Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola from the Union of Greens and Farmers intentionally reports false information and misleads society by claiming that the decision regarding establishment of minimal social fees was the responsibility of the previous governments, says Unity chairman Andris Piebalgs.
«The new Estonian government will continue the previous government’s priorities in foreign and security policy, strengthening cooperation between the European Union and NATO,» – said the new Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas during his meeting with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis.
H5N8 virus – a highly pathogenic form of avian influenza – continues spreading in Europe. Although so far it has been found in wild waterfowl in Sweden and Finland, there is currently no reason for concern in Latvia, says Food and Veterinary Service.
Estonia’s ruling Centre Party «does not dare» stepping out of its co-operation protocol with United Russia, the party represented by Russia’s current political elite, stated deputy chairperson of the centrists and Estonian Education and Research Minister Mailis Reps on December 8.
Norwegian court convicted on December 8 a 66-year-old man with a prison sentence of eight years over child sex abuse in Skype internet communication programme.
The European Central Bank has on December 8 stated that it would continue its quantitative easing programme no less than until December 2017 and would buy bonds for a smaller sum - 20 billion euros a month.
The austerity policy realized in Baltics during the crisis has resulted in some of the lowest budget deficit and debt levels in the European Union. However, Baltics are part of the six EU member states, which includes Luxembourg, Denmark and Slovakia, that are able to fulfil all Maastricht criteria.
An unusual event has become one of Finland’s top media stories on December 7 – national postal service Posti is blamed for «losing» the latest release of social-democratic weekly Demokraatti in its entirety.
This week, 6 December, OP Corporate Bank plc commenced cooperation with Latvijas Gāze in relation to the provision of a loan worth EUR 35 million. The bank acquired rights to provide the loan by winning in Latvijas Gāze tender for re-financing of capital investments.
Over the past year, a small consumer price increase has been registered in Estonia – from November 2015 to November 2016 the country’s consumer price index has risen by a percent. Statisticians evaluate that the key factors behind it have been more expensive fuel, alcohol and tobacco.
Reacting to reports that a number of iPhone users has have experienced battery «fires», U.S. tech giant Apple has this week blamed external factors, not the parts of the device for the accidents.
Russian government stated on December 7 that British commodities trader Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund are jointly acquiring a 19.5% stake in Rosneft, Russia's largest oil firm.
In the first three quarters of 2016, Latvian enterprises were provided with bank loans for a total amount of 1.4 billion euros, which is 40% more when compared with the first nine months of 2015, according to estimates from the Latvian Association of Commercial Banks and Finance and Capital Market Commission.
The European Union over the recent years transferred billions of euros to Ukraine, for the most part as direct budget support and yet EU’s European Court of Auditors stated on December 6 it was unable to say how the money was spent.
Continuing last year’s autumn trend, the volume of cargoes carried by Latvijas dzelzceļš had increased in November. The volume of cargoes transported by rail reached 4.46 million tons or 7.6% more in comparison with November 2015.