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Tuesday 20.03.2018 | Name days: Made, Irbe

LCCI: the next head of SRS should come from the private sector

It would be best to search for the next head of the State Revenue Service in the private sector, said chairman of Latvia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jānis Endziņš in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Poland starts closing shops on Sundays

In Poland, the effect of a law requiring shops not to work on Sundays has been first visible on Sunday, March 12, marking a change to liberal shopping practice that has been characteristic to Easter Europe since the 1990s.

Maxima Latvija to invest EUR 1.3 million in self-service checkouts

Maxima Latvija plans to continue developing its self-service checkout services in 16 stores across Latvia, as BNN was informed by the company.

All ice roads in Estonia closed for time being

In Estonia, where roads over ice simplify traffic between the country's many islands in winter-time, due to thaw all ice roads have been closed.

Mars colonisers SpaceX aim test flights for space ship in 2019

Seeking to build a spaceship that could embark on a journey to Mars, the head of the U.S. space travel company SpaceX, Elon musk has expressed hope that the test flights of a Mars spaceship cold start in 2019.

President: cyber-security is one of the biggest future challenges

Cyber-security is one of the biggest future challenges for every resident, said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis during his visit to IT security institution.

Prime minister: Baltics should realize important projects together with Poland

One of the projects in which Latvia sees good cooperation opportunities with Poland is Rail Baltica. During his meeting with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday, 9 March, Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis mentioned that it is important to make sure Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia work together with Poland in this project.

Saeima to consider option to form a council to supervise FCMC

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee may consider the idea on forming a supervisory council to perform monitoring of the Finance and Capital Market Commission and develop proposals for the financial sector, as confirmed by deputy chairman of the committee Imants Parādnieks.

Slovaks join in mass protest against corruption

Several tens of thousands of Slovaks have taken part in a mass protest against government in the capital Bratislava, continuing protests prompted by the murders of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée.

Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks’ profits declined 19.5% last year

According to provisional data, turnover of Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks was EUR 55.098 million in 2017, which is 6.6% less when compared to 2016. Company’s profits declined by 19.5% to EUR 407,023, as detailed in information published by the company.

Forecast: week’s beginning in Latvia – warm and rainy; week’s end – cold and dry

There is a high probability that maximum air temperature at the beginning of the week in Latvia may exceed +10° C. Nevertheless, there is an equally high probability that cold may return in the second half of the week, causing air temperature to decline to -10° C, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. Interior Ministry: Staff of Lithuania's migration system assisted in illegal entry schemes

Employees of the Lithuanian migration system were involved in schemes facilitating illegal entry in the country, Interior Minister Eimutis Misiūnas has confirmed on March 7.

BNN summary of the week: prosecutor’s weakness, education in Latvian, fintech centre opens in Latvia

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Announcement; Approval; Fight; Complaint; Opinion; Decline and Future.

Shopping trends: the faster – the better

Experts of Latvia’s retail trade industry conference Retail Riga 2018 have compiled the most topical shopping trends in Latvia and around the world, as well as possible challenges that could potentially change shopping experience for residents and organization of work for traders.

Regulator predicts natural gas transmission tariff decline

Public Utilities Commission’s council has approved amendments for the natural gas transmission system’s service tariff calculation methodology. According to the regulator, changes will help raise efficiency of the transmission system’s operator – AS Conexus Baltic Grid.

Latvian railway company to receive new trains in 2020

SIA Pasažieru vilciens plans to receive two new electric trains at the end of 2020, as the company’s chairman Rodžers Jānis Grigulis confirmed in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT on Friday, 9 March.

SEB Bank: businessmen in Estonia and Lithuania are more ambitious; have plans to hire more people

16% of Latvian small and medium-sized companies have plans to increase the number of their employees. The number of such businesses has increased in Latvia in comparison to the previous year, when the proportion of such companies was 12%, according to results of a study by SEB Bank.

Baltics want faster US decisions on the region’s air defence

Ahead of the meeting of three Baltic presidents with US President Donald Trump on April 3, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have called on the key ally to make «faster decisions» on the region’s air defence.

«2nd-rate Soviet cop» - Russia's Patriarch Kirill criticised by Bulgarian Deputy PM

Russian Patriarch Kirill has been embroiled in controversy following his statements over historical events relating to the 19th century liberation of Bulgaria and has been described by Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov as a former Soviet policeman, who was in no position to give a respectable view on history to the Bulgarian President.

Latvia’s Saeima supports transition to education state language in second reading

On Thursday, 8 March, Latvia’s parliament supported in the second reading amendments to the law to ensure schools in Latvia gradually transition to education only in state language. It is planned for the transition to commence 1 September 2019 and end 1 September 2021.

NCP: economic growth in Latvia is not associated with government’s work

The story about economic growth is not in any way related to the world performed by Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis. Economic growth is based on money provided by European structural funds in previous planning period, says chairman of New Conservative Party and prime minister candidate Jānis Bordāns.

Inflation is in decline, but experts see signs of growth in Latvia

«Annual inflation continued to decline in February, which is not a big surprise, considering that prices continued growing rather rapidly. While inflation was surprisingly low in January – around 2% –, it was only 1.8% in February. There are concerns this year’s inflation may exceed 3%,» says Luminor Bank’s expert Pēteris Strautiņš.

«If we stop, the world stops» - Spain's women's strike gathers several million

In Spain, the day of the first women's day strike has been passed, as women taking part stopped working and were been urged by organisers to spend no money and not do any domestic work for 24 hours.

Irish ex-President sees Catholic Church as «an empire of misogyny»

Irish ex-president Mary McAleese has described the Catholic Church as «an empire of misogyny» in relation to an International Women's Day conference in Rome, where prominent Catholic women from many places in the world take part annually.