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Sunday 30.04.2017 | Name days: Liāna, Lilija, Alta

Lembergs will fight for his «warm seat» in the mayor’s office

Aivars Lembergs intends to participate in upcoming municipal elections in Ventspils as a mayoral candidate from his party – For Latvia and Ventspils.

Latvia’s financed loan volume increased by 72 million euros in Q1

In Q1 2017, loans worth more than EUR 94 million were issued through Latvian loan platforms, according to data compiled by Latvian Association of Alternative Financial Services.

April 20 in pictures

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

Number of passengers carried by airBaltic grows 12%

Latvian national airBaltic airline carried 224,921 passengers to destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East in March. This means a 12% increase in comparison with last year, BNN was told by the airline.

Birth rates in Latvia 6.9% behind previous year

Compared to the same period one year ago, 365 children fewer were born in Latvia in Q1 2017, which means a drop of 6.9 %.

Study: Latvia has become one of the centres for Russian organized crime

Russian organized crime groups, which often have ties to Kremlin, have varied their activities in Europe, including Latvia. This is why European institutions should consider them more of a security, not crime problem, as concluded in a study by British researcher Mark Galeotti* published by European Council on Foreign Relations.

Estonian state securities’ fund increases profits to 1.2 million euros

The gross revenue of the Estonian state securities and business support fund Kredex grew 16% reaching 7.1 million euros last year, while profits rose to 1.2 million euros, which is a 20% increase.

New CEO of Riga Freeport to have a major wage increase

Riga Freeport authority plans to announce a personnel selection process to find a new CEO for the Freeport, said Mareks Gailitis, advisor to chairman of the board of Riga Freeport Andris Ameriks.

20 asylum seekers resettled from Greece to Latvia

As part of the European Union’s resettlement programme, twenty people were relocated from Greece to Latvia on Wednesday, 19 April. Ten of those people are children, as reported by Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

Estonia to impose banks with 14% advance income tax

Amending the Estonian income tax system, the country’s government has decided to push for a 14-percent advance income tax on banking institutions’ profits.

SEA organizes Vacancies Fair to help job seekers find work

Latvian State Employment Agency continues accepting applications from different employers for participation in the Vacancies Fair.

Riga to commemorate victims of Chernobyl disaster

Next week there will be a special event organized at P.Stradins Clinical University Hospital to commemorate the victims of Chernobyl disaster, as reported by chairman of Latvian Union Chernobyl Arnolds Arvaldis Verzemnieks.

Tusk sees his questioning in Polish intelligence case as «witch-hunt»

As political differences increase between the EU’s European Council President Donald Tusk and the ruling political elite of Poland, Tusk has been questioned in his homeland in a case related to alleged cooperation between Polish and Russian secret services.

Murniece: we will never recognize the unlawful annexation of Crimea

Latvia strictly stands in favour of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and will continue providing practical support to the Ukrainian people, said Saeima speaker Inara Murniece and members of the parliament’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee on Wednesday, 19 April.

Latvia and other EU member states will form European Public Prosecutor’s Office

Following an announcement about Latvia’s readiness to participate more closely in the creation of European Public Prosecutor’s Office, Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs has sent an official letter to the European Parliament, EU Council and European Commission.

Sarin used in tragic Syrian attack, Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has found

In the tragic attack in Syria, to which the U.S. has responded with its first missile attack on Syrian government forces, sarin gas or similar substance has been used, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has announced.

Cigane: it’s important for Latvia to maintain fiscally responsible country’s reputation

«Latvia has restored its reputation as a country that maintains strict fiscal discipline. Thereby Latvia becomes part of the Nordic countries, which consider fiscal discipline an important guarantee for state and economic development. We cannot afford to lose that by performing unreasonable reforms,» says chairperson of Saeima’s European Affairs Committee.

April 19 in pictures

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

Government supports amendments to improve monitoring of food circulation

To improve monitoring of circulation of food products and introduce requirements of the European Union, Saeima’s National Economy Committee supported amendments to the Food Circulation Monitoring Law on Wednesday, 19 April.

Aseradens: Latvia’s and Nordic countries’ priorities are similar in the energy sector

Cooperation between Latvia and Nordic States in the energy sector is an example of a great story of success, said Latvian Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens at the opening of an international conference between Nordic States and Baltic States on Wednesday, 19 April.

Research: Pesticide residues found in 97% of food available in EU

In over 97% of all food products sold in the European Union pesticide residues can be found, show analyses conducted by member state food safety watchdogs.

Study: stereotypes are a major obstacle for women to work in IT

Only 6% of residents believe that IT is an appropriate sector for women to work in, according to results of a study carried out by Tele2 Shared Service Center and Snapshots.

EU contest results: participants tend to lean towards EU’s collapse

Participants of the contest «EU: mid-life crisis or second wind?» expressed rather sceptical opinions about the future of the European Union. Most participants said the EU could collapse, according to results of a contest performed by Es & Es and Spoki portal.

10-50-million-euro worth solar park planned in Estonia, by Finnish firm

Fortum, a Finnish group of energy companies, has announced plans to build a solar panel park in eastern Estonia and to invest in the project 10 to 50 million euros.

Reirs: child’s interests should be the focus in any situation

To discuss topical matters of welfare, including violation of children’s rights in municipal social care institutions, Latvian Welfare Minister Janis Reirs will participate in a meeting of Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee on Wednesday, 19 April.

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