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Ceturtdiena 22.03.2018 | Name days: Tamāra, Dziedra

Ministry: residents should not have to cover their building’s total water supply costs

Building owners have to provide a special place or room for installation of water measurement devices. The cost of installation and replacement of such devices should be covered by the water supply provider, says Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry.

European Parliament recommends EU and UK to define relations in an association agreement

During a plenary meeting, the European Parliament approved a resolution that proposes possible regulations for relation between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit, as BNN was told by EP Information Office in Latvia.

No more than two consecutive terms for governor of Bank of Latvia

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee has agreed to propose an alternative legislative draft that provides for adding restrictions for the governor of the Bank of Latvia, making it impossible to take this post more for more than two consecutive terms.

Two film streaming sites shut down in Latvia for violation of copyrights

At the end of February, State Police shut down two popular film streaming websites in Latvia. Police say those websites were illegally streaming films. The estimated damage caused to copyright holders by those two websites is more than EUR 200,000. Four persons are held suspect. The investigation continues.

Russian government denies relation to poisoning of Russian-British spy

The Russian government has no relation to the poisoning of former Russian-British double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK, noted Kremlin's press representative Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday, March 14.

Changes to natural gas tariffs in Latvia; bills expected to increase

New natural gas transmission system tariffs will allow more efficient use of connections, said chairperson of Latvijas gāze’s subsidiary Gaso Ilze Pētersone-Godmane in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Wednesday, 14 March.

MEP: Baltics have to do their homework in Rail Baltica project

Baltic States have to do a considerable amount of homework in relation to Rail Baltica project. Some of the homework should be done within weeks and months, says member of the European Parliament Roberts Zīle.

Expert: there are two extremes observed in financial markets

There are two extremes currently observed – on one hand, there are very positive economic trends observed around the world, but on the other hand, there is also the continued growth of interest rates accompanied by nervousness among investors, says Luminor Deposit Advisory Office manager in Baltic States Anželika Dobrovoļska.

European Parliament: all EU member states should ratify Istanbul Convention

During debates with EU commissioner Andrus Ansip, members of the European Parliament invite all EU member states to ratify the Istanbul Convention, as BNN was informed by EP Information Office in Latvia.

CC cancels unjustified competition restrictions applied on training of the unemployed

After holding discussions and listening to reports from experts, the Competition Council has decided to lift restrictions prepared by Welfare Ministry in regulations that govern measures aimed at combating unemployment, thereby making sure that rules potentially limiting the range of education institutions are not added to the final document.

Baltic railway companies agree on creation of a unified container train route

On Monday, 12 March, a meeting was held among the heads of Latvia’s, Lithuania’s and Estonia’s railway companies for the first time. Officials discussed the organization of an inter-modal Amber Trail container train route, as reported by Latvijas dzelzceļš.

UNESCO: securing quality education is the duty of all involved sides

Responsibility for securing quality education should be taken by governments, schools, teachers, parents, private sector representatives and students. A responsible education system should be based on justice, inclusion and quality principles, as noted by authors of UNESCO education report ‘Accountability in education: fulfilling our responsibilities’.

Flue takes considerably more lives in Estonia than EU average

This flue season in Estonia, 34 people have passed away from flue-related complications, Estonian Health Board estimated and noted that the average flue-related death rate is below one in 100 000 people, while in the Baltic country it is near three people per 100 000.