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Ceturtdiena 29.06.2017 | Name days: Paulis, Pauls, Pāvils, Pēteris

Latvian businessmen use e-commerce opportunities for business development

With e-commerce volumes growing around the world, Latvian businessmen use it more and more often for business development, including exports of goods and services. As noted by DPD, the number of packages sent to foreign countries grew 22% last year.

Latvia wishes to change its state president’s election process

Reviewing proposals to change the state president’s election process, Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee decided to submit proposals developed by the work group to different Saeima factions for review, as BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Saeima plans to introduce personalized voter cards

For next year’s Saeima elections, voters who only have an ID card and no valid passport are planned to be provided with personalized voter cards.

Producer price level in industry up 0.4% in Latvia

Compared to April, the level of producer prices in Latvian industry grew by 0.4 % in May 2017. The prices of products sold on the domestic market increased by 0.3 %, whereas the prices of exported products grew by 0.5 %. The prices of products exported to euro area countries grew by 0.8 % and of products exported to non-euro area countries – by 0.4 %.

Most universities in Estonia to cut number of new students this year

Three of the four universities working in Estonia have expressed plans to bring down the number of admissions in the coming academic year.

Foreign investors do not support amendments proposed for Financial Instruments Market

The Foreign Investors Council in Latvia does not support proposals for protection of rights of minority shareholders, which are include and proposed in amendments to the Law on the Financial Instruments Market.

Hospital: countryside residents with no easy access to a urologist are at risk

For the third consecutive year urologists from Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital’s travel to Latvia’s far-away regions to provide men there with free health check-ups and consultations. This year urologists decided to visit Dobele, Cesis, Rezekne and Jekabpils.

German Chancellor could support introducing eurozone budget for sensible purposes

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, has stated that she could support the introduction of a separate eurozone budget and a position of an eurozone finance minister, in case of right circumstances and sensible aims.

Latvia wants to introduce electronic working time tracking in construction

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Commission has expressed unanimous conceptual support for amendments to the Law on Taxes and Duties. These amendments provide for the introduction of electronic working time tracking system in construction, as BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Alleged bomber shot in Brussels central station

In the central station of Brussels, Belgium, soldiers have shot a man suspected he was to detonate explosives, local authorities have stated. The man was shot and later died after reportedly setting off a small explosion on Tuesday, June 20, and no-one else is believed to have been injured.

Businessmen remain worried about availability of qualified workers in Latvia

For a long time now businessmen have been concerned about the lack of qualified labour force in Latvia. Their fears only continue to grow. 64% of interviewed businessmen believe the general availability of required labour force is poor and 33% of businessmen think the situation will only get worse in the future, according to results of Citadele Index.

Baltic States and Slovenia refuse to become hosts for UK-based EU agencies

Only four EU member states – Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Slovenia – do not want to become new host countries for the currently UK-based EU agencies.

CSB: demand for labour force continues growing

At the end of Q1 2017, there were 15.7 thousand job vacancies in the country, and the indicator has risen by 1.9 thousand or 13.6 %, as compared to Q1 2016, and by 1.3 thousand or 8.7 %, compared to the end of 2016.

Defendant Savisaar intends to run in Estonian local government election

The graft-accused former mayor of Tallinn and ousted leader of Centre Party has stated that he intends to run in Estonian local government elections due this autumn.

Latvian residents have weak knowledge of personal credit history

A quarter of Latvian residents do not know what private credit rating is, according to results of a study performed by the Credit Information Bureau and Snapshots.

CAA: Latvia does not have any real punishments for improper use of UAVs

Use of unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs in Latvia is governed by regulations. However, there are no special punishments for violations associated with use of UAVs, said Director of Civil Aviation Agency Maris Gorodcovs in an interview to LTV.

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