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Ceturtdiena 17.08.2017 | Name days: Oļegs, Vineta

Customs Police requests criminal prosecution for smuggling more than 200 kg of hashish

Latvian State Revenue Service’s Customs Police requests criminal prosecution to be commenced for the attempted smuggling of more than 200 kg of hashish.

Study: grey economy’s proportion in Latvia last year – 20.3%

Latvia’s grey economy proportion was 20.3% of GDP last year. It is one percentage point higher in comparison with 2015, according to results of the data from the Grey Economy in Baltic States 2009-2016 study.

UN: 245 people feared missing in Mediterranean

The UN has estimated that around 245 migrants are missing and could have drowned in two shipwrecks in the central Mediterranean over the last weekend.

Government is against torture and inhuman treatment

Latvian government supports the introduction of National Preventive Mechanism Against Inhuman Treatment or Punishment, as reported by the Ombudsman’s Bureau.

Dye-attacked Navalny says part of eye-sight temporarily lost, but protests to come

Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny has stated he has undergone eye surgery in Spain to recover from damaged eyesight after having suffered burns from a green liquid being thrown in his face.

Authorities perform searches in construction companies in Latvia and Lithuania

Latvian and Lithuanian law enforcement officials have performed searches in both countries’ construction companies.

Vaidere asks European Commission to provided funding to oppose Russia’s propaganda

Latvian MEP Inese Vaidere from Unity has submitted a pilot project to the European Commission for the allocation of three million euros to EU member states, especially Baltic States, to oppose Russia’s propaganda.

Deputies to ask Caksa about industry’s funding and planned reforms

On Wednesday, 10 May, members of Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee intend to invite Healthcare Minister Anda Caksa to the meeting in order to listen to her vision for healthcare sector’s future development, as BNN was informed by Saeima’s press-service.

Coalition partners still discuss solutions to reduce real estate tax payments

On Monday, 8 May, representatives of coalition parties offered different solutions to accomplish smaller real estate tax payments.

Macron to lead French government as his party without seats in parliament

France's president-elect Emmanuel Macron now has to form a government, but has no seats in the country’s parliament to back it among legislators.

Kucinskis: it is important to form a unified Baltic gas network

Baltic States and Poland should cooperate more closely in efforts to resolve important matters, says Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis.

SEB: volume of home loans in Latvia on a rise

The volume of home loans issued in Q1 2017 has grown by 30%, according to data from SEB Bank.

Industrial production volume in Latvia up 10% in March

Compared to March 2016, industrial production output1 increased by 10 % in March. Industrial production output in manufacturing grew by 7.4 %, in mining and quarrying by 5.6 %, and in electricity and gas supply by 19.1 %.

Latvian Traders Association: tax reform is being realized at the expense of small businesses

The tax reform provides for a major increase of labour costs for small employers. In accordance with Finance Ministry’s offer, these companies will have to find more than EUR 13 million to, at the very least, maintain their business activities, Latvian Traders Association comments on the situation.

Canadian military vehicles arrive in Latvia

On Monday, 8 May, Canadian military vehicles and equipment for support of the Canadian multi-national battalion arrived at Riga port. The battalion is set to arrive in Latvia in June, as reported by Latvian Defence Ministry.

Estonia’s big clean-up attracts 50 000 people, Latvians – more active

Estonia’s big clean-up campaign Teeme Ära 2017 reported that over on Saturday altogether 2,130 common voluntary work actions were taken bringing together at least 50,358 people.

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