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Contract signed for reconstruction of Island Bridge complex

On Monday, 13 February, Emils Jakrins, acting head of Riga City Council’s Transport Department, signed a contract with the Central Finance and Contracting Agency for EU fund’s project for the reconstruction of the Island Bridge complex.

Avalanche claims lives in French Alps’ ski resort

Four snowboarders have died in an avalanche at a mountain resort in the French Alps, while being in an off-piste area.

Augulis and Ushakovs agree on cooperation in Rail Baltica’s realization

Transport Minister Uldis Augulis and Mayor of Riga Nils Ushakovs intend to sign a cooperation memorandum on cooperation in in the realization of the Rail Baltica project in the capital.

Man in Austria arrested for looking like Hitler

Police in Austria has arrested a lookalike of Nazi German leader Adolf Hitler on suspicion of glorification of the Nazi regime.

E-health system still requires improvements

The e-health system can continue functioning, but an improvement plan needs to be developed for the system because its functionality and overall purpose has deviated from their original requirements, as reported by Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry representative Laura Jansone.

Multiple Latvians living in Britain receive deportation notifications

Multiple Latvian citizens living in Britain are waiting to be deported back to Latvia. This is because they had previously ignored notifications from the British Foreign Affairs Ministry. The ministry has begun taking strict measures against immigrants. If an immigrant fails to submit an official place of work or residents, authorities can decide on their deportation from the country, LNT News TOP 10 programme reports.

February 13 in pictures

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

VNT contribution to Ventspils Freeport remains the highest among other operators

In January 2017, VNT transshipped 681 thousand tons – more than double than the transshipped volume in December 2016 and 25 % more than the combined liquid cargo volume transshipped in the Ventspils Freeport in December 2016.

Expert: political turbulence creates risks of uncertainty for economy

«Global low inflation environment is beginning to change, but slowly. Price pressure remains low because there is no stable labour pay growth. Deflation risk remains low as well because national economies of many countries are close to normal resource-usage level. Inflation expectations have increased as well,» BNN was told by SEB macroeconomics expert Dainis Gaspuitis.

Calendar of cultural and sport events in Lithuania. Ceremony of the Trumpeter of Independence

BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week between February 13 and February 19.

17.8% decline registered in construction sector in 2016

Compared to 2015, construction output declined by 17.8 % in 2016, according to calendar adjusted data. Construction output at current prices amounted to 1425.9 million euros.

Nekā Personīga: real authors of Vaskevics’ film say most facts were fabricated

Initial author of ‘Neērtais Vaškevičs, uzbrukums valstij’ [Inconvenient Vaskevics, attack on country] Nataliya from Moscow has turned to Nekā personīga, saying that most of the facts mentioned in the film were fabricated.

Estonia’s military industry sees U.S. as largest export market

Estonian manufacturers of defence products see the largest export potential in the U.S., where considerable deals have been reached.

Puce: Ushakovs is creating waste management monopoly in Riga

«By creating a joint enterprise with a single waste manager for 20 years, Riga City Council creates a monopoly in waste management sector,» says head of For Latvia’s Development party Juris Puce.

SRS: income from capital growth has to be declared before 15 February

Persons whose income from capital asset disposal in January 2017 exceeded EUR 711.44 are to submit income declarations before 15 February, as reported by State Revenue Service.

Close to 30,000 young Estonians not going to school or work

Estonia is seeking with a special programme to motivate a fifth of its population aged 15 to 29 to take up learning or find a job.

Keris: funding from solidarity tax should be used to finance healthcare

Additional funding for healthcare could be found in finances collected from solidarity tax and 2nd level pensions, said manager of Latvian Health and Social Care Workers Union Valdis Keris in an interview to Rīta Panorāma.

Switzerland rejects plan to safeguard foreign companies from swift tax increase

In a weekend referendum, Swiss voters have opposed a government plan to reform the country's corporate tax system in a way that would safeguard foreign companies from a swift tax increase.

Rinkevics: Latvia and Azerbaijan should work on trade decline prevention

«Considering the trade decline between Latvia and Azerbaijan, it is important to work on restoring it. Therefore we are interested in cooperation development in the field of transport and logistics,» says Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics.

Unstable weather expected in Latvia this week; ice to form on roads

On Monday, 13 February, weather in Latvia will be dictated by the south-west side of an active cyclone. A warm atmospheric front will pass over Latvia. It will bring snow and wet snow to eastern regions. Ice will form on roads.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuania mulls minimum needs basket of 240-250 euros

The Lithuanian Government is considering introducing a minimum needs basket of around 240 to 250 euros that will show what minimum monthly income a person needs to survive.

BNN summary of the week: Grigule leaves, Lithunia no longer an outsider, gas get single bill

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories, including change, business, fight, truth, growth and future.

Latvia has third lowest minimal wage in EU

Minimal monthly wage amount was set in 22 EU member states on 1 January 2017. Latvia has the third lowest minimal wage in the EU, according to data from Eurostat.

Photos of the week, 10.02.2017

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

Abolins: NEPLP concerned about Latvijas Radio’s situation

«National Electronic Mass Media Council is very concerned over the situation at Latvijas Radio. Recent meetings and discussions have left the impression that LR does not function as a team. Such a situation is unacceptable. The council expects explanations, an action plan and specific solutions,» – says council member Ivars Abolins.