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European Commission proposes banning eel fishing in Baltic Sea

The European eel is a critically endangered fish species. Their population has declined 95% in the past three decades. Efforts to protect the eel have so far been unsuccessful. This is why stricter measures are needed to safeguard the endangered species. To prevent the species from going extinct, the European Commission proposes banning eel fishing in the Baltic Sea.

Estonian combined power plant receives LNG boiler unit

The Paide combined power plant in Estonia, which mostly produces energy from burning wood chips, has received a new liquefied natural gas boiler unit for covering demand in peak periods.

Rapid wage increase observed in Baltics; highest increase noted in Estonia

In Q2 2017, all Baltic States had experienced a moderately rapid rise of average wages. The highest increase was noted in Estonia, followed by Latvia and Lithuania, according to data from Baltic statistical bureaus.

Estonia refuses to accredit reporters from Russian state-owned news agency

Estonia has denied accreditation to journalists from the Russian state-owned news agency Rossija Segodnja, who have sought to attend a meeting of European Union foreign ministers due to take place in Tallinn in early September.

Studying youngsters under 21 to be eligible for benefits from 1 September onward

Cases in which youngsters are taught primary, secondary, vocational or special education, benefits will be available until they reach the age of 21, as confirmed by Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs.

Bug in Instagram software used to access celebrity contact details

American social network Instagram has stated that a bug in its software has allowed cyber-attackers to access the phone numbers and e-mail addresses of its users, mainly a number of celebrities.

Kaimins requests checking Lembergs’ activities in Business Development Association

Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimins has asked the Prosecutor General’s Office, State Audit, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau and State Revenue Service to check Aivars Lembergs activities in Business Development Association.

BMW unveils design for Mini electric car

German carmaker BMW has revealed the basic exterior design of Mini electric car planned for full-scale production.

Opinion: a people’s elected president will not resolve anything

79% of residents support the idea of having a people’s elected president, according to data from SKDS. Are Latvian residents sufficiently competent to make such a decision? What would such a choice be based on? How would realizing such an idea change the existing interior structure of the country, says Turība University lecturer and Riga TV24 and Latvijas Radio journalist Ansis Bogustovs.

August 30 in pictures

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

CIB: number of debtors before SRS continues to increase

The number of companies that are indebted to State Revenue Service continues to increase. Since May 2017, there has been an increase in the number of people engaged in business activities, as well as the number of debtors before SRS, according to data from the Credit Information Bureau.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia grew 3.9% in July

Compared to July 2016, the total retail trade turnover rose by 3.9 % in July 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 4.6 %, and turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 3.3 %.

Bookmakers: Latvia may become the biggest sensation of Eurobasket 2017

Latvia’s basketball players depart for Eurobasket 2017 without loud promises but with, probably, the best team. sports betting site predicts Latvia’s team will reach the quarter-finals.

LOSP insists on reducing electricity bills; hope to be heard this time

Latvian Agricultural Organisation Cooperation Council’s main demand is for the government to approve the developed solutions and secure at least a slight reduction of electricity bills for all households in 2018, says LOSP director general Guntis Vilnitis.

Latvian Shipping Company plans to increase base capital to EUR 120 million

Latvian Shipping Company has plans to increase its base capital to EUR 120 million by releasing new shares in a closed emission of shares, according to information from Nasdaq Riga.

Scottish football fans warned of no-alcohol match in Lithuania

Scottish press has warned over 3,000 Scottish football fans expected to travel to a World Cup qualifying match in Lithuania this week that the sale of alcohol will be prohibited in Vilnius due to Knowledge Day public holiday.

LBAS: we are against the initiative to not pay for first three days of sick leave

Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia does support Welfare Ministry’s proposal to not pay employees money for the first three days of sick leave instead of the first day only, as it is currently.

Bank increases Estonian growth forecast to 3.6% this year

Swedish-owned SEB Pank in Estonia has corrected its 2017 economic growth estimate for Estonia by 1.5% to 3.6%, due to stronger than expected economic activity.

LLKC: September may turn out good for gardening and fruit harvest

This year’s September may turn out rather good for gardening and fruit harvest, predicts Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre’s senior gardening specialist Maris Narvils.

Estonia sends 30 000 euros to Sierra Leone after tragic mudslides and floods

In order to help Sierra Leone recover from the situation caused by tragic mudslides and floods earlier in August, the Estonian Foreign Ministry has allocated 30,000 euros to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which operates in the West African country.

Drought in Italy makes Rome reduce water pressure

After scarce rainfall this summer in the Italian capital, now, when Rome's population is returning from summer holidays, the city's water company has announced it would take action.

Oil prices decline in New York; stock indexes on a rise in USA and in decline in Europe

On Tuesday, 29 August, European stock exchange indexes declined, which was largely caused by North Korea’s missile test launch. Two stock exchange indexes in USA concluded the trade session with growth after an initial dip.

Euro value against dollar at highest point in 18 months

The value of the euro against the U.S. dollar has for the first time since early 2015 reached USD 1.20.

AM: requirement for purchase of land in Latvia is not discriminating towards EU citizens

The law that provides stricter language requirements for procurement of agriculture land is not discriminatory towards citizens of other European Union member states, says Latvian Agriculture Ministry, commenting on complaints submitted to EC centre for setting conflicts Solvit by foreign businessmen in relation to the requirements imposed by Latvia on privatization of land.

Latvian government to allocate additional EUR 5.8 million for healthcare

On Tuesday, 29 August, the Cabinet of Ministers supported a project that provides allocating and additional amount of EUR 5.8 million for healthcare.