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Monday 18.02.2019 | Name days: Kintija, Kora

Opinion: next head of SES should continue initiated investment projects

The next director general of Latvia’s State Environment Service will definitely have to continue initiated investment projects, says the now former head of the service Inga Koļegova.

Flu epidemic in Latvia picks up in strength

The flu epidemic in Latvia had spread considerably last week. 17 people have already died from this disease or complications caused by it, according to data from the Disease Prevention and Monitoring Centre.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 4% last year

Compared to 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 4 % in 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products had increased by 4.2 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products by 4.2%, and turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel by 2.9 %.

Apple registers first drop in revenue and profit since 2009

U.S. tech giant Apple cited weak iPhone sales and a lower sales in China as it reported a 4.5% drop in revenue in the last quarter of 2018. the American firm had revenues of USD 84.3 billion in the three months ending 29 December compared with the same period last year. Profits fell slightly to USD 19.97 billion.

Food Union presents new Kārums curd cheese snacks; invests EUR 625,000

Milk processing concern Food Union has invested EUR 625,000 in the production of a new line of Kārums curd cheese snacks, as confirmed by the company.

Minister: Latvian government will view law amendments linked to Brexit in February

On 12 February, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers will view amendments to laws associated with Brexit, says Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Patients suffering from rare diseases will require EUR 30 million this year

Treatment of patients suffering from rare diseases will require and additional amount of funding equal to EUR 30 million in Latvia this year, according to the head of Rare Diseases Coordination Centre Ieva Mālniece.

Minister: Koļegova’s departure is in her and civil service’s best interest

The decision to step down by the head of Latvia’s State Environment Service is in her and the civil service’s best interest, as agreed upon by Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce and Inga Koļegova on Tuesday, 29 January.

Finance Minister: 2019 budget will not have any new expenses or «deputy quotas»

The country’s 2019 budget does not include any new expenditures or so-called deputy quotas, says Latvian Finance Minister Jānis Reirs.

Number of internet users in Latvia grew 28,000 in 2018

The total number of internet users in Latvia had increased by 28,000 over the course of last year, according to data compiled by Gemius. Users’ connectivity has increased by two percentage points for all platforms in general.

Estonians preparing Antarctic expedition with sailing ship

An expedition to the Antarctic is being planned by the Estonian Maritime Museum and a team of enetrepreneurs willing to make the journey Baltic-German explorer Fabian Gottlieb Bellingshausen made almost to centuries 200 years ago. If the expedition will attract the necessary funding, the crew would set off in Kronstadt in Russia on July 11.

Alcoholic drinks’ shelf price in Latvia might grow considerably and soon

The prices of alcoholic beverages in Latvia might grow more than excise tax this year, says CEO of Latvian Alcohol Industry Association Dāvis Vītols.

UK likely to crash out of EU by accident, EU negotiator says

Amid the current situation with UK's withdrawal from the European Union, the country is very likely to crash out of the EU without a deal by accident, according to the EU's deputy chief negotiator Sabine Weyand. Monday, January 29, speaking at an event in Brussels, Weyand, who is a deputy to the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier, explained that other options for the Irish border had been extensively discussed and referred to the months-long negotiations with her UK counterparts.

Latvia’s Corruption Perception Index remains unchanged

Latvia’s positions in the 2018 Corruption Perception Index created by Transparency International remained unchanged, according to information published by the organization.

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