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Estonia allocated 200 million euros to compensate population for second level pension contributions

To compensate to the part of Estonian population that during and after the financial crisis voluntarily continued their contributions to the second level pension fund or paid higher second level pension fund contributions from 2014 to 2017, the Estonian state has transferred additional 227 million euros to the fund during the three-year period.

RB Rain CEO: shareholders’ disagreements could delay Rail Baltica’s realization

Disagreements among shareholders could impede successful realization of Rail Baltica project and use of EU funding, said RB Rail CEO Baiba Rubesa in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Unity: the politically repressed have earned more support during Latvia’s centenary

On Monday, 12 February, political party Unity asked parties of the coalition to conceptually support the initiative to pay politically repressed individuals benefits worth EUR 100 during Latvia’s centenary, as confirmed by Unity’s Saeima faction.

Lembergs once again rejects court composition in his criminal case

Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of serious crimes, rejected the composition of the court on Monday, 12 February. He said that judges are unable to provide an objective and fair viewing of the criminal case.

Construction output in Latvia up 19.5%

Compared to 2016, construction output increased by 19.5 % in 2017. Construction output at current prices amounted to 1 736 million euros.

Russia and Estonia exchange president-pardoned spies

Tallinn and Moscow have exchanged two men, who had been imprisoned for spying, but have been granted presidential pardons.

Programme: Riga ignores requirement to use Construction Information System

For two years now Riga has been avoiding the requirement for all municipalities to use the unified Construction Information System. Riga also remains the only municipality in Latvia that has yet to connect to this digital platform, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Less precipitation expected in Latvia this week; air temperature to rise on weekends

This week, air temperature in most of Latvia will stay at -2° C… -4° C during the day. Only along the coast will air temperature reach +1° C, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. Parliament speaker urges academic ethics guard to resign amid anti-Semitism claims

Parliament Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis on Friday, February 9, urged Vigilijus Sadauskas , ombudsman for academic ethics and procedures, to step down amid allegations of anti-Semitism after he proposed a reward for a research thesis about Jewish crimes in the 1900s.

Riga makes it to Top 5 best tourism destinations in Europe

Latvia’s capital city has been given fifth place in the European Best Destination 2018 rating of tourism destinations, as reported by Live Riga tourism information centre.

Foreign trade turnover in Latvia increased by 12.4% in 2017

Foreign trade turnover of Latvia at current prices reached EUR 25.42 billion – EUR 2.81 billion or 12.4 % more than in 2016. The exports value constituted EUR 11.39 billion (an increase of EUR 1.03 billion or 10.0 %), whereas the imports value – EUR 14.03 billion (an upturn of EUR 1.78 billion or 14.5 %).

Illegal employment in Latvia increased in construction and transport sectors last year

Illegal employment in Latvia had increased last year in two sectors – construction and transport industry, said State Labour Inspectorate manager Renārs Lūsis in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

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