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Tuesday 23.04.2019 | Name days: Jurģis, Juris, Georgs

Latvian Transport minister says the road fund will not be restored

The Road Fund will not be restored, said Latvia’s Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits during a meeting with public initiatives portal representatives.

Earthquake at national media council? Prominent council members steps down

Gunta Līdaka, a member of Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council responsible for supervision over commercial television industry, has announced her decision to step down, as reported by LTV.

Finance Ministry upgrades Latvia’s GDP outlook to 3.2% for 2019

Latvia’s Finance Ministry has upgraded the country’s GDP growth outlook for 2019 by 0.2 percentage points – to 3.2%, according to the ministry’s Latvia’s Stability Programme 2019-2020 project.

Finnish election coming as Social Democrats expected to win after 20 years

In Finland's parliamentary election due on Sunday, April 14, Social Democrats are forecast to win for the first time in 20 years despite plans to raise taxes to fund the country's welfare system.

New Tallinn Mayor defends right of Russian culture to co-exist in Estonia

Mihhail Kõlvart from the Centre Party has been elected as the Mayor of the Estonian capital and has used the occasion to express his views on Estonian and Russian cultural and language issues in the Baltic country.

WikiLeaks Assange found guilty by London court after arrest at embassy

A court in London has found Julian Assange, the head of government secret-leaking organisation WikiLeaks guilty of failing to surrender to the court, after his arrest from his place of refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Air temperature to reach +20° C in Latvia soon

An anticyclone will dictate weather in Latvia at the end of this week and next week – sunny and dry weather is expected, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Riga Central Market’s restoration to require EUR 18 million more than planned

Restoration of territories of Riga Central Market will cost EUR 18 million more than initially estimated. Funds are required for two separate projects – reconstruction of the market’s cellars and restoration of the central market’s channel infrastructure and public outdoor space.

Large energy consumers in Latvia expected to comply with energy efficiency plan by 15 May

On Thursday, 11 April, Latvia’s Saeima supported in the first reading amendments to the Energy Efficiency Law, extending the initial requirement for compliance with energy efficiency plan for large energy consumers from 1 April 2018 to 15 May 2019, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvia’s Saeima supports giving SRS more freedom to fight VAT fraudsters

On Thursday, 11 April, Latvia’s Saeima approved in the first reading amendments to the Value Added Tax Law, which provide for expanding the freedom of the State Revenue Service in the fight against VAT fraud schemes, as confirmed by the parliament’s press-service.

Hundreds of thousands of EU citizens wish to remain in UK despite Brexit

Over 400 000 European Union citizens have applied to legally remain in the United Kingdom even after Brexit, the country's interior ministry has stated.

Latvian minister: we may need harsher penalties for people making child pornography

«If a person who makes child pornography does not understand what they’ve done, we may need to discuss adopting harsher penalties and changes to the Criminal Law,» said Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens.

Latvian ministry proposes reducing number of municipal deputies from 1,614 to 686

Following the administrative territory reform, it is planned to reduce the number of municipal deputies from 1,614 to 686, said Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce at a press-conference on Wednesday, 10 April.