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Saturday 18.08.2018 | Name days: Liene, Helēna, Elena, Ellena, Liena

Weather in Latvia to be rainy and cool next week

At the end of this week, colder masses of air will flow into Latvia by a cyclone. This means weather will be cool and windy. Rain is also expected on Sunday and beginning of next week. Weather will gradually improve in the second half of the week, however, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

EU finds solutions for reducing Mediterranean migration flow

European Union member member state prime ministers and presidents have arrived at an agreement on migration in overnight talks at a summit in Belgium. British public broadcaster BBC reports that in a decision reached on Friday, June 27, that new migrant centres could be set up in EU countries on a voluntary basis, where migrant documents would be processed to determine which are genuine refugees and which are «irregular migrants, who will be returned». In the joint summit conclusions, there is also an agreement to restrict the movement of asylum seekers between EU states, strengthen external border controls, and boost financing for Turkey and countries in North Africa.. Member state leaders called on the possibility of «regional disembarkation platforms», where refugees and migrants would be processed outside the EU to be explored, but convincing North African countries to host such centres could prove very difficult.

Jurmala’s bronze tortoise sculpture to be auctioned off; municipality says it is illegal

During the artRiga art festival this autumn, it is planned to auction off one of Jurmala’s symbol – the famous bronze tortoise sculpture, says sculptor Jāņis Bārda’s wife Aivija Bārda.

June 28 in pictures

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

Authorities commence criminal prosecution against Bank of Latvia governor

Latvian prosecutor’s office has commenced criminal prosecution of bribery accused Bank of Latvia governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs and businessman Māris Martinsons.

SP: certain people may try using Song and Dance Celebration for personal promotion

Certain people or groups of people may try using Latvia’s XXVI Song and Dance Celebration as a platform for personal promotion. This includes pre-election promotion of political parties, as concluded by Security Police.

Forest regeneration costs in Latvia kept declining last year

In 2017, the average forest regeneration costs in Latvia comprised 438–567 EUR/ha, depending on the forest land quality group.

Merkel: Migration solutions of vital importance to EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has evaluated before an European Union summit on migration that the future of the EU depends on it being able to bring solutions to the flow of mass migration.

Competition Council permits merging of two LPG traders

On 21 June, Latvia’s Competition Council made a decision to permit a merge, as part of which SIA Latvijas propāna gaze gained decisive influence over SIA Eko gaze. Permission was given because the merge is not expected to impact competition, says CC.

With strawberry season at its peak, Ukrainian workers appreciated in Estonia

With the Baltic strawberry season at its peak, Estonian growers attract workers to pick the sweet berries and employ both local and foreign labour, which is at more motivated.

Latvian president declares amendments to make Pope’s visit a holiday

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis has declared amendments to the Law on Holidays, Remembrance Days and Days to be Marked in order to make 24 September, the day Pope Francis plans to visit Latvia, an official holiday.

Economy Ministry: it is necessary to reduce the volume of low-skilled workforce

Employment opportunities are set to expand in the next decade. However, demographic tendencies and regional labour market differences will create an even stronger need for labour force, according to Latvian Economy Ministry’s medium and long-term labour market outlooks.

Latvian plastic bottles cause problems to Estonian deposit system

The Estonian deposit system for the recycling of plastic bottles also feels the effect of Estonian shoppers travelling in large numbers south to Latvia for cheaper alcohol as the the return of deposit-subjected bottles has lessened since 2016.

Facebook ends project to build solar panel drone-internet provider

World's leading online social network company Facebook has decided to drop its plan to produce drones that would provide internet in remote areas of the world.

KPV LV member says SRS, CPCB and court are involved in insolvency sector’s illegalities

In his interview to SWH radio, KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems revealed new facts about the involvement of employees of different state institutions in illegalities realized by the now dead Mārtiņš Bunkus during the insolvency process of SIA Rego Trade.

Chemical weapons watchdog expands mandate to point to perpetrator

The leading intergovernmental chemical weapons watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has voted to grant itself new powers to assign blame for attacks, despite Russia opposing the move.

PHOTO: court decides to keep Vairāk saules IT specialist under arrest

On 27 June, Riga Regional Court decided to leave the existing security measure – arrest – in force for Vairāk saules restaurant network IT specialist Edgars Štrombergs.

Government Supports amendments to Social Integration Fund Law

To ensure compliance of the Social Integration Fund’s activities with goals detailed in policy planning documents and optimal monitoring, as well as provide budget funding transparency, the NGO and Cabinet of Ministers cooperation memorandum council supported further progression of Culture Ministry’s developed amendments to the law, as confirmed by the ministry’s public relations department head Lita Kokale.

June 27 in pictures

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

Construction costs in Latvia grew 4.1% in May 2018

Compared to April, the level of construction costs in Latvia grew by 0.5 % in May 2018. Labour remuneration of workers increased by 1.7 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.3 %, but prices of building materials – by 0.2 %.

72 stationary speed cameras to be installed on Latvia’s roads

Several new speed cameras will soon be installed on Latvia’s roads in Piņķi, Vitrupe, Vecstropi, Grenctāle, Lapmežciems, Klidziņš, and Šķibe.

Poland to U-turn on prison sentence for linking Holocaust camps with Poles

Poland government has called on the country's parliament to remove a prison penalty for linking the Polish nation to crimes committed against Jews in 1940s, when the Eastern European country was occupied by Nazi Germany.

Survey: real estate purchase is the most optimal form of investment

Latvia’s residents view real estate purchase as one of the best forms of investment. 46% of Latvia’s residents would invest in real estate. Other popular forms of investment include gold, which is considered reliable by 26% of residents, and life insurance – 18%, according to results of Swedbank’s survey.

Estonian economy to grow by 3.5% in 2018, central bank estimates

Estonia's economic growth would be at 3.5% in 2018-2019, but it would slow to 2.5% in 2020, according to forecasts by the Estonian central bank, Eesti Pank.

Lampa festival’s political arena: talks with politicians without masks

In preparation for the upcoming Saeima elections, Lampa festival will provide a special Political arena for the first time. Eight of Latvia’s political parties and party unions will be represented there with their own tents. Voters will be able to meet with politicians face to face and discuss matters important to them, festival organizers say.

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