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Saturday 25.03.2017 | Name days: Māra, Marita, Mārīte

Weather to remain unstable in Latvia next week

On Friday, 17 March, most of Latvia’s territory will experience rain. Wet snow may appear on the night after.

Lithuania’s Health minister tackles exorbitant drug prices

You better stay healthy in Lithuania for a single reason - the medicine costs an arm and leg in Lithuania. In neighboring Poland, they are twice and thrice lower, thence the shopping carts of hundreds and thousands Lithuanians making the trip over the border for cheaper groceries usually often contain pills too.

Eurostat: Latvia had the third highest annual inflation in EU in February

In February, Latvia had the third highest inflation index among European Union member states when compared with the same month of 2016, according to data published by Eurostat.

Businessmen’s opinions will be considered when setting appropriate tax model

Starting this week, all of Latvia’s small and micro enterprises that have submitted their e-mail addresses to the Enterprise Registry will receive an invitation to participate in a study and express their opinions about alternatives for the micro-enterprise tax and factors that obstruct their business activities, BNN was told by Economy Ministry.

Baltijas Ekspresis achieves unprecedented cargo turnover increase – 313%

Baltijas Ekspresis has achieved an unprecedented cargo turnover increase bot seen in Latvia until now. Compared with the first months of 2016, cargo turnover in Latvia had increased by 313% in the same period of 2017, as reported by Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics.

Saeima hands initiative for progressive tax system to Finance Ministry for review

The collective application for progressive tax system’s introduction submitted to the Latvian parliament was passed to Finance Ministry for review on Thursday, 16 March.

Study: Latvian residents’ pessimism about finding work continues to decrease

Residents have become more positive about finding jobs, according to results of the latest barometer study of Baltic International Bank.

SP: Russia will continue using myths about fascism in Latvia on Legionnaires Day

It is can be predicted that Russia will likely use Remembrance Day of the Latvian Legionnaires to propagate the myth about the resurrection of fascism in Latvia to try and discredit Latvia on the international stage, said Security Police Chief Normunds Mezviets in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Murniece: presence of US military is important for security of Baltic States

The presence of American and NATO armed forces in the Baltic region is a politically important signal in a time when large Russian military force armed with modern weapons stands just outside of NATO’s outer border, Saeima speaker Inara Murniece said.

US General: American forces in Baltics will respond to Russia’s aggressive behaviour

American forces stationed in Latvia and its neighbouring countries will respond to Russia’s aggressive behaviour, announced NATO forces Supreme Commander in Europe General Curtis Scaparotti announced after his meeting with Latvia’s Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis on Wednesday, 15 March.

Number of insurance cases against critical disease increases significantly

Insurance claims for cases of critical diseases like cancer, heart attack and stroke have grown by nearly 70% over the course of the past year, according to data from ERGO.

Newspaper: Vilnius’ market currently sustained by Latvian and Estonian small traders

As Lithuanians’ purchasing power declines, emigration remains and many residents decide to go on shopping tours in Poland, the famous Gariunai market is largely sustained by Latvian and Estonian small traders, Verslo žinios writes.

Residents’ ability to cover everyday expenses improves in Latvia

In 2016, population perception of the ability to make ends meet, namely, to pay for usual necessary expenses, has changed positively.

Food waste volumes in the EU reach 180 kg per capita annually

Members of the European Parliament want to reduce the volume of waste buried in landfills to 5% and reduce the volume of food product waste to 50% by 2030, as noted in the document.

SES fines Latvenergo for environmental pollution at Plavini HES

Madona regional office of the State Environment Service has applied a fine to Latvenergo for causing environmental pollution at Plavini Hydro Power Plant in January, as confirmed by SES.

Expert: residents want to buy homes, but lack the money

The majority of Latvian residents – 57% – believe it is now far more economical to buy a home rather than rent, according to a survey by Swedbank.

Tallinn’s Vice Mayor reported as being linked to leading garbage management firm

Tallinn’s Vice Mayor Arvo Sarapuu, who has garbage disposal management and awarding contracts among his duties, is seen by Estonian press as linked to the capital’s leading waste disposal firm via his son-in-law.