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Ceturtdiena 15.11.2018 | Name days: Undīne, Leopolds, Unda

British government loses two more members; EU sets date for Brexit summit

In the UK government, Brexit minister Dominic Raab and Northern Ireland's junior minister have resigned in disagreement with the country's draft withdrawal agreement with the EU, already passed by the government.

EP: Moldova and Georgia should continue initiated reforms

Members of the European Parliament welcome the reforms Georgia has commenced. At the same time, Moldova was criticized for its worsened state of democracy and rule of law, as reported by EP press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota.

Germany economy shrinks for first time in three years

Germany economy has contracted by 0.2% in the third quarter of 2018, a first such result in the largest economy of the European Union in over three years.

British government supports draft Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May received the support of her government on the draft Brexit agreement the UK has reached with the European Union, which would see the UK remain in the EU customs union until the end of 2020.

Warsaw: Kremlin's «imperial policy» endangers Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine

The Speaker of the upper house of the Polish parliament, has stated that Russia's «imperial policy» endangers Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine.

Number of guests hosted in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments up 6.5%

1.03 million visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q3 2018, which is 6.5 % more than in Q3 2017. Compared to corresponding period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 5.3 %, reaching 1.95 million.

Road traffic to be restricted for the duration of Staro Riga light festival

Road traffic on streets of Riga will be restricted from 20:00 p.m. 14 November until 09:00 a.m. 20 November. Restrictions will apply to Zirgu Street, from Meistaru Street to Dome Square. Two-way road traffic will be organized at Dome Square, as reported by Riga City Council.

EP’s approved EUR 17.7 million to be invested in melioration infrastructure restoration

Allocation of support finances of EUR 17.7 million has been approved by the European Parliament for Latvia to cover losses from floods of summer and autumn 2017. This funding will be used to restore important infrastructure, such as water redirection system and damaged culverts, Agriculture Ministry reports.

Three parties exit talks with NCP; Bordāns’ chances of becoming prime minister plummet

According to the latest information, three political parties – Attīstībai/Par!, National Alliance ‘All for Latvia’ – ‘For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK’ and New Unity – have decided to exit government formation talks headed by the New Conservative Party.

G20 industrial countries guided by fossil fuel industry, not science

Action against climate change is not meeting government commitments in 19 out of the 20 world’s 20 largest, as researchers found governments were paying more attention to the fossil fuel industry than to scientific advice.

EP's conservatives-reformists select Zahradil as their leader for election

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group of the European Parliament has chosen Czech MEP Jan Zahradil as its leader for the spring election and for the post of the head of the European Commission.

Merkel: More gender equality necessary in German politics and science

With Germany celebrating the 100th anniversary of female voting rights, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that much has to be done to achieve gender equality, in particular in politics, business, science and culture.

Latvian Saeima approves rules on formation of standing committees

On Tuesday, 13 November, Saeima supported rules that govern formation of standing committees, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Finnish guests in Estonia at lowest numbers since 2008

The traditional cornerstone of Estonian tourism industry, guests from Finland, have in the third quarter of 2018 showed less interest in the Baltic country with their numbers dropping to a 10-year low.

EU members push for serious action against deforestation

The European Commission has to quickly start serious new action to stop deforestation globally, according to a letter signed by Germany, France, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway.

Healthcare Minister: there will be funding for State Emergency Medical Service

Latvian Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša has decided to support State Emergency Medical Service’s plan for organization of work. She has confirmed that funding to cover pay for extended work hours will be allocated next year, as reported by Healthcare Ministry’s Communication Office director Oskars Šneiders.