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Idea to make 11 November a holiday instead of 1 May submitted to Saeima

On Thursday, 7 November, Latvia’s Saeima submitted to the Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee amendments to the Law on Holidays, which propose making 11 November a holiday and taking away holiday status from 1 May.

EC predicts Latvia to have the slowest economic growth among Baltics

The latest economic outlook from the European Commission estimates that Latvia’s GDP will likely grow 2.5% this year, which means the slowest economic growth among Baltic States.

Latvia’s State Audit concerned about government’s decided funding allocation

The funding outlined in ministries’ budgets for different goals does not fit the government’s approved budget planning process, said State Audit chief Elita Krūmiņa when asked to comment on the government’s recent decision to pull previously outlined funds from ministries to increase funding for healthcare.

Outlook: Latvia’s inflation may have reached 2% - 2.3% in October

The level of consumer prices in Latvia may have increased by 2% - 2.3% in October 2019 when compared to the same month of the previous year, bank analysts predict.

Saeima approves new Finance and Capital Market Commission council member

On Thursday, 7 November, Saeima approved Kristīne Černaja-Mežmale as the newest member of the council of the Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Saeima committee asks KNAB to look into regional reform’s promotional campaign

Latvian Saeima’s Audit Committee’s members have asked Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and Procurement Monitoring Bureau to check if there are any violations in Regional Development Ministry’s advertisement campaign for the administrative territorial reform, as reported by Saeima press-service.

US analytical institute advises Baltics to adopt two-year compulsory military service

To ensure better protection, Baltic States should adopt two-year compulsory military service, among other things, as written in the article by US analytical institute Jamestown Foundation.

Unspent funding from New Riga Theatre’s reconstruction to be spent in coming years

Latvia’s State Real Estate has commenced a new tender for the future reconstruction of New Riga Theatre. The funding left unspent this year – EUR 7 million – was returned to the state budget. The government plans to divert this money to other needs.

Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service to employ drones

In September 2019, the State Fire and Rescue Service received its first 11 UAVs or drones. Soon enough they will be put to use, the service reports.

Competition Council permits merge of freight carriers

Latvia’s Competition Council has made the decision to permit the merge with which AS Freight One Company plans to acquire decisive influence over public container cargo carrier AS TransContainer.

Corruption watchdog periodically receives reports of corruption in healthcare

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau periodically receives reports about illegal requests for material rewards in healthcare. However, often patients avoid reporting situations when doctors request benefits.

Estonian media reject ethics’ breach over suicide reports

Estonian media outlets have rejected criticism from an ethics watchdog that their detailed coverage of a suicide of a 10-year-old went against the best practice of journalism. The media say they had been requested by parents to report and felt the society needed to know.

Prime Minister says use of funding for healthcare could benefit from more transparency

We need greater transparency for the division of funding in healthcare so that both doctors and society have an understanding how this money is used, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma.

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