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Sunday 25.06.2017 | Name days: Maiga, Milija

EC launches procedure against Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland over not relocating refugees

European Union’s executive body has launched legal procedures against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland for their refusal to relocate refugees within the solitary quota scheme, as part of which currently 20,869 of the planned 160,000 refugees have been relocated.

June 13 in pictures

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

Latvian government to increase fight against money laundering and terrorism funding

The government has supported amendments to the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing intended to adapt European Parliament’s and European Commission’s fourth money laundering and terrorist financing prevention directive, as reported by Finance Ministry.

Latvian government conceptually supports procurement of new trains

Pasažieru vilciens will continue the procurement of new trains in the second stage of the process. This was conceptually approved by the government on Tuesday, 13 June.

Estonian minister: Linking medical histories to 23m euro genetic database would increase cost-effectiveness

Putting genome information on every Estonian in database would require 23 million euros and combining it with medical histories would make the Baltic country’s healthcare system more cost-effective, evaluated Estonian Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski.

Experts: pest control should be a priority in Latvia’s agriculture

«Winter and supper crops are currently developing quickly under influence from heat and moisture. This is good. Still, we have to carefully monitor leaf diseases and spread of different pests,» emphasize specialists of Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre.

Expert: unlimited freedom to earn could also mean unlimited freedom to lose

«Lately an opinion has been circulating that keeping pension funds close to large financial market indexes with low commission could provide a better result than active managing approach that includes the purchase and sale of different investment objects in accordance with the situation on the financial markets. This approach has its pros, but also its cons,» explains Nordea Pensions Latvia board member Ilja Arefjevs.

Oil prices continue rising around to globe

Oil prices around the world continue growing in the world even though investors remain sceptical about the ability of OPEC member states and their partners to reduce overproduction on the global market.

In photos: Latvian tennis player Aļona Ostapenko’s arrival in Riga

On Monday, 12 June, a huge gathering of fans welcomed Latvian tennis player Aļona Ostapenko’s arrival at Riga International Airport. On Saturday, 10 June, Ostapenko triumphed at Roland-Garros Open in France.

In pictures: Mass anti-corruption rally in Moscow

Several thousand people have taken part in an unauthorised rally in the capital of Russia on Monday, June 12, in protest against corruption.

CEC does not revoke results of municipal elections in Rezekne

The Central Election Commission had decided to decline the complaint submitted by four Rezekne City Council candidates asking to revoke election results.

Finland’s coalition splits after calls for aggressive policy on EU

Finland’s head of government Juha Sipilä has stated that the government coalition can no longer work in cabinet with Eurosceptic Finns Party after the latter elected a firm immigration critic member of the European Parliament as its leader.

Criminal process launched against Bogdanovs couple working at Finance Police

Latvian Security Police has commenced a criminal process against Kristine and Maksim Bogdanov, who are husband and wife. The two are officials working at State Revenue Service’s Finance Police.The reason for the criminal process is disclosure of official secrets.

SEB Bank to replace code cards with Smart-ID in June

On Thursday, 15 June, several restrictions for transactions using SEB Bank code cards will come into force. Code cards will be allowed to be used to confirm only small transactions to other banks that do not exceed EUR 30, SEB Bank representatives say.

June 12 in pictures

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

One accident at work – one too many; expert talks about work safety

Practices in Latvian companies show that the general attitude towards work safety varies greatly. This is proven by situations when employees have to put their signatures under work safety rules but no real training follows, says business effectiveness expert Vids Petraitis says about the situation in Latvia.

HM: additional funding for healthcare would help reduce queues by 10%

«In accordance with European Commission’s permitted budget deficit correction – 110 million euros – and additional funding form the state budget, which would form approximately 80 million euros, it would be possible in 2018 to reduce queues by 40% and secure 548,110 additional services to patients, including 5,845 eye operations,» Latvian Healthcare Ministry reports.

Study: 61% of people continue working while on vacation

An international performed by on vacation trends among working people shows that only 25% of all employed people use their vacation to the full extent. 61% of all employed people continue working while on vacation and remain reachable on the phone or electronically. 17% of respondents said they fear being fired if they take a vacation.

Supreme Court: hidden lobbying has hurt Latvia a lot over the years

«Hidden lobbying, which is very common in Latvia, has hurt the country a lot over the years. It is one of the elements that contributes to distrust towards the government,» believes chairperson of the Supreme Court’s Administrative Cases Department Veronika Krumina.

Programme: authorities launch new criminal processes after municipal elections

Latvian Security Police have launched three criminal processes for vote-buying in the 2017 municipal elections, as confirmed by deputy chief of Security Police Ints Ulmanis in an interview to De Facto of LTV.

Spanish troops arrive in Latvia for NATO’s multi-national combat group

Spanish troops along with military vehicles have arrived in Latvia to take part in NATO’s multi-national combat group, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Thunderstorms expected in Latvia this week

Weather in Latvia will be dictated by a cyclone currently above Scandinavia. It will start moving east soon. This will bring a lot of rain to Latvia – the volume of precipitation may exceed 10 mm daily, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

EU establishes visa-free regime with Ukraine

The visa-free regime between the European Union and Ukraine has come into force. This regime allows Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports to travel to EU member states, except for Ireland and the UK.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian president signs alcohol control bill into law

President Dalia Grybauskaitė has signed the amendments to the Alcohol Control Law, which were adopted by the parliament and triggered heated discussions in the society, thus imposing substantial restrictions on alcohol trade, consumption and advertisements as of 2018.

BNN summary of the week: opposition in Ventspils, tax reform’s progress and growing state debt

BNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Business; Decline; Future; and Growth.

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