The rate of global economic growth is around 4 per cent per year, as a result of which the situation on the labor markets is improving and the profits of enterprises are increasing. The tax revenues are also increasing, often faster than GDP.
According to the latest Eurostat data, hourly labor costs rose by 2.5 per cent in the Eurozone and by 2.7 per cent in the EU28 in the Q3’18 y/y. The corresponding numbers for the Q2’18 were 2.3 per cent and 2.7 per cent respectively.
This year Latvian tax authorities are investigating 131 money laundering cases. Recently, the European Central Bank has decided to increase its supervision of European banks at high risk of money laundering, including Latvian banks.