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Wednesday 21.11.2018 | Name days: Andis, Zeltīte

6 November – 13th Saeima’s first meeting

The 13th Saeima will gather for its first meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 6 November. Representatives of parties and associations elected to the Saeima had agreed on the meeting’s agenda beforehand, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Industrial production output in Latvia down 1.2% in September

Compared to September 2017, industrial production output reduced by 1.2 % in September 2018. The decline was caused by the production output reduction in electricity and gas supply (of 12.6 %), as the amount of electricity produced in hydro power plants dropped.

Vilnus erects female traffic lights to mark 100 years of women's suffrage

The city of Vilnius has set up new traffic lights with female symbols instead of the common unisex symbols to mark the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Lithuania.

Ukrainian anti-corruption campaigner dies from acid attack

Ukraine's anti-corruption activist Kateryna Gandzyuk, who was attacked with acid in summer 2018, has passed away in hospital, in another example of the dangers faced by civil society activists in the country.

Week in Lithuania. Government to send revised martial law bill to Parliament

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday, October 31, to submit a package of legislative amendments aimed at clarifying the legal regulation of martial law to the Parliament for approval.

German's Merkel in Ukraine pledges to uphold sanctions against Russia

German head of government, Angela Merkel, has during a visit to Kyiv, expressed determination to continue targeted sanctions against Russian companies and officials over Moscow's role in the war in eastern Ukraine.

Precipitation expected in Latvia on weekends, whereas next week to start with sunny days

Although Saturday and Sunday are expected to be rainy in Latvia, weather will generally remain warm. As the next week begins, however, air temperature will start to decline steadily, but it will still be dry and sunny, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Employers in Latvia will not be allowed to demand foreign language skills from employees for no reason

Employers in Latvia will not have the right to request foreign language skills from employees if their duties do not include the use of foreign languages. This is provided by amendments to the Labour Law approved by the Saeima in the third and final reading on Thursday, 1 November.

Defiant impeached former Lithuanian President launches campaign to restore litas

The defiant impeached former Lithuanian president Rolandas Paksas is not giving up. After a new attempt to lift his lifetime ban to run for the top post in 2019 failed, the now member of the European Parliament and the leader of a new nationalist movement, «I am calling the Nation» seems undaunted and this week has launched campaign aimed at scrapping the euro and restoring the litas, the Lithuanian currency that circulated in the country until the end of 2014.

Estonian emergency doctors sought by 57% non-emergency patients, audit reveals

In Estonia, the 57% of visits to emergency medical departments could have been avoided by seeing a doctor, the country's National Audit Office has found. It also concluded that the situation has increased waiting times in emergency medical departments, which are the most expensive place to treat patients in the whole health care system.

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