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Sunday 25.06.2017 | Name days: Maiga, Milija

Law on Press will not apply to municipal newsletters

On Thursday, 16 June, the Saeima supported amendments to the Law on the Press and Other Mass Media. Supported amendments clarify that the goal of the law is protecting right of freedom of speech as detailed in the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, BNN was informed by the Saeima press-service.

EC proposes Nord Stream 2 compromise, maintaining gas transit via Ukraine

In an attempt to reach a compromise among European Union member states that oppose and favour Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 project, the European Commission has proposed a mandate that would ensure Ukraine remains a natural gas transit country.

Nordea Bank supports development of new Latvian cosmetics

One of the leading cosmetics producers in Latvia – Kinetics Nail Systems – has received a significant amount of funding from Nordea Bank. EUR 400,000 will be used to refinance standing commitments and provide turnover funds, BNN was told by the bank.

Residents in Latvia and Lithuania worried the most about health; less in Estonia

According to data from the latest ERGO Security Index, Estonian residents, as opposed to Latvian and Lithuanian residents, are less worried about health than their neighbours.

New Chief of KNAB – Jekabs Straume

Saeima has picked Jekabs Straume as the new chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Estonia’s economic growth forecast up 0.9% to 3.5% this year

Estonian central bank has considerably – by 0.9% - increased the country’s economic growth forecast to 3.5% this year.

European Union scraps mobile roaming charges

«The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story,» said President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat, on behalf of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in a joint announcement.

Lawmakers in Russia support controversial Moscow demolition campaign

Despite mass protests, the lower house of the Russian State Duma has adopted a law that sets forth bringing down over 4 500 Soviet-time apartment buildings in Moscow.

EP: gender inequality in employment should be combated more effectively

To equalize pensions paid to men and women, it is necessary to combat gender inequality in employment and reduce the differences in pay between men and women. This is why the European Parliament offers following ‘equal pay for equal work’ principle.

Employment in EU up 1.4% reaching record levels, fastest increase – in Estonia

The rate of employment both in the euro area and the whole of European Union has in the first quarter of 2016 been record high, Eurostat estimated.

Agreement reached on raising social fees; discussions on PIT progressiveness to continue

Partners of the ruling coalition have reached an agreement on the increase of social fees. Discussion about greater PIT progressiveness, however, will continue, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis told journalists after the meeting of the coalition.

June 14 in pictures

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

Foreign Affairs Committee supports ratification of Rail Baltica agreement

The legislative draft, which is intended to ratify the agreement for the formation of Rail Baltica railway connection in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, was supported unanimously by Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, 14 June.

Most rapid growth among Latvian ports is noted in Liepaja; decline noted in Riga

Latvian ports transshipped 29.253 million tonnes of cargoes in the first five months of 2017, which is a 6.7% increase when compared with the same period of last year, as reported by

Murniece: deportation is not something that can be erased from people’s memory

76 years ago our nation was subjected to one of the most shocking and terrifying crimes in Latvia’s entire history. Residents could never imagine people being arrested and taken from their land, said Saeima speaker Inara Murniece in her speech at a conference organized by Children of Siberia for the commemoration of 14 June 1941.

Modern craftsmen have to divide attention between the workshop and the internet

Although entrepreneurship nowadays is inseparable from digital technologies, it is rare to find Latvian craftsmen who are aware of the advantages the internet can offer.

Car rent service demand doubles in Latvia in summer

As the summer season begins, the number of local clients in Latvia who decide to rent cars increases significantly, as reported by Avis car rent company.

Cohesion policy after 2020 – MEPs ask for sufficient funding

Members of the European Parliament call for action to reduce regional differences using cohesion policy, BNN was told by the parliament.

Estonian quota refugee family breaches travel deadline

A family of refugees accepted by Estonia as part the European Union’s mandatory refugee relocation scheme has this week surpassed the permitted period of being away from the country.

Off-site vaccination organized in Latvia for area struck by tick encephalitis epidemic

On 20 June an off-site vaccination will be organized to Gulbene, which was added to Disease Prevention and Control Center’s list of tick encephalitis epidemic areas for the first time this year.

Estonia’s energy security increased by 16m-euro hub substation

Estonian electric grid operator Elering has connected to its network the Viru hub substation built in the country’s north-east for 16.3 million euros.

EP simplifies energy labels; residents will be able to reduce electricity costs

Members of the European Parliament have given green light to the system that will let consumers pick energy-efficient household appliances more easily and reduce electricity costs through simplified energy labels for appliances, EP reports.

Large fire at London 24-storey apartment building

A 24-storey high residential block has been engulfed by flames in the UK’s capital overnight and 30 people have been brought to hospitals.

Justice Ministry: work of arbitration courts is improved in Latvia

The reform for arbitration courts has benefited the general state of their work environment, states Latvian Justice Ministry.

EC launches procedure against Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland over not relocating refugees

European Union’s executive body has launched legal procedures against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for their refusal to relocate refugees within the solitary quota scheme, as part of which currently 20,869 of the planned 160,000 refugees have been relocated.

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