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Friday 14.12.2018 | Name days: Gaisma, Auseklis

Inflation in Latvia reaches 3% in 2018

November 2018, compared to November 2017, the average level of consumer prices rose by 3.0 %. Prices of both goods and services grew by 3.0 %. Compared to 2015, consumer prices were 6.8 % higher in November 2018. Prices of goods increased by 5.9 % and prices of services by 9.1 %.

Estonian hospital to make patients pay for uncancelled doctor appointments

In Estonia, Ida-Viru Central Hospital plans to introduce asking patients to pay for a scheduled specialist appointment, if the patient does to visit the doctor and has not notified the hospital in advance.

Politologist: two weeks in government formation is lost time

Two weeks spent in government formation is lost time, because budget development has not even started. However, the current situation may pave the way for a new prime minister, because several of the previously voiced red lines have been erased, says interior policy expert Ieva Bikava.

KPV LV prime minister candidate to present president with three scenarios

Prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV will present Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis with three possible scenarios for government formation this Monday, 10 December.

Weather in Latvia expected warm at weeks beginning; air temperature to drop again later on

Weather in Latvia will be cloudy and rich with precipitation this week. Air temperature may remain positive until the middle of the week, but colder masses of air will flow to the country shortly after that. More snow is also expected, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

150 countries convene in Morocco to endorse UN Migration Compact

The UN conference to endorse the UN Migration Compact, starting in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday, December 10, will be attended by politicians from 159 countries.

Week in Lithuania. President signs decrees on three ministers' dismissal

President Dalia Grybauskaite on Friday, December 7, signed decrees to accept the resignations of Jurgita Petrauskienė as education and science minister and Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson as culture minister and to dismiss Kęstutis Navickas from the post of environment minister.

Snow and ice create problems for drivers in Latvia

In spite of several trips coating roads with anti-freeze and clearing them of snow on Friday, 7 December, driving conditions remained complicated in many parts of Latvia in the afternoon.

Share of fast loans extended three and more times increases in Latvia

Lending volumes in the non-banking sector in Latvia continue growing in the first half-year of 2018 – the total loan portfolio of lenders’ had grown 7.11%, reaching EUR 655.82 million, by the end of June.

Aldis Gobzems withdraws his government offer extended to political parties

Latvian prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV has decided to withdraw his government offer extended to political parties. He plans to invite non-party professionals to the new Cabinet of Ministers. «If my proposed government composition is not approved, I will ask President Raimonds Vējonis to announce emergency elections,» said Aldis Gobzems.

Estonian private clinic is facing criminal investigation

Estonian prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation against Medita Klinik, a leading competitor in public procurement tenders in Estonian health care. Estonian Northern District Prosecutor's Office has initiated the investigation in accordance with the Penal Code section concerning the transmission of false information, according to ETV investigative show Pealtnägija.

French authorities send 89 000 security workers before weekend protests

The French government has said it has ordered 89,000 members of the security forces to be deployed nationwide during anti-government protests on Saturday, December 8, in a reaction to violent riots in Paris and elsewhere in the past few weekends.

SRS dismantles criminal group that caused losses worth EUR 250,000 to state budget

Latvia’s State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police has dismantled a criminal group that has caused damages worth EUR 250,000 to the state budget.

Saeima adopts resolution, asking Latvia to not join UN migration pact

On Thursday, 6 December, Latvia’s Saeima adopted a resolution in which the government is asked to not join UN migration pact. 43 members of the parliament voted in favour of this resolution and 31 deputies voted against.

BATL: we expect a drop in turnover for ports and railway cargo freight

In the ten months of 2018, the total cargo turnover decline reached 2.1% at Ventspils port in comparison to the same period a year ago. This is the second lowest decline after the anti-record of 2016. In total, nearly 17 million tonnes of cargoes went through Ventspils port in this period of time, which is 31% of the total volume of cargoes.