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Vinkele: higher education should be viewed as a successful export industry

«Careful work on attraction of foreign students would help improve the quality of higher education in Latvia by motivating improvements of the study programmes and their competitiveness on the international level,» says head of Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee Ilze Vinkele.

Study: Latvia has experienced a decline in indexes for state costs and tax burden

In the Global Economic Freedom rating, Latvia has climbed from 36th and 20th place this year. Nevertheless, the country remains behind Estonia and Lithuania. The study shows that Latvia has experienced a decline in indexes for state expenditures, according to results of a study performed by Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal.

Russia rejects French election interference claims

The spokesman for the Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected accusations from the campaign camp of French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron that Russia was linked to media and internet attacks Macron.

Number of tourists staying in tourist accommodations in Latvia increases every year

In 2016, 2.3 million visitors were hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments, which was 7.7 % more than the year before. The respective indicator has increased by 75 % from the 1.3 million hosted in 2010.

Record year for Estonian startups – 102 million euros raised

In 2016, Estonian startup companies attracted a record sum in total investment – 102.5 million euros.

Revalds: any short-term wage increase for doctors will fail

In regards to the overall dissatisfaction of employees of Riga Maternity Hospital with their pay, Maris Revalds, Chairman of Healthcare and Employers' Association, comments: «Any short-term increase of wages will be destined to fail».

Court justice system’s assessment to be performed in Latvia for first time

Latvian government has confirmed information regarding the organization of Latvia’s court justice system’s assessment.

Estonian government pushing to move agencies away from capital

Estonian government has announced an initial plan backed by the government to relocate a total of several thousand public sector jobs to 18 towns and cities throughout the country.

Videos on Facebook will play with sound automatically

The interest of users watching videos has to a large extent increased Facebook’s recent growth and the U.S. firm has notified its investors that it plans to generate income from this trend.

Multiple Latvian companies denied exports of goods to Russia

21 Latvian companies have been excluded from the list of companies that are allowed to export goods to Russia. 44 Latvian companies have been applied with temporary export restrictions.

Latvia Tours: last year’s average travel cost per person was EUR 413

Last year’s tendency shows that many Latvian travellers have found new destinations to their liking. This especially applies to Asian countries. This is related to the general improvement of the economic situation, notes Latvia Tours corporate solutions specialist Janis Kolomenskis.

Number of firearm owners in Latvia increases

Last year there was an increase of the number of residents in Latvia that own firearms. There was also an increase in the number of registered firearms. One of the main reasons for that could be the rising level of welfare in the country, as noted by Latvian State Police.

British companies experience deficit of workers

After Brexit vote, British companies have been experiencing problems with filling vacant jobs, according to human resource management data published by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Estonian rideshare drivers declare more income since declaration simplified

Providers of rideshare services in Estonia are increasingly declaring their income, and the country’s Tax and Customs Board explains the trend with a simplified, prefilled form, that was introduced in late 2015.

Stock exchange indexes rise in Europe and USA

On Tuesday, 14 February, oil prices around the world grew slightly after the sharp drop on Monday. Investors intend to assess data on reduced oil production volumes in OPEC countries and oil reserve rise in USA.

Latvijas Radio lacks sustainable funding model for employee wages

«The management board of Latvijas Radio is currently looking into options to increase wages within the capabilities of the current budget. However, without a sustainable funding model, only temporary solutions can be found for certain positions,» as LR board chairman Aldis Paulins comments on the wage matter.

Estonia suggests EU fifth – data movement - freedom

Estonian head of government Jüri Ratas has sent a letter to EU leadership related to the upcoming 60th anniversary of the bloc’s fundamental Rome Treaty, suggesting for the EU to introduce free movement of information.

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