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Wednesday 26.04.2017 | Name days: Rūsiņš, Sandris, Alīna

Estonia seeks to limit chances of officials to conceal business interests

Estonian Minster of Justice Urmas Reinsalu is pushing for new rules that would prevent present and former public servants and politicians from having hidden business interests. «I instructed the ministry to work out certain rules concerning the prevention of the acquisition of concealed holdings or concealed options by those who have left positions of public power or are exercising power,» Reinsalu stated on Monday.

Experts in Lithuania find highly pathogenic avian influenza in six dead swans

Lithuanian Food and Veterinary Service reports that laboratory tests uncovered the presence of a highly pathogenic avian influenza in samples taken from six swans that were found dead in Kaunas near Nemuna River.

Trump envisages 10% increase in U.S. defence spending

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced a plan to include in the country’s budget for 2018 a military spending increase by 10% or USD 54 billion. Outlining U.S. federal budget priorities for the year 2018, Trump said on Monday, February 27: «It will include an historic increase in defence spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it».

Latvijas aptieka to gather previously bought pharmacies under its brand

Pharmaceutical company Olainfarm plans to add previously bought pharmacies to its owned Latvijas aptieka brand, according to information from Firmas.lv.

Healthcare Ministry hopes to attract doctors to work outside Riga using additional pay

Using single-time and monthly payments, Latvian Healthcare Ministry hopes to attract doctors to work outside of Riga.

Nekā personīga: FM promises cheaper life for Latvia; Lembergs objects

Finance Ministry promises cheaper life for Latvian residents. However, reduction of PIT would impact municipalities the most. Because of that, a situation has formed when Aivars Lembergs, the infamous Mayor of Ventspils accused of serious crimes, and Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola have come head to head.

RNP failed to notice that wrong companies were working on expensive contract

Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks failed to notice in time that the wrong companies were realizing a contract worth two and a half million euros. RNP made no efforts to make sure the companies that won the tender would tackle the realization of the order, as reported by De Facto programme.

Senate meeting to discuss RPIVA’s addition to University of Latvia

On Monday, 27 February, a Senate meeting will be held in the main building of the University of Latvia. During this meeting, it is planned to discuss the matter regarding the addition of Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy to the university.

Coalition partners do not oppose raising capital tax

Partners of the ruling coalition in Latvia have no objections against the possible labour tax reduction and capital tax increase.

State Audit: Healthcare Ministry had no right to reveal RAKUS audit results

State Audit criticizes Healthcare Ministry for revealing facts from an audit report, as it is prohibited to publish information before reports come into force.

SFRS: young people express increased interest in becoming fire fighters

Youngsters tend to express interest in becoming fire fighters, said Chief of State Fire and Rescue Service Oskars Abolins told Rīta panorama, adding that this can be explained with increased wages.

Ex-KNAB officials: there was no reason to end the «oligarchs case»

Former officials of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau believe the prosecutor’s office and KNAB had no reasons to end the so-called oligarchs case. Nevertheless, they are not surprised about this outcome.

Poland «cleans» its army leadership from Soviet Era servicemen

In the Polish Armed Forces, around 90% of its highest servicemen have been substituted, as the country’s Defence Ministry performs was changes in the Polish army.

Balta: poor weather conditions significantly affect road quality

«In the first two months of 2017, we have received 59 insurance claims to cover losses caused low-quality road surface and more than EUR 20,000 has been reserved for compensations,» as reported by Balta insurance association.

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