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Monday 19.03.2018 | Name days: Jāzeps

Flue takes considerably more lives in Estonia than EU average

This flue season in Estonia, 34 people have passed away from flue-related complications, Estonian Health Board estimated and noted that the average flue-related death rate is below one in 100 000 people, while in the Baltic country it is near three people per 100 000.

Slovak Interior Minister steps down amid backlash over journalist murder and politics

Slovakian Minister of the Interior has stepped down as the interior authorities in the country are under pressure to solve the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée. The junior coalition partner, the Most-Hid group, in the Slovak government demanded the resignation of Kalinak in exchange for continued support of ruling Smer-SD.

Bank: Latvia’s exports on the rise in a time when the world is worried about trade wars

«Although the export year commenced with a high jump, it is not possible to hold such a high bar throughout the entire year. Growing external demand will help, considering stable economic growth in our partner countries,» predicts Swedbank economist Agnese Buceniece.

No fatigue in EU's assistance to Ukraine, Mogherini says

The European Union expressed strong support to Ukraine as the bloc's foreign and defence policy chief went on visit to Kyiv on Monday, March 12, and spoke of financial support to Ukraine.

14 new ESA research and innovation projects approved for funding

The 3rd project approval process organized by European Space Agency concluded on 5 March. As a result, fourteen new projects worth EUR 1,413,520 were approved for funding. All approved projects will be financed 100% from Latvia’s contributions to the ESA budget, as confirmed by Education and Science Ministry.

LCCI: the next head of SRS should come from the private sector

It would be best to search for the next head of the State Revenue Service in the private sector, said chairman of Latvia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jānis Endziņš in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Maxima Latvija to invest EUR 1.3 million in self-service checkouts

Maxima Latvija plans to continue developing its self-service checkout services in 16 stores across Latvia, as BNN was informed by the company.

All ice roads in Estonia closed for time being

In Estonia, where roads over ice simplify traffic between the country's many islands in winter-time, due to thaw all ice roads have been closed.

Prime minister: Baltics should realize important projects together with Poland

One of the projects in which Latvia sees good cooperation opportunities with Poland is Rail Baltica. During his meeting with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki on Friday, 9 March, Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis mentioned that it is important to make sure Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia work together with Poland in this project.

Saeima to consider option to form a council to supervise FCMC

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee may consider the idea on forming a supervisory council to perform monitoring of the Finance and Capital Market Commission and develop proposals for the financial sector, as confirmed by deputy chairman of the committee Imants Parādnieks.

Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks’ profits declined 19.5% last year

According to provisional data, turnover of Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks was EUR 55.098 million in 2017, which is 6.6% less when compared to 2016. Company’s profits declined by 19.5% to EUR 407,023, as detailed in information published by the company.

Forecast: week’s beginning in Latvia – warm and rainy; week’s end – cold and dry

There is a high probability that maximum air temperature at the beginning of the week in Latvia may exceed +10° C. Nevertheless, there is an equally high probability that cold may return in the second half of the week, causing air temperature to decline to -10° C, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Shopping trends: the faster – the better

Experts of Latvia’s retail trade industry conference Retail Riga 2018 have compiled the most topical shopping trends in Latvia and around the world, as well as possible challenges that could potentially change shopping experience for residents and organization of work for traders.

Regulator predicts natural gas transmission tariff decline

Public Utilities Commission’s council has approved amendments for the natural gas transmission system’s service tariff calculation methodology. According to the regulator, changes will help raise efficiency of the transmission system’s operator – AS Conexus Baltic Grid.

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