Finance Latvia Association head quits to take up World Bank job
Sanda Liepiņa the Chief Executive Officer and Chairwoman of the Management Board of the Finance Latvia Association (FLA), will leave her post on June 28 to start working at the World Bank Group in Washington DC, USA, FLA said in a statement June 18.
900 businesses in danger of liquidation
About 900 business are at risk of liquidation for not revealing their true beneficiaries, warned Guna Paidere, the chief notary of The Register of Enterprises of the Republic of Latvia, as reported by LSM's Latvian service June 17.
Preserving and renewing forests is no easy task, say owners
Both forest workers and owners agree that the restoration and preservation of woodland is a difficult task. There is often a shortage of resources as well as knowledge and experience, and wildfires and wildlife also play a negative role. Although it is often believed that forests can grow and survive without human intercession, this happens to be a far cry from truth. In order to draw attention to this, the Latvian Forest Owners' Association is organizing for the third year already the “Best Forest” competition, reported LSM's Latvian service on June 17.
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 annual inflation 3.3% in May
The latest data released  by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) on June 10 show that in May 2019, compared to May 2018, the average level of consumer prices rose by 3.3 %.
Central banker Rimšēvičs gives new forecasts, but focus is elsewhere
Latvian central bank chief Ilmārs Rimšēvičs took center stage for the first time in months June 7 at a press conference that was supposed to be about macroeconomic forecasts - but found himself upstaged by a protester who managed to stand next to him at the heart of the central bank while displaying an embarrassing placard.
"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.
Free bicycle "driving test" as part of Rga Bike Week
From June 4 to June 7, Riga Bike Week is taking place at the Riga Motormuseum. As part of the event, children, adolescents, and adults will have an opportunity to pass a free bicycle driver's test. Three theoretical tests are scheduled for each of the four days. The limit of participants for each test is 15.
Anti-graft office finds eight parties didn't report all campaign expenses
The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has completed analysis of 16 political parties and associations' income and expenditure statements for a period leading up to the 13th Saeima elections, and concluded that the parties had failed to disclose information on €79,183 in total as well as information about illegal donations received by the parties in the amount of €7,551, the bureau told the press.
Retail enjoyed strong April in Latvia
Calendar adjusted data (at constant prices) compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) and released May 30 show that, compared to April 2018, in April 2019 total retail trade turnover rose by 7.0 %. 
OECD: Latvia should reduce inequality, develop green economy
The Latvian economy is doing well and catching up with more developed countries, but efforts should focus on reducing inequality, responding to the challenges posed by an ageing population and making growth greener, according to two new reports from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
New banknotes in circulation across Eurozone
If you're the sort of high-roller who is regularly peeling off large-denomination banknotes and slapping them into the pot while holding aces over kings, then you'll want to familiarize yourself with the new €100 and €200 banknotes that enter circulation across the Eurozone, of which Latvia is a part, from today.