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Schulz criticises diesel scandal carmakers in attempt to boost election campaign

Martin Schulz, the key rival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the nearing German parliamentary election, has severely criticised the country's «dieselgate» carmakers, in a drive to increase voter support for his social-democrats.

August 14 in pictures

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

Latvia had the fourth most rapid industrial output in EU this June

In June 2017, Latvia experienced the fourth most rapid increase in industrial output among member states of the European Union, according to data published by Eurostat on Monday, 14 August.

Number of nights spent by guests in Latvian tourist accommodations up 11.2%

694.2 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q2 2017, which is 13.3 % more than during the respective period of 2016.

SRS and LVRA to form a work group to improve cooperation

Continuing established cooperation, State Revenue Service and Association of Hotels and Restaurants of Latvia will form a joint work group to propose legislative initiatives, SRS representatives say.

Tourism tax idea evaluated in Saaremaa

As there have been suggestions to introduce 1.50-euro tourism tax per person for the largest Estonian island Saaremaa, the Mayor of its largest town Kuressaare, Madis Kallas, has estimated that a tourism tax would bring additional 1.5 million euros a year in the island's budget.

Tukuma ūdens plans to increase sewerage service tariff by 25%

SIA Tukuma ūdens plans to increase sewerage service tariff by 25% and reduce water supply service tariff by 1%, according to information published in Latvian Herald.

Viewing of Lembergs’ criminal case postponed again

Riga Regional Court plans to continue viewing Aivars Lembergs’ criminal case on 21 August.

Pharmacist: inconvenient backstage with state compensated medicine

Using state funding, it is planned to secure compensated medicine for more than 720,000 residents this year, according to data from Healthcare Ministry. At the same time, 80% of residents interviewed by Euroaptieka admit that they or their relatives require state-compensated prescribed medicine on a daily basis.

Progresīvie party to organize a protest outside of SRS to promote honest entrepreneurship

On Tuesday, 15 August, political party Progresīvie will organize a protest act outside of the State Revenue Service building in Riga to request reformation of the institution’s operations in accordance with state and social interests.

Estonian agencies blamed for little interest in quality of e-services

Majority of government agencies in Estonia do not care much about the quality of their e-services, has evaluated Taavi Kotka, the former Deputy Secretary General of Information Technologies at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

More than 130 cadets to practice field combat skills at Adazi landfill

Until 25 August, more than 130 cadets of the National Defence Academy will be practicing individual and team field combat skills at Adazi landfill.

Soundcloud to continue operation after securing vital investment

Popular music streaming service Soundcloud will be able to continue to operate after securing vital investments reportedly amounting to 144 million euros, without which the the firm faced closure last week.

EC: there is still much to do to fix the damages caused by crisis years

New developments in economics should be encouraged. Nevertheless, there is still much to be done to fix the damages that were caused by years of economic decline, notes the European Commission.

Precipitation to back down in Latvia and weather to become warmer this week

There will be a high atmospheric pressure area hovering above Latvia at the beginning of the week. Although there will be some rain in the first half of 14 August, no more precipitation is expected until the middle of the week, and most of Latvia will likely experience dry weather, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Eggs with banned insecticide found in 15 EU states

EU's European Commission has stated that in fifteen EU member states and also in Switzerland and Hong Kong eggs containing the insecticide fipronil, a substance used to kill lice and ticks on animals that is prohibited by the EU for use in the food industry.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuania to make lotteries less accessible

In an effort to make lotteries less accessible, Lithuania's Finance Ministry intends to set a minimum age limit of 16 years, restrict lottery advertisement, regulate names and appearance of tickets.

BNN summary of the week: collapse due to absurd decisions and Aboltina’s return to diplomacy

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Truth; Business; Future and Growth.

Union of Local Governments of Latvia congress to take place in Aluksne this year

The 28th congress of the Union of Local and Regional Governments of Latvia will take place in Aluksne on 18 August. During this congress it is planned to elect a new chairman.

Photos of the week, 04.08.2017

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

SEA: most often youngsters face unemployment because of lacking education

So far a total of 14,616 youngsters have been provided with assistance from Latvian State Employment Agency’s realized EU fund project Guarantees for Youngsters, says SEA Director Evita Simsone.

Ventspils’ cargo turnover up 18%; cargoes from Russia continue to decline

In July 2017, terminals working at Ventspils Freeport handled a total of 1.2 million tonnes of cargoes. In the first seven months of 2017, terminals of Ventspils Freeport handled 13.6 million tonnes of cargoes, which is 18% more than a year ago, as reported by

Construction output in Latvia up 16.9% in Q2 2017

Compared to the corresponding period of 2016, construction output had increased by 15.9 % in Q2 2017. Construction production output at current prices amounted to 384.4 million euros.

Savisaar trial: Defendant rushed to hospital from court

During the trial against the former long-time head of Estonia’s ruling Centre Party, corruption-accused Edgar Savisaar, a court in Tallinn has called for medics as the health of the politician began to worsen.

Agricultural centre: there is no reason for a major butter price rise

There is no reason for a major butter price increase at the moment, said manager of Agricultural Market Promotion Center Inguna Gulbe in an interview to Rīta Panorāma.

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