airBaltic rolls out Lithuanian paint job
Latvian airline airBaltic has completed a full set of planes in the colors of the flags of the Baltic states, on August 8 revealing a jetliner in the Lithuanian colors to go with the already extant Latvian and Estonian flag liveries on other Airbus A220-300 planes, as previously reported by LSM.
5G not yet ready for widespread public use in Latvia says telecoms boss
The new-generation 5G Internet network is not intended for general public use yet, but rather for the management of industrial and technological processes, according to Juris Binde, president of the mobile telecoms operator "Latvijas Mobilais telefons" (LMT), speaking in an interview on LTV and Latvian Radio July 19.
Green energy producers contend with possible aid suspension in Latvia
The majority of the 134 green energy producers, whom the Ministry of Economics have threatened with aid suspension, have submitted the document specifications demanded by the Ministry, reported LSM's Latvian service on July 2. If this turns out to be enough, the state will continue buying electricity at a higher price from these producers. It is already known, however, that 13 producers will lose state support in July. 
Sweet manufacturer "Skrīveru saldumi" in 75 000 euro tax debt
The sweet manufacturer “Skrīveru saldumi” has come to the attention of the State Revenue Service (VID). The company has a tax debt of several tens of thousands of euros. In order to ensure that the debt does not increase, VID has forbidden the company to register any new commercial pledges. The company has already agreed with the State Revenue Service on the debt repayment schedule, reported LSM's Latvian service on June 26.

As of the beginning of June 2019, “Skrīveru saldumi” has a debt of more than 75 000 euros. “It's a big number, I agree. But if we look at the total amount of taxes we pay per year, which is 600 thousand, then on average it makes up one month's tax. The number is great, but it's one month,” noted Oskars Brediks, board member of “Skrīveru saldumi”.
Magazine probes donations to political parties in Latvia
Since 2006, when the foundation was laid for the mandatory procurement component (MPC) system, MPC businessmen have donated 1 333 122 euros to political parties, as reported by the Ir news weekly, said LETA on June 27. The MPC is a controversial surcharge on electricity tariffs that was originally intended to promote the growth of green energy but which has come under severe criticism after allegations the system is being widely abused.
Plan to build passenger terminal worth 2 million euros at Liepāja Airport
There are plans to build a new passenger terminal at Liepāja Airport, which could cost around two million euros, said Gints Ginters, Head of the Business Development Department of the Liepāja Special Economic Zone (SEZ), reported LSM's Latvian service on June 25.

He said that the passenger terminal needs to be built to provide a modern and convenient passenger and luggage service for the current Latvian national airline “airBaltic” flight, as well as planned future schedules and charter flights.
Despite construction work, the Āgenskalns market is thriving
While the market pavilion is being refurbished, retail is rife in the market yard.

It comes as a great surprise to many that the Āgenskalns market continues working. Indeed, ahead of the midsummer festival, the Āgenskalns market yard had offered all the necessities for celebrating Līgo.
Ministry of Agriculture wants felling of thinner trees
After a two year interruption, the Ministry of Agriculture (ZM) are again advancing amendments to the Cabinet of Ministers regulations regarding the felling of trees, reported LSM's Latvian service on June 12. The changes include, among other things, allowing the felling of younger and thinner trees in Latvian forests. Environmental organizations call for a halt to the advancements and urge the creation of a working group to resume discussions of environmental risks. Meanwhile, forest owners point out that, together with felling regulations, stricter rules for reforestation are being advanced.
People with disabilities open a cafe in Rīga
The “RB Cafe”, opening on June 12, is a brand new example of social entrepreneurship, a business model that aims to solve various social problems and benefit the community at large. The cafe, on Bruņinieku iela 63, has employed seven individuals with disabilities.
"Latvian Railways" chief convinced board will continue its work
The board of the State JSC “Latvian Railways” will continue its work, said Edvīns Bērziņš, the chairman of the board of the company, speaking about the anticipated council meeting, in which the dismissal of two board members – Aivars Strakšas and Ainis Stūrmanis – was to be discussed.
Linstow sells Galerija Centrs shopping mall for €75m
The real estate developer Linstow Center Management (Linstow) has sold Galerija Centrs shopping mall in Old Rīga to Baltic Horizon Fund real estate fund for €75 million, Newsec consultancy, which arranged the deal, told LETA May 28.
Latvian businesses upbeat on recent tax reforms
Latvian business owners have positively rated the tax payment and administration process, according to the latest Citadele Index survey of business owners conducted by Citadele Bank and SKDS.
Fintech company Mintos launches Baltic Sea environmental fund
Latvian Fintech company Mintos said April 15 it is launching the "Mintos Impact Fund", the first initiative of which will be cleaning up the Baltic Sea together with Pasaules Dabas Fonds (the local associated partner of WWF) and WWF Deutschland.