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Friday 14.12.2018 | Name days: Gaisma, Auseklis

Latvian Security Police detains pensioner under suspicion of spying for Russia

Latvian Security Police has detained a Latvian pensioner. The man is suspected of spying in Russia’s favour. The detainment took place last week. The man has been put under arrest, according to information from LETA.

E-health project’s implementation so far has cost Latvia EUR 16.4 million

In order to implement e-health system in Latvia, the total used funding has reached EUR 16.409 million as part of European Regional Development Fund, according to information from Healthcare Ministry’s final report on the implementation of E-health in Latvia in 2014-2017.

Latvia continues providing medical assistance to victims of crisis in Ukraine

On Monday, 22 October, eight victims of the crisis in Ukraine commenced 18-day long treatment in National Rehabilitation Centre in Vaivari, as reported by Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

SRS: car retailers are starting to exit grey economy sector

Latvian state budget’s revenue from car retail sector has grown by more than EUR 9.7 million, reaching EUR 119.6 million in the first nine months of 2018, according to information from the State Revenue Service. The largest increase was observed for value added tax.

Opinions of Latvian Finance and Healthcare ministries differ on healthcare budget

The funding for healthcare in the 2019 budget plan has caused a bit of confusion between Latvia’s Finance and Healthcare ministries. According to estimates from Finance Ministry, Latvia’s healthcare budge encompasses 4% of GDP, whereas information from Healthcare Ministry shows that it is only 3.5%.

USA to pull out from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

The United States of America plans to one-sidedly exit from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INFT), as announced by US President Donald Trump, who accuses Russia of violating this treaty.

Rain and strong wind expected in Latvia this week; possibility of wet snow remains

A deep cyclone will pass through Latvia at the beginning of the week. Because of that, weather in the country is expected to be windy and rainy. As air temperature drops below 0° C, there is a possibility of wet snow, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Central Election Commission approves results of 13th Saeima elections in Latvia

On Friday, 19 October, the Central Election Commission approved results of 13th Saeima elections. According to approved results, Harmony received 19.8% of votes, KPV LV – 14.25%, New Conservative Party – 13.59%, Attīstībai/Par – 12.04%, National Alliance – 11.01%, Union of Greens and Farmers – 9.91%, and New Unity – 6.69%.

Latvia’s general budget deficit estimated around EUR 155.7 million

In 2017, general government budget deficit accounted for EUR 155.7 million or 0.6 % of the Gross Domestic Product and general government consolidated gross debt at the end of 2017 amounted to EUR 10 806.8 million or 40.0 % of the GDP.

ABLV Bank successfully pays 69% of all guaranteed remuneration amount

The liquidated ABLV Bank has repaid clients EUR 328.66 million, which is 69% of the guaranteed remuneration amount, as confirmed by Citadele Bank’s corporate communications manager Ieva Prauliņa.

CEC to approve and announce the final 13th Saeima election results

On Friday, 19 October, the Central Election Commission will organize a meeting, during which it is planned to approve the final results of 13th Saeima elections and announce deputies elected to the parliament, as reported by CEC representative Kristīne Bērziņa.

Canadian cannabis shops face shortages on 2nd day of legalisation

Cannabis stores in Canada have experienced shortages on the second day since the legalisation of recreational cannabis, as the demand is much higher than the supply of the drug.

Putin: People in ex-Soviet Republics had more opportunities during USSR

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has asserted that people in Russia's neighbouring countries, once under Soviet occupation, regretted the end of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.