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CC cancels unjustified competition restrictions applied on training of the unemployed

After holding discussions and listening to reports from experts, the Competition Council has decided to lift restrictions prepared by Welfare Ministry in regulations that govern measures aimed at combating unemployment, thereby making sure that rules potentially limiting the range of education institutions are not added to the final document.

Baltic railway companies agree on creation of a unified container train route

On Monday, 12 March, a meeting was held among the heads of Latvia’s, Lithuania’s and Estonia’s railway companies for the first time. Officials discussed the organization of an inter-modal Amber Trail container train route, as reported by Latvijas dzelzceļš.

Delna: transparency would help improve Latvia’s international reputation

Association for openness – Delna invites the Latvian government to prohibit banks from servicing dead-end companies and provide free access to the registry of true beneficiaries in Latvia, as well as reduce the threshold for true beneficiaries from 25% to 10 or introduce a threshold adapted to the sector by establishing certain requirements for politically important persons.

UNESCO: securing quality education is the duty of all involved sides

Responsibility for securing quality education should be taken by governments, schools, teachers, parents, private sector representatives and students. A responsible education system should be based on justice, inclusion and quality principles, as noted by authors of UNESCO education report ‘Accountability in education: fulfilling our responsibilities’.

Flue takes considerably more lives in Estonia than EU average

This flue season in Estonia, 34 people have passed away from flue-related complications, Estonian Health Board estimated and noted that the average flue-related death rate is below one in 100 000 people, while in the Baltic country it is near three people per 100 000.

Riga Circus continues to exist; where does the circus spend the winter?

Riga Circus is one of the oldest buildings in Europe, as well as the only standing circus building in Baltic States. Unfortunately, there are no cheers, sounds of applause, children’s laughter or clown jokes heard there now. The doors of the circus are currently closed, because the building has become worn out after years of use.

Protesters in Tallinn call for renewal of direct democracy in Estonia

In Tallinn, a protest in favour of direct democracy in Estonia has been held on Monday, March 12, with participants asking for the reintroduction of the direct-democratic initiative set forth by Estonia's current constitution.

Slovak Interior Minister steps down amid backlash over journalist murder and politics

Slovakian Minister of the Interior has stepped down as the interior authorities in the country are under pressure to solve the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée. The junior coalition partner, the Most-Hid group, in the Slovak government demanded the resignation of Kalinak in exchange for continued support of ruling Smer-SD.

UK asks Russia to explain poisoning of double spy

The UK has asked Russia to explain until Thursday, March 14, how come a Russian-developed nerve agent has been used to poison a Russian spy and his daughter in the UK.

Bank: Latvia’s exports on the rise in a time when the world is worried about trade wars

«Although the export year commenced with a high jump, it is not possible to hold such a high bar throughout the entire year. Growing external demand will help, considering stable economic growth in our partner countries,» predicts Swedbank economist Agnese Buceniece.

No fatigue in EU's assistance to Ukraine, Mogherini says

The European Union expressed strong support to Ukraine as the bloc's foreign and defence policy chief went on visit to Kyiv on Monday, March 12, and spoke of financial support to Ukraine.

Ex-insolvency administrator Krūms continues working as lawyer

Former insolvency administrator Ilmārs Krūms, accused of negligence, continues legally working as a lawyer.

SA: municipalities have to resolve public order problems more effectively

It was concluded in the audit regarding the work performed by municipalities in ensuring public order that the views society and municipalities have on public order often differ, as reported by State Audit.

March 12 in pictures

BNN piedāvā Jums aplūkot dienas zīmīgākos notikumus un iespaidus, iemūžinātus foto attēlos.

14 new ESA research and innovation projects approved for funding

The 3rd project approval process organized by European Space Agency concluded on 5 March. As a result, fourteen new projects worth EUR 1,413,520 were approved for funding. All approved projects will be financed 100% from Latvia’s contributions to the ESA budget, as confirmed by Education and Science Ministry.

Grindeks co-owner denies interest for investments in Olainfarm

Co-owner of Grindeks pharmaceutical product manufacturer Kirovs Lipmans denies having interest for investments in Olainfarm medicines manufacturer.

EU's targeted Russia sanctions over Ukraine prolonged for six months

The European Union has prolonged by September 15 its targeted sanctions in place over Russia's actions in Ukraine.

LCCI: the next head of SRS should come from the private sector

It would be best to search for the next head of the State Revenue Service in the private sector, said chairman of Latvia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jānis Endziņš in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Poland starts closing shops on Sundays

In Poland, the effect of a law requiring shops not to work on Sundays has been first visible on Sunday, March 12, marking a change to liberal shopping practice that has been characteristic to Easter Europe since the 1990s.

Maxima Latvija to invest EUR 1.3 million in self-service checkouts

Maxima Latvija plans to continue developing its self-service checkout services in 16 stores across Latvia, as BNN was informed by the company.

All ice roads in Estonia closed for time being

In Estonia, where roads over ice simplify traffic between the country's many islands in winter-time, due to thaw all ice roads have been closed.

Mars colonisers SpaceX aim test flights for space ship in 2019

Seeking to build a spaceship that could embark on a journey to Mars, the head of the U.S. space travel company SpaceX, Elon musk has expressed hope that the test flights of a Mars spaceship cold start in 2019.

President: cyber-security is one of the biggest future challenges

Cyber-security is one of the biggest future challenges for every resident, said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis during his visit to IT security institution.

Prime minister: Baltics should realize important projects together with Poland

One of the projects in which Latvia sees good cooperation opportunities with Poland is Rail Baltica. During his meeting with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday, 9 March, Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis mentioned that it is important to make sure Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia work together with Poland in this project.

Saeima to consider option to form a council to supervise FCMC

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee may consider the idea on forming a supervisory council to perform monitoring of the Finance and Capital Market Commission and develop proposals for the financial sector, as confirmed by deputy chairman of the committee Imants Parādnieks.

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