bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Saturday 16.12.2017 | Name days: Alvīne
LatviaLatvia

Estonia acts while Latvia still tries to find responsible body for returning emigrants

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(+1 rating, 1 votes)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast week, during the international labour exhibition in Ireland, the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund presented work opportunities in Estonia, thus trying to bring back people who have left the country. Whereas, it looks like the Latvian strategy for returning the emigrated residents is rather poor, because, it took one day to contact ministries to establish who is responsible for attracting the workforce back and yet another day to find out the strategy.

While Estonia aims to inform about the possibilities the insurance fund offers to the people working abroad, the Latvian government does not engage in providing any information.

At first, the State Employment Agency (SEA) was contacted. The SEA marketing and international relations specialist Dainis Jukonis kindly explained to the business news portal BNN that the SEA deals with implementation and does not draft strategic plans.

It was recommended to turn to the Welfare Ministry issuing orders to the SEA. After a two-hours long e-mail correspondence, the Welfare Ministry’s public relations specialist Liene Uzule informed that after consulting the relevant specialist it was found out – the responsible authority is the Culture Ministry, who coordinates the implementation of the included tasks in the statement On the Necessary Action to Facilitate the Return of Emigrated Latvian Citizens.

Unfortunately, the Culture Ministry could not reply instantly about Latvia’s strategy regarding the residents leaving the country. Initially, Andris Saulītis, Advisor to the Culture Minister on public relations matters, did not mention the existence of the statement. However, later on, the Ministry wrote back, indicating that several ministries are in charge and are involved in the preparation of the statement – Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Economics, Interior, Education and Science, Welfare and Environmental Protection and Regional Development.

A number of long-term priorities have been approved to reduce the emigration of Latvia’s residents in order to seek employment and to encourage their return:

• Housing accessibility for residents, especially families with children;

• Regional development by providing the infrastructure necessary for the employment of residents, for children and families’ needs;

• Development of employment relationship culture;

• Tax and benefit system review in order to strengthen the welfare level of families with children;

• Reduction of red tape for positive commercial, agricultural and civil society’s initiatives, as well as for solving individual and their families’s social problems.

Saulitis pointed out one of the information sources is the already mentioned SEA, namely, the webpage of the agency offers a lot of information on employment and job opportunities in Latvia. Moreover, the SEA registers job vacancies in an online system available to everyone on the Internet.

According to the latest information, about 183 thousand people visit the site monthly, including, those currently abroad, for example, 32 thousand people from Great Britain visited the webpage in April, he says.

He is confident the issue of Latvians living abroad is an import part of the upcoming National identity and social integration programme to be launched in October this year.

Currently, the introduction of the project is published, claiming that Latvia needs each and every its citizen. Similalry, it is also said in the introduction many Latvians live abroad both permanently and temporary, Saulitis explains.

Returning back to the Estonian practice, Marta Traks, head of the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s Eures service told the portal E24 their aim is to inform what an insurance fund can give, for example, information on export-import benefits. If people want to work in Estonia, they can do it in three months time, keeping the benefit granted in Ireland. In collaboration with the Business Development Fund we also offer some business advantages, she says, adding that they will make effort to convince people to return.

According to Traks, the Unemployment Insurance Fund will participate in the exhibition, as there are many jobless Estonians in Ireland. In the meantime, the Fund also intends to offer job opportunities to both Estonians and the Irish.


Leave a reply

Citadele Index: businessmen are more optimistic about economic growth

After a four-year gap, optimism has been noticed in all of Latvia’s business sectors. For the third consecutive quarter Citadele Index value exceeds 50 points. Businessmen are also positive about the country’s economy and their own finances, according to the final Citadele Index study for 2017.

Bank of Latvia increases GDP growth outlook to 4.7% for 2017

Bank of Latvia has decided in increase gross domestic product growth outlook from 4.2% to 4.7% for 2017, as reported by the bank’s governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs.

Latvian residents’ opinion of government’s work remains negative

Latvian residents voiced the biggest degree of dissatisfaction about the development of the situation in Latvia and the work performed by the government. Although the previous evaluation of government’s work had increased by four points, it has since declined by two points, according to data from Baltic International Bank’s Latvian Barometer.

Eel fishing to be restricted in Baltic Sea for three months

European Union Fisheries Council has decided to restrict eel fishing for three months in 2018 in all waters, including the Baltic Sea. Although the World Wide Fund for Nature and environmental organization in Europe view it as a notable first step, these efforts are unlikely to have a major impact on the most important problem – eel population continues declining rapidly, as noted by WWF.

LCCI: increase of electricity bills for thousands of companies in unacceptable

Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) categorically opposes increasing electricity bills for the majority of small and medium-sized companies due to mandatory procurement component’s differentiation. The organization believes that this would basically introduce a new additional tax, making them even less competitive.

