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Tuesday 11.12.2018 | Name days: Valdis, Voldemārs, Valdemārs

Committee: Social Integration Fund’s function requires improvements

Deputies of Latvian Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee have supported amendments to the Social Integration Fund Law. Amendments are planned to help improve the fund’s function and supervision, BNN was informed by Saeima’s public relations press-service.

Luminor bank stays on safe side with reviewing e-resident accounts

The Estonian branch of the Scandinavian-capital bank Luminor has informed its clients of its plans to the accounts of Estonian e-residents from January 1, 2019.

Škoda Vagonka: Talgo’s price in PV train procurement is too high

Spanish Talgo – the company that won in the train procurement project organized by Pasažieru vilciens – does not have sufficient experience and qualifications. Additionally, their offered price is too high for it to have won in the procurement, according to Škoda Vagonka representatives.

Ukrainian authorities block large cyber attack

Ukrainian security authorities have stated that a massive cyberattack has been thwarted and claimed Russia was to blame for the alleged digital assault.

All of airBaltic’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft to be named after Latvia’s cities

As airBaltic received its 14th Airbus A220-300 aircraft last weekend, names of all 14 most beloved Latvian cities have now been painted on the aircraft.

British parliament starts days of heated debate before Brexit vote

As the British parliament draws closer to the decisive December 11 vote on its support to the Brexit deal, days of heated debate have commenced with setbacks to the British government.

EUR 380,000 invested in sewage treatment facilities of Ādažu Čipsi factory

Planning in a long-term perspective and investing in solutions to reduce influence of industrial processes on the environment, Latvia’s leading chocolate, confectioneries and snacks manufacturer Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Latvija has invested EUR 380,000 in new and improved water treatment facilities at Ādažu Čipsi factory.

NATO ministers conclude Russia has put at risk Euro-Atlantic security

During approval of the Intermediate – Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, NATO foreign affairs ministers agreed with USA and concluded that Russia has developed and has tested missiles banned by the document, thereby breaching the treaty and putting at risk Euro-Atlantic security.

France postpones fuel tax hikes after mass protests

Fuel tax increases in France that have resulted in weeks of violent protests have now been postponed for six months as French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has recognised that one had "to be deaf or blind" not to hear or see public anger in the country.

Latvian prime minister candidate says Saeima may vote for his government this week

Prime Minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV says there is an option to organize an extraordinary meeting of the Saeima on Friday, 7 December, so that the parliament is able to decide on approval of his proposed government, he said in an interview to Delfi TV.

Gobzems offers giving majority of seats in new government to New Conservative Party

Prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV has offered giving the most seats in ministries to members of the New Conservative Party. In exchange, the party is asked to put aside its red line in relation to cooperation with Union of Greens and Farmers in the new government.

Saeima Budget and Finance Committee supports temporary budget for final reading

On Tuesday, 4 December, Latvian Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee supported for the last reading amendments to the Law on Budget and Financial Management to guarantee funding next year for several decisions made by the previous Saeima, as reported by the parliament’s press-service.

Spanish CAF challenges results of Pasažieru vilciens’ train procurement project

It seems that not only Czech Škoda Vagonka but also Spanish Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles has decided to challenge results of the train procurement project organized by Latvian Pasažieru vilciens.

Industrial production output in Latvia down 1.9%

Compared to October 2017, industrial production output reduced by 1.9 % in October 2018. The decline was caused by the output reduction in electricity and gas supply, however rise was recorded in manufacturing and mining and quarrying.

Hospital association invites Saeima deputies to a meeting to resolve healthcare crisis

On Friday, 7 December, members of Latvia’s Saeima are invited to attend a meeting organized by Latvian Hospital Association to discuss the possible state of emergency in healthcare sector that will appear starting 1 January, when law amendments are expected to introduce major restrictions on extended hours medical personnel are allowed to work.

Latvian ministry: UN migration declaration is now legally binding

The world is becoming more complicated and open; there are many very uneven life situations and regulations UN has discussed over a long period of time. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration document is not legally binding. It is more of a political commitment, says Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Communication Directorate manager Gints Jegermanis.

Europe’s social partners urge Latvia to support amendments to Labour Law

Europe’s social partners in the construction sector – European Federation of Building and Wood Workers and European Construction Industry Federation – have asked Latvian Saeima to approve amendments to the Labour Law that would allow adopting a general agreement in the country’s construction sector.

Latvian prime minister candidate excludes Attīstībai/Par from government formation talks

KPV LV prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems has decided to terminate talks on government formation with Attīstībai/Par political party.

UN climate talks: Without our action collapse of civilisations is near

At the UN Climate Change Conference, British natural historian Sir David Attenborough has warned: «Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change».

ICT experts: we live in the age of artificial intelligence

In the future, city technologies will create a culture based on platforms in which everything is aimed at organization of cooperation of mature companies, start-ups, experts and teachers and creation of mutual projects, said industry and start-up representatives at the 20th anniversary conference of Latvian Association of Information and Communication Technologies.

December 3 in pictures

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

To resolve wage matter, doctors to be allowed to work extended hours for three years

Latvian Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee plans to increase the number of extended work hours doctors are allowed to work, according to the committee’s vote on the period until which doctors are to be allowed to work more hours than permitted by the Labour Law.

Global stock markets upswing after cease fire in U.S.-China trade conflict

Indexes rose in world's stock markets rallied on Monday following a deal between the U.S. and China to have a 90-day truce in their trade rivalry reached months of escalating tensions over duty tariff increases.

Freight and passenger transports up in Latvia

Compared to the same nine-month period of 2017, the volume of freights carried by land and via pipelines increased by 7.6 million tonnes or 8.6 % and freight turnover rose by 5.4 % in January–September 2018.

SA: pupils’ transportation – municipalities’ competition for money

With municipalities organizing transportation for pupils, more often than not they pick ‘one solution for all’, and picked solutions often boil down competition with neighbouring municipalities for pupils and money that follows children, not the understanding of children’s different situations and needs, as concluded by State Audit.