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State Employment Agency offers to train specialists for employers

If a company requires specific specialists, Latvian State Employment Agency (SEA) can prepare specialists for employers on demand by providing necessary training to unemployed people within any available training programme, the agency states.

Italian parliament dissolved

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has dissolved the country’s parliament, calling for its next composition to be elected on March 4 2018. In the run-up to the election, the ruling centre-left Democratic Party is up against the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and right-wing Forza Italia.

Survey: with reduced VAT, residents plan to Latvian fruits, vegetables and berries more often

1 January will mark the coming into force of a reduced VAT rate on fruits, vegetables and berries typical for Latvia. With the reduced 5% VAT rate, every second Latvian resident plans to purchase fruits, berries and vegetables produced in Latvia more often in 2018, according to a survey by Rimi Latvia.

Barometer: the real threat for Latvia is low birth rate, not terrorism

Predicting the main risks for Latvia in the coming 2018, nearly half of respondents (46%) mentioned demographic problems. Terrorism was mentioned only by 11% of respondents, according to results of the latest Baltic International Bank’s Latvian barometer.

Association CEO: traders will be ready for the 5% VAT rate

Food traders will be ready to start selling fruits, berries and vegetables typical for Latvia with a reduced VAT rate of 5% from 1 January onward, said CEO of Latvian Food Traders Association Noris Krūzītis in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Estonian capital to continue commissioning of Russian-language TV programmes broadcast by PBK

The city of Tallinn has published a call of procurement for buying three Russian-language television shows currently being made by the Russian-owned commercial TV channel Pervõi Baltiiski Kanal.

Ukraine and pro-Kremlin separatists exchange 300 prisoners of war

Ukraine’s armed forces and pro-Kremlin separatist groups in the east of the country have swapped a total of over 300 prisoners of war, which has been one of the largest such exchanges since the Donbass War broke out in 2014.

Crisis Management Council to meet and discuss Latvia’s forest industry

On Thursday, 28 December, acting Prime Minister of Latvia Jānis Dūklavs will call an extraordinary meeting of the Crisis Management Council to discuss the request to declare a state of emergency in the country’s forest industry.

Experts: what are the threats household internet users could face in 2018

Nowadays households have at least two computers and four mobile devices. In addition, all of those devices have access to the internet. The fact that 15% of users spend on the internet more than 50 hours a week is also unsurprising – this is aside from the amount a time residents spend on the interned at work, Kaspersky Lab experts say.

Brain-drain in science also problem in Finland

Echoing the sentiment of some fields of research in the Baltic states, Finland has witnessed a growing outflow of highly educated researchers in this decade.

On Estonian-Russian border, less illegal border crossings and contraband goods

As works to build a monitoring strip along the Estonian-Russian temporary border line continue, statistics suggest that the new strip is helping reduce both the contraband of goods and illegal border crossings.

General tax debt in Latvia in December – EUR 1.254 billion

At the beginning of December, the general tax debt in Latvia, including outstanding, halted debts and extended payment terms, was EUR 1.25 billion, which is 0.4% more than the previous month, according to data from the State Revenue Service (SRS).

SEB predicts Latvia’s leasing market may grow by approximately 10%

Next year Latvia’s leasing market may grow by approximately 10%, according to SEB Group’s SEB leasing board chairman Jeļena Gavrilova.

Germany sees model for Ukraine and Turkey in smart Brexit deal

If a clever agreement on European Union’s future relations with the UK is reached, it could be a model for closer future cooperation with other neighbouring countries, has evaluated German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

Pope Francis compares refugees to Mary and Joseph

The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has called on believers not to turn their backs on the circumstances of millions of migrants «driven from their land», during Christmas Eve Mass in the Vatican.

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