Business news from Ukraine

Nova Poshta opens its first branch in Latvia

Nova Poshta Group has launched the first Nova Post branch in Latvia – in its capital Riga, the group’s press service said on Friday.

According to the company’s press release on Friday, the Nova Post branch in Riga, which is open seven days a week, allows customers to receive and send documents, parcels and cargo up to 100 kg to Ukraine.

The cost of delivery to Latvia from Ukraine is: UAH 250 for documents, as well as UAH 400, UAH 600 and UAH 1.2 thousand for parcels up to 2 kg, 10 kg and 30 kg, respectively. When sending a parcel from 30 to 100 kg, 40 UAH is paid for each kilogram.

It is noted that the delivery time from Ukraine to Latvia or vice versa is 5 days.

In addition, there is a courier call service in Latvia through the Nova Poshta app.

“You can call a courier through the website and mobile application. Delivery or pickup by courier from the address is an additional UAH 100 for shipments up to 30 kg or UAH 250 for every 100 kg,” the company said.

Nova Poshta has already opened 68 branches in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Germany, Slovakia, and Moldova, and plans to open in Hungary, Italy, France, and Austria by the end of the year.

As of the beginning of July 2023, the Nova Poshta network in Ukraine included more than 10 thousand branches and more than 14 thousand post offices.

The group of companies includes Ukrainian and foreign companies, including Nova Poshta, NP Logistic, NovaPay payment system and Nova Poshta Global.


Chairman of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to visit Latvia

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk will be on a working visit to the Republic of Latvia on July 9-10, according to the press service of the Ukrainian parliament.
“The main purpose of the visit is to achieve international consensus on Ukraine’s path to NATO on the eve of the Vilnius summit of the Alliance, to strengthen assistance to Ukraine in countering the aggressor, support on the path of European integration,” the report said.
In Riga Stefanchuk will take part in the Summit of the heads of the parliaments of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the Sejm of the Republic of Poland and Ukraine. This meeting will be the last high-level parliamentary event ahead of the NATO summit, which will be held July 11 in Vilnius.
The visit also includes meetings with newly elected Latvian President Edgars Rinkevics, former President Egils Levits, and talks with Latvian Saeima Speaker Edvards Smiltens and Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins.


Latvia elected new president

Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich nominated by New Unity has been elected president of Latvia in the third round of voting in the Saeima.
Fifty-two deputies voted for Rinkevich, the minimum required being 51 votes.
Uldis Pilens, the United List candidate, received 25 votes in the third round.


President of Ukraine replaces ambassadors to Bulgaria, Latvia

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, by his decrees dated December 23, replaced the ambassadors of Ukraine to the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Latvia.
By decree No. 879/2022, the head of state dismissed Vitaliy Moskalenko from the post of Ambassador of Ukraine to Bulgaria and by decree No. 880/2022 appointed Olesia Ilaschuk to this post.
Also, by decree No. 881/2022, Zelensky dismissed Oleksandr Mischenko from the post of ambassador to Latvia.
“To appoint Anatoliy Kutsevol as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Latvia,” decree No. 882/2022 says.

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Ukraine International Airlines (UIA, Kyiv) has reached an agreement on wet-leasing of medium-haul Boeing 737-900 aircraft to the Latvian carrier airBaltic, the Ukrainian carrier said.

From May 1, the aircraft and crews of the Ukrainian airline will begin to be based at Riga Airport to serve the partner flight network, UIA said in a statement on Monday.

At the same time, it is specified that the UIA aircraft will provide connection to a number of European airBaltic destinations. In particular, the plane is booked for flights to Berlin, Madrid, Brussels, Oslo, Copenhagen and other destinations.

According to the press release, four crews of the Ukrainian carrier (28 people in total) will be involved in the operational work of the UIA aircraft on the partners’ routes. The aircraft will operate flights with the UIA corporate color and livery preserved, as well as the crews will work in the original uniform of the Ukrainian airline.

According to the terms of the contract, a service representative of the Latvian carrier will be present on each UIA flight on airBaltic routes.

“We are sincerely glad that our European partners are helping both the Ukrainian state and businesses with a clear, absolutely transparent support for Ukraine. This is especially true amid recent UIA compliance decision not to wet-lease its aircraft to operators who continue flying to Russia. Let this narrow down the scope of opportunities, but it is fully consistent with our morals,” UIA CEO Yevhen Dykhne is quoted in the message.

The deadline for operation of the UIA aircraft in the airBaltic fleet is currently being specified by partners.

Maintenance of Boeing 737-900 as part of the airBaltic fleet will be carried out by UIA foreign contractors.

The Ukrainian airline, as a long-term IOSA certified operator, will ensure operation in accordance with all international operational safety standards.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting in Kyiv with President of Poland Andrzej Duda, President of Latvia Egils Levits, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda and President of Estonia Alar Karis, who are visiting Ukraine.
“The heads of state held a meeting in the format of a working lunch,” the press service of the President of Ukraine reports.
After the talks are over, the presidents will talk to media representatives.

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