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High-speed roads may be established between Latvia’s largest cities

The development strategy for Latvia’s state roads provides for creating a «backbone» of high-speed roads between Latvia’s largest cities, as reported by Transport Ministry.

Bank: Latvian residents have become more active with making savings

Following increased economic growth, there has been an improvement with Latvian residents’ financial reserves, according to data compiled by Swedbank. Nearly 17% of them have managed to save up money worth three or more wage amounts (2% more than last year), according to data from Swedbank.

For the first time since 2003, woman possibly infected with rabies dies in Latvia

A woman that was possibly infected with rabies has died in Daugavpils, as reported by Disease Prevention and Control. This may be the first death caused by rabies in Latvia since 2003.

Latvian pupils’ mathematics score above average among OECD member states

Latvian pupils’ mathematics skills are reportedly higher than average among member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, according to results of OECD PISA 2018.

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.

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 %.

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.

Ex-LDz chief Magonis claims 500 000 euros was payment for lobbying interests

The ex-chairman of state company Latvian Railway Uģis Magonis has testified in court that the EUR 500 000 was paid to him not as a bribe but as payment for lobbying the interests of Estonian millionaire Oleg Osinovsky’s indirectly owned companies’ interest in Russia, as reported by public media lsm.lv.

European Parliament adopts amendments on poultry imports from Ukraine

The European Parliament invites Ukraine to comply with the trade agreement that provides for a «spirit of trust» with the European Union, stressing that food safety standards apply to all products imported to the EU, as reported by EP representative Jānis Krastiņš.

Zolitude tragedy criminal to be reviewed by new team of judges

On Tuesday, 26 November, Riga City Pardaugava Court will continue viewing Zolitude tragedy case with a new team of judges.

Search at Riga Central Market: firearms, ammunition and EUR 40 560 in cash found

In the criminal case regarding illegal circulation of excise goods, Latvia’s State Police found and confiscated multiple items that resemble firearms, as well as ammunition and EUR 40 560, as confirmed by police.

Latvia’s efforts to achieve climate neutrality may require billions of euros

Latvia has not yet estimated the costs of moving towards climate neutrality, but they may reach billions of euros, said Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry’s deputy state secretary Alda Ozola at the Energy and Climate Plan 2030 – Road towards Sustainable Country forum on Thursday, 21 November.

Ex-president: 13th Saeima is not responsible for previous parliament’s «cuckoo eggs»

Latvia’s ex-president Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga believes there is no reason to dissolve the 13th Saeima.If the previous Saeima left some «cuckoo eggs» for the new parliament before leaving, such as something in legislation, this does not mean the current Saeima is to blame, says the ex-president.

Terrorist attack victim numbers decline, but many countries remain at risk of terrorism

The number of people who died in terrorist attacks around the world had dropped 15.2% in 2018. Nevertheless, the number of countries that are under risk of terrorist attacks has only increased since then, as reported by the Institute for Economics and Peace on Tuesday, 20 November.

State Security Service detains three persons for illegal arms supply to African countries

Latvia’s State Security Service has detained three persons for illegal supplies of arms to African countries under EU and UN sanctions, as mentioned in VDD’s report.

Harmony halts work in Riga City Council coalition until GKR makes up its mind

Political party Harmony’s faction in Riga City Council has decided to halt its work in the coalition until Honour to Service Riga makes up its mind in regards to cooperation with Independent Deputies Faction, as confirmed by Riga City Council’s vice-chairman Anna Vladova on Thursday, 14 November.

Minimal pensions to increase in Latvia next year

On Wednesday, 13 November, Latvia’s Saeima approved in the final reading amendments to the State Pensions Law. These amendments provide for increasing minimal retirement pension amounts in 2020.


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