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Retail trade turnover up 1.5% in Latvia

Compared to March 2016, total retail trade turnover in Latvia rose by 1.5 % in March 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products declined by 0.8 %, whereas turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 3.3 %.

The biggest environmental threat in Riga is pollution caused by vehicles’ exhaust gases

Looking at the main factors that create the most pollution to Latvia’s environment, 53% of Riga residents mentioned pollution caused by vehicle exhaust gases, according to results of Baltic International Bank’s Latvian barometer data.

Lithuania plans to add asphalt surfacing to 815 km of gravel roads this year

This year, Lithuania plans to add asphalt surfacing to 815 km of gravel roads. 600 km of roads will receive soft asphalt surface, and 215 km of roads will receive surface restoration.

Study: number of Baltic tourists’ trips to USA increases

In the summer season, Baltic tourists prefer to travel by air to Asia and UAE. The most popular destinations reachable by land include Italy, Spain and Germany, according to information compiled by travel agency Estravel and car rent company Budget.

MEP: to prevent Baltics from dying out, we need much higher growth goals

«The growth goals of Baltic States are currently too low if we want to not only avoid dying out, but also recovering the people that have left because of economic reasons,» said Lithuanian MEP Antans Guoga.

Rinkevics: we have to demonstrate unity of EU member states in Brexit talks

«We have to demonstrate the unity of 27 EU member states in Brexit talks,» says Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics.

American company shares traded the most; Apple shares popular the most in Baltics

Shares of Apple, Amazon and Facebook were traded the most in Q1 2017, as announced by international online trading and investment company Saxo Bank. Deals with Apple shares were the most popular among Saxo Bank’s Baltic investors.

April in Latvia to conclude with rain; beginning of May expected to be warm

April in Latvia will conclude with rainy and cold weather, whereas the first days of May are expected to be different, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Number of POS terminals in Latvia increased 16% in 2016

According to data of Association of Latvian Commercial Banks, compared to 2015, the number of POS terminals in Latvia increased 16% in 2016, reaching 41,613 terminals in total. On average, 494 new POS terminals are released in the country.

Citadele and Visa to create a brand new credit card in Baltics

Citadele Bank has signed a contract for long-term cooperation with global payment technology company Visa. The contract provides for close cooperation in the development of new and innovative payment cards and other payment products in all three Baltic States in the next six years.

Latvia signs contract on procurement of howitzers from Austria

A mutual contract on the purchase of M109A5Oe-type self-propelled howitzer system, fire support and training platform has been signed by Latvian Defence Ministry and Austrian Defence and Sport Ministry.

Committee to evaluate education quality in Riga and reduction of classes in gymnasiums

Riga City Council intends to hold a meeting of the Education, Culture and Sports Committee. The agenda of this meeting includes Unity faction deputy Baiba Brigmane’s request to include the matter regarding Education and Science Ministry’s study performed in Riga’s secondary schools. The meeting will take place at 11:00 on Thursday, 27 April.

NATO cyber defence drill in Estonia gets bigger

Tallinn’s NATO cyber defence centre is currently holding its annual training exercise, cooperating with NATO members, partner countries and tech firms.

KNAB commences criminal process in relation to bribe request

Latvian Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced a criminal process in relation to possible corruptive behaviour of a state official, requesting a bribe.

Baryshnikov to be given Latvian citizenship for contribution to Latvia’s culture

On Thursday, 27 April, Latvia’s Saeima supported the legislative draft regarding the provision of Latvian citizenship to world-famous artist Mikhail Baryshnikov for his contribution to Latvia’s culture, as BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Turkey blames 9,000 police for alleged links with possible coup instigator

Over 9,000 officers have recently been suspended in Turkey over alleged links to the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, citing grounds of national security as the reason.

Vegetable producers: the industry has a future, but it is burdened by taxes

Compared with Europe’s southern territories, vegetable and fruit production in Latvia has a future, says manager of Mūsmāju dārzeņi association Edite Strazdina.