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Estonia's foreign trade decreased in Q3

Estonian exports in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the respective period last year increased by four percent and imports by six percent on year during the third quarter; however, overall trade was less active if aligned with the first two quarters of 2017, Estonian statisticians have estimated.

Several criminal processes launched in illegal drugs combating field

Officers of State Police Criminal Affairs Office of Zemgale region uncovered a number of criminal activities associated with realization and storage of illegal narcotics in October.

Latvian Saeima to decide on use of cars for passenger transport

On Thursday, 9 November, the Saeima will decide in the final reading on amendments to the Law on Public Transport Services. Those amendments provide the opportunity to use cars to provide public transport services in regions with a small number of passengers.

Proposal to raise minimal wages in Latgale by only EUR 20 gets rejected

On Wednesday, 8 November, Saeima’s Parliamentary Inquiry Committee decided to decline a request submitted by opposition deputies, in which it is proposed to cancel the initiative to raise minimal wages in Latgale or at least make sure it does not exceed EUR 20 annually because of the difficult position businessmen are in.

Prime Minister: railway electrification programme will likely have to the narrowed

The current railway electrification project would mean funding from the state budget, which is not possible. Because of that, it is necessary to consider narrowing the programme, said Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in an interview to Rīta panorama.

Average consumer price level in Latvia up 2.8%

During the year, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.8 %. Prices of goods grew by 2.8 % and prices of services by 2.9 %.

Minister: Moldova should consequently realize real, not demonstrative reforms to join EU

Moldova has to realize real, not demonstrative reforms on the road towards joining the European Union, said Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs during his meeting with officials from Moldova.

Kučinskis: adoption process should be sped up for families

Currently there are hundreds of families waiting to adopt children. This process should be sped up, says Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.

Dutch and Latvian authorities dismantle international tax fraudsters group

As a result of an international cross-border operation performed by Dutch and Latvian authorities, an international tax fraudsters group was dismantled in October. This criminal group systematically robbed Netherlands by illegally acquiring funds up to EUR 1.7 million and later laundering them in Latvia.

Unity’s members have different opinions on expected change of leadership

Members of Unity’s Saeima faction have different opinion in regards to the expected change of leadership in the party. They expect explanations from the management about this decision.

«Lembergs factor» impedes finance minister’s chances of becoming Eurogroup’s president

Because of «Lembergs factor», Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola’s chances of becoming president of European Union’s Council of Finance Ministers or Eurogroup are very low, says President of European Movement – Latvia Andris Gobiņš.

Latvian government decided against merging LMT and Lattelecom

On Tuesday, 7 November, Latvian government decided not to support the merge between Latvijas Mobilais telefons and Lattelecom.

Delna sues Lembergs for undermining reputation

Delna association has turned to Ventspils Court with a plea against politician Aivars Lembergs for reporting false and defamatory information about Delna.

Number of people paid envelope wages reduces in Latvia

1% of employed people in Latvia are paid envelope wages. 86% admit being paid official wages, according to results of a survey by CV Market.

Talks on collective agreement with Luminor launched in Estonia

Collective agreement talks with new Luminor Bank, which has been established as a result of merged o Baltic operations of Nordea and DNB, have been launched, where the bank’s workers are represented by the Union of Estonian Financial Sector Employees.

First 30 000 ton timber cargo sent from Estonia to China

From Estonia’s largest cargo port, the Muuga Harbour, the first cargo ship carrying 30 000 tons of timber owned by Estonian wood exporter Westwood Group departed for the port of Lanshan, China.

Much remains unclear about attraction of highly-qualified labour force from abroad

The Cabinet of Ministers Committee has decided to continue discussions about Economy Ministry’s plan for attracting highly qualified labour force from abroad. It was mentioned at the meeting that it is necessary to look for solutions for attracting low qualified labour force as well.

Salmiņš mentions Šķēle, Lembergs and Šlesers in relation to influence on Diena

During a meeting of the Oligarch case parliamentary investigation committee, former manager of Diena Uldis Salmiņš mentioned former politicians Andris Šķēle and Ainārs Šlesers, as well as infamous Ventspils politician Aivars Lembergs.

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