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Ceturtdiena 29.06.2017 | Name days: Paulis, Pauls, Pāvils, Pēteris

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Forest regeneration costs declined in Latvia last year

In 2016 the average forest regeneration costs, depending on the forest land quality group, varied between 551 and 600 euros per hectare.

Oligarchs in Latvia have been building up influence by distorting media for years

The conversations tapped in Ridzene Hotel reveal that Latvian infamous oligarchs have been building up their influence over the years by subjugating and distorting media, Ir magazine writes.

Government and social partners agree on introduction of differentiated PIT

At a meeting of the National Council for Trilateral Cooperation, government representatives and social partners agreed on the introduction of differentiated personal income tax.

Latvia receives high score in latest innovation ratings

Latvia’s score in the latest innovative ratings is proof of stable and sustainable state development. This is proof Latvia is headed in the right direction, which benefits productivity and high added value goods, says Latvian Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens.

Terror attacks alter Estonian travel plans, survey finds

A considerable number of Estonians are choosing not to travel to countries, where recent terror attacks have taken place, the results of a survey showed.

Latvian students demonstrated lowest results in all centralized exams this year

This year, Latvian students demonstrated the lowest results in all centralized exams when compared with the previous year, according to information from the State Education Content Centre.

Beer more expensive in Estonia: Year’s second excise rise on beer, cider in July

With swift excise tax increase on alcohol continuing, on July 1, the rate on beer and cider is to be raised by 70%, reaching 15.52 euro cents for percent of alcohol by volume per litre.

Finance Ministry changes approach to tracking accomplishment of state budget goals

Latvian taxpayers will be able to follow results expected from the state budget in a simple and comprehensive way, as reported by Finance Ministry.

Survey – 94% of Europeans take photos using their phones

Studies show that smart-phones are gradually replacing other devices, steadily becoming one of the most important device when travelling. 94% of European residents take photos using their phones, as concluded in a study by Huawei.

Amid global ransomware cyberattack analysts point to Ukrainian accounting software

A number of cybersecurity firm analysts have noted that in this week’s international cyberattack, which has severely affected computer systems in Ukraine, has been linked to the Ukraine-built accounting and finance software MEDoc.

Bondars among defendants in the case for enforcement of 15 million euros from Krajbanka

Former parliamentarian and current member of Riga City Council Martins Bondars is among the defendants in the civil case for enforcement of EUR 15 million from seven former Latvijas Krajbanka board members.

Italy warns it could not allow in ships with migrants rescued at sea

The government of Italy has warned the European Union that the country may stop foreign ships from unloading migrants at Italian ports, because the migrant situation in Italy is deemed to be unsustainable.

Lithuania reaches gas delivery deal with U.S. firm

Lithuania’s gas trading company Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas has this week unveiled that it has sealed a contract to purchase liquified natural from the U.S.

Latvian state officials concerned – oligarchs’ talks only increase people’s distrust in politicians

If talks like that take place, it proves that society’s level of trust in politicians only increases, said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis after his meeting with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis on Wednesday, 28 June.

Otto Ozols: one of Latvia’s presidents was bought like pig at a market

«The saddest fact is that people with flat and shallow thinking have such enormous influence in Latvia,» Latvian publicist Otto Ozols comments on the situation about Ir magazine’s recent publication of secret talks that took place in Ridzene Hotel.

Construction costs in Latvia grew 0.2% in May

Compared to April, the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 0.2 % in May 2017. Labour remuneration of workers grew by 0.4 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment rose by 0.3 %, whereas prices of building materials increased by 0.2 %.

Residents are certain no new jobs will appear in municipalities after elections

68% or the majority of interviewed Latvian Residents are certain no new jobs will appear after municipal elections, according to results of a survey by CV Market.

LDz Council Chairman Ansis Zeltins approved as new Freeport of Riga CEO

The committee responsible for the selection of candidates picked LDz Council Chairman Ansis Zeltins as the best candidate.

Estonian court: Right to protection of family life also to same-sex couples

Estonian Supreme Court has established in a decision that same-sex couples also have the right to protection of family life, when the court detailed Estonian court jurisdiction in disputes over residence permits involving foreign nationals.

Dzintars losses have declined: can the company survive the crisis?

Compared with 2015, net turnover of Dzintars declined by 104,000 euros in 2016. The company’s losses, on the other hand have declined by 904,000 euros when compared with 2015, says the company’s board member Dagnija Maike.

Victims of Portugal’s forest fires let down by communications with rescuers

After the Portugal wildfires, in which 64 people died and 254 got injured earlier in the month, the government of Portugal has ordered an investigation into the operation of emergency communication operations as at least 10 emergency calls are reported to have failed to reach firefighters.

Latvian Shipping Company sells House of Press for 16.8 million euros

Latvian Shipping Company’s subsidiary LASCO Investment has sold House of Press to PN Project, which is managed by Lithuanian real estate and private capital company Lords LB Asset Management. The total value of the deal is EUR 16.8 million, as reported by LSC.

Latvia and other countries refuse to support proposal for energy efficiency

The proposal to add changes to the Energy Efficiency Directive has been approved, establishing a goal to reach 30% of energy saving within the European Union by 2030.

Netherlands ruled partly liable for 350 Srebrenica victims

In relation to the Srebrenica massacre, an appeals court in the Netherlands has for the most part upheld an earlier ruling that the Dutch state was liable for the deaths of 350 Bosniak men in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Lembergs fails to chair third meeting of the new Ventspils City Council; this time he «lost his voice»

Although the slogan of Ventspils is ‘City with tomorrow’, little changes in the work of the local city council – the organizational process of meetings remains absurd and incomprehensible. For example, Aivars Lembergs, who is legally prohibited from performing his duties as Chairman of Ventspils City Council but has been elected as mayor regardless, could not chair the most recent meeting of the city council. The excuse he gave was that he lost his voice.

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