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Ceturtdiena 25.04.2019 | Name days: Līksma, Bārbala

Judicial investigation concludes in Zolitude Maxima tragedy’s trial

Riga City Pārdaugava Court has finished the judicial investigation in the massive Zolitude Maxima tragedy’s criminal case. The court announced that the debates on the case will commence 11 June.

McDonald’s in Latvia to provide plastic straws on demand-only basis

To motivate clients to reduce using plastic straws, McDonald’s fast food chain in Latvia plans to start a test in which straws will be provided on demand only.

Latvia’s foreign trade turnover down 0.4% in February

In February 2019, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.06 billion, which at current prices was 0.4 % less than a year ago, of which the exports value of goods was 1 % higher, but imports value of goods was 1.7 % lower.

Lithuania invests EUR 235,000 in floating solar power plant

Placing floating solar panels in dams of hydroelectric plants? Lithuanian Business Support Agency sees potential in the innovation and has granted 235,000 euros for the project at the Kruonis hydroelectric plant in Lithuania.

Flu epidemic in Latvia is officially over

Because the number of flu patients has not exceeded 100 per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks, Disease Prevention and Control Centre announced the end of the flu epidemic in Latvia on Tuesday, 9 April.

Saeima speaker: EU should start accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania

Integration of Western Balkan Countries in the European Union would be a contribution to a stable and strong Europe. EU should commence accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania in June and recognize the hard work the two countries have put into democratic reforms, said Latvian Saeima’s speaker Ināra Mūrniece.

French parliament supports digital tax tailored to Google, Facebook

Members of the French Parliament have adopted a new tax on leading internet companies like Google and Facebook, despite criticism from the U.S.

SEB Bank decides not to extend Riga public transport company’s overdraft agreement

SEB Bank has decided to not extend Riga municipality’s public transport company Rīgas satiksme’s overdraft agreement of EUR 3.2 million, as confirmed by the company’s representative Baiba Bartaševiča.

Consumer prices in Latvia reach 2.8% in March

Compared to March 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.8 % in March 2019. Prices of goods increased by 2.7 % and prices of services by 2.9 %.

Latvian minister tackles pharmaceutical market to secure cheaper medicines for residents

Latvia’s Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro plans to form a work group to assess the country’s national pharmaceutical policy and come up with a proposal to improve competition in this market.

Latvian ministry turns to law enforcers against Riga’s dismissed mayor

Facts uncovered at Riga City Council by Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry suggest that Riga’s Mayor Nils Ušakovs may have committed criminal violations in his work. Because of that, the ministry has turned to the Prosecutor General’s Office and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

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