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Sunday 26.04.2015 | Name days: Rūsiņš, Sandris, Alīna

Judges decide to propose Bickovics for the post of Chairperson of the Supreme Court

Today, April 24th, Judges of the Supreme Court of Justice proposed the current Chairperson Ivars Bickovics as an official candidate.

Report: Switzerland is the happiest country in the world

Switzerland has become the happiest country in the world, followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada, according to a report by UN experts.

Lithuanian liberals revive idea of holding referendum on dual citizenship

Still high from windfall in March 1 municipal election, Lithuania’s Liberal Movement fans the flames with an initiative on legalizing dual citizenship in the country.

EU decides to triple funding to migrant search and rescue work in the Mediterranean

To triple funding for migrant search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean – such a decision was agreed upon by European Union heads of state and government at a meeting on Thursday, April 23, in Brussels.

Producer price level in Latvia down by 0.1%

Compared to February, the level of producer prices in the Latvian industry dropped by 0.1% in March 2015.

Healthcare Ministry re-elects the same people in boards of four hospitals

The selection process for management posts in multiple hospitals has concluded in Latvia. Healthcare Ministry has once again re-elected the same people in posts of four hospital management boards.

Brussels suggests empowering states to ban use of GMOs in food products

To empower member states to ban use of genetically modified organisms in human and animal food products – this has been suggested in a proposal by the European Commission on Wednesday, April 22.

Euro value remains at recent-weeks' level, oil prices stabilise

With eurozone quantitative easing in full swing, the value of the single currency has remained in its level of the past few weeks.

Transit through Estonia decreases, while Latvia and Finland experience higher transit volumes

The volume of goods carried through Estonia is declining, while Latvia and Finland have managed to ensure an increase in transit, Estonian Logistics and Transit Association evaluates.

Birth rates and marriages on a rise in Latvia

Over the last four years, the number of annually registered marriages has increased in Latvia from 10.8 thousand in 2011 to 12.5 thousand in 2014. During the first quarter of this year, 1,757 marriages have been concluded in Latvia, which is 307 marriages or 21% more than in first quarter of 2014.

Tallinn hosts NATO cybersecurity drill

This week the Estonian capital Tallinn hosts annual NATO cybersecurity drill, where 400 participants from 16 countries gather to increase their skills in countering cyberattacks.

Expert: first projects to use EU funding to be announced in June

Although the planning period for the use of EU funds had begun in 2014, the first projects that involve resources from the new programme will be launched in June 2015, says Eurofondi.lv consultant Natalija Kozemjakina.

Poland announces plans to buy surface-to-air missile systems

Poland has announced that it plans to buy surface-to-air missiles from the U.S. Polish President announced the move after reports that Russia has stationed missiles in its exclave of Kaliningrad.

Swedbank: risks for Baltic States are tied to developments in Russia

The forecast for Latvia’s economic growth in 2015-2016 remains unchanged. The country’s GDP, on the other hand, is expected to grow 1.9% in 2015, which is mostly because of consumption by Latvian households, wage rise and weak inflation, as concluded in Swedbank’s latest economic forecast.

Last year’s budget deficit in Latvia was 1.4% of GDP

General government budget deficit at the end of 2014 comprised EUR 347 million or 1.4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The general government consolidated gross debt comprised EUR 9 633.2 million or 40.0 % of the GDP.

Dreimane appeals the decision to revoke her access to official secrets

This Monday, April 20th, Director of Latvian State Chancellery Elita Dreimane submitted an appeal to Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers against the decision of the Constitution Protection Bureau to revoke her access to official secrets.