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Wednesday 19.06.2019 | Name days: Nils, Viktors

Latvian Saeima conceptually supports providing citizenship to children of non-citizens

Deputies of Latvia’s Saeima have conceptually supported the legislative draft On Termination of Awarding Non-Citizen Status to Children, which provides for the abolishment of the practice to provide non-citizen status to children born after 1 January 2020, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 4.3% in March

Compared to March 2018, the total retail trade turnover rose by 4.3 % in March 2019. Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 0.3 %, in non-food products by 8.3 %, and turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel by 2.8%.

Eight European countries to partake in supranational party Volt in EP elections

Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and UK will participate in European Parliamentary elections together in a single party – Volt, as confirmed by the movement’s representatives in Latvia.

Weather to become chilly most of Europe soon

At the beginning of May, cold air from the Arctic will flow into Europe, which will put agriculture in danger, meteorologists predict.

Survey: Raimonds Vējonis is more popular among Latvians, but Egils Levits has more support

Among the presidential candidates in Latvia, the existing President Raimonds Vējonis is more well-known than Egils Levits among residents. However, Vējonis’ chances of becoming president again are considered low by residents, says representative of Egils Levits’ supporting initiative For an Excellent Latvia’s President Kristīne Tjarve.

Estonian President stands for freedom of speech at government ceremony

«Word is free» read a slogan on a sweater worn by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, when she attended the ceremony of the new Estonian government taking office. This way she opposed the criticism of media work voiced by the controversial EKRE party, newcomers to government in Estonia.

Expert: Latvia’s economic development is mainly ensured by entrepreneurs’ finances

«Latvia’s economic development is currently largely secured by finances of entrepreneurs, whereas the contribution of banks in the form of loans among businesses and households grows minimally,» Bank of Latvia economist Vilnis Purviņš told makroekonomika.lv portal.

Construction costs in Latvia up 0.2% in March

Compared to February, in March 2019 the level of construction costs in Latvia had increased by 0.2 %. Labour remuneration of workers went up by 0.4 %, prices of building materials and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment by 0.1 %.

Retail in Estonia up 6% on year, as marketplace- and direct sale surges

E-commerce stagnates, market sale grows – such could be the characterisation changes in retail sale in Estonia in March 2019, compared to the same month last year, which showed a 6% total increase, according to official statistics.

PHOTO: motorbike season’s opening in Riga

While a bicycle party was being held on the closed Deglava Bridge at the end of last week, bikers were celebrating the opening of the motorbike season in Riga’s centre.

Minister: it is impossible to completely abolish orphanages

Although the number of children in orphanages gradually reduces in Latvia, Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča is confident there is no way to completely abolish orphanages. The minister said as much in her interview to LNT programme 900 seconds on Monday, 29 April.

airBaltic receives its 17th Airbus A220-300 aircraft

Latvian airline airBaltic on April 27, 2019 in Riga welcomed its 17th Airbus A220-300 jet of 2019, registered as YL-AAQ. This was the third Airbus A220-300 received this year and five more new aircraft will join the airline’s fleet by the end of the year.

Minister: new raiderism cases outline names of well-known judges

One of the ways to optimize the work of courts in Latvia is enhancing the responsibility of courts, prosecutor offices and law firms, says Latvia’s Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns.

Weather in Latvia to become cooler; precipitation expected at week’s end

A wide anticyclone will be dictating weather in Latvia in the first half of the week. No precipitation is expected, but the amount of clouds will increase. Wind speed will be slow for the most part, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.