by the company.

Half of Latvia’s schools do not meet minimal requirements of new school reform

Latvia’s Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska says that schools that fail to meet necessary criteria could be reorganized. At the same time the minister stressed the role of municipalities as founders of schools.

Privatization Agency claims LDz board chairman misleads society

According to Privatization Agency (PA), Latvian Railways (LDz) board chairman Edvīns Bērziņš’s publicly voiced opinion in regards to attempts to secretly privatize LDz misleads residents.

NATO summit simulation game to be organized at Ādaži military base

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Latvia’s membership in NATO and the alliance’s 70th birthday on Wednesday, 15 May, a NATO summit simulation game will be held at Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and Latvia’s National Armed Forces military base in Ādaži.

KNAB checks Latvian Railways’ wall project – half a million spent but there is no wall

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced an investigation in relation to the protective wall project near Šķirotava railway station in Riga – Latvian Railway (LDz) has partially paid for the project, but the firm in charge of it has simply transferred the money to some company in Hong Kong.

Week’s beginning in Latvia will be rainy

A wide rain zone will pass through Latvia’s western portion on Monday, 13 May. This means lasting rain is expected in Kurzeme and Zemgale. Rain clouds will form in the country’s eastern areas, resulting in short-term rain, and local thunderstorms, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Eurovision turns political in Israel amid boycott calls

As Israel is hosting the Eurovision song contest this week, activists have pointed to Israel’s occupation policies in Palestinian territories and calls for artists to boycott the event have been heard though not fulfilled.

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