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Experts say – smart technologies will replace many jobs

The victory march of technologies and their exponential growth in our everyday lives has added significant changes to the future of the labour market. Experts predict major leaps in science, production, education and many other areas of our lives.

Ombudsman: does the government’s work group promise a cat in a bag?

Ombudsman Juris Jansons criticizes Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis’ and Ramualds Razuks’ publicly voiced opinion about mandatory health insurance that includes the enforcement of an additional fee for residents.

Ventspils deputy candidate requests dismissal of Ventspils election commission

Ventspils City Council deputy candidate Edvards Ratnieks has submitted a request to the Central Election Commission, asking for a dismissal of Ventspils Election Commission and organization of a temporary commission for this year’s municipal elections.

Estonian economy has grown 4.4%

The gross domestic product of Estonia grew 4.4 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter of last year, in line with official statistics of the Baltic country.

Security Police to remain on high alert before and after elections

During the pre-election period and on the day of elections, Latvia’s Security Police, similar to previous elections, will be on high alert to ensure compliance with requirements of the Constitution and other regulations, as noted by SP representatives.

Barca: customer service has to be improved in disability evaluation

Health and Labour Ability Evaluation State Commission has a certain level of trust with deputies. Nevertheless, the institution’s work can use improvements to reduce waiting time for patients and improve overall customer service standards, notes chairperson of Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee Aija Barca.

Offices of Russian internet giant raided in Ukraine in treason case

The offices of Russian web search company Yandex have been raided as Ukrainian State Security Service is performing a treason investigation and looking into establishing if Ukrainian users' data had been illegally collected and transmitted to Russian security services.

Corruption inquiry launched at human rights organisation – Council of Europe

At the human rights monitoring organisation, the Council of Europe, an inquiry has been launched into claims that corrupt dealings have been performed in relation to possible human rights abuses in Azerbaijan.

President supports idea to gradually stop using plastic bottles for alcohol

During his meeting with Latvian Food Traders Federation and representatives of Latvian Beer Brewers Union, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis agreed with participants of the discussion to gradually stop using plastic bottles in turnover of alcoholic drinks, as reported by the State President’s Chancellery.

Population decline continues in Latvia; Riga’s population increases

At the beginning of 2017, Latvia population accounted for 1 million 950 thousand, which is 18.8 thousand people fewer than a year ago. In 2016, population declined by 0.97 % ( 0.87 % in 2015).

April’s retail trade turnover up 2.8% in Latvia

Compared to April 2016, total retail trade turnover rose by 2.8 % in April 2017. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 1.7 % and turnover of retail trade in non-food products grew by 4.0 %.

Finnish manufacturer relocates part of Estonian operations to India

Finnish-owned AS Kolmeks, which is a producer of components for electric motors and industrial robots based in the Southern Estonian city of Viljandi, is set to relocate part of operations to India.

Association: Latvia has a distorted patient motivation for active rehabilitation

Latvian Association of Professional Rehabilitation Organizations believes Health and Labour Expert Physicians' State Commission’s reform would be rushed and would not provide intended results without first performing a change of the disability and labour ability inspection system.

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