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Friday 20.04.2018 | Name days: Mirta, Ziedīte

Requirements for Latvian language education in national minority kindergartens to increase

Education programmes of national minority kindergartens will soon be amended to ensure increased requirements for Latvian language education, as the Director of the State Education Content Centre Guntars Catlaks told journalists, presenting new pre-school education guidelines.

Saeima committee supports ban for banks to work with shell companies

Banks registered in Latvia will be prohibited from working with shell companies and servicing their accounts. New restrictions are provided by amendments to the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing supported by Saeima’s Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee on Tuesday, 17 April.

Latvian armed forces to practice cooperation with rescues services

On Tuesday, 17 April, Latvia’s National Armed Forces will be performing an exercise in Rezekne’s Audriņi and Vērēmi counties. These exercises are intended to train armed forces to cooperate with Emergency Medical Service, State Fire and Rescue Service, State Police and State Border Guard, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Latvian Border Guard intercepts 35 thousand contraband cigarettes

One citizen of Republic of Belarus has been arrested and more than 35,000 contraband cigarettes have been confiscated, as reported by Latvian State Border Guard.

President: Russia provokes us with military drills, but we are in control of the situation

Russia’s announced missile-firing tests is nothing more than demonstration of strength and a provocation against Latvia and NATO to see how we react, said Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis in an interview to LNT.

Experts: it is possible to improve Latvia’s employment situation

«After completing studies, students are not always prepared for work. There is a gap between supply and demand on the labour market. One of the most strategically viable solutions would be involving employers to support education institutions and their students,» as noted by representatives of businesses present in Latvia.

Ruling coalition in Latvia agrees to reduce MPC payments

The ruling coalition in Latvia has reached an agreement in regards to reducing mandatory procurement component by diverting Latvenergo’s revenue for this purpose, says Latvia’s Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens.

Unity asks prime minister to distance from Lembergs’ words about Skripal case

During a meeting on 16 April, Unity’s board decided to ask Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis to distance himself from Aivars Lembergs’ public statements in relation to Sergei Skripal’s poisoning in Britain.

Ministry: US UAVs will enhance Latvian armed forces’ reconnaissance capabilities

Thanks to funding from USA worth more than USD 3 million, Latvia’s National Armed Forces will be provided with tactical RQ-20A Puma UAVs from AeroViroment to help enhance their monitoring and reconnaissance capabilities, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Russia announces missile-firing tests in Latvia’s exclusive economic zone again

For the second time now Russia has announced plans to perform missile-firing tests in Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea, as confirmed by Defence Ministry’s Military Public Relations Department Director Kaspars Galkins.

Ministry: Latvia’s state debt may decline by four percentage points in the next three years

Latvia’s state debt may decline by four percentage points in the next three years, as mentioned in Finance Ministry’s response letter to the Fiscal Discipline Council.

Beginning of the week expected to be rainy in Latvia

At the beginning of the week, cloudiness in Latvia will increase and weather will become rainy. In the middle of the week, however, anticyclone activity will increase above Europe’s central parts. Its north-eastern side will dictate weather in Latvia.

LSR: large proportion of gravel roads presents the largest challenge to mobility in Latvia

The biggest challenge for mobility in Latvia is the large proportion of gravel roads in the country, said Chairman of Latvian State Roads Jānis Lange during an annual road sector conference.

Corruption watchdog: Bank of Latvia governor’s case may be sent to prosecutor soon

The criminal case involving the governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs may be sent to the prosecutor’s office within the next couple of months, said Chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau Jēkabs Straume in an interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV.

European Union to restrict unfair trade practices

From now on settlement terms that exceed 30 days for products that expire quickly will be considered an unfair trade practice. One-sided change of supply terms, cancellation of supplies shortly before delivery and similar acts will be considered unfair practices, as reported by Latvia’s Agriculture Ministry.

CFCA invites universities to apply for EU fund support

Central Finance and Contracting Agency has announced an open project selection for higher education institution. With help from European Union funds, universities will be able to strengthen academic personnel in strategic specialization fields.