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50 Stockmann employees fall ill with stomach infections during Trakās dienas

Approximately 50 employees of Stockmann supermarket showed symptoms of illness – vomiting and diarrhoea – during the Trakās dienas promotional campaign. Catering for employees of this company is provided by Baltic Restaurants Latvia, as reported by lsm.lv public media.

Latvian government to appeal court’s temporary ruling in Muižnieks affair

Latvia’s government has decided to appeal the temporary regulation made in regards to the matter involving Bank of Latvia rector Indriķis Muižnieks, as journalists were told by Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska on Friday, 11 October.

Latvia’s 2020 budget revenue predicted at 9.89 billion, expenditures – at 10 billion

On Friday, 11 October, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers supported at an extraordinary meeting the country’s 2020 state budget, the consolidated revenue of which is estimated at EUR 9.89 billion, whereas expenditures – at EUR 10 billion.

Ministry: national minority schools have the same problems and Latvian schools

Schools of national minorities have the same problems as Latvian schools – shortage of teachers, low wages of teachers, as well as shortage of education materials, as concluded at a meeting of Education and Science Ministry’s Advisory Council for Education of National Minorities.

Prime Minister: the country has no additional resources for teachers’ wages

At the moment, Latvia’s state budget does not have resources for teachers’ wages, said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Thursday, 10 October.

Expert: tax reform has caused a loss of approximately 1% of GDP in revenue

The result of the tax reform implemented two years ago has caused a loss in tax revenue of 1% of GDP, as journalists were told by Fiscal Discipline Council member Inna Šteinbuka on Thursday, 10 October.

135 000 doses of flu vaccines to be delivered to Latvia this week

A total of 135 000 flu vaccine doses will be delivered to Latvia this year. This is 45% more than the amount of does administered in Latvia in 2018, as reported by State Agency of Medicines representative Dita Okmane.

airBaltic to commence flights to four new destinations next summer

Latvian airline airBaltic has announced plans to commence flights on new routes fro Riga to Manchester in the UK, Yerevan in Armenia, as well as Bergen and Trondheim in Norway.

Latvia 41st in World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index

In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index Latvia has climbed to 41st place, still remaining behind Lithuania and Estonia, according to the latest published study.

Unemployment level in Latvia down to 5.7%

At the end of September the level of registered unemployment level was 5.7% of Latvia’s economically active population, which is 0.2 percentage points less than a month prior, as reported by State Employment Agency.

Packaging deposit system could be adopted in Latvia in February 2022

On Tuesday, 8 October, Saeima’s National Economy Committee supported for the third reading amendments to the Packaging Law, which provide for the adoption of a deposit system in Latvia on 1 February 2022.

US President’s Administration considers leaving Treaty on Open Skies

US President Donald Trump’s administration considers leaving the Treaty and Open Skies, which is one of the most important armament control treaties in Europe, as confirmed by U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel.

Latvian government approves new head for FKTK; Saeima to make the final decision

On Tuesday, 8 October, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers supported Citadele Bank’s board member Santa Purgaile as the new head of the country’s Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Economy Minister proposes standardizing and centralizing tenders

A regulation for procurements could help standardize and centralize them using ministries involved, for example, said Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro in an interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Tuesday, 8 October.

LTV: more than two million euros is lost in LTRK through fictive business trips

Over the course the three past years more than two million euros have been lost through Latvia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Most of this money ended up in 16 different subsidiaries, according to public broadcaster LTV programme De Facto.

Waste management in Riga: four areas and seven-year waste management rights

In two weeks a new tender for waste management in Riga will be organized. Waste management services will be provided for seven years, journalists were told by Riga’s Mayor Oļegs Burovs after a meeting with Competition Council and Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry’s representatives.

State funding for parties proposal – no more than EUR 80 000 per political party

Parties of the ruling coalition in Latvia have agreed to calculate state budget support based on contribution on elections of all levels, journalists were told by Latvia’s President Egils Levits after a meeting of coalition parties’ Saeima faction representatives on Monday, 7 October.

Nekā personīga: Strods may have leaked information about LVC tenders

The ex-board member of road maintenance company Latvijas Valsts ceļi Edgars Strods was detained for possible leaking of information about LVC tenders to Armands Garkāns’ companies, as reported by public broadcaster TV3 programme Nekā personīga.

Swedbank: Estonian branch needs to investigate money laundering scandal

Chairman of Swedish Swedbank council Göran Persson stressed during his visit to Estonia that the bank needs to determine the reasons behind problems so that it is possible to leave the scandal with money laundering and the stain on the bank’s reputation in the past.

Faction quotas – the new deputy quotas? Latvian coalition discusses giving money

The ruling coalition in Latvia has discussed the option to allocate one million euros for so-called faction quotas. However, no agreement has been reached so far, as reported by public broadcaster LTV programme Panorāma.