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Unemployment in EU remains lowest since 2011

According to seasonally adjusted data, the level of unemployment in the European Union was 9.8% this March. With that, it remains unchanged in comparison with February.

Lithuanian political parties gets engulfed in «refreshment» frenzy

Lithuanian political establishment is seeing something yet unseen: the silver-haired chairmen of major Lithuanian parties are nodding nearly in unison to youth, and if not for it, so definitely for change.

Retail trade turnover up 6.5% in Latvia

Compared to February, the total retail trade turnover rose by 0.7% in March 2015, based on seasonally adjusted data at constant prices. Retail trade in food products declined by 0.6%, whereas turnover of non-food products rose by 1.6%.

Latvia’s Gross Domestic Product grows 2.1%

In Q1 2015, compared with the 4th quarter of 2014, Gross Domestic Product value, based on seasonally adjusted data, increased by 0.4%.

Half the cars registered in Latvia use diesel fuel

Over the course of the year, Latvia’s car park has not only increased, but has also renewed itself. The majority of cars registered in Latvia in Q1 2014 consisted of 16 to 20-year-old cars. The first quarter of 2015 was dominated mostly by 11 to 15-year-old vehicles.

EU requests number of calories to be stated on alcohol labels

The European Commission is to develop proposals regarding rules for nutrition and ingredient listing on labels of alcoholic drinks, as stated in the European Parliament’s 29 April adopted resolution.

Gazprom profits - down 86%

The leading Russian energy firm - Gazprom - has released its financial results of 2014, revealing that the company's profits have decreased by 86%.

Saeima to decide on stricter regulation of fast loans services

This Thursday, 30 April, the Saeima will continue the review of matters left from 23 April meeting. Among other things, the parliament will decide on amendments to the Consumer Rights Protection Law with stricter regulations for fast loan services.

Latvian police confiscates considerable amount of firearms from three pensioners

Officers of Riga Police Department have confiscated a considerable amount of illegal combat firearms. Three men have been arrested. They stand accused of illegal storage, maintenance and trade of firearms.

Construction costs up 0.4% in Latvia

Compared to February, the level of construction costs in Latvia reduced by 0.1% in March 2015. Prices of building materials had dropped by 0.4%, but labour remuneration of workers had increased by 0.1% and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.2%.

Daily joke: the need to know

Blonde: «What is the second to last letter of the alphabet?»

Russia to spend 643 million euros in media funding this year

Russia will spend funding equalling 643 million euros in 2015 to support media. The European Union, however, will react to concerns of Kremlin's «misinformation campaign» with allocating 10 million euros to its Eastern Partnership policy.

CPCB to investigate costs behind creation of website associated with Latvia’s presidency

Following a request submitted by Latvian Regional Alliance, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has decided to investigate the costs behind the creation of eu2015.lv website, which is tied to Latvia’s presidency in the EU Council.

Most Latvian tourists plan to return from Nepal as they originally intended

Latvian Foreign Ministry continues maintaining contact with all Latvian citizens who are currently in Nepal. Communication is sustained either directly through the embassy or with help from relatives.

Estonia recruits foreign specialists to build career in Estonia

Estonia on Tuesday, April 28, launched a new web site called «Work in Estonia», motivating and inviting foreign specialists to relocate to Estonia.

Presidential candidate castling. Will Latvia be led by some «green man»?

While the ruling coalition whispers the names of presidential candidates, an alternative has already been found behind the scenes; just in case the coalition fails to reach an agreement in regard to the appropriate candidate.

EU adopts requirement to build crash alert eCall device in new cars

The European Parliament on Tuesday, April 28, passed requirement to build in new cars a device that in case of a crash sends an alert message dubbed eCall to the local rescue service regardless of the place of the accident within the territory of the EU.

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