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Saturday 19.08.2017 | Name days: Melānija, Imanta

Poland cheeses off Lithuania twice in a single week

Poland has irked Lithuania twice over the course of a single week. First, it was Poland's news portal posted Monday, August 7,an audio clip of the clandestine recording of a conversation between Poland's former Foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski and the-then Orlen CEO Jacek Krawiec, where unfriendly plans against Lithuania are voiced.

Estonia seeks modernising law on payment and E-money institutions

As the Estonian government pushes to regulate emerging payment services and increase the security requirements of online payments, the Estonian cabinet of ministers have backed a bill of amendments to the Baltic country's Payment Institutions and E-money Institutions Act.

Expert: illegal online content creates major losses for State Treasury

Illegal online film and television services seriously hurt content owners and legal service providers, as well as cause major losses for the State Treasury, industry specialists say.

Expert: Latvian farmers have high potential in cultivation of oats

Latvian farmers have high potential in the cultivation of oats, which is contributed by appropriate weather conditions and farmers’ efforts to cultivate high-quality oats. Continued efforts may result of Latvia gaining the reputation of a major oats producer in the world, says an agricultural specialist.

British investigators: Modern slavery in every large UK town

Britain's National Crime Agency, which is tasked with fighting serious and organised crime in the country, has stated that modern forms of slavery and human trafficking in the UK are «far more prevalent than previously thought».

Canadian soldiers increase activity on Riga’s apartment market

Compared with Q1, clients’ interest for apartment rent on Riga’s market has grown in Q2 2017, as detailed in Ober-Haus housing market report.

U.S. congressman voices support for Latvia’s security; says cooperation should continue

Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s state secretary Andrejs Pildegovics met with Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives Ed Royce on Thursday, 10 August. During their meeting, the congressman voiced strong support for Latvia’s security.

EU egg scandal expands, 20 tonnes of eggs with banned insecticide sold in Denmark

As the scandal around eggs coming mainly from the Netherlands expands in the European Union, the food safety body of Denmark has stated that twenty tonnes of eggs will illegal insecticide fipronil have been sold in the Nordic country.

Weather to become hot in Latvia – up to +32° C in some areas

On Friday, 11 August, weather in Latvia will be dictated by a high atmospheric pressure area. Because of that, air temperature will climb to +27° C… +28° C, according to State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Multiple parties support oligarch case’s publication; UGF has yet to decide

The National Alliance VL-TB/LNNK may support Unity deputy Andrejs Judins’ proposal to approve a law on publication of materials of the so-called oligarch case.

Rinkevics and Aboltina discuss her return to diplomatic service

Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics and Unity Saeima faction chairperson Solvita Aboltina intend to discuss the politician’s return to the diplomatic service, said the minster’s advisor Martins Dregeris.

August 10 in pictures

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

Court decides to keep insolvency administrator Durevskis under arrest

Riga City Latgale Suburb Court decided on Thursday, 10 August, to decline the request for change of security measure applied against insolvency administrator Nauris Durevskis. With that, he will remain under arrest, as confirmed by the court.

Officials discuss formation of cargo and passenger ferry line between Denmark and Riga

During the meeting between Danish ambassador in Latvia Hans Brask and Riga Freeport CEO Ansis Zeltins, the two officials discussed the possibility of creating a new cargo and passenger ferry line between Denmark and Riga, as confirmed by the freeport’s representative Vita Gerharde.

Estonian employers' dissatisfaction with government at record high, survey finds

66% of businessmen in Estonia consider the Estonian government's actions to be unfavourable for the business environment in the Baltic country, a survey commissioned by the Estonian Employers' Confederation found and concluded that dissatisfaction had increased from 50 percent in the second quarter of 2017.

Latvian Association of Traders: how much does food cost in Riga’s stores?

The price rise for butter in Latvia was affected by multiple factors. As a result, the price of butter grew to EUR 3 – 4.5 thousand per 1 ton in the second half of 2016. This year, however, the price has already grown to EUR 6.3 thousand per 1 ton, as reported by Latvian Association of Traders.

Qatar cancels visa requirement for nationals of 80 countries, Latvia included

On Wednesday, 9 August, Qatar cancelled visa requirement for nationals of 80 countries, including Latvia. According to the new scheme for citizens of 33 countries, mainly from the Schengen Area, there is no need for them to buy a visa. Those residents are also allowed to stay in Qatar for up to 90 days.

Healthcare Ministry still does not know which doctors participated in the strike

To this day Latvian Healthcare Ministry does not know which doctors participated in the strike organized by Latvian Family Doctors Association and which did not, says Healthcare Minister Anda Caksa.

Estonian military to accept invitation of Belarus to attend Zapad

Estonian would accept the invitation by Belarus to send observers to the Zapad military drill to be jointly held by Russian and Belarusian armed forces this September, the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces has stated.

Committee discusses wider use of English in state institutions

«If state institutions could communicate with clients in English, it would considerably improve the attractiveness of Latvia’s business environment,» says National Economy Council.

Facebook to introduce video platform, to compete with YouTube

Popular social network Facebook has announced launch of a new video service entitled Watch that would compete with video streaming service YouTube and web television channels.

CC: competition distortions created by the state threaten entrepreneurship

Competition Council’s chairperson Skaidrite Abrama confirms the presence of a general disregards for competition neutrality principle among officials. CC once again emphasizes that competition distortions created by the state and municipalities can cause serious risks for the development of businesses in Latvia.

French police arrests attacker of soldiers

French police has managed to shoot and arrest a man suspected of driving a car onto six soldiers, injuring them. One policeman has been injured during the arrest operation in northern France on the A16 motorway at the town of Marquise.

Aboltina allows for the possibility of putting down her Saeima deputy mandate

Solvita Aboltine, head of Unity’s Saeima faction, allows for the possibility of putting down her mandate before the end of the 12th Saeima so that she can return to diplomatic service.

Jundze asks Latvian authors to demonstrate solidarity in copyright matter

Latvian Association of Writers asks Latvian writers to carefully consider any publication offers they might receive from different project managers.

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