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Change: Estonian prime minister suggests giving citizenship to long-term residents
Non-citizens who have been living in Estonia for more than 25 years should be given citizenship, said Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. ‘«It is my party’s programme. There are 80,000 people with grey passports in Estonia. It is not normal for so many people to be living in Estonia without citizenship. It is a problem for our society,» he said.
Deal: Latvian Saeima ratifies EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
On Thursday, 23 February, Latvia’s parliament ratified the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. «The agreement means geopolitical benefits under conditions of security risks and a major step towards strengthening Trans-Atlantic ties,» said Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee’s Chairman Ojars Eriks Kalnins.
Decline: low wages cause deficit of doctors in many places
Because of low wages, tension and concern are felt in many fields of medicine, said Healthcare Minister Anda Caksa in an interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV. She said healthcare is often called a priority, but without allocating appropriate funding to this priority doctors feel unappreciated. «We need real wages – not just on paper, but in reality as well,» Caksa noted.
Truth: officials say there was no reason to end the «oligarchs case»
Former officials of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau believe the prosecutor’s office and KNAB had no reasons to end the so-called oligarchs case. Nevertheless, they are not surprised about this outcome.
Growth: Latvia will be a leader among Baltics in GDP growth this year and the next
Latvia’s economic trends will be dictated by positive trends in the next several years. Consumption will continue growing, export volumes will continue increasing and EU funds will continue improving investments and stimulating the construction sector. Actual wages will grow and unemployment indexes will decline slightly.
«Latvia will be a leader among Baltic States in GDP growth this year and the next. The country’s GDP growth will be 3.5% in 2017 and 2018. Estonia’s economy will grow 2.2% this year and 3.1% next year. Lithuania’s GDP will grow 2.5% this year and 3.1% next year,» Gaspuitis said.
Future: Welfare Ministry proposes reducing overtime pay
Latvian Welfare Ministry proposes reducing overtime pay for the first time two hours by half, says WM representative Egils Zarins. He notes that from now on employees who work overtime will be paid no less than 50% of their normal pay for the first two hours. For every next hour, overtime pay has to be no lower than 100% or the normal pay.
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