Posts published in Day: May 11, 2021

Finance ministry: Tax take up nearly 20 percent on year to Q1 2021

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tax revenue grew nearly 20 percent on year to the first quarter of 2021 (Q1 2021), the finance ministry reports, and totaled €1.77 billion, payable to the Tax and Customs Board (MTA). The tax take increased for three consecutive months, with growth gradually accelerating, the finance ministry says, largely due to the low baseline in spring 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic arrived. Vat payments for Q1 2021 exceeded even Q1…

Electric public minibuses to start driving on streets of Ventspils

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Electrify Ventspils Ltd has built the first electric vans for passenger transport purposes, and their rebuilding work is fully carried out in Latvia, finance institution Altum spokeswoman Sandra Eglīte said May 11. The first two Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans have already been delivered to Ventspils, where they will set out on the streets, while the next two minivans with 21 passenger seats will be delivered in the next few weeks, and the remaining…

Foreign trade turnover of Latvia up 15.8% on year

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau published May 11 show that   in March 2021 the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.84 billion which at current prices was 15.8% larger than a year ago. The exports value of goods was 20.6% higher, but imports value of goods – 11.9% higher. In March Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 1.34 billion, but imported – in the amount of EUR 1.5 billion. Compared to March 2020,…

Police deputy chief suspended from duties

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

On Tuesday, May 11, following a decision received by the Internal Security Bureau (IDB) on alleged fraud in procurements, Deputy Chief of State Police Normunds Krapsis has been suspended from the performance of his duties of office. For the time being, Krapsis’ deputy Lauris Arājs has been appointed to carry out his duties pending further decisions. In June of last year, the Internal Security Bureau (IDB) announced the initiation of criminal proceedings for…

Shipping lines aiming to lay on special cruises in Finland, Sweden, Estonia

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The three major shipping lines which operate ferries and cruises docking in Tallinn have outlined their strategies for the coming summer, with ongoing coronavirus restrictions in mind. These include cruises to Finland and Sweden, as well as those confined to Estonia’s waters. Finnish line Eckerö, which in normal times operates two vessels between Tallinn and Helsinki, is planning additional cruises within Finnish waters. Katrin Sirk Aun, head of Eckerö’s Estonian…

Traffic rules for electric scooters adopted in Latvia

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

On May 11, the government approved amendments to the Road Traffic Regulations (CSN) introducing rules for electric scooters, according to a release by Transport Ministr y. The new CSN framework provides that electric scooters are allowed to go on sidewalks, bicycle trails and lanes, public transport lanes if it is also allowed for bicycles on that section, and on the street. At the same time, the regulatory framework determines that…

Covid case total increases by 659

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

On Tuesday, May 11, Latvia recorded 659 new cases of Covid-19 infection. The new cases of Covid-19 were registered during the previous 24 hours, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 124,960. Of 17,957 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 3.7% were positive, down on the 5.9% rate the day before and just below the 4% rate that…

Government backs dismissal of Dundaga council

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Latvian cabinet confirmed May 11 that it wants the municipal administration of Dundaga district dismissed and will ask Saeima to approve the measure. Under the government’s initiative, a temporary administration will be appointed in Dundaga municipality, which will be headed by Arnis Šults, an official of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, supported by Inta Komisare of the Ministry of Finance. The interim administration will operate until the day when the…

New rules could soon see museums reopening to the public

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Culture Minister Nauris Puntulis (National Alliance) told LTV May 11 he hopes that it might be possible for the public to see live artistic performances in the flesh rather than on screen some time after Midsummer. The Minister stopped well short of making any specific predictions however regarding dates. He acknowledged that in the summer period after Midsummer, vaccinated persons might again be able to attend cultural events organized by private producers in private…

Take care in the sunshine during melanoma awareness month

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Members of the public are being urged not to over-expose themselves to the sun’s rays during the current hot spell, which happens to coincide with a campaign raising awareness of melanoma. Tests are very important for the early diagnosis of melanoma. Olga Valciņa, the head of the Oncology Patients’ Organization “Step Ahead of Melanoma” told LTV May 10, pointing out that this week a number of free consultations with dermatologists are taking place, with…