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Friday 22.02.2019 | Name days: Rigonda, Adrians, Ārija

Germany to help fund Lithuanian tank firing range

As Lithuanian Armed Forces seek to modernise a training area in Pabradė, Germany has pledged to allocate up to a million euros for procuring mobile target lifting system for training tank and armoured equipment live fire while in maneuver. The funds will be allocated to Lithuania under the programme of the Government of Germany for investments into long-term Lithuania’s security.

Russia's arms inspectors visit Estonian military bases

Estonian military units are this week inspected by a delegation from the Russian Center for Arms Control in line with the requirements of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Latvian government conceptually supports raising wages of medical personnel

During a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, members of the government went through a report prepared by Healthcare Ministry in regards to increasing wages for doctors, nurses and other medical staff in the next three years.

Latvian Education Minister steps down; aims for European Parliament instead

Latvian Education and Science Minister Kārlis Šadurskis has decided to step down. He intends to aim for a seat in the European Parliament. On Wednesday, 28 November, Šadurskis will travel to Brussels, where he will take post as a member of the European Parliament.

CSB surveys Latvian counties with the highest yield of agricultural crops in 2017

In 2017, the average yield of cereals in Latvia constituted 38.3 ql/ha, while the indicator registered in Dobele county was almost two times higher – 64.9 ql/ha (relative margin of error 1.6 %). Among all counties, the highest cereal yield was recorded in Dobele County.

Deputy: Harmony will not support a government in which it is not represented

Harmony has no plans to support a government in which the party is not represented, says the political party’s representative Andrejs Klementjevs, adding that currently political parties are doing harm to Latvia with their indecisiveness.

Gobzems: new government in Latvia should include women

«Today we will begin collecting votes in the parliament for the approval of a new government, asking all partners to be very serious of the process. I will try approaching parties’ offers very carefully,» says KPV LV representative and nominated prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems.

Estonian parliament supports UN Migration Compact in marathon sitting

The Estonian parliament has passed a declaration expressing its support to the UN Compact on Migration following a long debate and only 41 out of 101 MP backing the document.

Latvian authorities detain Ukrainian citizen for illegally smuggling weapon parts

In November 2018, Latvia State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police sent a criminal process to Ludza District Prosecutor’s Office for commencement of criminal prosecution in regards to illegal carrying of weapon parts over the Latvian border.

Gobzems: government’s main priority – children

Children should be the main priority for the government, says the newly-nominated prime minister candidate Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV. He says from now on «a country that takes care of children and puts them ahead of other matters» will be a priority.

Nano-water scheme’s participant involved in another Rīgas satiksme criminal case

In October the prosecutor’s office submitted to court a criminal case in which four people are accused of defrauding EUR 800,000 from Rīgas satiksme in different washing chemical procurements in 2013 and 2014. However, investigators are still interested in the company – police suspect the company of foul play in procurements.

Weather to become colder in Latvia this week; more snow expected

Precipitation is expected at the beginning of the week – mostly snow and wet snow. Coastal regions can expect rain. The amount of clouds will reduce gradually in the middle of the week. Wind will draw in from the south in the second half of the week, carrying warmer masses of air to the country, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology.

Latvian president to meet with all parties represented in the Saeima

On Monday, 26 November, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis intends to meet with all parties elected to the Saeima. It is worth mentioning that representatives of KPV LV and Attīstībai/Par! will meet with the president in a joint meeting.

Week in Lithuania. PM expects EU commission's approval for food vouchers

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says there should be no problem obtaining the European Commission's approval for a food voucher system that was approved by the government on Wednesday, November 21. The plan is to allocate food coupons to families with preschool-age children at the initial stage of the scheme.

Association declares state of emergency in Latvia’s hospital sector

Latvian Hospital Association has declared a state of emergency in relation to the ruling of the Supreme Court on limiting overtime work for medical personnel, as confirmed by the association’s chairman Jevgēņijs Kalējs.

Social protection expenditures up 5% in Latvia

In 2017 social protection expenditure in Latvia accounted for EUR 3 974.8 million and, compared to 2016, it has grown by EUR 188.5 million or 5.0 %. Expenditure on survivors function rose by 10.5 %, on sickness and heath care by 6.8 %, and on disability function by 4.9 %.