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Construction permits provided for Rail Baltica stations, a bridge and embankment project

State Railway Technical Inspectorate has provided three construction permits to Rail Baltica project’s organizer in Latvia – European Railway Lines. The three permits account for the construction of Rail Baltica Riga stations, bridge and embankment, as reported by Development and Cooperation Department.

Estonian trade unions: 1 000 minimum wage – not realistic

Head of Estonian Trade Union Confederation has evaluated that increasing the minimum monthly wage to 1,000 euros is not realistic at the moment, although local politicians and businessmen have suggested the four-digit number.

500-kg-large Soviet training mine found at Liepaja port

During Flotex 2017 navy exercises, Mine Squadron dive team found an underwater object about 0.8 nautical miles away from Liepaja port’s northern gates. Upon closer inspection, it turned out that the object was a KMD 500 mine, as reported by Latvian Defence Ministry.

Minister: after the school reform, teachers’ monthly wages will grow to EUR 1,500

Sorting out the school network will bring teachers the opportunity to earn more money for their work, said Latvian Education and Science Minister Kārlis Šadurskis in an interview to 900 seconds of LNT.

European Commission approves Inčukalns tar ponds mediation project

The European Commission has approved financial investments for the second stage of tar pond mediation project. More than EUR 29 million will be available for the project, with European Regional Development Fund providing 85% of applicable costs.

Latvians acknowledge low birthrate risks but are not prepared to plan bigger families

Latvia’s demography is threatened the most by residents leaving the country to live and work in other countries. Risks are the highest among young people. It should be added, however, that young people are also usually the most optimistic, because 25% to 50% of the people who left also expect to return to Latvia later on, according to Baltic International Bank Latvian Barometer.

Healthcare Ministry plans to provide healthcare workers with wage increases

Next year’s budget project includes plans for additional funding to be provided to workers of the healthcare sector in order to increase wages, Healthcare Ministry report.

Estonia plans to raise state loan guarantee ceiling to Kredex

The an Estonian parliamentary committee has backed the plan to change the conditions of the operation of the Estonian Credit and Export Guarantee Fund, by increasing the ceiling of Kredex’s loan guarantees by 134 million euros reaching 390 million euros.

Opinion: government does not consider science a resource for state development

The government does not consider science a resource for state development, but rather only an expenditure position, said Mārcis Auziņš, former rector of the University of Latvia in an interview to 900 seconds program of LNT.

Family doctors dissatisfied with Healthcare Ministry’s reform again

When forming cooperation with family doctors, lately the Healthcare Ministry has focused on conditions that are completely unacceptable for doctors and had never been in place to begin with, said Latvian Family Doctors Association’s Chairman Pauls Princis in an interview to Rīta panorama programme.

Experts prepare a plan to defend poor residents’ interests next year

Poverty is a violation of human rights. Political will and specific decisions to reduce it are necessary. Allocation of state budget funds for the introduction of a sustainable social policy and realization should be considered an investment in people rather than state budget expenditures, says EAPN-Latvia.

Latvia and Russia to sign final documents regarding state border demarcation

On Wednesday, 25 October, Latvia’s and Russia’s final border demarcation documents will be signed at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. These documents will include the demarcation map, border description, landmarks reports, landmarks coordination and altitudes catalogue, as well as the final minutes.

Though vote-buying was proven, CEC decides to not change division of mandates in Saeima

The Central Election Commission has decided to not re-divide mandates in the 12th Saeima after Latgale Regional Court ruled that four votes were, in fact, bought in favour of Harmony’s candidate Andrejs Elksniņš.

Pabriks: losing control over airBaltic would be a mistake for Latvia

«If attraction of an investor for Latvian’s national airline airBaltic results in full privatization of the company, Latvian state would make a strategic mistake,» says MEP Artis Pabriks.

Sleep doctor: stress and sleep problems – a closed circle to avoid

Excessive stress is becoming a very common problem for residents. Unfortunately, stress often comes with sleep problems, which inevitably worsens the quality of life for people. On top of that, people rarely complain, which makes treatment all the harder. Instead of addressing the core of the problem, residents use different alcoholic beverages as a short-term solution.

Mortality from strokes in Latvia may grow significantly in the near future

To raise awareness of the dramatic situation with strokes in Latvia and motivate decision-makers into improving stroke prevention measures and treatment and increasing funding for this area, cardiologists and neurologists invite officials to come to a discussion.

Pavļuts: party unions would be welcome, but not for politically technical reasons

In preparation for Saeima elections, unions should be considered by parties that have similar goals, not politically technical considerations, said Kustība Par leader Daniels Pavļuts in an interview to Rīta panorama programme.

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