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Tuesday 23.05.2017 | Name days: Leontīne, Ligija, Lonija, Leokādija

EU Court: Parents from third countries not to be stripped of EU residence right

The European Court of Justice has ruled that citizens of third countries, who are parents to children having European Union citizenship, have the right to residence in the bloc.

LDDK: to reduce social inequality, minimum wage should be EUR 430

During a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, the government supported proposals from social partners and the realization of the new tax policy with consideration of conditions extended by the coalition’s partners for securing funding to healthcare, education and defence, as reported by Latvian Employers’ Confederation.

Foreign trade turnover in Latvia up 14.3% in March

In March 2017, Latvian foreign trade turnover amounted to EUR 2.15 billion, which was 14.3 % higher than in March 2016, and the exports and imports values of goods were 13.2 % and 15.2 % higher, respectively.

SRS supports informative campaign to reduce circulation of contraband

Purchasing contraband goods and paying less for them results in taxes not being paid to the state budget, which reduces funding for education, healthcare and culture sectors. Instead money ends up in the hands of organized crime groups, funding their future crimes, says State Revenue Service.

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.

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