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Ceturtdiena 28.07.2016 | Name days: Cecīlija, Cilda

SRS: this year’s budget revenue plan is 99.5% completed

The administered budget revenue plan of Latvia’s State Revenue Service for the first six months of 2016 has been completed by 99.5%, according to information from SRS.

Estonia-based drug packaging factory sold to Swiss firm Acino

Japanese drug manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceutical Company has announced the sale of its medication packaging plant operating in Põlva, Estonia, to Swiss drug maker Acino.

Savings accumulated in private pension funds and funded pension plan grow in Latvia

Finances accumulated in state funded pension plan continue to increase in Latvia – the volume of accumulated finances has grown by EUR 102 million in Q2 2016. With that, the overall amount of money in pension funds has exceeded EUR 2.5 billion.

Estonian voluntary troops grow by 380 members this year

A total of 384 volunteers have engaged in Estonian Defence League and its associated military organisations during the first half of 2016.

Latvia’s economy loses EUR 20 million annually because of counterfeit alcohol

Latvia loses EUR 20 million annually because of counterfeit alcohol. Its proportion on the market of strong alcoholic drinks and wine is approximately 9%, as concluded in the report by European Union Intellectual Property Office.

Two Armenian opposition militants surrender after holding police station for week

Following a shoot-out, two men from a group of opposition militants, who have been holding the building of a police station in Yerevan, have surrendered to the police in Armenia.

Dismissed SRS Customs Administration manager Kravalis could be reinstated in his post

It is possible that former head of the State Revenue Service’s Customs Administration Talis Kravalis, who was dismissed in spring 2015, could be reinstated in his post, notes Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola.

Apple iPhone sales drop 15% more

U.S. computer device firm Apple has this week announced that the sales of its flagship handset iPhone have continued to decrease for the second quarter in a row. The U.S. tech giant sold 40.4 million iPhones in the third quarter of the year, slightly above forecasts of 40.02 million.

Education of refugees’ children to be provided by state or municipal institutions

Education of child asylum seekers in Latvia’s primary education institutions should commence within three months of the day their parents submit their application to State Border Guard to be provided with refugee or alternative status in the country.

EU privacy regulators agree to one-year trial of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

The new EU-US data-sending deal - the Privacy Shield, which allows companies to transfer personal data from the EU to the U.S. - will be able to be in place for at least a year, EU member state regulators have stated.

249 cases launched for non-compliance with State Language Law in Latvia

Officials of State Language Centre’s Language Control Department carried out 1,592 state language use inspections in the first half-year of 2016. As a result of said inspections, 249 administrative cases were launched in relation to administrative violations.

Latvian government extends terms of many interior service heads

On Tuesday, 26 July, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers supported the initiative to extend the term for Chief of Latvian State Police Ints Kuzis, Chief of Latvian State Border Guard Normunds Garbars and Chief of Latvian State Fire and Rescue Service Oskars Abolins.

Tragic hostage situation in France

At a church in France on July 26, a priest has been killed during a hostage-taking.

Juncker: Turkey in its current state not to become part of EU

Turkey currently is not ready to become a European Union member state and in case it introduces death penalty accession talks would be stopped immediately, European Commission head Jean Claude-Juncker sated on July 25.

Security experts warn about vulnerability of Apple devices

Developers of eScan anti-virus software warn – a new form of vulnerability of Apple OS has been discovered recently. This vulnerability is similar to ‘Stagefright’ exploit found in Android OS last year.

Lithuanians look for vaccine against meningococcal infection in Latvia

After four children died in Lithuania from meningococcal infection in the first months of 2016, stores of vaccine against this infection ran out quickly in this country. Now Lithuanians look for vaccination options in Latvia, as reported by LNT News.

Heat in Latvia to increase in coming days

Summer-like weather will remain in most of Latvia over the course of the majority of this week. While on Sunday air temperature in Latvia did not climb above +27° C, air temperature is expected to reach +27° C…+30° C in the next couple of days.