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Friday 15.02.2019 | Name days: Olafs, Aloizs, Alvils, Olavs

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Riga

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will stay in Riga on Monday and Tuesday during her official visit.

Piebalgs: Zoellick’s confusion about daily 100 lats pay was an unfortunate joke

The World Bank (WB) President Robert Zoellick’s incomprehension about 100 lats pay per day for the unemployed in Latvia was a very luckless joke, emphasized European Union (EU) Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.

Unemployment rate decreases

A considerable drop in employment rate is not expected, although the improvement of the situation is not unequivocal.

Bemhens: people use neither public nor private transport

Riga residents use less both public and private transport, informed the Chairman of the municipal public transport company Rīgas Satiksme Leons Bemhens.

Offer to liquidate the State Chancellery

Ministry of the Interior (MI) opposes to the auditors’ recommendations, which would help to economize 79 million lats, stated the Chief Executive of MI public relations department, Gunta Skrebele.

Slakteris: electricity matters were taught, that’s why I meet the qualifications of Latvenergo board member position

The former Minister of Finance and present Saeima Deputy, Atis Slakteris, has announced his candidacy to Latvenergo Board Member position. When commenting on the application, Slakteris mentions that he has studied electricity matters; therefore, he has the necessary knowledge to occupy the position.

EU to set equal requirements for child-care leave

The European Union (EU) plans to ensure equal family leave conditions for inhabitants in all 27 member states.

Police officers detained

Two Riga Regional Executive Police Department officers have been detained. They are suspected of illegal alcoholic beverages products storage, transportation and sale.

One third of workers receive envelope wages

One third of economically active inhabitants of Latvia (38%) have friends and relatives that mainly receive their salary in envelopes.

One third of workers receive envelope wages

One third of economically active inhabitants of Latvia (38%) have friends and relatives that mainly receive their salary in envelopes.

airBaltic shareholders meeting disapproves new Board

National airline AS Air Baltic Corporation (airBaltic) shareholders in a meeting on August 31th decided to postpone the election of the new Board.

Top prime minister candidates – Lembergs and Dombrovskis

Latvian society recognizes Aivars Lembergs (political party ZZS) and the current Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis (political party Vienotība) as the most popular proposed candidates for the post of Prime Minister.

Half Latvian local governments can be left without heating

The total debt for heating has already surpassed 20 million lats. The current data on heat debt shows that half of the local governments of Latvia can be left without heating.

Amount of leasing debtors decreases

The loss of leasing companies from alienated cars is decreasing, the amount of debtor-cars available in the market is also shrinking, therefore the leasing market is shifting to providing its services to corporate clients.

Loan portfolio has decreased by 12% since 2008

In October 2008 the total volume of the Bank of Latvia's given loans reached its highest point of 16.78 billion lats. Whereas in comparison with the end of July of the present year, the amount of loans given mainly to households and enterprises has dropped by 1.98 billion lats, which is 11.8%.

Dalderis: the allocation of funds for Arts should be non-political

The Minister for Culture Ints Dalderis (Ints Dālderis) is of the opinion that the executives of national theatres and cultural institutions shouldn’t seek sources of funding in political circles.

LMT Internet average speed in 4G network is 20-100 Mb/s

The average speed of mobile Internet is 40–70 Mb/s, while the data transfer rate in fourth generation (4G) network is 20 – 100 Mb/s.