BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Business; Fight; Decline and Growth.
On Saturday, 25 March, Latvia’s Saeima will take part in the Earth Hour movement. The building’s façade lighting will be switched off for one hour, joining millions of people and organizations around the world in this event.
This year, Competition Council provided positive conclusion in regards to recovery of trust to two companies previously punished for cartel agreement.
«If the party’s list enters the city council, our candidates will definitely not work with Lembergs,» said Girts Valdis Kristovskis in an interview to Latvijas Radio.
Although the company does not experience the lack of quality labour force, when announcing vacancies it becomes clear that population density in regions continues to decline, and this makes it harder to find young specialists for work in regions, said Andis Pinkulis, CEO of Sadales tīkls, in an interview to BNN.
Estonia’s national airline Nordica has stated it would not follow the recent U.S. and British ban on such computer devices as tablets and lap-tops from being brought onto passenger cabin on flights.
«We’re hoping for more intensive economic cooperation and diversification of exports of Latvian goods, as well as attraction of investments from Canada. Canadian investors are awaited in Latvia,» says Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics.
Lending volumes in Latvia may increase because of changes to the country’s tax system, says governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmars Rimsevics.
Latvia’s export and import volume this January was below what was noted in Lithuania and Estonia. The largest foreign trade balance deficit among Baltic States was noted in Estonia.
The shrinkage of Lithuanian population is nowhere close to a halt. In fact, the recent numbers by the Lithuanian Statistics and Eurostat, the European Union‘s statistics agency, purport the opposite: exodus has picked up last year - 50,000 Lithuanian citizens left the country for a better life abroad, up from 44,500 in the previous year.
The proportion of HIV-infected tuberculosis patients in Latvia is 17.4%, which is the highest not only among Baltic States, but also Europe, as mentioned by Jurijs Perescikovs, director of Disease Prevention and Control Centre’s Infection Risk Analysis Department in a discussion dedicated to the World Tuberculosis Day.
On Friday, 24 March, high atmospheric pressure will remain in the country. Because of that, some clouds will be seen in the sky, wind speed will stay moderate, and air temperature will rise to +3° C…+8° C, as reported by the State Environmental, Geology and Meteorology Centre.
Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis hopes to find a new manager for the State Chancellery within the next two weeks.
International business accelerator company InnoEnergy has opened an office in Latvia. This objective of this company is preparing new and innovative technologies developers for attraction of investments as part of InnoEnergy accelerator.
The Bank of Latvia has increased its inflation outlook for 2017 from 1.6% to 2.7%, as reported by the bank’s press-service.
Latvia’s Competition Council has permitted two mutually associated deals to be performed by W.P.Carey and Kesko, allowing the two concerns to acquire decisive influence over Lithuanian Baltic Retail Properties and three companies registered in Latvia – K Prof, Polo LS and Daugavkrasts M.
Estonian military transport manufacturer Milrem has made a joint product with Norwegian weapon-maker Kongsberg and British remote system producer Qinetiq North America.
Experts view Finance Ministry’s proposal to divert certain parts of the social budget to pay for certain healthcare services. Welfare Ministry is especially cautious about this proposal.
Publication of information about disciplinary penalties applied to judges, their names and surnames will no longer be prohibited, as stated by amendments to the Judicial Disciplinary Liability Law supported by the Saeima in the first reading on Thursday, 23 March.
Cyber criminals are becoming more and more cunning and their fraudulent e-mails – harder and harder to differentiate from real ones. Internet users open up to 30% of fraudulent e-mail letters, explains eScan antivirus developers.