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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: Change; Business; Fight; Decline; Truth and Growth.

Change: Relocation of Riga Coach Terminal to the ‘other side’ becomes more realistic

The relocation of Riga Coach Station to the ‘other side’ is becoming more and more realistic, as a proposal has been voiced to relocation Riga International Coach Terminal to Tornakalns. The planned construction of a transport hub in Tornakalns has already attracted funding of EUR 7 million from the European Cohesion Fund, as reported by Transport Ministry.

Mayor of Riga Nils Usakovs previously told Latvijas Radio that the coach terminal will likely be relocated, and that it would be necessary to combine it with suburban and public transport stops in Riga. One option would by building a transport hub beneath the new Central Station. Another includes relocating the terminal to Tornakalns, where it is also planned to build Rail Baltic Station.

Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/relocation-of-riga-coach-terminal-to-the-other-side-becomes-more-realistic-163778

Business: Government supports continuation of talks about purchase of shares in Conexus Baltic Grid

On Tuesday, 11 April, the Cabinet of Ministers supported continuation of talks with Conexus Baltic Grid shareholders about a possible procurement of shares in the company.

The state will evaluate its possible involvement in Conexus Baltic Grid to ensure energy security and form a regional gas market among Baltic States and Finland by 2020, BNN was told by Economy Ministry.

It will be possible to achieve the government’s goal by securing infrastructure development (Estonian-Finnish Balticconnectorun and Lithuanian-Polish GIPL connecting infrastructure), achieving high market efficiency and equality in competition, as well as securing price equalization with Central Europe.

Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/government-supports-continuation-of-talks-about-purchase-of-shares-in-conexus-baltic-grid-163780

Fight: Usakovs calls Latvia’s education minister a liar and fraudster

Baiba Brigmane, representative of Unity’s faction in Riga City Council, has requested to add the matter on Riga City Council’s behaviour in improving the quality of education in Riga’s general education facilities to the agenda of the next meeting of the city council’s Education, Culture and Sports Committee.

She also requests inviting to the meeting the management of schools in which result index of exams in the 2015/16 school year was below 30%.

In response to the claim that schools in Riga have low-quality education, Mayor of Riga Nils Usakovs posted a statement on this Facebook page, saying: «The Education Minister – is unprofessional and, possibly, a fraudster».

Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/usakovs-calls-latvia-s-education-minister-a-liar-and-fraudster-163913

Decline: Loginovs to continue working at Riga Freeport as advisor for Pecaks

Riga Freeport’s long-time CEO Leonids Loginovs will not stop working after retiring. He intends to continue working at the Freeport as the new CEO’s advisor, as reported by LTV.

Loginovs has been appointed as a freelance advisor to acting CEO Aigars Pecaks. Loginovs’ wage in the new post will be EUR 3,500 a month after taxes.

Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/loginovs-to-continue-working-at-riga-freeport-as-advisor-for-pecaks-163772

Truth: Estonian PM recognises gender pay gap as serious problem

It is necessary for Estonian society to address gender pay gap, said to be worst among EU nations, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has evaluated.

«According to Eurostat data, our pay gap of 26.9 percent puts us at the very top in the European ranking; this situation has remained unchanged for several years now. Our message here should be clear and unambiguous — men and women must receive equal wages for the same job,» noted Ratas published on April 10, the European Equal Pay Day, as cited by the ERR.

Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/estonian-pm-recognises-gender-pay-gap-as-serious-problem-163696

Growth: World Bank asks Latvia to introduce labour force tax progressiveness

Latvia has to improve its tax system in order to offer its residents better services, say specialists of the World Bank in the report on Latvia’s tax system.

To reduce social inequality, the World Bank suggests introducing progressiveness for PIT in addition to social support for people with low income.

The World Bank notes – if Latvia wishes to realize residents’ hopes for better public services in healthcare, education and transport field, the country should consider the option to increase budget revenue by improving its tax system.

It is mentioned in the report that income tax and benefits are the most appropriate tools for the reduction of inequality. Progressiveness in PIT in addition to social support for people with low income could help reduce inequality in Latvia.

According to the World Bank’s estimates, introduction of three levels of PIT rates – 19%, 23% and 33% – and non-taxable minimum could help reduce inequality and raise budget revenue in Latvia.

Full article here: http://bnn-news.com/world-bank-asks-latvia-to-introduce-labour-force-tax-progressiveness-163881

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Jerošenko: Ušakovs offers unhealthy policy, Concord is used as Lembergs’ «satellite party»

«Cooperation between Concord [also known as Harmony] and Airvars Lembergs’ Union of Greens and Farmers has always existed. It existed even before Concord first appeared in Riga City Council. The situation is the same in the Saeima, even though Concord is in the opposition. Still, in situations when one or the other matter important to Lembergs appears, one does not have to be a great politologist to notice the ties between those parties...

Bosnian Serb commander punished with life imprisonment for Srebrenica

The UN the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia handed a life imprisonment sentence to Ratko Mladić after it found the former commander of Bosnian Serb forces guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity committed in the 1990s during the Bosnian War.

EC positive about Latvia’s 2018 budget project

Based on the conclusion from the European Commission, Latvia’s budget project for 2018 fully fits conditions listed in the Stability and Growth Pact. In accordance with EC’s estimates, the structural balance of Latvia’s general budget is viewed at -1.8% of GDP. Government budget expenditures, on the other hand, are expected to grow by 7.1 percentage points.

Producer price level in Latvia declined 0.2% in October

Compared to September, the level of producer prices in Latvian industry dropped by 0.2 % in October 2017. Prices of products sold on the domestic market decreased by 0.5 %, while prices of exported products went up by 0.1 %.

