Latvia: new concert hall to recover investments in 15 years

In the first 15 years after construction of Latvia’s new National Acoustic Concert Hall it will earn Latvia’s national economy a total of EUR 107.6 million, fully compensating investments and creating additional profits of EUR 17.6 million, as concluded in Latvia’s Culture Ministry’s ordered social-economic analysis. According to estimates, the concert hall project’s economic viability…

Latvia: ABLV Bank’s liquidation model still not approved

U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) distances from Latvian Finance and Capital Market Commission’s (FCMC) statement regarding the coordinated liquidation model for ABLV Bank, as noted by the US Embassy in Latvia. FCMC had previously reported that after meeting with representatives from FinCEN the committee saw no obstacles for the execution of FCMC’s…

Latvia: inflation at 3.2-3.4% predicted for April 2019

Compared to March, consumer prices in April possibly grew by 0.6-0.8%, which means annual inflation in Latvia has reached approximately 3.2-3.4%, bank analysts predict. Swedbank’s acting chief economist in Latvia Agnese Buceniece notes that in April, when compared to March, consumer prices increased by 0.6%, whereas annual inflation was approximately 3.2% when compared to April…

Latvia: Deglava Bridge reopens for public transport

Augusta Deglava Overpass was reopened for public transport on May 4. A speed limit of 20 km/h was imposed, however. Riga City Council, Transport Department, Riga City Construction Office, State Police and State Construction Control Office representatives agreed as much on May 3. During the joint meeting, participants discussed the option to reopen the bridge…

Latvia: Swedbank’s profit up in Q1 2019

Swedbank’s profit in Q1, compared to the same period of 2018, grew to EUR 29 million. The reason for this was increased economic activity by the bank’s clients and therefore bigger income for the bank, as reported by the bank’s representative Janis Krops. Net interest income, when compared to Q1 2018, grew by 6%, which…

Latvia: Riga’s public transport company fined EUR 2.4 million in nano-water criminal case

Latvia’s Competition Council has applied a fine of EUR 2.4 million to Riga’s public transport company Rigas satiksme for participating in a prohibited agreement in the so-called nano-water case, as reported by the council on April 24. The Competition Council uncovered a prohibited agreement in two of Rigas satiksme’s price surveys on procurement of nano-technological…

Latvia: Luminor bank invites clients to switch from code cards to safer security tools

Starting from July 2, Luminor bank will begin applying restrictions to payments made using code cards or GO3 code generators. “Because code cards will remain valid until September 10, clients will be able to gradually adapt to more secure authentication tools. Changes are planned because of stricter EU requirements towards clients’ digital authentication to increase…

Latvia: airBaltic commences direct flights from Riga to Stuttgart and Lviv

On March 31, Latvian airline airBaltic launched the second summer route connecting Riga and Stuttgart, Germany. In addition, airBaltic has also started flights between Riga and Lviv, Ukraine. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic, comments: “Our business strategy Destination 2025 foresees even growth of our destination network. We will continue to increase the number…

Latvia: construction costs up in February 2019

Compared to January, the level of construction costs in Latvia rose by 0.4% in February. Maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment increased by 0.8%, prices of building materials by 0.5%, while labor remuneration of workers decreased by 0.1%. In February, the average level of construction costs was mainly influenced by an increase in…

Latvia: too many banks for small market

It is clear there are too many banks for Latvia’s domestic market, said chairman of Finance and Capital Market Commission Peteris Putnins. He admitted that not a single bank present in Latvia worked with just one clientele segment. However, the country’s market is not big enough for them to work as widely as Scandinavian banks,…