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Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs steps down

The suspended Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs has posted an update on his Facebook profile, announcing that he is stepping down from his post. In his update, Ušakovs also thanked his supporters.

Ukraine eying new IMF aid programme following snap parliamentary election

Ukraine agreed with the International Monetary Fund on a new aid programme to be finalised following Ukraine’s parliamentary election due in July.

Latvia’s minister expects a train procurement contract to come in July

Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits said in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 29 May, that he hopes to see the train procurement contract ready in July.

Latvia’s prime minister to lead discussions on high-rank EU candidates

Centre-right European People’s Party has picked Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenković as the party’s official discussion leaders in European Parliament discussions regarding candidates for the highest ranking posts in the European Union.

Latvian corruption watchdog detains another ex-official of Riga’s tourism bureau

On Tuesday, 26 May, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau detained Riga City Deputy and ex-board member of Riga Tourism Development Bureau Maksims Tolstojs, according to information from LETA.

Saeima committee tackles disadvantageous position of Latvia’s print media

Distribution of print media of different municipalities, delivery costs, as well as lack of control for print press released in third countries is the reason why print media in Latvia is in a more disadvantageous position when compared to Russian media, said deputies of Saeima’s deputies at a joint meeting on Tuesday, 28 May.

Latvia tests new measures to prevent land vehicle collision with wild animals

In order to test technologies to help prevent collisions between land vehicles and wild animals crossing busy roads, it is planned to implement two pilot projects in Latvia, as reported by road network management company Latvian State Roads.

Latvia’s population declines 14 400 over the course of a year

At the beginning of 2019 population of Latvia accounted for 1 million 920 thousand people, which is 14.4 thousand people fewer than a year ago.

Latvian ruling coalition considers discussing country’s prosecutor general in Saeima

Politicians of the ruling coalition in Latvia believe it may be possible to discuss in the Saeima Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers’ suitability for his post if there are justifiable reasons.

Economists expect wage growth to continue in Latvia

Economists in Latvia agree that although the process will be slower, wage growth in the country will continue. Shortage of workers, demands from sector for politicians, exiting from the grey sector and last year’s increase of minimal wages have affected wage growth indexes this year.

Riga’s suspended mayor and ex-vice mayor are not given any status in criminal cases

Neither Nils Ušakovs nor Andris Ameriks, both of whom have been recently elected to the European Parliament, is reported to have a status in ongoing criminal cases headed by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Education opportunities open up in Europe in nearly 800 programmes

The fourth enrolment stage for the project organized by EU funds «Improvement of the professional competence of the employed persons» has commenced. In Latvia, this project is handled by State Education Development Agency. The number of available education programmes has doubled when compared to 2018.

Average wage after taxes in Latvia estimated at EUR 768

At the beginning of 2019, earnings in the country were growing slower than a year before. In Q1 2019, compared to Q1 2018, the average monthly gross wages and salaries grew by 7.8 % or EUR 75, reaching EUR 1 036 for full-time work.

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