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Estonia urges banks to make lightning-speed payments available to their clients

Bank of Estonia has urged other lenders to follow SEB in introducing the new international inter-bank payment system of instant payments and to make the system available to their clients within a year.

Kučinskis: next year will start with a very complicated process in the parliament

With elections coming up, there are concerns about a possible wave of populist proposals, said Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in an interview to Diena. The prime minister believes the next year will start with a very complicated process in the parliament.

De Facto: Ventspils Olympic Centre plans to optimize taxes

It seems Ventspils municipality has come up with a way to help Ventspils Olympic Centre avoid paying corporate income tax. Next year, the centre will have to pay tax as part of the athletes support programme, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Northern fishing countries not to allow commercial fishing in melting Arctic

World’s largest commercial fishing countries have agreed on a moratorium against commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean, which is becoming increasingly accessible.

Germany’s Christmas market bomb had been meant for blackmailing not terrorism

As the German police investigate an explosive device discovered at a Christmas market in the city of Potsdam, it has been established that it had not been intended to attack customers, but an attempt to extort money from DHL shipping company.

Amount of snow in Latvia may grow by 1-4 cm this week

The precipitation zone already active in Latvia will continue moving through the country at the beginning of the week, bringing snow and wet snow with it. In some areas the amount of snow may grow by 1-4 cm.

First influenza infection cases registered in Latvia this winter season

A total of four influence infection cases have been registered in Latvia so far, according to data from Disease Prevention and Control Centre. SPKC has commenced an annual monitoring of influenza and other upper respiratory infections.

Cargo and passenger traffic increased in Latvia in nine months of 2017

Compared to the nine months of 2016, the volume of freights carried by land and pipelines had increased by 2.3 million tonnes or 2.7 % and freight turnover by 3 % in the nine months of 2017.

LRA refuses to sign cooperation agreement proposed by For Latvia’s Development

The board of Latvian Association of Regions has decided not to support the signing of the cooperation agreement with party For Latvia’s Development, says the party’s representative Valdis Verners.

African Union enters e-governance cooperation agreement with Estonia

As part of the joint summit of the European Union and the African Union in Côte d'Ivoire, Estonia has signed cooperation agreements with the African Union and Mauritius on the advancement of e-governance.

Deputies request check of Rinkēvičs’ responsibility for defending rights of Latvians

Ten Saeima deputies have submitted a request to Prime Minster Māris Kučinskis to evaluate actions of Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs. They believe Rinkēvičs has avoided his duties to protect the rights of Latvian citizens under the age of 18 in UK and Northern Ireland and has submitted false information to Saeima deputies.

Endziņš: consideration of MPC 2 is pure madness

Considering that electricity costs in Latvia are higher than they are in neighbouring states, thinking of Mandatory Procurement Component 2 is pure madness, said chairman of Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jānis Endziņš in an interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV.

SAB: state institutions sin by employing people without access to official secrets

Certain state institutions sin by employing people without access to official secrets in posts that require it, said first deputy director of Constitution Protection Bureau Andris Freimanis during a meeting of Saeima’s Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee.

Facebook halts ad option to target users by ethnicity or religious affiliation

World’s most popular social networking site Facebook has disabled for the time being its system that allowed advertisers select, which ethnic and minority groups saw their ads and has stated it would look into how the feature was being employed by advertisers.

Winter weather conditions to set a foothold in Latvia soon

This week and the next will pass under winter conditions, especially in the eastern regions, where snow will keep mounting and slight frost will remain for some time, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

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