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Tuesday 18.06.2019 | Name days: Madis, Alberts

Heatwaves drive Lithuanians to lakes, rivers and Baltic Sea

When dozens of Lithuanian municipalities are under a state of emergency due to the lasting drought, there is one municipality on the Baltic coast than cannot be any happier about the rainless months, Palanga.

Riga City Council plans to sign 20-year contract with a single waste management company

Riga municipality plans to announce a tender, as part of which it is planned to sign a 20-year conract with a single waste management company in Riga, as confirmed by Riga City Council Housing and Environment Department’s Environment Office chief Evija Piņķe.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 7% in May

Compared to May 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 7 % in May 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 6.5 %, whereas turnover of retail trade in non-food products and retail sale of automotive fuel rose by 7.3 %.

Fire at BAO landfill for dangerous waste; fire fighters still on the scene

A fire started on the territory of AS BAO landfill for dangerous waste in Olaine last night. Latest reports state it has since been localized, as confirmed by State Fire and Rescue Service representative Inta Palkavniece.

Study: nearly half of residents create savings in cash form

Nearly half of Latvia’s residents (42.3%) create savings in the form of cash. 17.4% of residents use bank accounts for savings, according to a study performed by Ferratum Bank about saving habits of Latvian residents.

Most of non-resident banks will continue working in Latvia

The majority of banks whose business activities are associated with servicing non-residents will continue working in Latvia, as confirmed by Finance and Capital Market Commission Pēters Putniņš in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Friday, 29 June.

Talsi County Council switches chairmen – Dainis Karols replaces Edgars Zelders

On Thursday, 28 June, Talsi County Council elected a new chairman at an extraordinary meeting. First deputy for administrative, finance and education affairs Dainis Karols was picked, as confirmed by the council’s public relations and marketing office head Anna Ķīviča.

Three KVV Liepājas metalurgs real estate auctions conclude

Friday, 29 June, marks the end of three auctions for the sale of real estate properties owned by insolvent KVV Liepājas metalurgs, according to information published in Latvian Herald.

Weather in Latvia to be rainy and cool next week

At the end of this week, colder masses of air will flow into Latvia by a cyclone. This means weather will be cool and windy. Rain is also expected on Sunday and beginning of next week. Weather will gradually improve in the second half of the week, however, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Jurmala’s bronze tortoise sculpture to be auctioned off; municipality says it is illegal

During the artRiga art festival this autumn, it is planned to auction off one of Jurmala’s symbol – the famous bronze tortoise sculpture, says sculptor Jāņis Bārda’s wife Aivija Bārda.

Authorities commence criminal prosecution against Bank of Latvia governor

Latvian prosecutor’s office has commenced criminal prosecution of bribery accused Bank of Latvia governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs and businessman Māris Martinsons.

Forest regeneration costs in Latvia kept declining last year

In 2017, the average forest regeneration costs in Latvia comprised 438–567 EUR/ha, depending on the forest land quality group.

Merkel: Migration solutions of vital importance to EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has evaluated before an European Union summit on migration that the future of the EU depends on it being able to bring solutions to the flow of mass migration.

Competition Council permits merging of two LPG traders

On 21 June, Latvia’s Competition Council made a decision to permit a merge, as part of which SIA Latvijas propāna gaze gained decisive influence over SIA Eko gaze. Permission was given because the merge is not expected to impact competition, says CC.

Latvian president declares amendments to make Pope’s visit a holiday

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis has declared amendments to the Law on Holidays, Remembrance Days and Days to be Marked in order to make 24 September, the day Pope Francis plans to visit Latvia, an official holiday.

Economy Ministry: it is necessary to reduce the volume of low-skilled workforce

Employment opportunities are set to expand in the next decade. However, demographic tendencies and regional labour market differences will create an even stronger need for labour force, according to Latvian Economy Ministry’s medium and long-term labour market outlooks.