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Wednesday 21.11.2018 | Name days: Andis, Zeltīte

Rimi Latvia – last year’s largest trade company in the country

Last year, the largest company in Latvia was Rimi Latvia turnover-wise: its turnover reached EUR 870.428 million, according to information from SIA Firmas.lv and LETA.

Vilnus erects female traffic lights to mark 100 years of women's suffrage

The city of Vilnius has set up new traffic lights with female symbols instead of the common unisex symbols to mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Lithuania.

Official secret permit issue system helps determine possible spies

Latvian Defence Ministry does not deny that termination of permits to access official secrets for workers of the defence system is one of the methods to help determine possible spies without handing them over to court, the ministry notes.

State Audit dissatisfied with slow pre-trial investigation field’s re-organization

Problems associated with pre-trial investigation efficiency and quality are not resolved sufficiently enough in Latvia. Because of that, it is necessary to prepare an action plan to improve pre-trial investigation functions, State Auditor Elita Krūmiņa wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

Ukrainian anti-corruption campaigner dies from acid attack

Ukraine's anti-corruption activist Kateryna Gandzyuk, who was attacked with acid in summer 2018, has passed away in hospital, in another example of the dangers faced by civil society activists in the country.

Week in Lithuania. Government to send revised martial law bill to Parliament

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday, October 31, to submit a package of legislative amendments aimed at clarifying the legal regulation of martial law to the Parliament for approval.

EBRD expects Latvia to have the most rapid economic growth among Baltics

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has upgraded Latvia’s GDP growth outlook for 2018. The Bank expects state economic growth in Latvia to be the most rapid in Baltic States.

EUR 610,374 needed to compensate deputies not re-elected to 13th Saeima

Deputies that were not re-elected to the 13th Saeima will be paid compensations. The total amount will be around roughly EUR 610,374 before taxes, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Bribery case against former Daugavpils vice-mayor and businessman to be viewed next year

Zemgale District Court in Jekabpils has decided to postpone viewing the criminal case in which former Daugavpils vice-mayor Vjačeslavs Širjakovs and businessman Sergejs Karnauhovs are accused of bribery worth EUR 60,000 until February 2019.

Ombudsman calls Law on Financing of Health Care «total failure»

The Law on Financing of Health Care adopted by the 12th Saeima and which provides two different state guaranteed healthcare service levels is «a total failure», said ombudsman Juris Jansons in an interview to 900 seconds LNT.

German's Merkel in Ukraine pledges to uphold sanctions against Russia

German head of government, Angela Merkel, has during a visit to Kyiv, expressed determination to continue targeted sanctions against Russian companies and officials over Moscow's role in the war in eastern Ukraine.

Precipitation expected in Latvia on weekends, whereas next week to start with sunny days

Although Saturday and Sunday are expected to be rainy in Latvia, weather will generally remain warm. As the next week begins, however, air temperature will start to decline steadily, but it will still be dry and sunny, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Ministry: everyone, including Riga City Council, must comply with sanction regime

Everyone, including Riga City Council, that cooperate with Giprostrojmost, which is included on EU and US sanction lists, must comply with the sanction regime, Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry explains.

Employers in Latvia will not be allowed to demand foreign language skills from employees for no reason

Employers in Latvia will not have the right to request foreign language skills from employees if their duties do not include the use of foreign languages. This is provided by amendments to the Labour Law approved by the Saeima in the third and final reading on Thursday, 1 November.

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