In a government meeting, the ministers agreed on the most significant matters regarding next year's budget - to increase the minimum wage, to implement the differentiated non-taxable minimum, and to increase the general non-taxable minimum.
A delegation of U.S. Senators is visiting Latvia to participate in the inauguration ceremony for the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence.
The annual Rīga City Festival, this year marking the 814th anniversary of the City of Rīga and the 815th anniversary of the Rīga Port, was attended by more than 300,000 people during the weekend. The Rīga City Council informs that this is a record high number.
Latvian beach volleyball pair Aleksands Samoilovs and Jānis Šmēdiņš triumphed at the 2015 European Beach Volleyball Championship. In the final match, Samoilovs/Šmēdiņš beat Italy's Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula 2-0 (21:18, 21:18).
In the first five months, exports of goods continued to grow reaching a 2.0% increase year-on-year. The fastest growth rate was observed for machinery and electrical equipment, products of chemical industry, building materials, paper and cardboard products, as well as plastic products.
Latvian pop-rock band "Brainstorm" opened their tour of Latvia "7 Steps of Fresh Air" with a concert in Jelgava that was attended by more than 23,000 people.The summer tour includes concerts in Jelgava, Ventspils, Valmiera and Rīga.
Following Latvia’s first Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs have received many positive words for a successful organisation and running of the Presidency at high professional standards from colleagues in European Union Member States and other cooperation partners.
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Sumner Welles Declaration, Professor Paulis Lazda presented a lecture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs entitled “Latvia's Uninterrupted de iure Independence: Sumner Welles' Policy of Denying the Legitimacy of the Soviet Russian Occupation”.
Preliminary demographic indicators of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that during the first six months of 2015, 4,765 marriages were registered in Latvia, which is 544 marriages or 13 percent more than during the first six months of 2014.
72 percent of Latvia's residents use e-services, of which 60 percent use e-services offered by public institutions, according to a survey carried out by the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry and "Aptauju centrs" research center.
Research shows that Rīga is ranked as the best in the four star hotel category according to Switzerland's "PwC" "Online reputations - Why hotel reviews matter and how hotels respond" data.