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Tuesday 18.02.2020 | Name days: Kintija, Kora

People to be divided in groups for shadow economy combat

In order to combat the shadow economy, politicians are considering the possibility of applying the Deputy’s Ingrīda Circene prepared health insurance concept that would divide the population into three groups.

Triatel: decreasing number of rural inhabitants

The telecommunications operator Triatel is more and more affected by the consequences of the crisis – the migration of rural region inhabitants to foreign countries. Such trend was observed while considering the reasons why clients give up Triatel services, as well as by assessing new customers growth rate.

Latvia acquires Latvijas Finieris shares

The company Latvijas Valsts meži has purchased the first ten AS Latvijas Finieris shares; moreover, it plans to buy more. These shares comprise about 0.3% of the total stock.

Transport Minister: Latvia should increase its influence on airBaltic

Currently, airBaltic shareholders’ cooperation agreement is being assessed, and I wish the state, the major shareholder of the airline, would have more influence on the company, indicates the Transport Minister Uldis Augulis.

Electricity tariffs likely to rise 40%

The electricity tariff increase in April could be devastating and far exceed the promised 20%. The Public Utilities Commission intends to have a meeting on February 14 on the new electricity tariff draft set to come into force on April 1, this year.

Budget should not be «mended» at farmers expense

In 2011, the volume of agricultural subsidies – 6 million lats – covers only the most urgent expenses of farmers; therefore, it can boost the unemployment in rural areas.

Study: supermarkets not interested in clients service

After evaluating the clients service quality in the leading supermarkets of Latvia, the results formed only an indicator of 58.2%, which suggests low quality clients service among the sales personnel, according to SIA Service Quality Development study.

Heating costs in Riga to drop 13%

In January Riga residents will have to pay for heating on average by 13% less than in December 2010, indicates the analysis of AS Rīgas Siltums issued bills in January 2011 and December 2010.

Latvia to pay 100 000 lats in compensations for Talsi tragedy

On Wednesday, February 9, the Supreme Court Senate upheld the ruling that stipulates exacting 100 000 lats compensation from the Latvian State Fire and Rescue Service for the caused damages in the tragedy that occurred in Talsi in 1997.

Public relations specialist: new political force could emerge before next elections

A new political force could be created before the next elections in Latvia, concedes the public relations specialist Jurģis Liepnieks, adding he is sceptical about the formation of a new party. The current political offer is not sufficient, he says.

Manufacturing turnover grows 13.2%

The manufacturing turnover grew 13.2% last year, compared to September, including in the domestic market – by 2.6% and export - 27.4%, indicates the Central Statistical Bureau data.

Survey: 42% of Latvians unaware of their pension amount

81% of Latvia’s residents consider childhood and study years as the best period of life, while only slightly more than 1% regard retirement age as the happiest period, according to Nordea Bank’s latest survey.

25 million lats collected from gambling venues last year

25 million lats were collected in taxes from gambling halls in Latvia in 2010. During the upturn period – 2007 and 2008 – about 51 million lats were levied per year, reveals Signe Birne, the Head of Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection.

Only 45% of Riga residents have paid for heating

At the beginning of the heating season the population debts in Latvia reached an average of 18% from the consumed heating (20 million lats), however now they have already hit 25%, indicates Paulis Barons, the Advisor at the Latvian Association of Local Governments.


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