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Tuesday 11.12.2018 | Name days: Valdis, Voldemārs, Valdemārs

Hospital association invites Saeima deputies to a meeting to resolve healthcare crisis

On Friday, 7 December, members of Latvia’s Saeima are invited to attend a meeting organized by Latvian Hospital Association to discuss the possible state of emergency in healthcare sector that will appear starting 1 January, when law amendments are expected to introduce major restrictions on extended hours medical personnel are allowed to work.

Europe’s social partners urge Latvia to support amendments to Labour Law

Europe’s social partners in the construction sector – European Federation of Building and Wood Workers and European Construction Industry Federation – have asked Latvian Saeima to approve amendments to the Labour Law that would allow adopting a general agreement in the country’s construction sector.

Latvian prime minister candidate excludes Attīstībai/Par from government formation talks

KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems has decided to terminate talks on government formation with Attīstībai/Par political party.

To resolve wage matter, doctors to be allowed to work extended hours for three years

Latvian Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee plans to increase the number of extended work hours doctors are allowed to work, according to the committee’s vote on the period until which doctors are to be allowed to work more hours than permitted by the Labour Law.

Freight and passenger transports up in Latvia

Compared to the same nine-month period of 2017, the volume of freights carried by land and via pipelines increased by 7.6 million tonnes or 8.6 % and freight turnover rose by 5.4 % in January–September 2018.

SA: pupils’ transportation – municipalities’ competition for money

With municipalities organizing transportation for pupils, more often than not they pick ‘one solution for all’, and picked solutions often boil down competition with neighbouring municipalities for pupils and money that follows children, not the understanding of children’s different situations and needs, as concluded by State Audit.

«KGB bag» to be opened before Christmas

Latvia’s National Archive plans to publish the first portion of information from ‘KGB bag’ this year. However, it is expected people will have a hard time taking in the contents. Some disappointment is expected, says LNA director Māra Sprūdža.

airBaltic receives 14 Airbus A220-300 aircraft and successfully achieves fleet expansion goal

Latvian airline airBaltic on December 1, 2018 in Riga welcomed the last Airbus A220-300 jet for the year, registered as YL-CSM. Currently airBaltic has a total of 14 Airbus A220-300 aircraft on its fleet.

Mass protest in Tbilisi against presidential election outcome

The Georgian capital a mass rally has been held, where the results of the Georgian presidental election have been critised as the election of Salome Zurabishvili with the backing of the ruling Georgian Dream party. At the Sunday, December 2, rally in Tbilisi Vashadze, who lost in the run-off in presidential election addressed thousands of his supporters.

Weather to become warm in Latvia at week’s beginning; wind speed to pick up later

This week will begin in Latvia with warm weather and precipitation – snow, increased air temperature, wet snow and rain. At the middle of the week air temperature will drop. Wind speed will pick up, reaching 15-19 m/sec, as reported by Latvian’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. Government set to raise teachers' pay only in 2020

Lithuania's government on Thursday, November 29, proposed to trade unions that an agreement of political parties on raising teachers' pay should be signed. But due to failure to make any decision on teachers' salaries, the negotiations at the Ministry of Education and Science were postponed.

BATL: Ventspils Freeport’s decision to raise fees will not bring in more cargoes

The decision of Ventspils Freeport authority to raise fees for port services starting with 1 January 2019 will not bring in more cargoes to Ventspils, says Baltic Association – Transit and Logistics.

Weekends in Latvia to be chilly; thaw expected next week

Weather is expected to remain cold in Latvia at the end of the week. No precipitation is expected. However, there will be snow, wet snow and even rain at the beginning of next week.

KPV LV leader: check for issue of permits to access official secrets should be sped up

The law should state that the inspection to see if a person can be provided with a permit to access official secrets should not take longer than three weeks, says prime minister candidate from KPV LV Aldis Gobzems.