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Ceturtdiena 12.12.2019 | Name days: Otīlija, Iveta

Riga U-turns on new waste rules, waiting for competition probe outcome

The Riga City Council has postponed the review of rules on the future regulation of waste management in the Latvian capital, while the Competition Council weighs, whether to introduce a ban on public waste contracts with AS Tīrīga.

Latvia’s contract on buying 32 new electric trains comes into effect

For Latvian train company AS Pasažieru vilciens to buy 32 new electric trains, a contract with Czech manufacturer Škoda vagonka has entered into force after the latter submitted a collateral security for the implementation of the contract, said a representative of the Latvian firm.

Latvian average salary reaches 1 083 euros in Q2

Latvian average monthly salaries have reached 1 083 euros in quarter two of 2019, Latvian official statistics showed. In the 2nd quarter of 2019, the highest earnings among the Baltic states were registered in Estonia, namely EUR 1 419 for full-time work.

Poll: Estonians losing interest in buying alcohol in Latvia

The interest of Estonians in buying alcohol in neighbouring Latvia has decreased, as showed by the latest poll by Kantar Emor pollster, following the decisions of both Estonia and Latvia to cut their excise tax rates on alcohol.

Lower conscription age sought in Lithuania to reach more servicemen

A Lithuanian legislator has proposed to limit the age, up to which a person can be recruited to the military service arguing that the current limit of 19 to 26 to all men has resulted in people avoiding the service.

Latvian agricultural forecasters expect crops good enough to recover after losses of 2018

Cereal crops in Latvia in 2019 are expected to be very good as evidenced by wheat crops of up to six tonnes per hectare, showed the forecasts by plant cultivation specialists at the Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre.

Estonia probes alleged EU fund fraud at Taltech university

Estonian prosecutors have opened criminal proceedings over possible fraud involving European Union funding in the Tallinn University of Technology on basis of whistleblower and press information, reported Estonian public broadcaster ERR.

Latvian corruption watchdog fines firefighter chief for hunters in premises

The Latvian corruption watchdog has fined the chief of the State Fire and Rescue Service and two more officials of the body for allowing a fire station to be used by a hunters’ club in the countryside.

Lithuania, unlike other Baltics, not to develop ground drones in EU project

As Estonia will lead a European Union’s project to develop a modular unmanned ground system with Latvia and five other member states, Lithuania has refused, due to costs.

Half of Latvians trust EU, poll by European Commission finds

The proportion of Latvians trusting the European Union is on a rise, surpassing 50%, showed an opinion poll by the European Commission on the life in the EU.

No competition for Latvian top police posts, minister says

In the Latvian state police, currently, there is no competition – the view was expressed by Latvian Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens on Tuesday, April 27, in interview with LNT news programme 900 sekundes.

Financial Times ranks Vilnius in top 10 of cities for fintech companies

The Lithuanian capital has been included by Financial Times outlet fDi in its Fintech Locations of the Future 2019/20 as one of the 10 leading cities able to attract foreign investment in the field as well as in cost effectiveness.


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