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Saturday 25.03.2017 | Name days: Māra, Marita, Mārīte

Krievins decides to leave his post as head of State Chancellery

Starting from Tuesday, 21 March, Martins Krievins will no longer be the director of the State Chancellery, as confirmed by Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis’ press-secretary Andrejs Vaivars.

Puce: Nils Ushakovs intends to appropriate municipal intellectual property

Juris Puce, leader of For Latvia’s Development party and mayoral candidate for the upcoming Riga City Council elections, has turned to State Police and Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, asking authorities to assess the behaviour of Riga Mayor Nils Ushakovs in handing over management of social network accounts owned and financed by the municipality to a private person.

Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Vilnius International Film Festival «Kino Pavasaris»

BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week between March 20 and March 27.

UK sends part of its 800 soldiers to Estonia

The first part of 800 British soldiers, pledged by the UK to increase the defence capability of NATO in the Baltic region, has been sent to Estonia.

LALRG worried over losses caused by planned tax reform

Welfare Ministry’s proposals for increasing minimal income for groups of residents at risk of poverty should be reviewed in accordance with Finance Ministry’s planned tax reform, said chairman of Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments Andris Jaunsleinis.

Paris airport attacker had been under alcohol and drugs

The Frenchman, who attacked soldiers in Paris Orly airport over the weekend, had been under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Daudze: Brexit is a wake-up call for all member states

«The European Union currently faces the biggest problems in the history of its existence. But in such conditions and based on what we’ve achieved so far, we have to achieve a united vision for Europe’s future,» said Gundars Daudze, a member of the Saeima, in his speech in the Italian parliament on Friday, 17 March.

Week in Lithuania. PM proposes alcohol sales by bank cards only

At a meeting with Lithuanian business figures on Tuesday, March 14, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis presented the idea of allowing payment for alcohol by bank cards only.

Experts name the most important digital data security issues in Latvia

«Nowadays attackers can hack into every fourth Wi-Fi network in Latvia in a couple of seconds. By 2020, two-thirds of data will be transmitted using wireless connections,» says chairman Kirils Solovjovs.

Photos of the week, 17.03.2017

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

Murniece: Central Council’s memorandum proved the nation’s greatest desire

«The memorandum of Latvia’s Central Council proved the nation’s greatest desire – to return to democratic Europe,» said Saeima speaker Inara Murniece at the opening of the conference dedicated to the 73rd anniversary since the approval of Latvia’s Central Council’s memorandum.

NEPLP has yet to receive information about owner change for MTG’s broadcaster

Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media Council has not yet received an application detailing the change of the owner of Swedish Modern Times Group’s broadcasting business in Baltics, as reported by NEPLP council chairman Dace Kezbere.

Balodis: argument that presidential elections cannot be entrusted to the people is wrong

The argument that the presidential elections cannot be entrusted to the people is directed against the people and the entire country, says head of Saeima work group on presidential authority Ringolds Balodis.

CSB: number of occupied jobs grew the most in communications industry last year

At the end of 2016, in Latvia there were 884.4 thousand occupied posts. Compared to the end of 2015, the number thereof has grown by 7.0 thousand or 0.8 % in 2016.

Swedbank to educate teachers and students in economic matters

On Thursday, 16 March, Swedbank signed a cooperation agreement with the State Education Content Centre for the integration of economic education matters in the general and vocational education process.

MTG sells Baltic broadcaster for 115 million

Swedish media concern Modern Times Group has sold its broadcaster business in Baltic States to Providence Equity Partners, as mentioned in MTG announcement.

London not for second Scottish independence referendum

Voicing her views on the call by the government of Scotland to break away from the UK, British Prime Minister has taken a stance against this initiative by the time the UK leaves the European Union.

Irklis: Latvia should consider buying Conexus Baltic Grid shares

It is important for the state to consider buying Conexus Baltic Grid, says Public Utilities Commission council chairman Rolands Irklis.

Estonia simplifies company car use for private purposes

The government of Estonia backed Finance Ministry proposals to peg the rate of the fringe benefit tax for company cars used for personal needs to the car’s motor engine power.

Nordea: 34% of Baltic clients use mobile banking apps

34% of clients in Baltic States use mobile banking applications as an alternative to customer service centres and 54% of clients use them as an alternative for internet banking, according to Nordea Bank’s online survey in Baltics.

Ministry: Latvia’s politics should be more closely tied to EU’s strategic interests

In discussions about the future of the European Union’s development cooperation policy, Latvia emphasizes the importance of more closely associated security and development.

Russia rejects alleged links with cyber attack affecting 500 million user accounts

Russian federal government has rejected alleged links of its Federal Security Bureau officers with a massive system breach of the American internet firm Yahoo, against who charges have been brought against by U.S. authorities this week.

Weather to remain unstable in Latvia next week

On Friday, 17 March, most of Latvia’s territory will experience rain. Wet snow may appear on the night after.

Western European politicians sigh with relief after Dutch mainstream win

Leading Western European politicians have spoken with relief after the March 15 Dutch parliamentary election, where voters expressed their support moderate parties in the face of far rights’ popularity.

Lithuania’s Health minister tackles exorbitant drug prices

You better stay healthy in Lithuania for a single reason - the medicine costs an arm and leg in Lithuania. In neighboring Poland, they are twice and thrice lower, thence the shopping carts of hundreds and thousands Lithuanians making the trip over the border for cheaper groceries usually often contain pills too.