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Tuesday 19.03.2019 | Name days: Jāzeps

Minister: EC should not be allowed to cut financing to countries with low court independence

From the perspective of the European Union’s legislation and democracy, European Commission should not be given rights to halt funding only because EC thinks the rule of law is insufficient in some country, says Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

EU's Tusk to call for long delay of Brexit

European Council President Donald Tusk has said he will invited to EU leaders «to be open to a long extension» of the Brexit deadline, if the UK needs to rethink its strategy and get consensus after it decided to ask for a delay.

Weather to remain rainy in Latvia; air temperature expected above 0° C

At the end of the week, a cyclone will approach Latvia from Scandinavia’s side, which will bring rain and wet snow to many parts of Latvia, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

March 14 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

Latvian Saeima votes to make mental healthcare more accessible

In the near future, it is planned to significantly improve accessibility of mental healthcare in Latvia. The goal is to provide residents with evidence-based, modern, quality mental healthcare. This is provided by the Plan to Improve Access to Mental Health Care for 2019-2020 approved announced at the State Secretaries meeting of Thursday, 14 March, as confirmed by Healthcare Ministry’s representative Anna Strapcāne.

More than one-third of Latvian households paid for utilities with difficulty last year

In 2018 the share of households making ends meet with difficulty or great difficulty constituted 35.7 %, which is 7.9 percentage points more than in 2017.

Lithuanian PM‘s «plan-hooligan» on Belarus‘ NPP remake thumbed down

The Lithuanian prime minister‘s plan to transform a nearly-ready-to-use nuclear power plant in Belarus’ Astravyets, just a mere 50 kilometres from Lithuanian capital Vilnius, to an innocuous gas-fired heat and power plant has crashed and burned.

Consumer protection centre found problems with all playgrounds surveyed this year

Consumer Rights Protection Centre found different flaws in all child playgrounds surveyed in Latvia in recent years. To prevent those problems, economy Ministry has developed a legislative draft, as reported by the ministry’s representative Evita Urpena.

Access to official secret to be provided to CEC chairman in Latvia

On Thursday, 14 March, Saeima deputies supported amendments to the Law on Official Secrets in the second reading. Changes to the law provide access to official secrets to the chairman of the Central Election Commission, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

U.S. President not planning to pardon his ex-campaign head sentenced to jail

In the U.S., Paul Manafort, the former head of the pre-election campaign of the current U.S. President, has been convicted to a total of seven and a half years in prison for misleading the U.S. government about his foreign lobbying work and for encouraging witnesses to lie on his behalf.

Authority of police expanded in Latvia

Latvian Saeima approved in the third reading amendments the Law on Police. The approved amendments expand the authority of police officers, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Security chief: this year’s risks for 16 March events don’t differ much from previous years

This year’s security risks with 16 March events are not too different from previous years, said State Security Service Chief Normunds Mežviets in an interview to LNT programme Rīta Panorāma on Thursday, 14 March.

EC official: British vote not ruling out leaving without deal

A European Commission official has explained that for the United Kingdom, the vote against a no-deal Brexit has not changed the state of affairs, as to leave with a deal the British Parliament has to pass one.

Latvian Saeima committee supports changes to overtime pay

Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee supported in the final reading amendments to the Labour Law, providing for paying 50% for overtime work if a general agreement on wages is signed in the industry.

Ethics dilemma: Latvian doughnuts or Belgian waffles with EUR 6,200 on top

The tempting eight seats in the European Parliament – competition for them in Latvia has gone so far that some candidates have begun jobs that are incompatible with one another. So to speak – they toss around promises of great accomplishments while their previously undertaken tasks remain unfinished. One example for this is Ansis Pūpols, who has made a reputation for himself in Latvia as ‘Nemelo!’ journalist. So what about Brussels is the most attractive – Belgian waffles every day, stable five year term with monthly income of EUR 8,757.70 before taxes or the fight for a better Europe?

UK refuses to leave EU without agreement, in non-binding vote

The British Parliament has made Brexit process even more confusing as the majority of the country's legislators have both rejected the only withdrawal deal the European Union can offer and refused to leave the bloc without a deal.

Latvian Saeima supports proposal on extending PIT tax surcharge term

On Wednesday, 13 March, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee conceptually supported amendments to the Personal Income Tax Law. Approved amendments say the surcharge in declarations for 2018 and 2019 will be allowed to be paid by 1 December 2020, as reported by Saeima press-service.

March 13 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

CRPC invites Apple and Google to improve their store apps

Latvia’s Consumer Rights Protection Centre invites Apple and Google to improve their online store apps so that software providers to inform consumers about their confidentiality policy in regards to use of collected data.

Minister: our objective is helping finance sector transform

Latvia’s Finance Ministry intends to add amendments to the Finance and Capital Market Commission Law and Credit Institutions Law. Legislative drafts containing major changes to the function of institutions supervising the country’s finance sector will soon be submitted to the government for review, the ministry says.

Australian Cardinal convicted to six years in prison for child sex abuse

A court in Australia has sentenced Cardinal George Pell of the Roman Catholic Church to six years in prison for sexual assaults on two choirboys.

Eesti Energia increases its renewables share in Enefit Green

Estonian state energy giant Eesti Energia, primarily an electricity producer from fossil oil shale, has considerably increased its renewable energy production in the subsidiary Enefit Green.

Latvia’s first solar-powered centralized heating system to be built in Salaspils

On 20 March, the foundation for the first solar-powered centralized heating system will be laid in Salaspils. Municipal company Salaspils Siltums has commenced preparations for the installation of 1,720 solar power collectors with a total area of 21,595 m2, BNN was told by Salaspils Siltums.

Latvian Saeima and Economy Ministry still study outcome of MPC system’s abolishment

Economy Ministry has prepared amendments to the Electricity Market Law, which provide for abolishment of mandatory procurement component system. The ministry is currently busy compiling information regarding the potential influence this decision could have on the national economy.

Russia commemorates annexation of Crimea with coin worth EUR 0.07

The Bank of Russia has issued a commemorative coin to mark five years since Russia staged a disputed referendum in Ukraine's Crimea, which led to the illegal annexation of the territory and the partial international isolation of Russia.