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Saeima deputy Lolita Čigāne decides to leave «Kustība Par!» political party

Saeima deputy Lolita Čigāne has confirmed her decision to leave ‘Kustību Par!’ political party. The politician has not yet made a decision to participate in the upcoming Saeima elections.

Latvia second country in the world in terms of mobile internet use

Latvia is considered second country in the world in regards to mobile internet use indexes with an average of 8.2 GB a month, according to OECD’s 2017 report Digital Economy Outlook. Finnish residents are the most active users of mobile internet services. Austria is third and Sweden is fourth. The TOP 5 list ends with Denmark.

Barometer: resident say there is a lack of interesting activities in Latvia

67% of Latvia’s residents have attended different cultural activities in the past year. Most often residents attended theatrical performances and different cultural events, according to results from Baltic International Bank’s latest Latvian Barometer.

Estonia: Russian missile tests in Baltic Sea no cause for special concern

As Russia plans to hold missile tests in the Baltic Sea, close to the border of Latvia, between April 4 and 6, Estonian Defence Ministry has commented that the tests will be monitored, but are not a source to particular concern.

President announces amendments for gradual transition to education in Latvian language

President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis has announced amendments to Education Law and General Education Law. These amendments provide for a gradual transition to education only in Latvian language.

Bill aiming to help young families with housing may be discriminatory

The Lithuanian Government‘s endeavour to support young families through subsidising of their housing may hit a snag – the lawyers from the Parliament’s Law Committee warn that the enactment of the piece of legislation from July 1, 2018, as foreseen would discriminate against the couples living out of wedlock. Statistically, nearly half of Lithuanian couples cohabitate, i.e. opt not to tight the knot.

Flu remains present in Latvia but its intensity is starting to decline

The flu epidemic in Latvia continues. Nevertheless, there is a gradual decline in intensity noticed, according to data from Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

State Fire and Rescue Service advises residents to not forget about safety during Easter

Easter holiday is a time when the first gardening work is performed. It is also the beginning of the barbecue season. To make sure the holiday is not ruined by accidents, State Fire and Rescue Service invites residents to keep in mind their and other people’s safety when celebrating indoors and outside.

Normalisation in Estonian-Russian business contacts witnessed by transit entrepreneur

Despite political and military issues, the transit sector relations between Estonia and Russia have somewhat gotten better, believes Estonian-based businessman Anatoli Kanajev, who has struck a deal to sell container terminal operator Transiidikeskuse AS to German logistics company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG.

Riga City Council discussion on pensioners’ benefits passes with exchange of harsh words

Intention to provide pensioners of all countries discounts for public transport services at the same age was rejected by Riga City Council under loud discussions.

EP Budgetary Control Commission to visit Latvia and Lithuania

A delegation from the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Commission plans to pay a four-day visit to Latvia and Lithuania. During their stay, members of the delegation will be holding meetings with local officials in relation to multiple projects that are being realized in those two countries with help from EU funds.

Committee supports memorandum of understanding between Latvia and Canada

On Wednesday, 28 March, Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee supported in the second reading a legislative draft in accordance with which it is planned to ratify a memorandum of understanding between Latvia and Canada regarding expanded partnership in the field of defence and security.

CC punishes Mego and Vesko manager for unfair treatment of suppliers

The Competition Council has decided to punish Mego and Vesko brand manager SIA Baltstor and its retail trade partner SIA Lenoka for systematically applying unfair and unjustified sanctions on suppliers, as BNN was informed by the council.

Kremlin's behaviour no obstacle to Germany's final support to Nord Stream 2

Despite Berlin's recent criticism of Russia's actions in the spy poisoning case and the Syrian civil war, German authorities have given a final go-ahead to the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia planned to be built in the Baltic Sea.

Minister: we will have to check the winner of KVV Liepājas metalurgs rolling stock auction

Security Institutions should check the winner of the auction for the sale of KVV Liepājas metalurgs rolling stock equipment – Austrian Smart Stahl GmbH, said Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens in an interview to Panorāma programme of LTV.

Estonia's ability to change praised in index by Bertelsmann Stiftung

In the global transformation index compiled by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung, Estonia has been placed second out of a total of 129 countries. Lithuania and Latvia are also in the top ten.