«OECD’s study about the level of knowledge of Latvian schoolchildren urges immediate action. We cannot stop with average results – we have few youngsters, and we cannot afford to give them secondary education,» – said Chairman of Saeima’s European Affairs Committee Lolita Cigane and head of Education, Culture and Science Committee Ilze Vinkele.
Although Latvia is a successful country in Northern Europe, some of the country’s residents believe that all of Latvia’s export depends on Russia and that salvation lies in small wages. Big Event representatives offer their look on what is true.
A jail in Lithuania has unjustly barred a prisoner from accessing the internet, according to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.
The price of oil in the world this morning, 18 January, grew in relation to US dollar’s value drop and expectations regarding commercial oil reserves in USA, which compensates on the market the influence from predictions in Russia and USA about oil production increase by the end of 2017.
In the assessment of deputy quotas the Budget and Finance Committee worked as voting machines. They did not try to assess each proposal’s purpose, states Delna – Society for Openness, urging other to sign a proposal on Manabalss.lv for the publication of audio recordings made during meetings of Saeima committees.
Estonia and the U.S. have signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in the field of defence, which clarifies the legal framework for the presence of American Armed Forces in Estonia.
Due to Italy and Spain having unfavourable weather for growing vegetables, prices of a number of vegetables are likely to increase.
In the next year’s budget it will be necessary to plug the EUR 50 million-large hole in the social budget, said Welfare Minister Janis Reirs in an interview to LTV on Tuesday, 17 January.
Italian right-wing politician Antonio Tajani has won the election for the post of the chairman of the European Parliament. The 63-year-old Tajani is a former press representative of convicted former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi and an ex-European commissioner
On Tuesday, 17 January, the Cabinet of Ministers supported Transport Ministry’s and LDz’s proposed project for electrification of the country’s railway network and its further development. The plan provides for the electrification of the railway network from Daugavpils and Rezekne to Riga through Krustpils, as BNN was informed by Transport Ministry.
«Considering the amount of private and confidential information we tend to store on the internet, users should be more careful about security and effective passwords. This seems self-explanatory, but many people, it seems, do not understand how easy it is to make password-management mistakes,» – says Kaspersky Lab consumer commercial manager Andrey Mohola.
During an information check regarding possible storage and realization of illegal diesel fuel, State Revenue Service’s Customs Police uncovered illegally stored diesel fuel within a garage territory in Riga on 11 January, 2017.
Last year, Latvians were prepared to spend more money on smart-phones than in 2015. According to results of a study by GFK, residents spent EUR 389 on the purchase of a smart-phone on average.
In spite of the industry’s calls over the past two years, Transport Ministry still has not provided a cargo attraction plan, a unified offer for our cooperation partners. Nor do we have a clearly defined transit strategy and development direction, says Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics.
The choice of the people of Ukraine to go the road of deepening ties with the European Union could turn into disappointment if delays with visa regime and association agreement continue, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko stated.
On 12 January, Ventspils City Council approved the budget for 2017. It is stated in the document that the base budget’s planned revenue is EUR 13,584,298. Budget expenditures are planned at EUR 22,652,396, as reported by Marlena Zvaigzne, editor of Ventspils Novadnieks.
In a rating on the success of countries in growing, attracting and retaining talented workers, Baltic states have all been ranked in the top 33 out of 100 countries.
«The procurement field has changed significantly over the past several years. And it is not just because of the new directive announced by the European Parliament and European Council for procurements. One other factor to consider is the aiming for better management, reduction of the administrative burden and more efficient use of public resources,» – reports Finance Ministry’s Legal Department expert Liga Neilande.
The current project of the international high-speed railway Rail Baltica contains three stops in its Estonian part, while adding more would need careful analysis, stated Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas.
Continuing the discussion regarding the unemployment situation in Ventspils, Latvijas fakti had performed a social survey last year. Results of this study show that 32% of residents of this city are concerned about the emergence of new jobs, adding that this is one of the main priorities for the city council.