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Acting SRS manager: the next head of service should be someone «worth following»

Can the State Revenue Service be trusted? Who benefits from SRS remaining with no head? Do people see any point in paying taxes, and why is it necessary to take care of SRS employees? BNN asked acting SRS director Dace Pelēka.

July 31 in pictures

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

Bank of Latvia governor permitted to appoint his substitute in European Central Bank

Following European Union Court’s order, the Prosecutor General’s Office has clarified the security measure applied to bribery accused governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs. He has been given the right to appoint his substitute in the European Central Bank Council, as confirmed by Prosecutor General’s Office representative Aiga Eiduka.

Belarus prolongs tourist visa-free stays to 30 days

Visa-free travel to Belarus has been prolonged for tourists from five to 30 days in an attempt to attract more visitors to the Baltic neighbour. has no information of possible security risks of Yandex.Taxi app

Latvia’s information technology security incident prevention institution has no information regarding any possible security risks of Russian Yandex.Taxi mobile application. With that, is unable to comment on statements made by Lithuanian institutions about this mobile app, says deputy manager Varis Teivāns.

Traffic on Estonian roads, from main to local motorways, on rise

Estonian has observed an increased in the average traffic per day on the country roads in the first half of 2018 Estonia's main roads, based on the data collected by by the Estonian Road Administration.

Ministry plans to finish test version of healthcare service recipients’ database by September

The test version of the healthcare recipients’ database should be ready in September, according to what Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša told 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Media: Ventspils has a coal dust problem. Who is to blame?

Ventspils City Council deputies want a constructive dialogue and cooperation between businesses working at the port, Ventspils Freeport Authority and municipal administration to resolve the matter with air pollution in the city and address residents’ complaints. There is no cooperation to speak of at the moment, and intimidation methods employed by the city’s and freeport’s officials do not help resolve the situation – only worsen it, starts its opinion article after meeting with opposition deputies of Ventspils City Council.

Estonia discusses helping farmers after crops lost to drought

Estonian members of parliament have discussed with agricultural organisations ways to mitigate the financial losses to be suffered by Estonian farmers from crops lost to this summer's drought.

France tightens smartphone ban to schoolchildren

Pupils in France will not be allowed to use their smartphones at school, starting from the new school year according to a ban adopted by the French parliament.

Six persons involved in case on illegalities in Ogre bank’s insolvency process

Latvian Economic Crimes Prevention Office performed several searches and found six people suspects in a criminal case revolving around money laundering and abuse of power during the insolvency process of AS Ogres komercbanka, as confirmed by State Police press-representative Ilze Jurēvica.

Use of marijuana legalised in Caucasus nation Georgia

Easing Georgia's hard-line drug policy, its Constitutional Court on Monday abolished fines for the use cannabis, while setting forth that growing and selling the plant would continue to be an offence.

Culture Ministry gives green light to three culture infrastructure projects

On 27 July, Latvia’s Central Finance and Contracting Agency gave green light to three major culture infrastructure projects. This marks the commencement of Culture Ministry’s programme to develop territories in Riga using funding from the European Union worth a total of EUR 54,541,128, as confirmed by the ministry.

July 30 in pictures

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

airBaltic turnover up 19% in first half year of 2018

Revenue of Latvia’s national airBaltic airline reached EUR 180.8 million in the first six months of 2018, which is also 19% more when compared to the same period of last year, BNN was told by the company.

Latvia has plans to procure six helicopters in coming years

Latvia’s Defence Ministry and State Border Guard plan to purchase six new helicopters to assist with battling large-scale fires in the future.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 5.6% in June

Compared to June 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 5.6 % in June 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 6.4 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, rose by 5.1%, whereas turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 4.8 %.

Half of potential prosecutor candidates fail general knowledge test

Last week, half of the candidates who applied for the prosecutor’s post had failed the general knowledge test, as confirmed by the prosecutor’s office.

Funeral of first dead Novichok victim held in UK

In Britain, the relatives and friends of Dawn Sturgess are holding her funeral at Salisbury crematorium, after she died from exposure to the nerve agent Novichok, British authorities believe.

ICT industry’s export capacity on a rise; volumes have increased by 23%

Exports of services from Latvia’s information and communication technologies industry have increased by 23% in Q1 2018, according to the latest data from the Bank of Latvia.

Estonian ice cream producers work hard to meet demand

With no end to Baltic heat wave in sight, Estonian ice cream makers are experiencing record sales and increasing production volumes.

Minister refuses to pay deputy in Salaspils deputy EUR 2,000 compensation

Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards has no intention of paying EUR 2,046 compensation to Salaspils County Council deputy Vitālijs Berezņevs for the refusal to permit him to participate in committee meetings.

Energy producer Eesti Energia records 12% rise in profit, amid high prices

Estonian government-owned energy giant Eesti Energia reached in the second quarter of 2018, net profit totalling 15 million euros, which is a 12%-hike from the same period in 2017.

Fire fighters continue battling still-fuming areas left by Valdgale fire

Liquidation of fuming areas left by Valdgale fire to continue, said Latvia’s State Forests and Environment Protection Office deputy manager Zigmunds Jaunķiķis in an interview to Rīta panorama programme of LTV.

Corruption watchdog receives word of possible pre-election promotion violations

Latvia’s Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has received the first report on possible violations of pre-election promotion regulations. No comments are provided in regarded to possible inspections.

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