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11 timber procurement candidates fined for cartel activities

Latvian Competition Council has decided to punish 11 companies that had coordinated their offers with competitors in the timber procurement project launched by Latvia’s State Forests. The total size of the fine applied to companies is EUR 70,003.44.

Personal code provision to no longer be tied to birth date

Latvian Cabinet of Ministers supported amendments to the Resident Register Law. These amendments provide for new requirements for the provision of personal codes. From now on, it will no longer be tied to birth date.

Is Lithuania to lose long-cherished status of maritime nation?

Dry-bulk operator shipper Lithuanian Shipping Company has been so deep in trouble that Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius was forced to cut short his vacation and rush to Vilnius to salvage the bankrupting company’s seamen stranded in ports scattered across the globe –in the United States, Portugal, Africa and Italy.

MH370 plane crash investigators hopeful on debris found in Indian Ocean island

In the remote Indian Ocean island of Reunion, debris has been washed up on July 29 that, according to specialists, could be part of the Malaysian passenger plane that in March 2014 vanished with 239 people on board.

NEMC penalizes piece.lv radio for offensive expressions

On 30 July, National Electronic Media Council unanimously voted in favour of applying a fine on Latvijas Radio – EUR 8,000 – for voicing offensive expressions during a broadcast of "Pilnīgs Vakars", a programme of Latvijas Radio 5 - Pieci.lv radio.

EU to continue farm aid with Russian food import ban extended

The EU announced on July 30 it will continue aid for exporters of dairy produce, fruit and vegetables into 2016 to soften the impact of a Russian ban on those goods.

PHOTO: opening of Castle of Light restaurant «Klīversala»

The final chosen name for the restaurant of the Castle of Light will be Klīversala, as confirmed by Lauris Strenge, member of the board of OZRT, the restaurant’s manager.

Protest-free removal of sensitive Soviet sculptures analysed in Lithuania

Last week in Vilnius, a sensitive symbol of the Soviet rule – statues of the Green Bridge – was removed. The long-prepared and much-discussed step was received without protests from the Russian-speaking community, unlike the relocation of the Bronze Soldier in Estonia in 2007.

Latvian coalition partners allow for possible government change

Even though all current coalition partners say they are not interested in government change, politicians allow for the possibility unofficially, adding that there will not likely be any changes in the coming month.

Latvians satisfied with euro quality but complain about small change

The majority of Latvians have gotten used to euro; they are satisfied with euro design, quality and security. They also note benefits with using euro – no need to exchange currency when travelling and relatively similar prices. At the same time, however, residents complain about the size of change.

Kazakhstan bans imports of Latvian, Estonian fish produce

Kazakhstan has issued a ban on imports of Estonian and Latvian fish products based on Russian findings of Russian food safety watchdog.

Estonian Chancellor of Justice deems planned prison smoking ban unconstitutional

Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs has unveiled plans to ban smoking in prisons, while the country's Chancellor of Justice evaluates that the right to smoke is constitutionally protected.

Deputy Chief of SP Criminal Investigation Office dismissed from his post

Due to the criminal process launched by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, deputy Chief of Criminal Investigation Office Gatis Gudermanis has been dismissed from his post.

Russia's rouble down to four-month low against euro

Affected by growing global oil oversupply and falling oil prices, Russia's national currency – the rouble – has hit a four-month low against the euro.

Submission of candidates for post of NEMC Chairman open until 28 August

On 28 August, Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee announced the opening for submission of candidates for the post of Chairman of the National Electronic Media Council. Submission of candidates will remain open until 28 August.

State Police arrest 66 bribers in Zemgale region

Thanks to enhanced bribery-combating measures, Zemgale region’s State Police have managed to arrest a total of 66 individuals for bribery in the first half of 2015, as reported by Zemgale administration of State Police.

Fake Apple smartphone factory persecuted in China

Chinese police has raided a factory blamed for producing around 41 000 counterfeit Apple iPhones.

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