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Week in Lithuania. Foreign minister against images of Gate of Dawn in Polish passports

Images of the Gate of Dawn, a church in Vilnius, should not be used in the new Polish passports, says Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.

Photos of the week, 04.08.2017

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

Harmony and Unity share the status of the largest Saeima factions

From now on Harmony’s Saeima faction will have 23 parliamentarians instead of 24. This is because Romans Miloslavskis will work as a non-faction deputy.

Turnover from lotteries and gambling in first half-year grew 11.7% in Latvia

Profits of gambling companies in Latvia grew 11.7% in the first six months of 2017 in comparison with the same period of last year and were EUR 130.481 million, according to data compiled by Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection.

Entry to Latvia denied to nine foreigners yesterday

One Ukrainian citizen was apprehended at Silene border control checkpoint after presenting officers stationed there a fake vehicle registration certificate. The 1990-born man has been arrested and put in State Police detention facility, as reported by the State Border Guard.

Video: Fire-fighter rodeo

If you would have a fire-fighting water hose and an unlimited amount of water, what would you do?

Strīķe thinks Jakrins can be dismissed because of ongoing street repairs in Riga

The possibility for Riga City Council opposition to accomplish the dismissal of the Transport Department’s acting director Emils Jakrins from his post because of the ongoing street repairs is entirely possible, said opposition deputy Juta Strīķe in an interview to Rīta panorama.

top!: Lidl entry to Latvia’s market will impact low-price stores the most

The entry of German low-price network of stores Lidl to the Latvian market will affect local low-price stores the most, says top! marketing and public relations manager Ilze Priedite.

Tourist numbers in Estonian accommodations up 8% in June

A total of 372,000 Estonian and foreign travellers used accommodation services in June, which shows an eight-percent increase, compared to the respective month in 2016, Estonian statisticians have estimated.

Estonian local elections: Savisaar ready for any coalition in Tallinn

With the autumn Estonian municipal election nearing, the former long-time head of Estonia's ruling Centre Party, corruption-accused Edgar Savisaar, has expressed readiness of his separate election list to form a coalition with every other political force, if elected in the Tallinn local government.

Association: this year’s tourist number increase could reach 10% in Latvia

Latvia may experience a 10% increase in the number of tourists this year, which is a very good result, said President of Latvian Hotels and Restaurants Association Janis Pinnis in an interview to LNT 900 seconds programme.

Liepaja Airport certified for year-round flights

The Civil Aviation Agency has certified Liepaja Airport for year-round flights, as reported by Liepaja municipality.

Antane: by helping neighbours build up their economy, we are sinking our own

«The contribution to the state budget from raising duel excise tax cannot be calculated purely mathematically because the increase of fuel prices leaves a negative impact on every sector of Latvia’s national economy, as well as every Latvian resident’s level of welfare,» said President of Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics Inga Antane.

Prince of Denmark not willing to be buried alongside his Queen and wife

Danish Prince Henrik will not be laid to rest alongside Danish Queen Margrethe, his wife, the country's Royal House has announced, since the Prince has long criticised not having been attributed the tile of the king.

End of the week in Latvia expected to be windy

This week in Latvia had very summer-like weather. The end of the week, on the other hand, will not be as warm – cyclones from the west will become active, bringing in cooler masses of air to the country, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

U.S.-Russian relations at all-time low, Trump says

U.S. President Donald Trump has evaluated that after the adoption of new sanctions against Russia the relations between the two countries are at an all-time lowest point.

Riga City Council opposition orders transport department to improve safety on roads

Opposition members of Riga City Council have decided to give Riga City Council Transport Department two weeks to improve the level of safety for traffic participants while repairs are being performed on the streets of the capital. If the transport department does not comply, the New Conservative Party reserves the right to request the dismissal of acting head of the department Emils Jakrins.

For cheaper groceries brother of Lithuania’s SD Party leader goes to Latvia

The arrival of German grocery chain Lidl to Lithuania has trimmed the provisions prices in Lithuania, yet they would never reach the level of prices in the neighbouring Poland, claims Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. Meanwhile, the brother of Lithuania’s Social Democratic Party leader, Gintautas Paluckas, told BNN he goes for cheaper groceries to Latvia.

Latvia’s retail trade growth in June was slightly faster than the average in EU

Latvia’s retail trade volume this June, as compared with the same month of 2016, grew 3.2%, which is slightly more than the average in the European Union, according to data from Eurostat.

Reirs: modern labour market requires innovations

The biggest challenge for cross-border cooperation and employment is present specifically for municipalities, says Latvian Welfare Minister Janis Reirs at the opening of the cross-border market integration project.

August 3 in pictures

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

Non-contact cards for travel: five pieces of advice for secure payments

Non-contact cards offer a convenient payment method, especially for travel – they can be used to perform purchases in stores, restaurants and even public transports. In addition, non-contact payments are more secure and quicker than cash, which is especially important for locations overflowing with tourists.

Several hundred supporters join «PAR!» movement in a single week

In the first week since the initial foundation, «PAR!» political movement has gained a lot of interest from Latvian residents, who want to join the political party.

Company maintains plans to build LNG terminal in Estonia

Estonian-based oil product terminal operator Vopak E.O.S. upholds its plans to erect a liquefied natural gas terminal at the Muuga harbour, near Tallinn, with the size of the structure currently planned for 4,000 cubic metres of LNG.

Restrictions planned for concealment of faces in public places

On Monday, 7 August, the Cabinet of Ministers Committee will view the legislative draft for the Face Concealment Restriction Law. Officials will decide on the legislative draft’s submission further to the Cabinet of Ministers for review.