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Tuesday 20.08.2019 | Name days: Bernhards, Boriss

Meteorologists promise air temperature will soon reach +26° C in Latvia

On Friday, 17 May, there will be plenty of sun and clouds. Western regions may experience some rainfall. Wind will draw in from the east, reaching 13 m/sec in Kurzeme, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Riga Tourism Development Bureau may have caused damages worth EUR 300 000

As a result of criminal activities Riga Tourism Development Bureau has caused damages worth no less than EUR 300 000, according to initial estimates.

Tribunal of European «Islamic State» fighters to be discussed in Sweden

Seeking an international tribunal of the fighters of the «Islamic State» terrorist group following its defeat in Syria, Sweden has invited other European countries to discuss ways to persecute fighters from Europe.

Latvia supports North Macedonia’s accession to NATO

On Thursday, 16 May, Latvia’s Saeima supported North Macedonia’s joining of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvian parliament to ease post-mortem organ donation procedures

Residents in Latvia will be able to permit using their bodies or organs after their death by making a specific entry in the e-health system. This is provided by amendments approved by the Saeima in the final reading on 16 May to the law that governs the use of a dead person’s tissue and organs in medicine.

Vilnius prospects dim unless it clusters with Kaunas, says investment expert

In the eyes of mayor investors, Vilnius’ prospects remain dim if it does not agglomerate. An investment expert suggests that the Lithuanian capital should expand and merge to an extent with Kaunas, the country’s second-largest city.

State Audit warns – situation with use of development funding critical in Latvia

A critical situation has emerged in Latvia in relation to planning and use of development funding, as concluded by State Audit in its annual report on correctness of institutions’ accounts for 2018.

Not OK. France’s Le Pen after Estonia visit asks to delete controversial selfie

Marine Le Pen, the founder of French right-wing National Rally party, has visited Estonia to meet with the Conservative People's Party of Estonia. Following the meeting, she has asked an Estonian MP to remove a joint photo showing a sign increasingly perceived as a white supremacist gesture.

Dividing taxes in Latvia: lion’s share for social sector; leftovers given to environment

Latvian Finance Ministry’s compiled data shows that the lion’s share of one euro paid in taxes – 37.6 cents – is diverted to social security in 2019: disability, retirement, family and unemployed persons allowances.

Latvian minister voices concerns over questionably spent EUR 912 124

Healthcare Ministry’s ordered assessment reports on previously performed information and communication technology tenders contain concerns in regards to fraud and inefficient use of funds, said Latvian Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele at a press conference on 15 May.

Grey economy proportion in Latvia reaches nearly a quarter of GDP

In 2018, Latvia’s grey economy ratio grew 2.2 percentage points and reached 24.2% of the country’s GDP, as reported by Stockholm School of Economics in Riga Sustainable Business Centre’s director Arnis Sauka on Wednesday, 15 May.

British MPs plan to reject May’s Brexit offer in June

Decisive groups in the British parliament have showed unity in being opposed to the European Union withdrawal agreement the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister plans to put once again for vote in June.

Corruption watchdog sinks teeth deep into Riga Tourism Development Bureau

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has detained Riga Tourism Development Bureau’s head Inguna Priedīte.

Facebook tightening Live streaming rules over Christchurch terror attack

Facebook has decided to introduce restrictions to its Live video feature in response to criticism the company has faced over a user streaming the Christchurch terror attack earlier in 2019.

Latvian minister says territorial reform will help reduce administrative costs

The planned territorial reform will help reduce administrative costs, as Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce told public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 15 May.