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Use of Estonian seen as declining among service workers

Estonian Culture Minister has pointed out that local customers increasingly are experiencing the necessity to use a foreign language, when ordering taxis or food. An opinion poll showed that most citizens were in favour of keeping the existing language requirements for service staff.

FKTK candidate says she is stuck amid «political infighting»

«I believe I have simply ended up in the middle of political infighting, market dispute, or whatever,» public broadcaster LTV programme 900 seconds was told by Santa Purgaile, candidate for the post of chief of Finance and Capital Market Commission.

Lithuania chosen for American medical factory for cost-effectiveness, workforce

In Kaunas, Lithuania, a new plant has been opened by the American medical equipment maker Hollister, which seeks to employ a total of about 500 workers.

Bordāns: education minister’s dismissal would mean collapse for the government

If partners of the ruling coalition in Latvia request dismissal for Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska, the existing Cabinet of Ministers will cease to exist, says New Conservative Party leader and Latvia’s Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns.

London’s Brexit proposals suggest leaving Northern Ireland in EU market, not in customs union

To solve the Brexit impasse, by setting forth in the European Union withdrawal agreement that Northern Ireland leaves the bloc’s customs union, while remaining in its single market, such are the proposals submitted by the UK government to the EU.

Judge chosen to preside over Bank of Latvia governor’s criminal case resigns

Riga District Court judge Inese Bieteniece, who was chosen to preside over the criminal case involving Bank of Latvia governor Ilmārs Rimšēvičs and businessman Māris Martinsons, has submitted her resignation to Latvia’s Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns, asking to be relieved of duty, as confirmed by Court Administration representative Ināra Makārova.

Ombudsman claims guaranteed minimum income level breaches Latvia’s Constitution

Latvian Ombudsman Juris Jansons plans to turn to the Constitutional Court, asking judges to declare the existing guaranteed minimal income level breaches Sections 1 and 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia, as confirmed by Ombudsman’s Office Communication and International Cooperation Office head Ruta Siliņa.

Ex-mayors of Tallinn could see their pension allowance doubled past 1,000 euros

Doubling Tallinn ex-mayor pension allowance to a sum exceeding 1,000 euros – such is the plan adopted by the city government of the Estonian capital that also envisages the may hike of current municipal employees.

Construction sector’s illness: 51% of companies are aware of unofficial payments

Cartels are not a sudden appearance in Latvia, it is a phenomenon that has been swept under the rug for a long time, as experts explained at the «Competition in business: influence of cartels, lobbyist activity and black PR» discussion organized by Turība University.

UK’s last solution for orderly Brexit criticised as «unworkable» in Ireland

United Kingdom’s plan for breaking the Brexit impasse with the European Union have been met with criticism in Ireland even before their submission in Brussels, British news portal The Guardian reports.

Seven Latvian companies make it to TOP 50 Baltic businesses list

Latvia is represented by seven companies in the international credit risk insurance company *Coface’s list of TOP 50 biggest Baltic businesses. As noted by credit risk experts, the Baltic region’s dependence on foreign markets contributes to slower growth rates.

Amended methodology for reduction of electricity transmission tariffs approved in Latvia

The Public Utilities Commission has approved the amended methodology to help reduce electricity transmission system’s service tariffs. For the new tariffs to come to force on 1 January 2020, AS Sadales tīkls needs to submit the tariff project to SPRK for approval as soon as possible, the commission reports.

Informal talks commence about Bank of Latvia governor’s possible successor

Political parties in Latvia have started discussing possible candidates to replace Ilmārs Rimšēvičs as the next governor of the Bank of Latvia, considering his term runs out 21 December 2019. However, parties are reluctant to make these discussions public, as reported by newspaper Latvijas Avīze.

Media: Estonian ex-minister accused of prolonged domestic abuse

Marti Kuusik, the Estonian politician, who served as the country’s minister for foreign trade and information technologies, would be tried being accused of physical abuse in aggravated circumstances, Estonian media report.

Construction State Control Bureau takes charges of MPC plants and energy policy

As of 1 January 2020, supervision and control over electricity mandatory procurement component mechanism in Latvia will be performed by Construction State Control Bureau, as decided by Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers.

Kyiv strikes deal with separatists on holding local election in east

The Ukrainian government has entered into an agreement with the pro-Kremlin separatists in control of much of eastern Ukraine. The development could pave way for further peace talks.

KNAB's detained Latvijas valsts ceļi board member is dismissed

As the shareholder in road maintenance company VAS Latvijas valsts ceļi, Latvia’s Transport Ministry has decided to dismiss board member Edgars Strods from his post following his detainment by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Germany sees effects of Brexit in global economic slump

The European Union and Brexit has added to the uncertainty of global economy that is contributing to economic slowdown, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Latvian government supports tax increase for «gambling dens»

Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers has supported Finance Ministry’s proposed amendments to the Law on Lotteries and Gambling Fee and Tax, providing for an increase of gambling tax next year.

School in Finland hit by sabre attack

A school in Finland has suffered a violent attack by a sabre-wielding man, who is suspected of having killed one and injured 10 people, before being shot by police.

Competition Council’s decision on waste management services in Riga kept in effect

The Administrative District Court has decided to keep in effect Competition Council’s temporary regulation aimed at preserving the structure of competition on the waste management market in Riga, as confirmed by CC.

Aivars Lembergs' «candidate/non-candidate» circus

In his interview to newspaper Diena, Aivars Lembergs, who remains accused of serious crimes, implied that may or may not stand candidate in the next municipal elections in Latvia. However, considering the regularity with which this single-actor «candidate/non-candidate» and «I will be prime minister/will not be prime minister» theatre has been on tours since 2006, his most recent political performance is unlikely to be particularly trustworthy, according to regional media

Alcohol consumption in Russia down by 43%, WHO study shows

In Russia, alcohol consumption has dropped by 43% in 13 years from 2003, contributing significantly to a sharp improvement in life expectancy, according to the World Health Organisation.

Purgaile’s approval as FCMC’s next director postponed by government

Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers has decided to postpone decision-making in regards to the approval of Citadele Bank’s board member Santa Purgaile as the next director of Finance and Market Capital Commission.

EU to require repairable appliances, spare parts on single market

Washing machine got broken beyond repair as warranty expired? The European Union is set to change this modern-day reality from 2021, by introducing rules to require the makers of household appliances to allow the changing of broken parts.

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