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Island Bridge restoration proceeds ahead of schedule, but complaints surface

Construction work of the second stage of the Island Bridge project is ahead of schedule. However, at the same time, residents complain about the organization of traffic for pedestrians and cyclists.

Latvia's State Employment Agency outlines industries in dire need of workers

Industries that suffer the most from the shortage of labour force include freight transport, construction, processing industry, as well as retail trade, as State Employment Agency director Evita Simsone explained in an interview to public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta panorama.

Stradins Hospital reopens after bombing threats; patient admission to be limited

Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital reopened again on Wednesday evening. Nevertheless, patient admission will be limited on Thursday, 1 August.

Latvian government proposes outlining plans for the event of «hard Brexit»

Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has sent letters to ministries, the Bank of Latvia, Latvian Employers’ Confederation and Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, urging them to outline action plans for the event of so-called hard Brexit.

Latvia’s national media council chairperson considers leaving post

Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council chairperson Dace Ķezbere considers leaving her post. She says she has yet to write her resignation, but it will be done.

Estonia not to borrow to build Rail Baltica, ministry says

The Estonian part of the Rail Baltica super project will not require loans for construction, according to the country’s Finance Ministry.

Latvian Healthcare Minister promises to not shut down hospitals

Hospitals in Latvia will not be closed, although from now on hospitals will be allowed to provide services only if they are of sufficient quality, Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele told newspaper Dienas Bizness in an interview.

Warfare in Syria could trigger humanitarian disaster of 21st century, UN warns

With the Syrian war focusing on last opposition-held stronghold, UN’s emergency relief coordinator has warned world powers should act to prevent the continued violence could create the worst humanitarian disaster of the 21st century.

Russia opens severe criminal investigation over pro-democracy rally

Federal investigators in Russia have opened an investigation over mass unrest that could end in up to 15-year prison sentences for calling a protest for fair elections, where 1 373 protesters were arrested over the weekend.

Eurozone’s economic confidence drops to lowest level in recent years

In July, Eurozone’s Economic Confidence Index dropped to 102.7 points, when compared to 103.3 points in June. This means the index has dropped to a level below the one registered in March 2016, according to the latest data from the European Commission.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 2.1% in June

Compared to June 2018, total retail trade turnover rose by 2.1 % in June 2019. Retail trade in food products grew by 0.8 %, retail trade in non-food products increased by 3.6 %, and turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel grew by 1.0 %.

Flash estimate – Latvia’s GDP up 2.1% in Q2 2019

Compared to Q2 2018, the gross domestic product volume has increased by 2.1 % in Latvia in Q2 2019.

President: Latvia supports Finland in the fight against climate change

Latvia will actively support Finland’s priorities in the fight against climate change while the country holds presidency over the EU Council, said Latvia’s President Egils Levits.

Latvia’s Pasažieru vilciens and Czech Škoda Vagonka sign train supply contract

Pasažieru vilciens and Škoda Vagonka have signed a contract for the supply of 32 new electric trains. The contract states that all trains have to be supplied before the end of 2023.

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