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Friday 22.02.2019 | Name days: Rigonda, Adrians, Ārija

Week in Lithuania. Conservatives pick Simonyte as presidential candidate

Lithuania's opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats has picked MP and former Finance Minister Ingrida Simonyte as the party's presidential candidate in a primary election held last weekend.

Study: 56% of Latvian residents provide support to their retired parents

More than half of Latvian residents provide support to their retired parents. 30% of residents provide financial assistance, according to results of a study by SKDS and INVL pension fund.

Export volumes in Latvia up 5.1% in September; timber remains at the top

In September 2018 foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.42 billion, which at current prices was 5.1 % more than in September 2017, of which the exports value of goods was 1.0 % lower, but imports value of goods was 10.3 % higher.

Grindeks: medicines to become more expensive because of new European requirements

Due to the adoption of a verification system to check safety of medicines, medicines are expected to become more expensive, said Juris Bundulis, board chairman of Grindeks.

Separatists in Ukraine to hold disputed elections

Russia-aided separatists in eastern Ukraine will hold presidential and parliamentary elections in two self-proclaimed republics this weekend, despite of criticism from Kyiv and the European Union.

Weather to start changing on Lāčplēsis Day; wind to scatter mist

No significant changes to the weather are expected to occur in Latvia in the next seven days. The sky will remain cloudy. There will be periods of thick mist. Wind speed will increase gradually, blowing the mist away. Air temperature is not expected to drop below 0° C, as reported by Latvian State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvian Saeima to decide on election of deputies to committees on 20 November

Latvian parliament plans to elect deputies to different committees on 20 November, as confirmed by the Saeima Praesidium and Faction Council at a meeting on 8 November.

Latvian president asked to announce amendments to Labour Law

Several construction, accommodation and security organizations have sent an open letter to President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, asking him to announce amendments to the Labour Law which were approved by the Saeima 1 November.

Consumer prices in Latvia reach 3.2% in October 2018

In October 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 3.2 % compared to October 2017. Prices of goods grew by 3.3 % and prices of services by 3.0 %. Compared to 2015, consumer prices were 6.9 % higher in October 2018.

Political parties submit proposals for Saeima committees

In continuation of talks regarding the parliament’s work, political parties elected to the 13th Saeima have voiced their expectations and proposals for future governance of Saeima committees.

EU's centre-right parties vote on leader for Europarliament election

The leading political force of the European Parliament (EP), the European People's Party, is on Thursday, November 8, convening to decide on its candidate to head the European Commission after the EP elections of spring 2019.

Retail trade in Latvia grows more rapidly than average in Europe

Compared to the same month of 2017, retail trade turnover in Latvia grew by 3.5% in September 2018. This is more rapidly than the average in the European Union, according to data published by Eurostat.