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Riga’s mayor dismisses city council’s City Development Department’s director

Mayor of Riga Oļegs Burovs has cancelled the order made in his absence regarding the appointment of Emils Jakrins as acting director of Riga City Council’s City Development Department, as reported by the city council.

NATO Baltic States air space patrol mission reduced to eight fighter jets

The NATO Baltic States air space patrol mission has been reduced from 12 to eight fighter jets as of 2020.

Džineta Innusa appointed as board chairperson of Rīgas satiksme

Latvian Transport Ministry’s deputy state secretary Džineta Innusa has been appointed as chairperson of the board of public transport company Rīgas satiksme. On Thursday, 2 January, the council of Rīgas satiksme met with the company’s newly-elected board.

Eco Baltia vide submits complaint over Riga’s waste management procurement

LLC Eco Baltia vide as submitted a complaint over Riga City Council’s organized household waste management procurement, according to information from Procurement Monitoring Bureau.

Turkey: 200 thousand people on move to Turkey in war-torn Syria

In the Syrian province of Idlib, which has recently suffered an air strike offensive by Syrian government and Russian forces, over 200 thousand migrants are moving to neighbouring Turkey, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Fuel prices in Latvia increase 6.1% starting with 2020

Following the increase of excise tax starting with 1 January 2020, fuel prices in Latvia have increased in amplitude from 1.7% to 6.1%, according to observations by LETA.

Study: 62.1% of businesses are negative about road state and transport quality

62.1% of businesses consider the quality of local and international transport and the state of roads in Latvia poor or very poor, according to Turība University’s Business Index.

Rīgas satiksme receives new board; both Jakriks and Epalte-Drulle approved

Following documents submitted by the selection committee, the council of Riga municipality’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme has approved a new management board, the company affirms.

Estonia raises minimum wage by 44 euros

Minimum wage in Estonia has from the beginning of the year 2020 been increased by 44 euros from 540 to 584 euros before taxes.

Latvia is doing everything to avoid getting grey-listed, says Kazāks

Latvia is doing all it can to avoid a possible negative scenario, when Financial Action Task Force may include Latvia on a list of countries found to have strategic problems with money laundering and terrorism financing prevention, otherwise known as the grey list, LETA was told by Bank of Latvia governor Mārtiņš Kazāks.

German zoo hit by tragic fire, police points to New Year paper lanterns

A German zoo has been hit by a tragic fire, which has destroyed a primate house taking the lives of over 30 animals. Police have pointed to flying New Year paper lanterns as a possible cause. The Chinese miniature hot air balloons have been banned in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Three people in Latvia die from influenza

In the past two weeks reports came about the three first death cases caused by influenza infection, according to the report published by Disease Prevention and Control Centre on influenza and upper respiratory tract infection monitoring.

Next year onward schools in Latvia will start adopting changes to teaching approach

Starting with 1 September 2020, gradual changes will be added to teaching materials and approach in 1st, 4th and 10th grades in all of Latvia’s schools, as reported by State Education Content Centre representative Liene Bērziņa.

Construction costs in Latvia up 0.6% in November

Compared to October, the level of construction costs in Latvia rose by 0.6 % in November 2019.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia increases 1.7%

Compared to November 2018, total retail trade turnover rose by 1.7 % in November 2019. Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 1.1 %. Turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, increased by 2.9 %, turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – reduced by 0.6 %.

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