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Eurostat: Latvia had the third highest annual inflation in EU in February

In February, Latvia had the third highest inflation index among European Union member states when compared with the same month of 2016, according to data published by Eurostat.

Businessmen’s opinions will be considered when setting appropriate tax model

Starting this week, all of Latvia’s small and micro enterprises that have submitted their e-mail addresses to the Enterprise Registry will receive an invitation to participate in a study and express their opinions about alternatives for the micro-enterprise tax and factors that obstruct their business activities, BNN was told by Economy Ministry.

March 16 in pictures

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

Baltijas Ekspresis achieves unprecedented cargo turnover increase – 313%

Baltijas Ekspresis has achieved an unprecedented cargo turnover increase bot seen in Latvia until now. Compared with the first months of 2016, cargo turnover in Latvia had increased by 313% in the same period of 2017, as reported by Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics.

Hourly labour costs in Latvia up 7.3% in Q4 2016

Compared to Q4 of the previous year, hourly labour costs rose by 51 cents or 7.3 %, reaching 7.46 euros in Q4 2016.

Saeima hands initiative for progressive tax system to Finance Ministry for review

The collective application for progressive tax system’s introduction submitted to the Latvian parliament was passed to Finance Ministry for review on Thursday, 16 March.

Experts: Kristovskis’ decision to participate in elections in Ventspils will send «ripples»

«Political and corruption-prevention experts say Unity politician Girts Valdis Kristovskis’ decision to participate in elections in Ventspils is positive, because such a competitor with experience in state administration will be a serious opponent for the current mayor of Ventspils, making elections more interesting and potentially bringing changes to this port city,» TVNET reports.

Kyiv stops traffic of goods to and from pro-Kremlin east

Ukraine has stopped the traffic of all products to and from regions controlled by pro-Kremlin rebels in the country’s east.

PKC to publish database with topical information about state companies

Cross-Sectoral Coordination Centre intends to publish a database valstskapitals.lv. This database will provide information about topical matters regarding state companies and help evaluate results of such companies and compare results over the years.

Study: Latvian residents’ pessimism about finding work continues to decrease

Residents have become more positive about finding jobs, according to results of the latest barometer study of Baltic International Bank.

SP: Russia will continue using myths about fascism in Latvia on Legionnaires Day

It is can be predicted that Russia will likely use Remembrance Day of the Latvian Legionnaires to propagate the myth about the resurrection of fascism in Latvia to try and discredit Latvia on the international stage, said Security Police Chief Normunds Mezviets in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

«The Netherlands said 'Whoa!'», declares Rutte celebrating Dutch election win

Celebrating win in the March 15 election of the Dutch Parliament’s House of Representatives, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has stated that voters have rejected the wrong type of populism.

Murniece: presence of US military is important for security of Baltic States

The presence of American and NATO armed forces in the Baltic region is a politically important signal in a time when large Russian military force armed with modern weapons stands just outside of NATO’s outer border, Saeima speaker Inara Murniece said.

Klauss: human capital in Latvia’s forest industry has low productivity

Compared with other countries, our country’s human capital in the forest industry has low productivity. This can be explained with faster technological development speed in other countries, says CEO of Latvian Forest Industry Federation Kristaps Klauss.

Finns worried about hump-back students and future health problems

Around a third of school-age children in Finland have posture problems earlier associated more with handicraft-loving grandmothers, physiotherapists in the Nordic country have found.

US General: American forces in Baltics will respond to Russia’s aggressive behaviour

American forces stationed in Latvia and its neighbouring countries will respond to Russia’s aggressive behaviour, announced NATO forces Supreme Commander in Europe General Curtis Scaparotti announced after his meeting with Latvia’s Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis on Wednesday, 15 March.

Kristovskis about the new master that would work in the interest of Ventspils, not Riga

«It is pitiful that the person chosen as the brightest representative of Latvia’s political world is none other than Aivars Lembergs,» TVNET was told by Girts Kristovskis, who intends to compete in upcoming municipal elections to become mayor of Ventspils.

Number of insurance cases against critical disease increases significantly

Insurance claims for cases of critical diseases like cancer, heart attack and stroke have grown by nearly 70% over the course of the past year, according to data from ERGO.

March 15 in pictures

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

Newspaper: Vilnius’ market currently sustained by Latvian and Estonian small traders

As Lithuanians’ purchasing power declines, emigration remains and many residents decide to go on shopping tours in Poland, the famous Gariunai market is largely sustained by Latvian and Estonian small traders, Verslo žinios writes.

Residents’ ability to cover everyday expenses improves in Latvia

In 2016, population perception of the ability to make ends meet, namely, to pay for usual necessary expenses, has changed positively.

Girts V.Kristovskis to participate in elections in Ventspils as a candidate

Girts Valdis Kristovskis has confirmed his readiness to participate in municipal elections in Ventspils as one of the candidates. Elections are planned to take place on 3 June 2017.

Food waste volumes in the EU reach 180 kg per capita annually

Members of the European Parliament want to reduce the volume of waste buried in landfills to 5% and reduce the volume of food product waste to 50% by 2030, as noted in the document.

SES fines Latvenergo for environmental pollution at Plavini HES

Madona regional office of the State Environment Service has applied a fine to Latvenergo for causing environmental pollution at Plavini Hydro Power Plant in January, as confirmed by SES.

32 environmental projects to be financed in Riga

There are plans to finance 32 environmental projects in Riga. The total cost of first stage projects is planned at EUR 789,392, as reported by Riga City Council representative Dzintra Abolina.