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Monday 24.04.2017 | Name days: Nameda, Visvaldis, Ritvaldis

Government decides not to support Ventspils’ involvement in Nord Stream 2

This week, Latvian government decided behind closed doors not to support the involvement of Ventspils Freeport in the Nord Stream 2 project, according to publicly available information.

Estonia to invest millions in IT and technology business development in regions

Close to 160 million euros are planned to be invested in developing the sector of information and communications technologies in Estonia outside larger cities, according to a state budget strategy for 2018-2021 by the Estonian government.

Bite buys Unistars and gains access to 5G frequency

Mobile communications operator Bite has bought telecommunications company Unistars, making a major step towards introducing 5G network in Latvia, as reported by Bite manager Kaspars Buls.

Study: Latvian businessmen feel threatened the most by increasing tax burden

Nearly all Latvian CEOs expect competition to grow in the future. In addition, this will happen in conditions of deficit of qualified workers, according to results of a study performed by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Court in Russia bans Jehovah's Witnesses as extremist organisation

The Supreme Court of Russia has accepted a request by the country’s Justice Ministry to term Jehovah's Witnesses as an outlawed religious organisation - best known for going door-to-door looking for new converts -, considering it to be an extremist group.

Progress in the realization of insolvency reform in Latvia

New regulations listed in the Insolvency Law provide for increasing the role of creditors in the choice of figures supervising legal protection processes, as well as enhancing the work of administrators in supervisory institutions – expanding the capacity and authority of the Insolvency Administration in performance of supervisory functions and raising qualifications of employed administrators, as reported by Justice Ministry.

Demand for Barbie considerably down in Europe and North America

The overall sales of Barbie dolls have fallen 13%, world's largest toy company, American manufacturer Mattel has stated.

Weather in Latvia to be windy and rainy for the next couple of days

The end of this week and beginning of the next will be windy and rainy in Latvia, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Lithuanian MPs deal with smut resolvedly, but is it sign of parliamentarian transparency?

If the Lithuanian lawmakers’ adhering to law and ethics was to be judged by the events from the last couple of weeks, one could conjure up an impression that the Lithuanian legislature is one of the most transparent around – and a whole lot such than the previous parliamentary term.

Riga International Airport will have a new air traffic control tower

Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme promises that Riga International Airport will have a new, modern air traffic control tower in 2013.

Lembergs will fight for his «warm seat» in the mayor’s office

Aivars Lembergs intends to participate in upcoming municipal elections in Ventspils as a mayoral candidate from his party – For Latvia and Ventspils.

Latvia’s financed loan volume increased by 72 million euros in Q1

In Q1 2017, loans worth more than EUR 94 million were issued through Latvian loan platforms, according to data compiled by Latvian Association of Alternative Financial Services.

April 20 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

Number of passengers carried by airBaltic grows 12%

Latvian national airBaltic airline carried 224,921 passengers to destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East in March. This means a 12% increase in comparison with last year, BNN was told by the airline.

Birth rates in Latvia 6.9% behind previous year

Compared to the same period one year ago, 365 children fewer were born in Latvia in Q1 2017, which means a drop of 6.9 %.

Study: Latvia has become one of the centres for Russian organized crime

Russian organized crime groups, which often have ties to Kremlin, have varied their activities in Europe, including Latvia. This is why European institutions should consider them more of a security, not crime problem, as concluded in a study by British researcher Mark Galeotti* published by European Council on Foreign Relations.

Estonian state securities’ fund increases profits to 1.2 million euros

The gross revenue of the Estonian state securities and business support fund Kredex grew 16% reaching 7.1 million euros last year, while profits rose to 1.2 million euros, which is a 20% increase.

New CEO of Riga Freeport to have a major wage increase

Riga Freeport authority plans to announce a personnel selection process to find a new CEO for the Freeport, said Mareks Gailitis, advisor to chairman of the board of Riga Freeport Andris Ameriks.

20 asylum seekers resettled from Greece to Latvia

As part of the European Union’s resettlement programme, twenty people were relocated from Greece to Latvia on Wednesday, 19 April. Ten of those people are children, as reported by Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

Estonia to impose banks with 14% advance income tax

Amending the Estonian income tax system, the country’s government has decided to push for a 14-percent advance income tax on banking institutions’ profits.

SEA organizes Vacancies Fair to help job seekers find work

Latvian State Employment Agency continues accepting applications from different employers for participation in the Vacancies Fair.

Riga to commemorate victims of Chernobyl disaster

Next week there will be a special event organized at P.Stradins Clinical University Hospital to commemorate the victims of Chernobyl disaster, as reported by chairman of Latvian Union Chernobyl Arnolds Arvaldis Verzemnieks.

Tusk sees his questioning in Polish intelligence case as «witch-hunt»

As political differences increase between the EU’s European Council President Donald Tusk and the ruling political elite of Poland, Tusk has been questioned in his homeland in a case related to alleged cooperation between Polish and Russian secret services.

Murniece: we will never recognize the unlawful annexation of Crimea

Latvia strictly stands in favour of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and will continue providing practical support to the Ukrainian people, said Saeima speaker Inara Murniece and members of the parliament’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee on Wednesday, 19 April.

Latvia and other EU member states will form European Public Prosecutor’s Office

Following an announcement about Latvia’s readiness to participate more closely in the creation of European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs has sent an official letter to the European Parliament, EU Council and European Commission.