Head of Latvian Association of Regions to spend Christmas thinking on remaining in the party

Dissatisfied with multiple decisions made by Latvian Association of Regions (LAR), Riga City Council member Mārtiņš Bondars will spend the holiday thinking about his place in this political party, as he mentioned in his interview to Rīta panorama or LTV.

Estonian fund permitted to purchase several Latvia energy production companies

Latvian Competition Council has permitted Estonian fund to purchase several energy production and agricultural companies.

Meat processing giant sees room for growth in ready-to-eat foods

Consumption in the meat market segment of ready-to-eat foods is growing quickly, evaluated Finnish meat processing group HKScan that is planning to invest eight million euros in its factory in Estonia.

To fight for national minority schools, Russian representatives promise to hold a referendum

Defenders of Russian schools in Latvia promise to organize a referendum for autonomy of national minority schools, said co-chairman of Latvian Russians Association Miroslavs Mitrofanovs in regards to the transition to education only in Latvian language.

Tax payment process from capital growth to change in Latvia

As part of the tax reform, changes will be added to the Personal Income Tax Law starting from 1 January 2018. One of the changes is associated with payment and declaration of income from capital growth. The tax rate and the term for submission of declarations on income from capital growth will change next year.

Tusk deems EU migrant quotas ineffective as some states oppose taking in migrants

Donald Tusk, the head of the Council of the European Union and chairman of this week's EU summit, has evaluated that mandatory EU-wide quotas are ineffective and that there is a split between east and west as regards asylum policy.

Riga City Council’s 2018 budget – poorly planned or well-developed?

As the vote for the 2018 budget of Riga City Council draws near, representatives of all opposition parties say they will not support it as long as politicians of the ruling coalition continue viewing the city’s most important financial document as good and aimed at development.

Euro area economy has grown quicker than expected, European Central Bank estimated

Growth has been at a faster pace in the eurozone prompting the European Central Bank to raise its economic growth forecasts.

Weekends in Latvia expected to be snowy

A layer of snow will form in Latvia’s central and western regions that will remain until the middle of next week, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Opinion: Latvia at risk of restricting healthcare to 300,000 people

Kustība Par! political party has sent a letter to Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis, asking him to return to the Saeima the recently approved law on healthcare funding legislative draft. According to the party, the law restricts healthcare for 300,000 people in Latvia.

Lithuania’s 2018 budget focuses on spending cuts, NATO commitment and social security

Lithuania's 2018 budget, approved this week by the Seimas, Lithuanian Parliament, makes history for being the first budget ever with fewer spending for the governmental sector, the commitment to NATO of earmarking 2 per cent of the gross domestic product to defence and bigger allotments for social security. The budget was adopted by 84 MPs, 29 voted against, with 15 abstentions.

EU member states have to strengthen measures against sexual abuse of children

Member states of the European Union have to take more serious measures and cooperate more intensely with Europol and information technology industry to better combat sexual abuse of children, as noted by members of the European Parliament.

Latvian parliament views initiative for changing VAT rate for food product

On Thursday, 14 December, Latvia’s Saeima made its decision on the collective application that proposes reducing VAT on everyday healthy food products and increasing VAT on unhealthy products.

Maxima: residents have become more conservative in their choice of products

In Q2 and Q3, a higher degree of conservatism was noticed in residents’ choice of products. The number of buyers who gladly purchase new products has declined, whereas the number of buyers who do not change anything in their purchasing habits has increased, according to results of a study performed by Maxima.

Civil processes to be sped up and simplified in Latvia

On Thursday, 14 December, Saeima supported amendments to the Civil Process Law in the final reading. Amendments propose several major changes to the process of review of civil processes to make court sessions quicker and more efficient.

State Auditor dissatisfied with parliament’s slow legislative process

Latvian State Auditor Elita Krūmiņa plans to inquire to the Saeima about the delay with the approval of the legislative draft on the expansion of authority of her institution, as she mentioned in an interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV.

Aldaris commences exports to France, China and Netherlands

Aldaris concludes 2017 with three new export contracts, commencing exports of products to China, France and Netherlands. Until now Aldaris has exported products to eight markets, with the largest one being United Kingdom, taking up 78.71% from Aldaris export volume, as reported by the company.

Estonian budget passed with 0.25 billion-euro deficit

The Estonian Riigikogu with 55 votes against 41 has passed the country’s 2018 state budget bill planning to spend by 0.25 billion more than it is planned to earn.

AFSAL: loan requests in non-banking industry are declined in 69% of all cases

In the first six months of 2017 Alternative Financial Services Association of Latvia (AFSAL) issued a total amount of EUR 84.7 million in consumer loans. No increase is noted in this amount when compared with the same period of 2016. Increase did not exceed 0.2%, as reported by the association.

European Parliament supports changes for combating activities detailed in Panama Papers

Public registries with names of true owners of businesses, effective protection of whistle-blowers and stricter requirements for financial intermediaries are some of the proposals intended to assist with the fight against tax avoidance, as noted by members of the European Parliament.

Newest comments

When do you go shoping for Christmas gifts?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive



Category feed: Feed: