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Saturday 21.04.2018 | Name days: Marģers, Anastasija

Bill aiming to help young families with housing may be discriminatory

The Lithuanian Government‘s endeavour to support young families through subsidising of their housing may hit a snag – the lawyers from the Parliament’s Law Committee warn that the enactment of the piece of legislation from July 1, 2018, as foreseen would discriminate against the couples living out of wedlock. Statistically, nearly half of Lithuanian couples cohabitate, i.e. opt not to tight the knot.

Flu remains present in Latvia but its intensity is starting to decline

The flu epidemic in Latvia continues. Nevertheless, there is a gradual decline in intensity noticed, according to data from Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

State Fire and Rescue Service advises residents to not forget about safety during Easter

Easter holiday is a time when the first gardening work is performed. It is also the beginning of the barbecue season. To make sure the holiday is not ruined by accidents, State Fire and Rescue Service invites residents to keep in mind their and other people’s safety when celebrating indoors and outside.

Normalisation in Estonian-Russian business contacts witnessed by transit entrepreneur

Despite political and military issues, the transit sector relations between Estonia and Russia have somewhat gotten better, believes Estonian-based businessman Anatoli Kanajev, who has struck a deal to sell container terminal operator Transiidikeskuse AS to German logistics company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG.

Riga City Council discussion on pensioners’ benefits passes with exchange of harsh words

Intention to provide pensioners of all countries discounts for public transport services at the same age was rejected by Riga City Council under loud discussions.

Facing investigations, Facebook announces changes to user privacy settings

Facing numerous investigations over alleged failure to protect user data, Facebook has announced a changes to profile privacy controls allowing users to track and edit the personal data the firm has in its use.

EP Budgetary Control Commission to visit Latvia and Lithuania

A delegation from the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Commission plans to pay a four-day visit to Latvia and Lithuania. During their stay, members of the delegation will be holding meetings with local officials in relation to multiple projects that are being realized in those two countries with help from EU funds.

Poland to purchase defence missiles from U.S. for 3 billion euros

Poland has signed an agreement to buy the Patriot missile defence system from the U.S. for 3.85 billion euros, as Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 has motivated Warsaw to quicken its military modernisation.

Committee supports memorandum of understanding between Latvia and Canada

On Wednesday, 28 March, Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee supported in the second reading a legislative draft in accordance with which it is planned to ratify a memorandum of understanding between Latvia and Canada regarding expanded partnership in the field of defence and security.

CC punishes Mego and Vesko manager for unfair treatment of suppliers

The Competition Council has decided to punish Mego and Vesko brand manager SIA Baltstor and its retail trade partner SIA Lenoka for systematically applying unfair and unjustified sanctions on suppliers, as BNN was informed by the council.

Kremlin's behaviour no obstacle to Germany's final support to Nord Stream 2

Despite Berlin's recent criticism of Russia's actions in the spy poisoning case and the Syrian civil war, German authorities have given a final go-ahead to the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia planned to be built in the Baltic Sea.

Minister: we will have to check the winner of KVV Liepājas metalurgs rolling stock auction

Security Institutions should check the winner of the auction for the sale of KVV Liepājas metalurgs rolling stock equipment – Austrian Smart Stahl GmbH, said Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens in an interview to Panorāma programme of LTV.

Estonia's ability to change praised in index by Bertelsmann Stiftung

In the global transformation index compiled by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung, Estonia has been placed second out of a total of 129 countries. Lithuania and Latvia are also in the top ten.

Riga City Council increases budget deficit outlook to nearly 90 million euros

After a nearly seven-hour session, Riga City Council approved amendments to its budget plan that increase the city’s expenditures by EUR 42.38 million and the expected deficit to EUR 89.31 million. The opposition voted against changes.

Cross-border support for petition against closure of Valga maternity ward

In Estonia, as part of a push to keep the maternity ward of the Estonian-Latvian border town Valga open, a petition and signatures have been submitted to Riigikogu Speaker Eiki Nestor.