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Monday 18.06.2018 | Name days: Madis, Alberts

President: we will not give away our scientists’ ideas for free

It is necessary to concentrate all resources on research performed by Latvian scientists with patent potential. This will help secure returns for Latvia’s national economy, said President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis during his meeting with rector of Riga Technical University Artūrs Zeps.

Ministry: residents should not have to cover their building’s total water supply costs

Building owners have to provide a special place or room for installation of water measurement devices. The cost of installation and replacement of such devices should be covered by the water supply provider, says Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry.

No more than two consecutive terms for governor of Bank of Latvia

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee has agreed to propose an alternative legislative draft that provides for adding restrictions for the governor of the Bank of Latvia, making it impossible to take this post more for more than two consecutive terms.

Two film streaming sites shut down in Latvia for violation of copyrights

At the end of February, State Police shut down two popular film streaming websites in Latvia. Police say those websites were illegally streaming films. The estimated damage caused to copyright holders by those two websites is more than EUR 200,000. Four persons are held suspect. The investigation continues.

Changes to natural gas tariffs in Latvia; bills expected to increase

New natural gas transmission system tariffs will allow more efficient use of connections, said chairperson of Latvijas gāze’s subsidiary Gaso Ilze Pētersone-Godmane in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Wednesday, 14 March.

Expert: there are two extremes observed in financial markets

There are two extremes currently observed – on one hand, there are very positive economic trends observed around the world, but on the other hand, there is also the continued growth of interest rates accompanied by nervousness among investors, says Luminor Deposit Advisory Office manager in Baltic States Anželika Dobrovoļska.

European Parliament: all EU member states should ratify Istanbul Convention

During debates with EU commissioner Andrus Ansip, members of the European Parliament invite all EU member states to ratify the Istanbul Convention, as BNN was informed by EP Information Office in Latvia.

CC cancels unjustified competition restrictions applied on training of the unemployed

After holding discussions and listening to reports from experts, the Competition Council has decided to lift restrictions prepared by Welfare Ministry in regulations that govern measures aimed at combating unemployment, thereby making sure that rules potentially limiting the range of education institutions are not added to the final document.

UNESCO: securing quality education is the duty of all involved sides

Responsibility for securing quality education should be taken by governments, schools, teachers, parents, private sector representatives and students. A responsible education system should be based on justice, inclusion and quality principles, as noted by authors of UNESCO education report ‘Accountability in education: fulfilling our responsibilities’.

Bank: Latvia’s exports on the rise in a time when the world is worried about trade wars

«Although the export year commenced with a high jump, it is not possible to hold such a high bar throughout the entire year. Growing external demand will help, considering stable economic growth in our partner countries,» predicts Swedbank economist Agnese Buceniece.

14 new ESA research and innovation projects approved for funding

The 3rd project approval process organized by European Space Agency concluded on 5 March. As a result, fourteen new projects worth EUR 1,413,520 were approved for funding. All approved projects will be financed 100% from Latvia’s contributions to the ESA budget, as confirmed by Education and Science Ministry.

LCCI: the next head of SRS should come from the private sector

It would be best to search for the next head of the State Revenue Service in the private sector, said chairman of Latvia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jānis Endziņš in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Maxima Latvija to invest EUR 1.3 million in self-service checkouts

Maxima Latvija plans to continue developing its self-service checkout services in 16 stores across Latvia, as BNN was informed by the company.

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