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Lithuania to consider dropping smallest- value euro coins

To take one and two-cent coins from circulation, such is the idea the Bank of Lithuania will start a discussion on. Retailers, however, see risks in consumer mood over rounding sums up.

Latvian state-owned company Ventas osta officially registered

On Friday, 27 December, state-owned company Ventas osta was officially registered by the Enterprise Register of the Republic of Latvia, according to information from

Vilnius emotion cameras: Young and elderly happy most often

In the Lithuanian capital, a mood-measuring system is operating that measures the mood of passers-by as part of research by the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.

Fire at tire warehouse in Andrejsala was not an act of deliberate arson, police say

State Police did not find evidence of deliberate arson at tire warehouse in Andrejsala, says State Police representative Gita Gžibovska.

Bank analysts: unemployment decline might stop in Latvia next year

The unemployment level decline in Latvia will become slower or even stop next year, according to bank analysts. Swedbank senior economist Agnese Buceniece says under slower economic growth demand for labourers will gradually calm down. The first signals for this came up from business surveys.

Russia detains alleged terrorists based on U.S. information

In Russia, two men suspected of planning alleged terror attacks during New Year holidays in St. Petersburg have been detained, based on information from the U.S, a spokesman of the Russian Federal Security Bureau has stated.

Ukraine exchanges many prisoners with pro-Kremlin separatists

Ukrainian government and pro-Kremlin separatists in the east carried out a large-scale prisoner swap on Sunday, December 29.

Reasons behind Ecolines bus crash in Estonia remain unknown

The reasons behind the road traffic accident involving an Ecolines bus bound for Riga from St Petersburg on Sunday, 29 December, remain unknown. Nine people, including four Latvian citizens, were injured in this accident, as reported by Ecolines representatives.

Cleansing. The most noteworthy developments in Latvia’s politics of 2019

It can be said Latvia experienced something of a cleansing in multiple areas last year. For the first time Latvia’s president was elected through an open vote; Latvian Railway started throwing away poor management; skeletons emerged from all closets in Riga City Council simultaneously, creating a considerable confusion. Finally, December 2019 is especially noteworthy because with help from USA it may be possible to finally exclude Aivars Lembergs from politics.

Von der Leyen worried about Brexit transition period limitation to 2020

Ursula von der Leyen, the new head of the European Commission, has called on London to reconsider his refusal to extend the 11-month timeframe available for agreeing a deal on the future relationship with the European Union after Brexit.

As excise tax goes up, prices of alcoholic drinks may grow by three euro per litre in Latvia

If Latvia increases excise tax for alcohol in March next year, it is expected the prices for alcohol may increase considerably – as far as three euros per litre, according to Latvian Alcohol Industry Association.

Estonian architects ring alarm over national library renovation

As Estonia organises the renovation works of its national library expected to cost 1,3 euros, associations of architects have called for the termination of the contract with a design bureau over perceived incompetence.

National Heritage Board to request restoration of Vērmanes Garden Park’s fountain

The National Heritage Board plans to ask Riga City Council’s Housing and Environment Department to restore the basin of Vērmanes Garden Park’s fountain in accordance with historic images, says the board’s representative Alma Kaurāte.

Weather in Latvia expected to be volatile in coming days

On Friday, 27 December, it will remain moderately cloudy in Latvia. The sky will become clear in western areas. Some precipitation is expected every now and again – mostly snow. Lasting snowfall is expected in the far eastern territories. The layer of snow there is expected to increase 2-5 cm, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Nausėda invites fellow Lithuanians to smile and be open in 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has in his holiday greetings wished to Lithuanians to be open and helpful to strangers. Nausėda, has said that at Christmas «all of us – big and small, strong and weak – stand together with an ever-growing sense of what is eternal and infinite».

Autumn session concludes with Saeima adopting 148 laws

During the autumn session of 2019, Latvia’s 13th Saeima adopted 148 laws in the final reading – 13 new laws and amendments to 135 existing laws, BNN was told by the parliament’s press-service.

Attīstībai/Par! chosen mayoral candidate has donated EUR 37 000 to his parties

The mayoral candidate of the Attīstībai/Par! union of parties, coffee businessman and Saeima deputy Mārtiņš Staķis has donated approximately EUR 37 000 to his parties last year and this year, according to information from the website of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Russian military flights in Baltic have not become safer, Estonia evaluates

Estonian Defence Forces have not noticed better behaviour of Russian military pilots flying over the Baltic Sea in terms of adherence to international principles, although Russia says the opposite.

Progress made in Estonian-Latvian joint project for renewable energy

Estonian government has made a decision to review issue of a construction permit to create a wind turbine park in the Gulf of Riga, which would allow Estonia and Latvia to implement a joint renewable energy project, as reported by Eesti Energia representative Oskars Kupše.

Italian glacier pollution prompts resort to go plastic-free

In Italian Alps, a ski resort is endeavouring to become the first in Europe to ban plastic after scientists discovered that a nearby glacier contained a significant amount of microplastics.

Water level rise in Baltic Sea named the most rapid in Europe in recent years

In recent years the water level rise registered in the Baltic Sea was the most rapid in Europe, and by the end of the year the average water level along Latvia’s coast may by half a meter higher than it is now, according to the outlook published by the European Environment Agency.

Plane crashes in Kazakhstan with 100 people on board

In Kazakhstan, a passenger plane with 100 people on board has crashed on Friday, killing not less than 15 people, according to media.

Latvia’s National Development Plan receives investment projects worth EUR 42 billion

Ministries of the Latvian government have submitted investment plans worth EUR 42 billion for the country’s National Development Plan for 2021-2027, according to information from the Cross-Sectoral Coordination Centre.

Traffic to be restricted in Riga for New Year’s festivities: 11th November Embankment to be closed down

Traffic will be restricted in Riga in multiple locations to accommodate New Year’s festivities. The 11th November Embankment will be closed down as well, as reported by Riga City Council.

Latvia’s territories with the largest percentage of children – Mārupe, Ādaži and Babīte

Most children eagerly wait for Father Christmas to come and bring presents. This is why the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia has decided to look at data and compile a roadman for Father Christmas – locations in Latvia with the largest percentage of children.

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