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Tuesday 23.10.2018 | Name days: Daina, Dainida, Dainis

October 11 in pictures

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

Volume of pesticides used on cereals and rape reduces in Latvia

Compared to 2012, the volume of pesticides used on one hectare of cereal cropland reduced by 5.8 % and of that used on one rape hectare by 11.7 % in 2017.

Latvia wants to ratify EU-Japanese strategic partnership agreement

On Thursday, 11 October, Latvia’s Saeima approved in the first reading a legislative draft in accordance with which it is planned to ratify the Strategic Partnership Agreement between European Union and its member states one side and Japan on the other.

Latvia’s Finance Ministry increases GDP growth outlook to 4.2% for 2018

Finance Ministry has increased the growth domestic product growth outlook for 2018 from 4% to 4.2%. At the same time, the ministry has reduced economic growth outlook for 2019.

Lithuania: Government’s support edges down, PM unscathed despite controversies

The trust in the Lithuanian government fell nearly five per cent in September, month-on-month, and the dissatisfaction among Lithuanians in it is likely to grow ahead of the coming elections to municipal Councils, European Parliament and President’s office.

Latvian government to invest EUR 80 million in Conexus Inčukalns gas storage facility

It is planned to invest EUR 80 million in the modernization of AS Conexus Baltic Grid underground gas storage facility in Inčukalns in the next seven years, as 900 seconds programme of LNT was told by Conexus management board chairperson Zane Kotāne.

Fast loan industry asks Latvian president not to announce stricter rules for industry

Alternative Financial Services Association of Latvia has sent a letter to Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis, detailing a request to return to the Saeima amendments to Consumer Rights Protection Law for a repeated reading, as confirmed by the association.

Real estate property registration order to be made more efficient

To help reduce administrative burden, it is planned to synchronize the data stored in State Land Service’s and district courts’ databases, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Italy's budget ambitions seen as risk to euro zone stability by Brussels

Rome and Brussels is involved in a heated discussion over Italy's budget and its plans increase spending into deficit, while the European Commission insists on Italy fulfilling its commitment to reduce its 2.3-trillion-euro debt.

Four foreigners denied entry to Latvia

On Wednesday, 10 October, Latvia’s State Border Guard apprehended 37 perpetrators on the country’s state borders.

Link between poking nose and pneumonia discovered in research

Human nose is designed to stop infectious bacteria from reaching lungs, but if its content is put into mouth, a person inserts bacteria, also the ones that cause pneumococcal infection, in his or her body putting it behind the protective mechanism, British scientists have concluded.

Pope’s visit cost Latvia’s state budget EUR 738,605

The visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Latvia on 24 September cost the state budget for emergencies EUR 738,605, according to data compiled by the Fiscal Discipline Council on finances allocated from this budget programme in Q3 2018.

Saeima to prohibit state institutions from setting different competition conditions

Members of Saeima’s Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee supported in the first reading amendments to the Competition Law on Wednesday, 10 October, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Avoid eating meat to prevent devastating climate change, scientists call

The humanity has to considerably cut its meat consumption to prevent devastating climate change, scientists found in the most thorough study so far on how what we eat affects the environment.

Latvian parties remain cautious after second day of government talks; five parties continue talks

Parties elected to the 13th Saeima remain cautious after the second day of government formation talks. Political powers remain reluctant to reveal the composition of the potential government. Five parties continue government formation talks.

NCP and National Alliance committed to put aside their «complicated history»

National Alliance «All for Latvia!» – «For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK» and the New Conservative party share views on certain values and even their «complicated history» will not be an obstacle for constructive work between them, said leaders of both parties after a shared meeting.

October 10 in pictures

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

Surplus of EUR 15.7 million found in Latvian ministries’ budgets

After compiling information about all ministries’ budgets in September, Latvia’s Finance Ministry found that six ministries have a financial surplus of EUR 15.7 million, as reported by Latvijas Avīze.

Ukraine acts to increase protection of ammunition depots after one in flames

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has tightened security at ammunition depots and arsenals across Ukraine, Ukrainian news agency UNIAN reported.

Maxima: a significant price drop has been noticed for coffee and sugar

Food product price inflation in Latvia remains low this year. According to data from Maxima Retail Trade Compass, the biggest price decline was observed for coffee and sugar in the first half-year.

Latvia’s export volumes up 11.3% in August

In August 2018 the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.55 billion, which at current prices was 11.3 % more than in August 2017, of which the exports value of goods was 7.8 % and imports value of goods was 14.0 % higher.

Government-building in Latvia sluggish; disputes emerge between KPV LV and UGF

The government formation process in Latvia is progressing carefully at the moment. No coalition outline is seen after one day of talks among parties. With that said, some parties are already engaged in heated disputes. KPV LV and the Union of Greens and Farmers have managed to start an argument even before meeting.

Bulgarian man accused of journalist Marinova's murder

In Germany, a citizen of Bulgaria has been arrested and charges with the brutal killing of journalist Viktoria Marinova, according to Bulgarian authorities.

Latvia to invest EUR 8 million of EU funding into energy efficiency of businesses

Central Finance and Contracting Agency has organized yet another evaluation of projects submitted for approval in the EU fund programme for support of increased energy efficiency of manufacturing enterprises. 32 projects have received approval for Cohesion Fund financing worth EUR 8 million, as confirmed by the agency.

Stockholm’s and Sigulda’s combined offer officially added to 2026 Olympics list

The combined offer submitted by Sweden’s Stockholm and Latvia’s Sigulda was officially added on to the short-list of 2026 Olympics host candidates by the International Olympics Committee on Tuesday, 9 October.

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