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Latvia’s ruling coalition officially agrees on Kazāks as chosen Bank of Latvia governor

Parties of the ruling coalition in Latvia have agreed to pick the central bank’s council member Mārtiņš Kazāks as their chosen candidate for the posting of governor of the Bank of Latvia, politicians told journalists on Tuesday, 3 December after a meeting of ruling parties.

Prime Minister: next EU budget’s cohesion funding for Latvia may drop by one billion euros

In the next European Union multi-year budget, cohesion funding for Latvia may drop by 22% or EUR 1 billion, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš during a meeting of the National Trilateral Cooperation Council on Tuesday, 3 December.

Environment Ministry proposes changing Latvian residents’ shopping habits

Every year each household in Latvia spends 200 and more euros on food that ends up thrown away, as concluded in a research performed by Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry.

Nearly 27 600 Latvian residents still have not submitted income declarations

27 655 Latvian residents for whom submission of annual income declaration for 2018 is compulsory still have not done this, according to information from the State Revenue Service.

Riga’s new vice-mayor Kleins partially replaces Rīgas satiksme council

The new vice-mayor of Riga Druvis Kleins, who represents For Riga! Bloc has partially replaced the council of public transport company LLC Rīgas satiksme, dismissing council chairman Normunds Narvaišs, council members Ainārs Ozols and Andrejs Pančenko, as reported by RS representative Viktors Zaķis

Latvia’s ruling coalition picks Kazāks to govern Bank of Latvia

On 2 December evening Latvia’s ruling coalition agreed to pick Mārtiņš Kazākš as the chosen candidate to lead the Bank of Latvia, according to unofficial information from LETA.

Competition Council applies a fine of EUR 700 000 on Depo

Latvia’s Competition Council has decided to apply a fine of EUR 701 811 to construction materials trader LLC Depo DIY, as reported by CC representative Paula Vilsone.

Average salary in Latvia reportedly EUR 801 in Q3 of 2019

Compared to Q3 2018, the average monthly gross wages and salaries grew by 8.3 % or EUR 84, reaching EUR 1 091 for full-time work in Q3 2019. In Q1 and Q2, the growth rate was slower – 7.8 %.

Estonia’s contribution to NATO budget to grow by EUR 200,000

As smaller NATO member states are agreeing to contribute more to the NATO joint budget as the U.S. seeks to pay less, Estonia has announced raising its annual contribution by 200,000 euros.

Natural gas tariffs to reduce for Latvian households next year

Starting with 1 January 2020, Latvijas gaze will reduce natural gas tariffs, according to the official publication in the Latvian Herald.

Nekā personīga: drop in Russian freights may put at risk railway electrification in Latvia

It is expected freight volumes in Baltic States will reduce as a result of Russian transit businesses diverting their freights to the country’s own ports. This creates risks for the long-awaited railway electrification project in Latvia, as reported by TV3 programme Nekā personīga.

Russia: Coming Normandy summit to include Putin- Zelenskiy conversation

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has confirmed that the long-prepared meeting of the presidents of Ukraine, Russia, France and the German Chancellor will take place on December 9.

Floods in France turn tragic

Southern France has been hit by floods, where two civilians and three rescuers have died.

Mass protests in Poland voice solidarity with judges

In Polish cities and towns, several thousand people have gathered in protests to express solidarity with judges, who, according the organisers and participants of the protests, face intimidation after reforms.

Prime Minister says Istanbul convention’s ratification lacks majority support in Saeima

There is not enough support in the Saeima for the ratification of the Istanbul convention, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš during a joint press-conference with his Slovak colleague Peter Pellegrini.


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