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Saturday 19.08.2017 | Name days: Melānija, Imanta

August 9 in pictures

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

Residents: municipalities should not engage in business activities

47% of Latvian residents believe the private sector is better at managing businesses and only 18% of residents believe municipalities can do a good enough job, according to results of a survey performed by SKDS.

CEC: number of residents who see no point in voting has grown 2.4%

«Don’t see the point in voting» – this is the main reason why some Latvian citizens choose not to participate in elections. 21% of respondents said in a survey realized by Central Election Commission and SKDS they did not participate in this June’s municipal elections.

Spanish government ready to halt Catalan independence vote

With Catalan independence vote, which is planned October 1, coming closer, the government of Spain has expressed readiness to interrupt minister holidays to act against separatist actions from the side of the region of Catalonia.

Find out about interesting documents – proof a person is alive and others

Hope purchase agreement, proof a person is alive and details of a safe’s contents – these are only some of the documents that may seem odd to most people. Nevertheless, they are important documents prepared by notaries in Latvia on a regular basis.

June’s foreign trade turnover in Latvia 19.2% higher than last year

In June 2017, Latvian foreign trade turnover amounted to EUR 2.15 billion, which at current prices was 19.2 % more than in June 2016, of which the exports and imports values of goods were 12.2 % and 25.1 % higher, respectively.

Estonian exports increased by 11% in June on year

Estonian exports in June 2017, compared to June last year, grew by 11 and imports by six percent on year, decreasing somewhat the trade deficit of the Baltic country, Estonian statisticians have estimated.

Supervisory status applied to shares of ‘Daugavpils lokomotīvju remonta rūpnīca’

On Wednesday, 9 August, the board of Nasdaq Riga decided to apply supervisory status to ‘Daugavpils lokomotīvju remonta rūpnīca’, as reported by Nasdaq Riga.

Estonian Coop Pank to provide banking services in 350 stores

The upcoming Coop Pank bank of the Estonian cooperative company Coop will replace and plans to open bank offices in 350 Coop locations in Estonia.

Kozlovskis may become a candidate to lead Unity

Latvian Interior Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis has been asked to become a candidate for the post of chairman of Unity. However, he is not ready to speak in regards to his readiness to take this post.

Unemployment level in Latvia the lowest it has been in the past eight years

Unemployment in Latvia was 7.2% at the beginning of July and 7.1% at the end. This is the lowest unemployment index in the country since 2009, according to data from the State Employment Agency.

Volkswagen announces discounts to customers in Germany to change their old diesels

German carmaker Volkswagen has stated this week that buyers in Germany would receive discounts reaching 10 000 euros if they return their older diesel vehicles and purchase a new vehicle.

Kirkup: Vitol’s goal is stopping stock market quotation of Latvian Shipping Company’s shares

The goal of Vitol Netherlands B.V. is stopping the quotation of Latvian Shipping Company’s shares at the stock market once the buy-back of shares is complete, said Chairman of Latvian Shipping Company Robert Kirkup.

French President to drop plans to define status of first lady

French President Emmanuel Macron will drop plans to define an official status for his spouse Brigitte.

Lembergs says he has no reason to provide explanations about «oligarch talks»

Ventspils’ infamous resident Aivars Lembergs has sent a letter to Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis, asking him if there is any need to provide explanations to society in relation to the so-called oligarch talks, Lembergs said at a conference.

Housing support programme provided with additional funding EUR 2.5 million

On Tuesday, 8 August, the Cabinet of Minister decided to allocate additional funding of EUR 2.5 million for Altum development finance institution’s housing support programme to sustain it until the end of the year, BNN was informed by Economy Ministry.

BATL: absurd decisions may cause a complete collapse in Latvia

Problems keep piling up in the transport and logistics industry, which is the second largest national economy industry in Latvia. On top of that, this industry may experience a complete collapse because of two unreasonable and absurd decisions, experts say.

August 8 in pictures

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

Survey: most employees don’t want to know how much their colleagues earn

60% of interviewed employees in Latvia don’t know how much their colleagues earn, according to information from CV Market’s recent survey.

Average consumer price level up 2.6% in Latvia

Compared to July 2016, the average level of consumer prices increased by 2.6 % in July 2017. Prices of goods grew by 2.6 % and prices of services by 2.9 %.

In pictures: Georgia remembers soldiers killed in Russo-Georgian war

Marking the ninth anniversary of the war between Georgia and Russia, in a memorial in Tbilisi on Tuesday, August 8, the fallen Georgian soldiers have been remembered.

Opinion: Lidl job promises should not be at the expense of local farmers

Lidl’s entry into Latvia’s retail trade market began with cutting a path – trees were planned to be cut down in secret in Purvciems (Dzelzavas Street 75b), and when the reasons behind it were uncovered it was admitted on a political level that Lidl retailer would enter Latvia soon, said EU and international rights lawyer Anita Lancmane.

Repeal of Estonian Registered Partnership Act pushed for

Estonian Justice Ministry has expressed readiness to recommend the Baltic country's government support a bill backed the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) to repeal the gender-neutral Registered Partnership Act, which is in a legal limbo because of lacking legislation.

Two Indian citizens denied entry to Latvia

Latvian State Border Guard has apprehended 45 perpetrators at the state border at the beginning of the week. At the same time, two Indian and one Russian citizen were denied entry to Latvia because they had no valid visa or residence permit.

KNAB starts new inspection associated with oligarch case

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced a new inspection associated with the so-called oligarch case. This time the inspection is about possible illegal acceptance of benefits by officials, as confirmed by KNAB management on Tuesday, 8 August.

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