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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBNN offers a summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Fight; Future; Decline; Promise, and Opinion.

CHANGE: Unity’s parliamentary faction picks a new chairman

Hosams Abu Meri has been picked as the new chairman of Unity political party’s faction in the Saeima. The previous head of the faction – Solvita Āboltiņa – has decided to put down her mandate as member of the parliament and instead return to diplomatic service.

Abu Meri was recommended for this post by the board of Unity to replace Āboltiņa. This decision was made on 6 November.

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FIGHT: Estonia in UN Jerusalem vote to ignore U.S. warning

Regardless of U.S. government’s warning urging countries that receive its financial support not to back a UN resolution on the contentious issue of Jerusalem in the Middle East Peace Process, Estonia would support decades-long policy of Jerusalem to be the capital of both Israel and Palestine.

Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports, citing Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser as stating on Thursday, December 21, that Estonia would go along with the position of the European Union concerning current matters in the Middle East, and that he wasn’t afraid of potential retaliation on the part of the U.S. government.

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FUTURE: Important 2017 decisions of the European Parliament that will affect your life

In 2017, the European Parliament approved and signed 74 new legislative acts associated with protection of the external border and security, trade agreements, energy security and cancellation of roaming, said Antonio Tajani, who was elected chairman of European Parliament in January 2017.

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BUSINESS: exports of Latvian food products up by more than 20%

Exports of Latvian food products industry has grown by more than 20% when compared with the previous year, says council chairperson of Latvian Federation of Food Companies (LFFC) Ināra Šure.

She said that 2017 was a positive year for food production. This especially applies to exports. «The most positive development for Latvia’s food production industry in 2017 was the export growth – by more than 20%,» said Šure, adding that Latvian food companies have been working tirelessly for years to explore new markets and secure results.

LFFC Council chairperson expressed hope that this year’s import/export balance in food production industry turns out positive. If this is achieved, it will be possible to say Latvia’s food industry has succeeded reorienting its focus from Russia to other countries.

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DECLINE: rail freight volume has dropped to fifteen-year minimum

In 2017, Latvijas dzelzceļš transported 43 million tonnes of cargoes, which is the lowest freight volume in the past fifteen years. On top of that, there are no preconditions for the cargo decline to stop. This means the lowest point has yet to be reached, says president of Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics (BATL) Inga Antāne.

She mentions the seriousness of the situation in the industry and invites responsible ministry to act because unemployment already affects Latvia’s national economy. This is expected to affect not only people working in the industry but also all other residents.

BATL president says: «2017, as predicted, was the worst for the country’s railway freight in the past 15 years. Next year is expected to demonstrate an even more rapid decline even though in its letter to Saeima’s National Economy Committee, LDz mentioned that the expected volume for 2018 may reach 49 million tonnes. In the current situation, this is an impossible and utopian goal. No one can say that talks about a crisis in the transit industry are exaggerated. The crisis is here, and we will feel its consequences in 2018.»

The most realistic scenario for the situation’s stabilization is increasing freight volume with Belarus, where China has built a major logistics centre. Until now, we have not benefited from it much, because this centre has active cooperation established with Klaipeda port. For Latvia to attract cargoes from Belarus, the country has to do its homework and resolve problems that affect its competitiveness.

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PROMISE: Latvian Healthcare Minister promises to slash queues for healthcare services by half

With a major increase in funding it will be possible to reduce queues for healthcare services by half, Latvian Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša promised to Rīta panorama programme.

The politician says that 2017 has been a turning point for Latvia’s healthcare – the government has dramatically changed its views towards healthcare and has secured a nearly EUR 200 million increase for the healthcare budget.

As for the Healthcare Funding Law, Čakša mentioned that the proportion of residents that may end up without state-funded healthcare services is ‘very small’. From the perspective of the general division of services covered by the budget, the law is very loyal to Latvian residents. Still, it does motivate responsible payment of taxes, added the minister.

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OPINION: list of Lembergs’ committed crimes continues expanding

«During his rule in Ventspils, Aivars Lembergs performed so many illegal and criminal acts that investigation and judicial institutions still haven’t sorted things out,» said Ventspils City Council opposition member Valdis Kristovskis in an interview to BNN.

He says there is no doubt – during the period of Ventspils and state capture, Lembergs has managed to spend enough time imitating work in the interest of the city and society, whose portion of reasonably-minded people he calls ‘lumpen-proletariat’. «Something like that is only possible in conditions of a cult of personality. Unfortunately, there are people, whole parties, who do not seem all that worried about that,» says Kristovskis.

He notes that people are inspired by this approach. It eats away the country’s democracy and rule of law. «It is the duty of politicians to maintain standards and establish requirements, because if you’re not caught committing a crime does not mean a crime was not committed! Politicians have to oppose corruption and crime on a state level even if investigation and court processes require time. If politicians wait for crimes to be proven in court, then, I’m sorry, people like that should not work in state administration and act as people’s representatives,» said Kristovskis.

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Autumn expected to begin soon in Latvia

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Brexit: a finish line with no end in sight

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EU underlines to London: No-deal Brexit also option

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Latvian parliament approves transition to competence-based approach in education content

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Aglone Council prohibits residents from organizing protests during Pope Francis’ visit

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Latvian parliament conceptual supports pension bonus indexation

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