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Ceturtdiena 21.09.2017 | Name days: Matīss, Modris, Mariss

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.

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.

Precipitation to back down later this week; air temperature to gradually rise

The new work week commenced with an active cyclone, which will approach Latvia from the south, bringing heavy rain mainly central regions, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

European Commission approves DNB and Nordea banks’ plan to merge in Baltic States

The European Commission has approved the plan between DNB Bank and Nordea Bank to merge in Baltic States. It is planned that this transaction will be completed in Q4 2017.

KNAB once again uncovers possible corruption at Eastern Clinical University Hospital

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced criminal process regarding possible case of corruption at Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital, according to information from LETA.

Hourly labour costs in Latvia grew 10.6% in Latvia in Q2

Compared to Q2 previous year, hourly labour costs rose by 77 cents or 10.6 %, reaching 8.07 euros in Q2 2017. Seasonally adjusted data show that labour costs increased by 8.2 %.

Lietuvietis: European urologists report growing numbers of prostate cancer cases

European urologists report rapid rise of prostate cancer spread among men. Prostate cancer is the most common forms of cancer among men in Latvia, as well. More than 417,000 new prostate cancer cases are uncovered in Europe every year. 92,000 men die from this type of cancer every year.

Court: Lembergs openly ignores requests from judges; sanctions applied again

On Friday, 15 September, Riga Regional Court will continue viewing the criminal case revolving around Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of serious crimes. Lembergs will continue testifying.

Saeima conceptually approves increasing penalties state language violations

«By increasing sanctions for violations of state language rules, we will strengthen the principle detailed in the Constitution – Latvian language is the sole state language,» believes Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnačs.

Rainy weather to remain in Latvia; a new cyclone will come close next week

On Friday, 15 September, weather in Latvia will remain rainy in most areas, some will even experience thunderstorms. Precipitation will back down closer to the evening, however. Air temperature will be +12° C… +15° C during most of the day. At night, however, air temperature will decline to +9° C… +14° C, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

FCMC revokes Hanza Cooperative credit union’s license

Finance Capital and Market Commission has made the decision to revoke the license of Hanza Cooperative credit union issued on 20 April 2004.

Climate change: MEPs support larger role for forests in reducing CO2

On Wednesday, 13 September, members of the European Parliament supported the plan that is aimed to reduce climate change by means of increasing the role of forests in absorbing CO2.

Funding for social integration measures proposed to be increased

In 2018, funding will be necessary for a wide range of integration measures, including support of national minorities, NGOs and social organization, as well as activities to involve youngsters in public processes, BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Police intercept an impressive amount of contraband cigarettes in Latgale

At the beginning of the week, a massive amount of contraband cigarettes was intercepted – 1,900,140 Minsk 5 Superslim cigarettes with Belarusian excise labels. 1966-born citizen of Lithuania who was driving the truck in which cigarettes were found has been arrested.

Latvia disagrees with proposal to reduce cod and herring fishing volumes in the Gulf of Riga

On Wednesday, 13 September, minister Jānis Dūklavs met with NGOs at Agriculture Ministry’s Fishing Advisory Council meeting and discussed with them European Commission’s proposal for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea in 2018.

European Parliament to allocate another 500 million euros to combat youth unemployment

Members of the European Parliament approved the allocation of an additional amount of EUR 500 million for the youth employment initiative. It is part of the achieved EUR 1.2 billion increase for 2017-2020, as reported by EP.