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Sunday 26.03.2017 | Name days: Eiženija, Ženija

Study: EU consumers pessimistic about electricity market

58% of interviewed consumers in the European Union admit the electricity retail market in their home country does not function sufficiently, according to results of the European Commission’s Retail energy market study.

NATO-flagged German troops deployed in Lithuania

With the first NATO battalion arriving in Lithuania, the military alliance and Germany, who sent its troops, has started fulfilling their pledges to help defend the Baltics and Poland.

Ventspils Freeport terminals transshipped 40% more cargoes than last year

In January 2017, Ventspils Freeport terminals transshipped 2.5 million tons of cargoes, which is 40% more than last year, as reported by the freeport’s public relations manager Inga Ievina.

Latvia and France to cooperate more closely in defence field

Latvia and France have signed an inter-governmental agreement in the field of defence. The new agreement states that both countries will cooperate in multiple defence-related fields – development of security and defence concepts, defence and planning policy, cyber-defence, military exercises, etc.

Reirs asks SEA to introduce mandatory financial literacy training for the unemployed

To help improve understanding of the need to pay social fees, Welfare Minister Janis Reirs has asked the State Revenue Service to ensure mandatory four-hour education course for unemployed people to help improve their financial literacy.

Relocation from Estonia to Lithuania considered by animal medicine firm Interchemie

The producer of generic veterinary pharmaceuticals Interchemie Eesti considers relocating its manufacturing to Lithuania, citing years of efforts with Estonian authorities to gain extension for a number of marketing licences.

Rinkevics: we should not «punish» the British for their nation’s choice

«We find any desire to ‘punish’ the British for their nation’s choice unacceptable. Their choice should be respected by other European Union member states,» notes Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics.

Vejonis: there is room to expand cooperation between Latvia and Russia

«In spite of different positions in important international policy matters, there is room for our countries to expand practical industrial cooperation,» said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis during the presentation of credentials to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian federation in Latvia Yevgeniy Lukyanov.

ASF appears again in Salaspils; 10,000 pigs to be liquidated

On Tuesday, 7 February, the Food and Veterinary Service received results of laboratory tests, proving the presence of African swine fever in Ancers pig enclosure in Salaspils. Approximately 10,000 pigs will have to be liquidated.

Government approves open gas market principles

From now on all activities in the gas trade process involving customer service will be secured by the trader. With that, clients will only have to sign one contract and receive one bill, as BNN was informed by Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens.

Augulis: a new organizational order for public transport services is needed

«New public transport service organizational order should ensure that transport companies provide residents with appropriate services. To introduce the new order in 2021, it needs to be discussed in detail in the Public Transport Council, which has in its ranks representatives of ministries and planning regions,» – BNN was told by Transport Minister Uldis Augulis.

Estonia left by first EU quota refugee

First refugee of a total of 89 people accepted by Estonia as part the European Union’s refugee quota programme has left the Baltic country.

Trump: we strictly support NATO, but we also ask member states to do their part

During his visit to US Armed Forces Central Command in Florida, President Donald Trump emphasized support to NATO. However, he also mentioned that most of the member states of the alliance still do not divert sufficient finances to military expenditures.

Latvia’s best 88 construction objects of 2016 – from prisons to churches

88 applications were received as part of Latvia’s Annual Construction Industry Award 2016, representing all kinds of structures built across all of Latvia and other countries where Latvian citizens participated in construction projects, including Sweden, Estonia and Russia, as BNN was told by organizers of the contest.

Ryanair blames second on-board luggage for flight delays

Irish low-fares airline Ryanair has unveiled that it is reviewing its decision to allow passengers take second free luggage bag on board after it found that passengers abuse the allowance and cause flight delays.

Steina proposed for post of director of Insolvency Administration

Justice Minister Dzintars Rasnacs has decided to propose Inesa Steina as a candidate for the post of director of Insolvency Administration. Steina was found the most appropriate for this post by the State Chancellery’s formed selection committee, as confirmed by Justice Ministry.