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Tuesday 30.06.2015 | Name days: Tālivaldis, Mareks

Banks to be closed in Greece this week

The Greek government has decided with a decree to keep banks closed throughout this week. The decree passed early on June 29 came after the European Central Bank decided not to extend emergency funding for Athens.

Lithuania’s political and economic diary. Lithuania’s equal opportunities

The Lithuanian Parliament has appointed Deputy Culture Minister Agneta Lobačevskytė as the head of the Office of Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson.

Hip-hop battle brings public youth radio to Saeima spotlight

A Saeima committee on Wednesday, June 17, agreed to demand an explanation from the National Electronic Media Council on the compliance to public interest of especially rude content of a hip-hop battle broadcast by the public youth-orientated radio Pieci.lv.

Serbia says Hungary's border fence plans no solution to influx of migrants

Serbian Prime Minister has noted he is «shocked» about Hungary's plans to build a fence in the length of the border between the two states.

Saeima Committee agrees in U-turn on pension recalculation from 2016

Pensions in Latvia that were recalculated with negative capital indexes during the recent economic crisis will be recalculated back starting from 2016 – such an agreement was reached by the Saeima Social and Employment Matters Committee on Wednesday, June 17.

Company digging residual oil pollution demands six million euros from government

With a scandal growing around the project of removing tons of residual oil from ponds in Inčukalns, the contractor Skonto būve is demanding the government to pay six million euros, its management announced on Tuesday.

NATO condemns Russia's «nuclear sabre-rattling»

NATO described on Tuesday, June 16, Russia's plan to modernise its nuclear arsenal by putting more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into service this year as an unjustified and destabilising step.

UGF-allied Head of Pensioners' Federation could demand resignation of government

Chairman of the Latvian Pensioners' Federation presumes that the organisation could demand the resignation of the government of Laimdota Straujuma after the LPF and the government failed to agree on the recalculation of pensions starting 2016.

Political calendar of Latvia. June 15 – 19, 2015

Calendar of political events in Latvia for June 15-19, 2015...

KGB document researchers blame politicians for wasting time of study

The Latvian Saeima had planned last week to pass a law on attributing the supervision of a landmark study of the documents of the Latvian SSR's Committee for State Security (KGB) to the University of Latvia. The vote on the law having been in preparation for two months was then taken off the agenda of the session.

Lithuanian football fans in fury: game chiefs «stink»!

Following the FIFA scandal which led to the resignation of the embattled world soccer chief Sepp Blatter, Lithuanian football fans urge ouster of key men at the top of the Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF). The reason? A dismal performance by the national squad with a negative record of zero goals scored and 16 goals lost in six matches over the last half-a-year.

Case on beaten NATO soldier in Ventspils filed for court

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUProsecutors have this week filed for proceedings at Ventspils' Court the criminal case against three men for the beating a Dutch NATO soldier in 2014.

Estonia drawing up plan to erect thousand boundry markers on control line with Russia

Estonian ministries are drawing up a plan to put up on the temporary control line with Russia 760 border posts and 412 floating border markers. The draft decision is part of a 79-million-euro-worth programme for modernising the Estonian-Russian border, even though the bilateral border treaty has not been ratified yet.

Higher excise tax on alcohol backed at Saeima committee

The Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee of the Latvian Saeima on Wednesday passed for reviewing in the final reading in the Saeima amendments in the Excise Tax law aimed at raising the excise on alcohol from August 1.