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Wednesday 21.08.2019 | Name days: Linda, Janīna

Volume of insurance claims paid in first six months reaches 196 million euros

In the first half-year of 2019, insurers in Latvia paid to their clients a total of EUR 195.6 million in the form of insurance claims, which is one-third below last year’s amount.

Shortage of workers in Latvia’s Emergency Medical Service remains serious

The shortage of workers in Latvia’s Emergency Medical Service remains serious, and yet the service is able to deal with all challenges, said the service’s head Liene Cipule in an interview to public broadcaster LNT programme 900 seconds.

Latvian ministry offers government a map with 36 municipalities

Based on results from talks with municipalities, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry has decided to add one more municipality to the new map, as journalists were told by minister Juris Pūce on Monday, 12 August.

Bribery accused Latvian politician to leave National Alliance’s Riga City Council faction

Corruption accused Riga City Council deputy Baiba Broka has decided to leave the city council’s faction of the National Alliance «All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK», becoming an independent deputy.

Shooting at Norway mosque considered a terror act

The shooting that took place at the end of the week at a mosque in Oslo is tackled by police as a possible terror act, as reported by BBC.

July’s unemployment level in Latvia remains at 6%

At the end of July the level of registered unemployment in Latvia was 6% of economically active population, which is as much as there was a month prior, according to data from the State Employment Agency.

Latvia’s foreign trade turnover declines 10.3% in June

In June 2019 foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.19 billion at current prices constituting 10.3 % less than a year before, of which exports value of goods fell by 8.2 % and imports value of goods by 11.9 %.

Ultimatum. Harmony will support Burovs if party is given both vice-mayor seats

Harmony’s Riga City Council faction will support Honour to Serve Riga mayoral candidate Oļegs Burovs if the party is given both vice-mayor seats, said Harmony’s leader Nils Ušakovs after the faction’s meeting on Friday, 9 August.

Vilnius synagogue open again after threats and protest

Amid a row in Vilnius over the memory Lithuanian freedom fighters, yet Holocaust-time officials deserve, the Jewish community of Lithuania has reopened its synagogue. It was closed earlier this week, after the community reported threats.

Navalny’s Russia anti-corruption organisation sees its accounts frozen

A court in Russia has frozen the bank accounts of an anti-corruption group that leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny established to expose the riches of senior government officials.

Constitution Protection Bureau concludes evaluation of Saeima deputies

The Constitution Protection Bureau has finished its evaluation of 13th Saeima deputies on possible issue of permits to access official secrets. However, SAB will not disclose which deputies aside from Aldis Gobzems have not been issued permits.

Defence Ministry: Russia’s military exercise plays out encirclement of Baltic Sea

Russia’s military exercises play out the encirclement of the Baltic Sea. Nevertheless, Latvia’s army remains on alert, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Finance sector’s representatives participate in crisis scenario exercise

Representatives of Latvia’s finance sector are taking part in an exercise organized by Defence Ministry to simulate a crisis situation. The exercise is meant to check the sector’s readiness to work in a potential state of emergency, the ministry confirms.

Bye bye, Barclays! What (if anything) went wrong?

You know how it is: companies come and go, but the exiting of Britain’s Barclays from Vilnius is bitter both to the Lithuanian capital and the entire Lithuanian business community. Opened in 2010, in the midst of 2008 economic downturn, it had over 1 100 employees.

July’s inflation in Latvia reported at 2.9%

Compared to July 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.9 % in July 2019. Prices of goods have increased by 2.9 % and prices of services by 2.8 %. Compared to 2015, consumer prices have risen by 8.7 %. Prices of goods have increased by 7.0 % and prices of services by 13.0 % in July 2019.