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Brexit: insufficient progress achieved in talks regarding separation conditions

Insufficient progress has been achieved in the first four stages of Brexit talks. The fifth stage of talks is set to address the matter regarding citizens, financial solutions and the state of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Saeima deputies support proposal to make travel around Europe easier with dogs

From now on, dog owners will have to use a single unified health certificate that will detail information of all vaccines performed for the dog, providing the owner the right to travel within the European Union with their dog, as provided by amendments conceptually supported by the Saeima for the Veterinary Medicine Law.

Sexism is a topical problem that is present in politics

In Latvia, even women who take important posts are often viewed in relation to established gender roles – a woman is a mother and wife, says Latvian Welfare Ministry’s Social Planning and Development Department’s senior expert Agnese Gaile.

32% of Latvians always study their potential employers on social media

Nearly one-third of interviewed Latvian residents always study their potential employers before applying for the first job interview, according to results of a survey performed by CV Market.

Latvenergo enters Estonia’s gas market

Latvenergo’s energy trading company in Estonia – Elektrum Eesti – has commenced selling natural gas to business clients, as confirmed by the company.

Oil prices grow in New York but decline in London

Exchange indexes in USA and Europe increased after US President Donald Trump unveiled his tax reform plan on Wednesday, 27 September. The president’s tax plan provides for reducing corporate income tax rate from 35% to 20% and offering tax discounts for companies to ensure their profits return to USA from abroad.

Estonia to reform father benefits and leave

As Estonia continues to motivate fathers to engage more in child- care, the Estonian government has approved proposals for prolonging paternal benefits and reforming the the Baltic country's parental leave and benefits system.

LCCI: Latvia’s drop in the Global Competitiveness Report is a bad sign for the world

Latvia’s decline by five spots in the Global Competitiveness Report is a bad sign for the world and investors, says Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Aigars Rostovskis.

Delna asks Čakša to explain approach to resolve possible conflict of interests

Society for openness Delna has sent a letter to Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša, asking here to explain how the ministry intends to resolve a possible conflict of interests that involves the minister’s advisor, the country’s head oncologist Dace Baltiņa, who is also director of the International Virotherapy Centre.

EC fines Scania with 880 million euros for price fixing with rivals

Swedish truck and bus maker Scania has been fined 880m euros by the European Commission for cooperating with five other truck-factories to fix prices and avoid emissions costs.

Inspection launched at Rietumu Bank in relation to account associated with Donetsk People’s Republic

Finance Capital and Market Commission has commenced an inspection at Rietumu Bank in relation to an account that was opened to gather finances for self-proclaimed Donets People’s Republic, as noted by FCMC Communications Department manager Laima Auza.

FCMC approves recommendations for credit institutions to help uncover suspicious deals

Finance Capital and Market Commission has developed and approved recommendations for credit institutions to help uncover signs of suspicious transactions and improve the ability to prevent questionable financial transactions.

Entrepreneur: Tokyo City case symbolizes a much more serious problem

It has become known recently that State Revenue Service’s Finance Police commenced a criminal process in relation to envelope wages and tax avoidance at Tokyo City restaurant network. However, this case is not as much about the company as it is about the possibility of such situations repeating, says entrepreneur and Jurmala airport board member Zane Driņķe.

Employers: it is important to continue sorting out the healthcare industry

It is important to continue initiated systematic changes and dialogue with social partners to find common ground and contribute to the accessibility of healthcare services, public health indexes, as well as secure appropriate wage increases for healthcare workers, says Latvian Employers’ Confederation director Līga Meņģelsone.

Estonia wishes to attract 500 foreign ICT specialists in 2018

Estonian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology voiced government's plans to attract in 2018 no less than 500 foreigners, specialists in the information and communications technology field, to Estonia.

Lithuania willing to call Georgia «Sakartvelo»

Senior Lithuanian politicians have expressed readiness to standartise the name it uses referring to Georgia to «Sakartvelo», rather than the Russified name it now uses, «Gruziya», responding to a long-time diplomatic endeavour of the Caucasus state.

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