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Friday 23.06.2017 | Name days: Līga

Latvia wants to introduce electronic working time tracking in construction

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Commission has expressed unanimous conceptual support for amendments to the Law on Taxes and Duties. These amendments provide for the introduction of electronic working time tracking system in construction, as BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Alleged bomber shot in Brussels central station

In the central station of Brussels, Belgium, soldiers have shot a man suspected he was to detonate explosives, local authorities have stated. The man was shot and later died after reportedly setting off a small explosion on Tuesday, June 20, and no-one else is believed to have been injured.

Expert: pension capital grows, but the Latvia still has a ways to go

«Latvia’s pension system has been named one of the best in the world multiple times. Pension capital in it has grown rapidly over the years. The volume of savings gathered on the 2nd level pension system by the end of Q1 2017 came close to EUR 3 billion. The volume saved on the 3rd level pension system was close to EUR 4 billion,» explains Nordea Pensions Latvia board member Ilja Arefjevs.

June 20 in pictures

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

Businessmen remain worried about availability of qualified workers in Latvia

For a long time now businessmen have been concerned about the lack of qualified labour force in Latvia. Their fears only continue to grow. 64% of interviewed businessmen believe the general availability of required labour force is poor and 33% of businessmen think the situation will only get worse in the future, according to results of Citadele Index.

Baltic States and Slovenia refuse to become hosts for UK-based EU agencies

Only four EU member states – Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Slovenia – do not want to become new host countries for the currently UK-based EU agencies.

CFCA supports Incukalns tar ponds clean-up project

The Central Financing and Contracting Agency has performed a full assessment of the project for the clean-up of historic pollution site – Incukalns tar ponds – and has decided to support continuation of the second stage of the project by forwarding it to the European Commission, as BNN was informed by the agency.

CSB: demand for labour force continues growing

At the end of Q1 2017, there were 15.7 thousand job vacancies in the country, and the indicator has risen by 1.9 thousand or 13.6 %, as compared to Q1 2016, and by 1.3 thousand or 8.7 %, compared to the end of 2016.

Defendant Savisaar intends to run in Estonian local government election

The graft-accused former mayor of Tallinn and ousted leader of Centre Party has stated that he intends to run in Estonian local government elections due this autumn.

Opposition: Lembergs has not been able to perform his duties a long time

After yesterday, when Aivars Lembergs was once again re-elected as mayor of Ventspils, Aivis Landmanis says that «experience shows we have spent ten years working with a chairman who has not been able to perform his duties all this time».

Estonian Taxify applies for operation licence in London

Estonian firm Taxify OÜ that has developed and maintains the informal taxi service platform Taxify is in the process of applying for operating license in the British capital.

Latvian residents have weak knowledge of personal credit history

A quarter of Latvian residents do not know what private credit rating is, according to results of a study performed by the Credit Information Bureau and Snapshots.

CAA: Latvia does not have any real punishments for improper use of UAVs

Use of unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs in Latvia is governed by regulations. However, there are no special punishments for violations associated with use of UAVs, said Director of Civil Aviation Agency Maris Gorodcovs in an interview to LTV.

Sensitive data on millions of Americans have been freely available online

Personal data of close to 200 million citizens of the U.S. have been available online for an unknown period of time after being unintentionally kept on cloud served without access restrictions by a political marketing firm linked to the U.S. Republican Party.

Family of suspected London van attacker shocked about attack on Muslims

Relatives of the man in London taken in custody following a terror attack near a mosque in the British capital, have said they are shocked and devastated after the events.

Coalition takes week-long break from tax reform talks

After going through Finance Ministry’s prepared estimates for tax reform, parties of the ruling coalition in Latvia decided to postpone future talks until 26 June, Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis told journalists after a meeting of ruling parties.

Latvian board game declared the best children’s board game of the year

On 19 June in Hamburg, Germany, winners of the world’s most prestigious board game award Spiel des Jahres in child board game category Kinderspiel des Jahres were announced. Latvian board game Ice Cool, published by Brain Games, was declared as the best board game for children of 2017.

June 19 in pictures

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

Roberts Zile criticizes Juncker Fund operations

Although the European Commission continues talks about accomplishments of Juncker Fund, the grim reality is that most of the money ends up in wealthy EU member states, where there is no lack of investments.

UGF and Harmony votes help put Gatis Truksnis back in power in Jurmala

On Monday, 19 June, Gatis Truksnis was re-elected once again as Mayor of Jurmala.

Amendments to street trading approved to combat grey economy in Latvia

To reduce grey economy in agricultural and food products trading, the Cabinet of Ministers on Monday, 19 June, approved Economy Ministry’s amendments to Cab. Req. for the organization of trade at markets and street vending.

NAF Commander: provocations against NATO troops in Latvia are possible

With the new NATO battalion now stationed in Latvia there are concerns about possible provocations, said Latvian National Armed Forces Commander Leonids Kalnins told Latvijas Radio on Monday, 19 June.

U.S. pledges to deploy troops in Baltics for duration of Zapad

U.S army would deploy three military units totalling up to 600 troops in the Baltic states during the large-scale Russian military exercise Zapad taking place this autumn, the commander of the U.S. army in Europe stated.

airBaltic’s total number of carried passengers up 20%

Latvian airBaltic airline carried 316,915 passengers to destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East in May. This means 20% more passengers than last year.

Air temperature to decline gradually in Latvia this week

At the beginning of the week, weather in Latvia’s western parts will be dictated by high atmospheric pressure area. Under its influence, weather will be somewhat cloudy. Nevertheless, it will be remain appropriately summer-like and dry.

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