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Baltic States approve Rail Baltica project’s design guidelines

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia, Ministry of Transportation of Latvia and Ministry of Transportation and Communications of Lithuania have approved the Design Guidelines for Rail Baltica, the common design standard mandatory for design, construction and operations of the Rail Baltica infrastructure, as conformed by RB Rail representative Ilze Rassa.

Basque separatists ETA disband, but scars in Spain and France remain

The Basque separatist organisation ETA, has officially stated it is disbanding this week after close to 50 years of operation, which as seen over 800 people being killed in Spain and France and 243 of its members held in prisons.

Influenza epidemic in Latvia has officially ended

As reported by the Disease Prevention and Control Centre’s representative Samanta Čapkovska, the influenza epidemic has ended in Latvia.

Amenian day of civil disobedience ends with Pashinyan expecting parliamentary backing in second vote

In Armenia, a day of series of acts of civil disobedience has ended with a halt called to mass protests by opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, who has been told his candidacy for the post of the interim Prime Minister of Armenia would be supported by the parliament in the second such vote.

EC proposes 1.28 trillion-euro budget with lower agriculture payments

As the European Commission proposes a 1,28 trillion-euro budget for the European Union in the 2021-2017 period, spending cuts are aimed at farm subsidies and regional development aid.

Minister: society has said a strict «no» to orphanages

The number of small children in state social care centres in Latvia has declined significantly. While one year ago there were approximately 80 children under the age of three in this category, their number was cut down by half by November 2017. At the moment there are 17 children under the age of three in orphanages, as reported by Welfare Ministry.

21.7% of Latvian residents believe electronic transactions help save money

One-fifth of Latvia’s residents believe using credit and debit cards to perform purchases helps save money. Only 10.7% are confident that using cash helps the economy, according to information from Ferratum Bank.

Weather in Latvia expected to be spring-like warm

A volatile volume of clouds is expected in Latvia on Wednesday, 2 May, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. No major precipitation is expected. Wind will draw in from the south-east/west. Air temperature is expected to be around +14° C… +19° C. Along the coast, however, air temperature will stay around +10° C… +13° C.

152 troops join NATO’s expanded combat group in Latvia

Realizing the decision made at the 2016 NATO summit in Wales regarding the deployment of a battalion-sized group in Baltic States and Poland, 152 troops from Slovakia will be deployed in Latvia in the second half of 2018, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 6.5% in March

Compared to March 2017, the total retail trade turnover rose by 6.5 % in March 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products has increased by 6.8 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products by 6.0%, and turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel by 7.3 %.

Construction costs in Latvia up 0.5%

Compared to February, level of construction costs in Latvia grew by 0.5 % in March 2018. Labour remuneration of workers rose by 1.1 %, prices of building materials by 0.5 %, and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment by 0.2 %.

Latvian government commences work on MPC termination

To prepare a report on mandatory procurement component and subsidized electricity system’s influence on national economy for 1 August, a work group responsible with cancellation of MPC payment system gathered for a first meeting, as reported by Economy Ministry.

European Affairs Committee supports stricter restrictions on use of neonicotinoids

Latvian Saeima’s European Affairs Committee has voiced support in regards to European Commission’s proposal to establish new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids. This is necessary to respond to concerns that this substance is harmful to bees, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Latvia’s Saeima supports starting school at the age of six

Latvia’s parliament supported in the first reading amendments to the General Education Law and Education Law that provide a flexible transition to compulsory primary education at the age of six, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

April’s final week expected to be warm and rainy in Latvia

Warmer masses of air will flow into Latvia in the last days of April and the first days of May. It is possible that air temperature may reach +23° C. However, this warmth will pass with thunderstorms, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

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