Vaškevičs feels «harsh but fair» attitude from court justice system in Austria

Former deputy director of Latvia’s State Revenue Service Vladimirs Vaškevičs, who is accused of bribery and whose extradition from Austria has been a priority for Latvian authorities for some time now, says he feels «harsh but, thank God, fair» attitude from the Austrian court justice system.

Antāne: lost Russian cargoes have cost Latvia nearly 50 million in nine months

Latvia’s economy has lost nearly EUR 50 million in nine months because of missed Russian transit cargoes. While Russian Railway had approved 90% of oil and coal cargoes for transit through Ventspils port at the beginning of the year, this amount had declined to a mere 5% by September, says Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics President Inga Antāne.

In pictures: Museum of painter, Holocaust survivor Bak opened in Vilnius

In Vilnius, a museum to Jewish-Polish painter Samuel Bak has been opened. During the occupation of Lithuania by the Nazi Germany, the artist survived the Holocaust in the country.

Ratio of old people and invalids on a rise among unemployed people

The total number of unemployed people has been decreasing in recent years. However, the ratio of old people and invalids continues increasing in the ranks of unemployed people. On top of that, the number of lasting unemployed people remains high and largely unchanged in the country.

Saaremaa looking into possible ferry traffic to Latvia

The local government of the largest Estonian island is looking into possible interest of five shipping companies in opening ferry traffic between Saaremaa and Latvia.

Balta: exhaustion and overload are the most common causes for accidents at work

More than EUR 20,000 has been paid in compensations for injuries acquired at work this year so far, according to information from insurance association Balta. Compared with the same period of last year, the number of accidents has grown 40%.

Estonian town tempts population to reregister with spa in Latvia and 100 euro payment

The town of Keila, located 25 kilometres away from Tallinn, has started a one-and-a-half month campaign to motivate its residents to register back in the town as many of them have registered in the Estonian capital, which grants free public transport to its population.

EU to impose fine to Poland if logging in Białowieża forest not stopped

The European Court of Justice has issued to Poland a 15-day deadline to provide proof that the country has fulfilled the court's ruling to quit logging in the ancient Białowieża forest threatening with a daily fine of 100 000 euros if it fails to prove this.

Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks: building restoration will be next year’s priority

Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks plans to focus on improving technical state of its managed buildings. The company plans to restore several dozen buildings next year and up to 100 buildings a year in the next five years, says RNP chairman Aivars Gontarevs.

LCB: even deputies should fulfil their promises

Latvijas ceļu būvētājs, which is an association in Latvia with ties to multiple road and bridge construction companies, invites deputies to support the proposal for the restoration of the State Road Fund, BNN was told by the association’s chairman Andris Bērziņš.

Russia rejects claims of nuclear accident despite radioactive cloud over France

Russia has stated that a nuclear accident has not taken place in its territory although its weather service has found high amounts of traces of a radioactive isotope.

Study: taxes for business in Latvia – the most attractive among Baltic States

Latvia’s tax system is the most attractive among Baltic States and 13th most attractive among 190 countries of the world, according to the latest study performed by the World Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers on tax systems around the world.

Turkish journalist punished with prison term for tweet

A court in Turkey has sentenced on Tuesday, November 21, a journalist from opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet to three years behind bars over accusations of spreading terrorist propaganda in relation to a post on Twitter, which had been briefly on the microblogging site this spring.

Latvia – 35th country in the world ICT development-wise

This year Latvia reached 35th place in the world in terms of development of information and communication technologies, as mentioned in the latest report by UN International Telecommunication Union.

Instant payment infrastructure comes online in Europe

On Tuesday, 21 November, instant payment infrastructure will be introduced across Europe. On top of that, European banks’ founded EBA Clearing will also introduce its RT1 instant payment system. The European-level solution has also been coordinated with the instant payment processing infrastructure prepared by the Bank of Latvia in August 2017, as reported by the bank.

Police dismantle criminal group that caused damage worth seven million euros to the state

Latvian State Revenue Service’s Finance Police dismantled a criminal group in November 2017. A total of 34 searches were performed and two people were found suspect. The criminal group performed tax avoidance and money laundering operations, causing damages worth nearly seven million euros to the state, BNN was informed by SRS.

Zariņš: deputies who vote for the state budget without amendments will have breached their vows

It is unacceptable for the Saeima coalition to follow the Cabinet of Ministers and like the Cabinet of Ministers breach laws during the budget approval process, says Saeima member Ivars Zariņš, adding that deputies who vote for the budget without amendments will thereby have to breach the vow they had previously made to the Latvian nation.

Estonia’s ruling Centre Party shows door to 31 competing members

The leadership of Estonia's Center Party has accepted the proposals of the party's local branches on fellow members, who ran in the Estonian municipal elections this autumn from a separate list, and expelled 31 members from the political party.

Pabriks: state interests should be held higher than party interests

Latvia cannot be allowed to drown in provincialism. It is in the country’s interest to maintain a course towards European and NATO values. In a situation when the number of centric and European-oriented parties is large, it is becoming harder and harder, because it leads to political fragmentation, and the main goal of it is reaching the 5% barrier during elections, not ensuring growth and development for Latvia, says MEP Artis Pabriks.

Reacting to e-commerce growth, Omniva rushes to expand its parcel locker network

Estonian state-owned postal company Eesti Post, which operates the Omniva brand, stated that it will broaden its network of parcel lockers expand its current parcel machines up until Christmas.

Programme: introduction of ‘honest’ taxi counters is stuck

Taxi drivers that had to replace their counters as far back as 15 October, continue delaying the process, as reported by De Factor with reference to State Revenue Service.