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Monday 19.08.2019 | Name days: Melānija, Imanta

Procurement announced for Rail Baltica Salaspils freight handling terminal project

SIA European Railway Lines has announced a procurement for Rail Baltica freight handling terminal project in Salaspils, as confirmed by Transport Ministry.

LTA: alcohol prices in Latvia have yet to decline and there is a reason for this

Although the excise tax on alcohol was reduced by 15% on 1 August, prices have yet to drop. This is because it is necessary to sell alcoholic drinks that were procured with the previous excise tax.

Latvian minister starts meeting with Latvian residents to discuss territorial reform

Continuing public discussion of the upcoming territorial reform, Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce will start meeting with Latvia’s residents starting with Wednesday, 7 August.

Shortage of medical personnel urges extraordinary meeting of Saeima’s committee

The shortage of medical personnel, which is something that came to light this week in Daugavpils regional hospital, has forced Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee chairman Andris Skride to schedule an extraordinary meeting next week.

Russian authorities challenge child custody of protest participants

Russian authorities seek to challenge the custody rights of parents, who came to a Moscow protest for fair elections. Prosecutors allege that the toddler had been put in danger as the parents had given it in the hands of a protester.

Latvian corruption watchdog suspects eight people of violations in Island Bridge project

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has asked the prosecutor’s office to raise charges against eight people for different crimes related to the reconstruction of Island Bridge. This includes Riga City Council’s Transport Department official Uģis Brožs.

Rīgas satiksme wants a council member with «spotless reputation»

Riga municipality’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme has announced a personnel selection process to pick the fifth company council member, according to information published in Latvian Herald.

Estonia – no-country for Russian citizens from Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk

Russian passports of people from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in Ukraine, which are illegally controlled by pro-Kremlin separatists, will not be recognised in Estonia, the Estonian Foreign Ministry has stated.

Borrow to pay off a debt? Latvian residents’ loan obligations on a rise

Last year there was an increase of the number of people who experienced problems with paying back their loans and who were forced to push back loan repayments three or more times, said head of Consumer Rights Protection Centre Baiba Vītoliņa at a press-conference on Tuesday, 6 August.

Economists: industrial growth is slowing down. Should people brace for drop?

Looking at the latest industrial output indexes, opinions of various economists tend to lack optimism. Some of them expect negative indexes in the coming months, while some already mention the word recession.

Moscow wants arms negotiations with U.S. as nuclear treaty ends

Moscow has announced that Russia would only deploy new intermediate-range missiles in case Washington chooses to do so and urged to hold arms control talks to prevent a chaotic arms race.

U.S.-China trade tensions rise after Beijing called currency manipulator

Washington has called Beijing a currency manipulator increasing the stark trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

Average electricity price in Baltic States declines 9%

The average price of electricity at Nord Pool system had increased 5% last week – to 39.78 EUR/MWh. In Baltic States the average electricity price has declined 9% and was 50.67 EUR/MWh, as reported by Latvian energy giant Latvenergo.

Politologist: events in Moscow are a strong signal for protests to expand further

The cause of protests in Russia is the government’s disrespectful treatment of the people. On top of that, the recent protests in Moscow are a strong signal for similar activities to repeat on a larger scale, considering residents’ exhaustion with Russian President Vladimir Putin, says politologist Kārlis Daukšts.

«From child refugee to president»: BBC interviews ex-Latvian president

As part of a series of programmes «Her Story Made History», BBC has interviewed ex-Latvian President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, giving the interview the title «From Child Refugee to President».

Industrial production output continues increasing in Latvia

Calendar adjusted data at constant prices shows that when compared to June 2018, industrial production output grew by 4.4 % in June 2019.