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Wednesday 26.04.2017 | Name days: Rūsiņš, Sandris, Alīna

Government approves Latvia’s Stability programme for 2017-2020

The government has approved Latvia’s Stability programme for 2017-2020, which provides for increasing Latvia’s GDP to 3.2% in 2017 and 3.4% in 2018 at unchanged policy. For 2019 and 2020, on the other hand, it is planned for GDP growth rates to come close to the potential growth level, as predicted by Finance Ministry.

Reports on organised gay detention campaign in Chechnya

Homosexual men and men perceived as gay seek chances to escape an organised campaign to leave the Russian region, where police is said to have detained over 100 people, activists in Russia report. Natalia Poplevskaya of the Russian LGBT Network told British public broadcaster BBC that the organisation seeks to evacuate people from Chechnya as an organised campaign to detain gay men was said to by taking place in the Russian region.

French presidential candidate envisages accessing terrorist internet messaging

Centrist candidate in the French presidential election Emmanuel Macron has outlined a proposal to make internet firms unveil encrypted messages of terror suspects.

Raising VAT for accommodation sector would cost national economy nearly 47 million euros

Latvia’s national economy would lose nearly 47 million euros from increased VAT on accommodation sector, as reported by Economy Ministry.

Latvia’s foreign trade turnover formed 1.82 billion euros in February

In February 2017, Latvian foreign trade turnover amounted to EUR 1.82 billion, which was 6.1 % higher than in February 2016, and the exports and imports values of goods were 5.7 % and 6.5 % higher, respectively.

Interest towards studies in Latvia increases among foreign students

The number of applications received from foreign students for studies in Latvia has increased significantly this year. Compared with 2016, when the State Education Development Agency received 162 applications, the interest of foreign students for studies in Latvia has nearly doubled, reaching 316 applications, as reported by the agency.

Expert: it is hard to be an honest taxpayer in Latvia

There are multiple flaws in Latvia’s tax system. Low tax collection is caused by high grey economy proportion, not low tax rates. The tax burden for honest taxpayers in Latvia is rather high. This especially applies to labour tax, economist Uldis Rutkaste says about Latvia’s tax reform.

Twitter wins row with U.S. government over request to unveil user identity

A U.S. federal institution has quit its request to the micro-blogging site Twitter to unveil the identity of users, who have criticised the policy of U.S. President Donald Trump.

SRS: to acquire new user rights in EDS, authorization alone will not be enough

Following a possible criminal act, when a third party had forged signatures of board members of eight companies to access company data, Latvian State Revenue Service decided to introduce additional security measures to the system on Monday, 10 April, as BNN was informed by SRS.

Nine candidates apply for participation in repeated KNAB personnel selection procedure

Nine candidates applied for participation in KNAB personnel selection process, said State Chancellery’s Director Janis Citkovskis told journalists on Monday, 10 April.

Changes added to the management board of LDz Cargo

Aleksandrs Kazackovs was appointed as a member of the board of LDz Cargo on Monday, 10 April. He was previously the director of LDz Cargo Legal and Administrative Affairs Department.

Many emergency specialists at Estonia’s leading hospital – close to burnout

An opinion poll performed at the North Estonia Medical Centre has found that staff working in the emergency medicine department are often on the point of a burnout and in case of doctors, the proportion was near 50 percent.

Annual inflation level in Latvia reaches 3.4%

Compared to March 2016, the average level of consumer prices increased by 3.4% in March 2017. Prices of goods grew by 3.5% and prices of services by 3.0%.

Lithuania wishes to become a Baltic and Nordic leader in financial technologies

Lithuania, which has all the conditions for the development of innovative financial services, wishes to become a leader in the field of financial technologies in Baltic and Nordic region, as announced by Lithuanian Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka.

KNAB commences criminal process for trade of influence; Truksnis is involved

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has commenced a criminal process for trade of influence. Among those involved in the criminal process is Gatis Truksnis, the former mayor of Jurmala, as well as businessmen and officials serving under him, as reported by De Facto programme.

Latvia’s hundred year jubilee emblem to be available to businessmen free of charge

The framework of Latvia’s one hundredth jubilee was created open for involvement of society and businessmen. This is why the hundredth jubilee emblem will be available to businessmen free of charge, as reported by Culture Ministry.

Forecast: rain and snow expected in Latvia for Easter

Monday, 10 April, will be summer-like warm but windy. Air temperature will reach +13° C… +18° C, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Ministry: an offer is voiced to form closer cooperation between American and Latvian ports

U.S. congressmen have voiced support for Latvia’s security and an interest for developing closer cooperation with the country’s ports, as reported by Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

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