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BNN summary of the week: European populist Lembergs, Murniece's plans for compulsory military service

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories, including business, decline, growth, fight and future.

Business: the largest merging deals of last year were performed in the retail market

Merging deals and other agreements of the largest businesses in 2016 had affected the competition development in twelve different industries and nearly one billion euros large segment of Latvia’s national economy.

Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/cc-largest-merging-deals-of-last-year-were-performed-on-the-retail-market-161609

Fight: Court declares Jurašs dismissal from KNAB as unjustified

Administrative District Court has satisfied ex-KNAB official Juris Jurašs’ request to recognize the order to dismiss him from his post in the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau as void.

Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/court-declares-jurass-dismissal-from-knab-as-unjustified-161583

Decline: 10% of Latvian municipalities refuse complying with Constitutional Court’s ruling

For approximately three and a half years one-tenth of Latvian municipalities have been refusing to comply with Constitutional Court’s ruling on changing waste management companies.

Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/de-facto-10-of-latvian-municipalities-refuse-complying-with-constitutional-court-s-ruling-161475

Truth: The New York Times puts Lembergs on the list of Europe’s populists

Considering recently emerged trend when more and more populist people end up in power around the world, one of the most prestigious magazines in the world – The New York Times – has analysed politicians of Central Europe and has picked the biggest populists among them. Latvia with Aivars Lembergs is the only Baltic State on this list.

Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/the-new-york-times-puts-lembergs-on-the-list-of-europe-s-populists-161614

Growth: Latvia is the only EU member state in which most CEOs are women

Latvia is the only European Union member state in which the majority of management posts in different enterprises are taken by women, according to the latest data from Eurostat for 2014.

Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/eurostat-latvia-is-the-only-eu-member-state-in-which-most-ceos-are-women-161571

Future: Saeima speaker considers restoring compulsory military service in Latvian

Latvian Saeima speaker Inara Murniece predicts compulsory military service will be restored in Latvia in the near future.

In an interview to 900 Seconds programme of LNT on 10 March, Murniece said compulsory military service should be restored in the country. Until then, she said, it is necessary to finish the work that has been commenced in defence.

Full article: http://bnn-news.com/saeima-speaker-considers-restoring-compulsory-military-service-in-latvia-161916


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Judins says parliamentary committee «is going nowhere»

The work performed by Saeima’s investigative committee in charge of oligarch case does not fit the established goal to investigate and analyse possible state capture, says member of the committee and Unity’s Saeima faction Andrejs Judins.

Study: residents criticize development of Latvia general situation the most

With the coming of autumn, residents’ optimism has declined significantly, according to results of Baltic International Bank’s Latvian Barometer.

Number of occupied jobs in Latvia up 9.3 thousand

At the end of the first half of 2017, in Latvia there were 903.2 thousand occupied posts, and, compared to the end of the first half of 2016, the number has grown by 9.3 thousand or 1.0 %.

Latkovskis says sometimes questionable votes are lobbied in Saeima in secret

There have been cases sin which questionable votes were being lobbied in the parliament in secret. Compared with last year, this tendency is demonstrating growth, said Saeima deputy Ilmārs Latkovskis in an interview to Latvijas Avīze.

E-governance advocate Ilves comments on alleged Estonian ID card vulnerability

The ex-President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who has been an active advocate of e-governance has emphasised that a possible security risk with Estonian ID cards has not put that the country's reputation as an e-state at risk.

Delna invites Saeima to support initiative to liquidate option to abstain from votes

Society for openness Delna invites Saeima deputies to support public initiative and liquidate the option for deputies to abstain from votes.

82% of Estonian households use mobile internet at home

As to the choice of internet connection in Estonia, 82% of Estonian households use mobile internet at home, Estonian statisticians have estimated.

