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Ceturtdiena 17.08.2017 | Name days: Oļegs, Vineta

Researchers publish first scientific study dedicated to Latvian Roma music

A book titled «Authenticity and Ethnicity in the Music of Latvian Roma» has been published in Latvia. It is the first scientific study dedicated to the music of this Latvian minority. This book tells about ethnicity and authenticity theories interesting no only to Roma representatives, but other cultures and communities, as noted by Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia.

Saeima ratifies EU-Afghanistan cooperation agreement

Latvian Saeima has ratified the cooperation agreement for partnership and development between the European Union and Afghanistan. The goal of partnership is strengthening dialogue and cooperation to further contribute to peace and security in Afghanistan.

Residents expect their revenue to increase in the next five years

58% of Latvian residents expect their income to increase in the next five years. 25% of residents believe their income will remain the same, according to data from Nordea Bank’s study about residents’ savings.

Teachers: IT technologies have a positive effect on students’ learning process

In parallel to other teaching subjects, multiple Latvian schools have been teaching computer science using Start IT materials as part of a pilot project for the second consecutive year. 83% of interviewed teachers participating in the project admit that computer science has a positive effect on the learning process – children are more motivated to learn new skills.

Ruling coalition in Latvia may decide to put off PIT reduction

The ruling coalition plans to discuss different new proposals for compensating mechanisms in the realization of the tax reform – higher progressiveness of PIT, the option to postpone PIT reduction by six months and others.

Mass media to be held accountable for reporting false information

On Wednesday, 7 June, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee concluded work on amendments to the Law on the Press and Other Mass Media. These amendments are intended to clarify that the goal of this law is protecting the right of freedom of speech as it is stated in the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia.

Welfare Ministry representative becomes head of EU Employment Committee

Latvian Welfare Ministry’s Labour Market Policy Department’s deputy director Ilze Zvidrina has been elected at chairperson of European Union Employment Committee.

African swine fever found in domestic pigs in Lithuania; FVS reminds of biosecurity

African swine fever has been confirmed in two domestic pigs in a farm in Panevezys, Lithuania. This is the second confirmed FVS infection case recorder in Lithuania this year, as reported by the Food and Veterinary Service.

Kucinskis promises to find decisive solution to tax reform next week

None of the coalition partners have any desire to overthrow the government. A solution to the tax reform and healthcare funding problem will be found, said Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

More than 200,000 people in Baltics use Smart-ID solution

The number of unique Smart-ID users in Baltic States currently exceeds 200,000. More than 100,000 people in Latvia, 60,500 people in Lithuania and 50,000 people in Estonia actively use the new electronic identification solution used by Swedbank and SEB Bank in their internet banking services, as confirmed by representatives of said banks.

FM: Latvia has always been in favour of closer EU-Belarusian cooperation

Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica asks to continue active and multilateral cooperation between Latvia and Belarus, as reported by the ministry.

Tax level in Latvia insufficient; state debt may increase

Fiscal Discipline Council has concluded that the current tax revenue level in Latvia is insufficient for the state needs and there are risks the state debt may increase in a long-term perspective.

Travel statistics: average expenditures on same-day trips reaches EUR 58.1

Compared to 2015, the number of domestic overnight trips of Latvian residents grew by 3.3 % and the number of trips abroad increased by 0.7 % in 2016. The number of nights spent on trips around Latvia increased by 10.6 %, and on trips abroad – by 10.5 %.

Latvian residents worried about economic instability in the country

Concerns of Latvian residents about a possible economic crisis and political instability in the country are gradually growing, according to results of ERGO Security Index study. Data shows the index has worsened a lot over the past three years: from -39 in 2014 to -48 in 2017.

Grybauskaite: Baltic States should work together more actively to realize joint projects

All three Baltic States should work together more actively in order to realize joint strategic projects. This includes Rail Baltica and the synchronization of energy systems with the west, said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė during her visit in Estonia on Monday, 5 June.

Belarusian parliament’s vice-speaker to arrive in Latvia

Vice-Speaker of the parliament of the Republic of Belarus Marianna Shchotkina will be staying in Latvia on an official visit from 6th to 8th June. This will be the first visit of such a high-ranking official from Belarus to Latvia, as BNN was told by Saeima’s press-service.

Cigane: Latvia should actively use Eurozone’s provided opportunities

«Joining Eurozone has brought Latvia many positive benefits, including strengthened economic stability. Membership in Europe’s single currency area offers many opportunities, but it is up to use to use them,» says Saeima’s European Affairs Committee chairperson Lolita Cigane.

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