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Sunday 25.06.2017 | Name days: Maiga, Milija

Zile: not all countries will be able to get involved in EU integration

The most likely development scenario for the European Union is the multi-speed Europe in which not all member states are able to participate, because they are unable to fit the necessary standards, says MEP Roberts Zile.

State Border Guard inspector may be involved in cigarette contraband

Latvian State Border Guard’s Criminal Investigations Office’s officials have detained an inspector of Silene Border Security Office.

Weather to remain warm this week; rain expected nearly every day next week

Weather in Latvia is expected to get warmer in the next couple of days. However, colder masses of air will flow into the region next week, bringing rain and thunderstorms, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvia experienced moderately rapid export growth among EU member states

When compared with the same period of last year, Latvia experienced a moderate export rise among European Union member states in the first four months of 2017, according to data published by Eurostat.

Law on Press will not apply to municipal newsletters

On Thursday, 16 June, the Saeima supported amendments to the Law on the Press and Other Mass Media. Supported amendments clarify that the goal of the law is protecting right of freedom of speech as detailed in the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, BNN was informed by the Saeima press-service.

Nordea Bank supports development of new Latvian cosmetics

One of the leading cosmetics producers in Latvia – Kinetics Nail Systems – has received a significant amount of funding from Nordea Bank. EUR 400,000 will be used to refinance standing commitments and provide turnover funds, BNN was told by the bank.

Residents in Latvia and Lithuania worried the most about health; less in Estonia

According to data from the latest ERGO Security Index, Estonian residents, as opposed to Latvian and Lithuanian residents, are less worried about health than their neighbours.

Estonia’s economic growth forecast up 0.9% to 3.5% this year

Estonian central bank has considerably – by 0.9% - increased the country’s economic growth forecast to 3.5% this year.

Agreement reached on raising social fees; discussions on PIT progressiveness to continue

Partners of the ruling coalition have reached an agreement on the increase of social fees. Discussion about greater PIT progressiveness, however, will continue, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis told journalists after the meeting of the coalition.

Foreign Affairs Committee supports ratification of Rail Baltica agreement

The legislative draft, which is intended to ratify the agreement for the formation of Rail Baltica railway connection in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, was supported unanimously by Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, 14 June.

Murniece: deportation is not something that can be erased from people’s memory

76 years ago our nation was subjected to one of the most shocking and terrifying crimes in Latvia’s entire history. Residents could never imagine people being arrested and taken from their land, said Saeima speaker Inara Murniece in her speech at a conference organized by Children of Siberia for the commemoration of 14 June 1941.

Modern craftsmen have to divide attention between the workshop and the internet

Although entrepreneurship nowadays is inseparable from digital technologies, it is rare to find Latvian craftsmen who are aware of the advantages the internet can offer.

Cohesion policy after 2020 – MEPs ask for sufficient funding

Members of the European Parliament call for action to reduce regional differences using cohesion policy, BNN was told by the parliament.

Estonian quota refugee family breaches travel deadline

A family of refugees accepted by Estonia as part the European Union’s mandatory refugee relocation scheme has this week surpassed the permitted period of being away from the country.

Estonia’s energy security increased by 16m-euro hub substation

Estonian electric grid operator Elering has connected to its network the Viru hub substation built in the country’s north-east for 16.3 million euros.

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