Baltic Express attracts railway cargoes; decline noted for other carriers

Railway cargo carrier Baltic Express more than doubled its cargo volumes in the first seven months of 2017. Meanwhile, other two cargo carriers – LDz Cargo and Baltic Transit Service – have suffered cargo declines. Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics notes that it is ringing the alarm over the situation in the industry, not over the interests of its members.

Survey: more than half of Latvian residents are half-serious about their health

44% of Latvian residents use all medicine prescribed by their doctor when they get sick, according to data from Mana Aptieka&Apotheka health index.

In pictures: Zapad drill in full swing

BNN offers you an insight into the quadrennial join military training of Belarus and Russia, which have been inspected in person by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu.

Rinkēvičs invites India to open an embassy in Latvia

During the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, 18 September, Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs met with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. The two discussed political and economic cooperation between the two countries.

Norwegian top policeman sentenced to 21 years in prison for aiding hashish contraband

A court in Norway, a country often recognised as one of the least corrupt globally, has convicted a senior Norwegian police officer to 21 years in prison after finding him guilty of taking bribes and helping drugs contraband.

Road Transport Administration: transport planning in Riga does not reflect region’s scale

Road Transport Administration plans to speak with Riga and Pierīga administrations about the fractured public transport system in the region, says the administration’s chairman Kristiāns Godiņš.

Mass Ryanair cancellations expected

Irish airline Ryanair has warned that due to an internal planning problem up to 400 000 flights could be cancelled in the European Union.

Legislative draft proposed to simplify referendum procedure

The Central Election Commission has registered Open Management Partnership in Latvia signature collection association’s legislative draft submitted for the fourth time. This legislative draft proposes cancelling amendments of 8 November 2012 to the Law on National Referendum, Legislative Initiative and European Citizens’ Initiative, as reported by the commission.

Greece to lift wine tax due to low revenue

The government of Greece plans to submit draft amendments to lift the country’s year-old excise tax on wine, Greek Minister for Agricultural Development and Food has stated.

Reirs: pension budget will increase by EUR 160 million next year

Next year, pension budget will increase by more than EUR 160 million, says Latvian Welfare Minister Jānis Reirs. He explains that the total pension budget will be EUR 1.93 billion, which means funding for next year’s pensions will be 9.19% higher.

Oligarch case’s parliamentary committee settles disputes with shouting

During a meeting of Saeima’s committee entrusted with investigating Oligarch case, a loud argument broke out between Unity faction member Andrejs Judins and publicist Imants Liepiņš.

IDB: it is too soon to expect corruption to go down in traffic monitoring field

Society’s condemnation of bribery is positive, but it is currently too soon to expect the problem of bribery in road traffic monitoring field to go down, admits Internal Security Bureau chief Valters Mūrnieks.

Apinis: Latvia’s Healthcare Ministry is intellectually weak

Pēteris Apinis, head of Latvian Association of Doctors, criticizing the reform plan, saying: «Just like the Napoleon cake has no Napoleon, the reform plan has no reforms.» He believes Healthcare Ministry’s intellectual potential declined in the past three to four years and that the institution in its current state is intellectually weak.

airBaltic performed 14,324 flights in summer

In August 2017, Latvian airline airBaltic carried 386,597 passengers or 21% more than it did in the same period in 2016, as BNN was informed by the airline.

Sudraba: deputy quotas matter will be resolved in officials’ offices this year

The matter of the so-called deputy quotas will be resolved in officials’ offices this time, deputy Inguna Sudraba of To Latvia from the Heart told Latvijas Radio.

Estonia should invest in long-term productivity, environmental protection – evaluates OECD

As Estonia’s economic recovery gathers pace, it is time to work for sustainable development by protecting the environment and looking for ways to increase productivity, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has recommended.

Option to abstain from vote proposed to be liquidated to reduce possibility of hiding opinions

On Monday 18 September, a citizens’ initiative will be submitted to the Saeima to liquidate the option to abstain from votes in the parliament.

KNAB commences criminal process in state institution’s service

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced a criminal process for, possibly, illegal activities in a state institution service.