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Wednesday 11.12.2019 | Name days: Valdis, Voldemārs, Valdemārs

Unemployment in Latvia drops to 6%

Latvia's unemployment rate constituted 6.0 % in Q3 2019. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points, while over the year it reduced by 1.0 percentage points.

Employment rate in Latvia reaches 65.6% of the population

917.8 thousand people or 65.6 % of the population of Latvia aged 15–74 were employed in Q3 2019. Over the year, employment rate grew by 0.3 percentage points, and number of employed persons fell by 2.3 thousand. During the period, population declined faster than the number of employed persons.

SEB share price heavily affected by suspected money laundering in Baltics

Swedish banking giant SEB AB has seen its stock value sinking by 15% as it awaits a programme by the Swedish public broadcaster over suspected money laundering in the Baltics, where the name of the bank would also appear, Bloomberg reports.

State Security Service detains three persons for illegal arms supply to African countries

Latvia’s State Security Service has detained three persons for illegal supplies of arms to African countries under EU and UN sanctions, as mentioned in VDD’s report.

Investigators of MH17 downing point to close Putin ally

Dutch-led investigators of the downing of the 2014 flight MH17 over Ukraine have published a series of phone intercepts, among them one between former senior Kremlin official and pro-Kremlin separatists rebels blamed for the crash.

Harmony halts work in Riga City Council coalition until GKR makes up its mind

Political party Harmony’s faction in Riga City Council has decided to halt its work in the coalition until Honour to Service Riga makes up its mind in regards to cooperation with Independent Deputies Faction, as confirmed by Riga City Council’s vice-chairman Anna Vladova on Thursday, 14 November.

To increase parties’ independence, Saeima decides to boost support for them

In the final reading, Latvia’s Saeima approved controversial amendments to the Law on Financing of Political Organizations, significantly boosting state support for political parties.

Sweden sells off Australian, Canadian bonds over carbon footprint

Sweden’s central bank has stated it had given up bonds in the mining regions of Australia and Canada as Riksbank said the greenhouse gas emissions of both countries were large.

With 57 deputies present, Latvia’s Saeima adopts state budget for 2020

After two-days’ worth of discussions, Latvia’s Saeima finally approved the state budget on Thursday, 14 November, with 57 votes in favour, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Germany to partly lift solidarity tax for support of ex-communist east

Germany has had since 1991 a solidarity tax requiring people in western Germany to support the east of the country to support its economic development. The government has decided to largely lift it from 2021.

Lithuania set to expand residential real estate tax payers’ base

With the economy prospects for the new year looking bleaker, the Lithuanian government is scrambling to find new ways to prevent a looming drought of state coffers. The Lithuanian legislature, Seimas, has revisited this week the idea of taxing polluting cars, real estate and bank assets.

Estonian skiing ex-coach convicted of doping facilitation

A court in Estonia has found Mati Alaver, a former national skiing coach, guilty of doping facilitation and convicted him to probation.

Tourist upturn in Latvian accommodations reaches 2.27 million in 2019

1.03 million foreign and Latvian visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments Q3 2019, which is 0.5 % more than Q3 2018. Compared to corresponding period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors increased by 1.5 %.

Central Election Commission permits signature collection for Seaima’s dismissal

On Thursday, 14 November, Latvia’s Central Election Commission registered a signature collection process initiated by Varu Latijas Tautai and Centre Party for the dismissal of the 13th Saeima.

Corruption watchdog once again punishes VID officials for illegal information acquisition

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has once again punished officials of the State Revenue Service who were caught illegally acquiring information from systems.

Saeima decides: unemployment benefit to be paid for eight, not nine months

From 2020 onward unemployment status will be provided and benefits paid for eight months instead of nine, BNN was told by Saeima’s press-service.

Lithuania pushes for NATO ally involvement in EU defence projects

Lithuanian National Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis has emphasised that European Union’s defence projects should be open to NATO allies from outside the EU to join in.

Healthcare trade unions to decide on future protests in Latvia

Latvian Trade Union of Health and Social Care Workers council plans to decide on future protests on Tuesday, 19 November, as confirmed by the trade union.

Estonia registers lowest unemployment in century

The unemployment rate in the century-long history of Estonia has dropped in third quarter of the year to a record low of 3.9%, the country’s official statistics show.

Minister: suspicious interest for Latvia’s military objects considered medium-high

The level of suspicious interest of foreign people for Latvia’s military objects using different research methods, including drones, is considered medium-high, says Latvia’s Defence Minister Artis Pabriks.

Tusk encourages pro-EU Britons not to give up

The United Kingdom is in a month’s time holding its early parliamentary election. The outgoing chairman of the EU’s European Council, Donald Tusk has said indirectly that the country’s divorce from the bloc can still be reversed.

Contraband cigarettes found stashed in cars with forged diplomatic registration plates

State Revenue Service Tax and Customs Police found a large number of contraband cigarettes in vehicles bearing forged diplomatic registration plates, VID reports.

Supreme Court keeps ban on new construction contracts for JRT in force

On Wednesday, 13 November, Latvia’s Supreme Court of Justice decided to reject the protest submitted by the Office of the Prosecutor General in regards to the ruling on approving construction company ReRe Būve 1 plea against State Real Estate, in which the company managed to secure a prohibition for VNI to sign new construction contracts with third party companies on work associated with New Riga Theatre.

Israel and Gaza start truce after two days of deadly violence

In the Middle East, after two days of military attacks between Israel and Palestinian militants that has left 32 people dead, a ceasefire has come into force, according to Egyptian, UN and militant representatives.

Saeima spends 14 hours debating on legislative drafts for next year’s budget

On the first day of Saeima’s debates about the state budget for 2020 and accompanying legislative drafts deputies spent 14 hours discussing a small number of drafts. In the end, the decision was made to take a break and return to decision-making on Thursday, 14 November.


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