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

Weather to remain warm this week; rain expected nearly every day next week

Weather in Latvia is expected to get warmer in the next couple of days. However, colder masses of air will flow into the region next week, bringing rain and thunderstorms, as reported by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Law on Press will not apply to municipal newsletters

On Thursday, 16 June, the Saeima supported amendments to the Law on the Press and Other Mass Media. Supported amendments clarify that the goal of the law is protecting right of freedom of speech as detailed in the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, BNN was informed by the Saeima press-service.

Residents in Latvia and Lithuania worried the most about health; less in Estonia

According to data from the latest ERGO Security Index, Estonian residents, as opposed to Latvian and Lithuanian residents, are less worried about health than their neighbours.

Lawmakers in Russia support controversial Moscow demolition campaign

Despite mass protests, the lower house of the Russian State Duma has adopted a law that sets forth bringing down over 4 500 Soviet-time apartment buildings in Moscow.

Agreement reached on raising social fees; discussions on PIT progressiveness to continue

Partners of the ruling coalition have reached an agreement on the increase of social fees. Discussion about greater PIT progressiveness, however, will continue, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis told journalists after the meeting of the coalition.

Foreign Affairs Committee supports ratification of Rail Baltica agreement

The legislative draft, which is intended to ratify the agreement for the formation of Rail Baltica railway connection in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, was supported unanimously by Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, 14 June.

Murniece: deportation is not something that can be erased from people’s memory

76 years ago our nation was subjected to one of the most shocking and terrifying crimes in Latvia’s entire history. Residents could never imagine people being arrested and taken from their land, said Saeima speaker Inara Murniece in her speech at a conference organized by Children of Siberia for the commemoration of 14 June 1941.

Modern craftsmen have to divide attention between the workshop and the internet

Although entrepreneurship nowadays is inseparable from digital technologies, it is rare to find Latvian craftsmen who are aware of the advantages the internet can offer.

Cohesion policy after 2020 – MEPs ask for sufficient funding

Members of the European Parliament call for action to reduce regional differences using cohesion policy, BNN was told by the parliament.

Estonian quota refugee family breaches travel deadline

A family of refugees accepted by Estonia as part the European Union’s mandatory refugee relocation scheme has this week surpassed the permitted period of being away from the country.

EP simplifies energy labels; residents will be able to reduce electricity costs

Members of the European Parliament have given green light to the system that will let consumers pick energy-efficient household appliances more easily and reduce electricity costs through simplified energy labels for appliances, EP reports.

Justice Ministry: work of arbitration courts is improved in Latvia

The reform for arbitration courts has benefited the general state of their work environment, states Latvian Justice Ministry.

Latvian government to increase fight against money laundering and terrorism funding

The government has supported amendments to the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing intended to adapt European Parliament’s and European Commission’s fourth money laundering and terrorist financing prevention directive, as reported by Finance Ministry.

Latvian government conceptually supports procurement of new trains

Pasažieru vilciens will continue the procurement of new trains in the second stage of the process. This was conceptually approved by the government on Tuesday, 13 June.

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