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Wednesday 23.05.2018 | Name days: Leontīne, Ligija, Lonija, Leokādija

In Slovak Kuciak's investigation, phone of his colleague journalist confiscated

As Slovak law enforcement continues to investigate the murder of Ján Kuciak, prosecutors have confiscated the smart phone of a colleague of the investigative journalist – a move condemned by the country's media organisations.

Nurses’ wages up 50-70%, but still far from competitive

Wages of nurses of Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital have grown 50-60%. However, there is still a long way to go before they become competitive, said Stradins Hospital’s head nurse Eva Cela in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Head of powerful Seimas committee: certain media outlets can be stripped of licenses

In a new twist of the prolonged scandal over the influence of the powerful business holding MG Baltic on Lithuania‘s politics for years through its own television channels LNK, BTV, TV1, Info TV and Liuks!, Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the powerful parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence in a TV interview poured gasoline on the fire, proposing that certain media organisations acting against the state's interests must have their licenses revoked.

Second Rail Baltica railway line construction project announced in Latvia

Continuing the realization of activities associated with Rail Baltica project, RB Rail has announced the next procurement process, as confirmed by the company.

Tartu railway fire partly stops trains at Estonian second city

In Estonia, railway traffic to an from the city of Tartu has partly stopped and been substituted with buses after a signal box fire.

Coface: signs in business sector point towards economic decline risks

There is currently a rather optimistic situation across all business sectors and the country’s economy as a whole. However, considering the positive environment, the question for how long this period of economic growth will continue remains topical, notes international credit risk insurance company Coface manager in Baltic States Mantvīds Štareika.

Argentine prepares for Russia with advice to approach «Russian girls»

«How to stand a chance with a Russian girl» - the Argentine Football Association has been criticised for giving such advice in a manual to journalists travelling to the football World Cup in Russia.

KPV LV: Latvia has too many industry councils, which distorts state administration

Latvia has too many industry councils, which distorts state administration. The coalition council should be liquidated entirely, says KPV LV co-chairman Atis Zakatistovs.

European Parliament to receive explanations from Facebook CEO

U.S. social networking company Facebook has stated its head Mark Zuckerberg would meet leading members of the European Parliament to discuss privacy concerns in Brussels.

Saeima’s Budge Committee proposes amending the law to reduce PIT debt formation

On Wednesday, 16 May, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee decided to submit to the parliament amendments to the Law on Personal Income Tax that were proposed to help reduce the possibility of PIT debt forming due to differentiated non-taxable minimum or the application of a progressive rate on income, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

May 16 in pictures

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

2% less cigarettes were released for consumption in Latvia in Q1 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, a total of 407.655 million cigarettes were released for consumption in Latvia, which is 8.217 million cigarettes or 2% less when compared to the same period of 2017, according to information from the State Revenue Service.

Trasta komercbanka’s administrator recovered EUR 205,300 in April

The administrator of liquidated Trasta komerbanka recovered EUR 205,317 this year, according to information published in Latvian Herald.

Study: grey economy proportion in Latvia reached 22% last year

The proportion of grey economy in Latvia was 22% of GDP in 2017, which is 1.3 percentage points higher than it was in 2016, according to results of Grey Economy in Baltic States 2008-2017 study.

Estonian opposition cautious about suggestions to cut public sector by half

Kaja Kallas, the leader of the largest Estonian opposition party, has reacted to a group of Estonian business people planning to hammer out apolitical suggestions to reduce the number state officials by half and other far reaching reforms.

Certus prepares recommendations for political parties’ economic programmes

«The number of economically active residents in Latvia continues to decline. Economic growth remains directly dependent on inflow of EU funds. The country chronically lacks money for education, healthcare and roads. It is clear that traditional economic thinking no longer works. The time has come for a new approach based around priority directions and cooperation between the public and private sectors,» says Certus manager Vjacheslavs Dombrovskis.

Explosion in Estonia to steal money from cash machine

Burglars in the Aravete town in northern Estonia have used an explosion to try to steal money from a cash machine located in grocery shop.

Seesam: children more often get arm and leg injuries in summer

Most often children get arm and leg injuries. Such injuries account for 50% of all child accident cases, according to data compiled by Seesam insurance association for the summer season.

Average real estate property price in Riga remains lower than in Tallinn and Vilnius

Real estate prices in Latvia’s capital city or Riga are behind prices in Tallinn and Vilnius. The price for 1 m2 in Riga is currently around EUR 1,390. Prices reach EUR 1,800 in Tallinn and EUR 1,500 in Vilnius, according to information analysed from kv.ee, city24.ee, dom.ria.com, city24.lv, aruodas.lt and domoplius.lt.

Soros' fund leaves Hungary pointing to state repressing NGOs

In Hungary, the foundation of the Hungarian-born businessman and philanthropist George Soros has stated it was closing its office in Hungary pointing to what it called an increasingly repressive environment.

Volume of imported petrol in Latvia down 3.1%; imports of diesel fuel down 7.9%

Compared to a year ago, the volume of petrol imported to Latvia this year declined 3.1% in the first three months of 2018. Imports of diesel fuel have declined 7.9% in the same period of time.

British Steel: we are interested in Liepājas metalurgs’ recovery, not asset purchase

The consortium consisting of British Steel, Greybull Capital and Estonian Baltic Metal Holding is interested in KVV Liepājas metalurgs’ recovery, not the purchase of its assets, says Greybull Capital partner Daniel Goldstein.

Russia unveils bridge to Crimea, Ukraine condemns the move

Russia has opened a strategic bridge in the Kerch Strait of the Black Sea connecting its illegally annexed peninsula of Crimea and mainland Russia.

Latvia’s Saeima to form work group to restrict access to propaganda TV channels

On Tuesday, 15 May, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee decided to form a work group to develop an alternative legislative draft to help limit access to propaganda television channels and reduce their proportion in offers of television service providers.

Ministry: changes to law to improve cooperation between state and municipal police

Amendments to the Law on Police that include closer cooperation between state and municipal police through the use of a new unified crime registration system received support from the Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday, 15 May, as confirmed by Interior Affairs Ministry.