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European Parliament: rule of law in Malta should be monitored more closely

Malta should strengthen the rule of law and the European Commission should follow the situation in the country more closely to ensure objective protection of rights, members of the European Parliament say.

Saeima committee supports next year’s budget project for final reading

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee supported the next year’s budget project, siding mainly with the government’s decisions in funding matters.

Court: EU nationals retain immigration rights in Britain

The European Court of Justice has ruled that citizens of the European Union, who acquire UK citizenship, keep their right to take their foreign-born wife or husband to the country.

Latvijas dzelzceļš’s owned license for electricity distribution extended for 20 years

The Public Utilities Commission has issued LDz a new license for electricity distribution valid for 20 years.

Study: half of employers are not prepared to take on former convicts

Only 54% of Latvian CEOs are ready to employ former convicts. 52% of them would agree to hire people suffering from chronic illnesses, whereas 49% of respondents would agree to hire people with disorders, according to results of a study performed by social integration fund and research company Kantar TNS.

Survey: every fourth residents would gladly combine business trips with leisure

Every fourth Latvian resident would gladly use the opportunity to combine a business trip with leisure. One-third of residents say their employer’s policy does not allow it, according to the latest Latvia Tours Travel Index.

Unemployment in Latvia declines 0.4 percentage points

In Q3 2017 Latvian unemployment rate constituted 8.5 %. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points, whereas, compared to the same period of the year before – by 1.0 percentage points.

Tallinn pushes to pay corruption-accused Savisaar 15 000 euros

It has been proposed in the Tallinn City Council to pay to Edgar Savisaar, who has been deposed from the office of the Mayor on suspicion of large-scale corruption, a severance pay equalling three monthly salaries in the amount of 15,865.20 euros.

Bad weather impacted ice cream sales in Latvia

Because of bad weather, ice cream sales in summer had declined in comparison with the previous year, as admitted by interviewed Latvian ice cream producers.

Latvian Post offers 29 pieces of property at open auction

Latvian Post has put up 29 unused or unnecessary pieces of property at an ascending-bid auction. The lowest initial price is for pieces of property, land and construction-intended pieces of land in Riebiņi County – EUR 970. The highest price is noted for land and buildings in Riga – EUR 187,000.

Former official: part of education reforms will likely end up politically delayed

Education and Science Ministry currently lacks the capacity to complete all of its planned reforms. In addition, some of those reforms will likely end up politically delayed, former director of the ministry’s Education Department and deputy state secretary Evija Papule told Latvijas Avīze.

Ašeradens admits the need to change Unity’s operational model

Unity’s chairman and Latvia’s Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens see no reason to recall and reform Unity’s Saeima faction, as requested by Kustības Par! members. He does admit, however, that it is necessary to change the party’s operational model.

Moscow rejects British claims of Russia meddling in elections

Leading politicians in Russia have rejected statements by British Prime Minister Therese May, who blamed Russia for meddling in elections and cyber-spying. Leonid Slutsky, the head of the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of the Russian Parliament, commented: «Russia, like the UK, is by no means striving to bring back the Cold War».

LOSP surprised about Dālderis’ attitude towards VAT differentiation for fruits and vegetables

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives is surprised about the opinion of Kustība Par! board member Ints Dālderis on the idea for the differentiation of VAT for fruits and vegetables.

Number of foreign guests serviced in Latvian accommodation establishments grows 12.6%

964.1 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q3 2017, which is 11.8 % more than during the respective period of 2016. Compared to the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 14.4 %, reaching 1.86 million. The average length of stay comprised 1.9 nights.

FCMC applies 890,000 euros fine to Meridian Trade Bank

Finance and Capital Market Commission has made the decision to apply a fine of EUR 889,651 to Meridian Trade Bank, as confirmed by FCMC Council.

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