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Tuesday 19.03.2019 | Name days: Jāzeps

Week in Lithuania. Supreme Court apologises for «lost trust in justice»

Lithuania's Supreme Court on Thursday, February 28, issued an apology to the public for lost trust in justice amid an ongoing investigation into judicial corruption, also adding that honest judges have also been affected by comments criticising the judicial system.

Latvian ministry ordered to pay EUR 9.3 million to construction companies

Riga City Vidzeme Suburb Court has partially satisfied the plea submitted by National Association of Construction Companies, which is responsible for the construction of Latvia’s National Library, and has enforced from Latvia’s Culture Ministry EUR 9,272,319.

Platform created to improve equality on the labour market

A virtual labour market Openness is Treasure was created on Zero Discrimination Day, 1 March, during a gathering of dozens of companies.

Average earnings before taxes in Latvia were EUR 1,004 in 2018

In 2018 the average gross wages and salaries for full-time work in Latvia comprised EUR 1,004. Compared to 2017, average wages and salaries rose by EUR 78 or 8.4 %, moreover in all economic activities.

SKDS: three quarters of smokers have no plans to drop smoking

61% of smokers living in Latvia have no plans to replace cigarettes with alternatives less hazardous for human health, as determined by a survey performed by SKDS.

Latvian Saeima allocates EUR 2.8 million for housing support programme

As part of the housing support programme for families with children it is planned to allocate new guarantees worth EUR 2.8 million.

Judge: European court’s priority in Rimšēvičs’ case was ensuring ECB’s independence

When evaluating the criminal case launched against bribery accused Bank of Latvia governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs, as well as the prohibition for him to perform his duties, the Court of Justice of the European Union took into account that the accused is not only an official of the Bank of Latvia but the European Central Bank as well, comments chairperson of the Constitutional Court of Latvia Ineta Ziemele.

Weekends expected to be chilly in Latvia; air temperature to drop to -13° C

Friday, 1 March, will be chilly in Latvia – air temperature in eastern regions will drop to -8° C at night. Daytime air temperature will also be low. Saturday night will be even colder: air temperature is expected to drop as far as -10° C… -13° C, meteorologists say.

Economist: surge in construction causes Latvia’s GDP to go up

«Exceeding optimistic outlooks and in spite of developments in the finance sector Latvia’s GDP had growth 4.8% last year. This increase came largely as a result of a rapid surge in the country’s construction sector,» comments SEB Bank economist Dainis Gašpuitis.

PUC: residents do not often complain about internet, TV and mobile services

The number of residents who complain to the Public Utilities Commission about electronic communication services – internet, TV and mobile communications – had dropped last year, as reported by PUC.

Researchers: income increase is the solution for prevention of inequality

The main solution for preventing inequality among residents is increasing their income. This includes increasing minimum wages, as mentioned in a study on the influence of tax reform on taxpayers.

Ministry: Latvia has accomplished a lot in ensuring gender equality

Latvia is among six countries in the world with the highest index for gender equality on the labour market. This is shown as much in World Bank’s published study that analysed legislation on gender equality in 187 countries.

EU urges for restraint in nuclear-armed Southern Asia, as bullets fly in Kashmir

The European Union and other world powers have called for calm between India and Pakistan, which have both downed enemy jets on Wednesday and continued with trading fire on Thursday.

Committee: funding for innovations should be no lower than 25% of the total envelope

Funding for research and innovations in the next planning period should be below 25% of the total EU fund envelope. It is preferable for funding to reach 40%. This was unanimously supported by Saeima’s Sustainable Development Committee during a meeting on Wednesday, 27 February.

Saeima: Latvia’s 2019 budget couple be approved around April

Latvia’s budget of 2019 approval in the final reading is planned for the first week of April, said head of Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee Mārtiņš Bondars after meeting with Finance Minister Jānis Reirs on Wednesday, 27 February.