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Ceturtdiena 17.01.2019 | Name days: Tenis, Dravis

Tallink Grupp increased passenger and cargo volumes in 2018

Estonian shipping giant Tallink Grupp has seen moderate increase in the number of passengers and cargo units its ships carried during 2018.

Direct state procurements in Latvia to be organized electronically in the future

State Regional Development Agency reports that construction procurements and procurements of goods and services organized by state administration institutions will require potential applicants to submit their offers electronically from now on.

Coalition of liberals and pro-Kremlin front-runners seen as option in Estonia

As Latvia looks set to get a five-party government coalition after months of long discussions, Estonia's public broadcaster ERR has looked into possible coalition models Estonia would have after its parliamentary election due in March.

Latvian Post receives nearly 80 damaged mail bags from Netherlands

Latvian Post has received nearly 80 mail bags delivered by air from Netherlands. Many of the received packages were completely mashed and others were ruined to the point of the written delivery addresses becoming completely unintelligible.

Levits «may consider» becoming presidential candidate in Latvia again

Judge Egils Levits of the Court of Justice of the European Union may consider becoming a candidate for the post of president of Latvia if such an offer was extended to him.

Weather in Latvia expected to get chilly

Weather in Latvia will be volatile at the end of this week and the beginning of next – there will be days with precipitation and days without, air temperature will drop, but western and coastal regions may experience thaw, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvian government receives plan for MPC cancellation in 2022

Latvian Economy Ministry has submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers Committee a report on solutions for support of electricity producers to allow for the cancellation of the mandatory procurement component from 2022 onward and provide fair support for green energy producers based on market principles.

Association: bread consumption in Latvia declined a bit last year

There was a slight drop in bread consumption in Latvia last year, according to Latvian Bakers’ Association board chairman Kārlis Zemešs.

Court decides to keep businessman Martinsons under arrest

On Thursday, 3 January, Riga Regional Court decided to keep businessman Māris Martinsons, who is a suspect in the ongoing Rīgas satiksme procurement case, under arrest.

Lithuanian President’s New Year’s greeting draws ire

In her New Year's Eve speech Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid highlighted the importance of preserving the Estonian language, in his congratulatory address to the nation her Latvian counterpart Raimonds Vejonis emphasised the significance of the state’s 100th anniversary. Meanwhile, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has seemingly struck the most bellicose pose among the three, underscoring that, in 2019, there are many challenges ahead and they can be overcome if her fellow Lithuanians do not allow «militant illiteracy and aggressive populism to prevail».

Saeima deputy requests assessment of Harmony members’ behaviour, voting in place of colleagues

Saeima deputy Krišjānis Feldmans from the New Conservative Party has asked the parliament’s Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee to assess the behaviour of Harmony member Artūrs Rubiks during a meeting of the parliament, when he voted in place of his colleague Valērijs Agešins.

Latvian parties forming Latvia’s government are waiting for KPV LV to make up its mind

Until KPV LV announces its decision, politicians remain reluctant to comment on the government’s composition. It has been mentioned in unofficial talks that several KPV LV deputies may join the new four-party government coalition.

State Security Service says terrorism threat level in Latvia remained low in 2018

Thanks to active work from security services, fewer terrorist attacks took place in Europe last year. Terror attack threat level in Latvia remained low last year, according to State Security Service, previously known as Security Police.

Estonia issues storm warnings for west as ferry traffic affected

In Estonia, weather forecasters have released a Level 2 storm warning for Harju, Lääne, Pärnu, Hiiu and Saar Counties, noting that the areas are facing dangerously windy weather.

Opinion: Latvia’s five years in Eurozone should be considered successful

In spite of the initial difficulties, Eurozone’s creation should be viewed as a story of success. Additionally, the five years Latvia has spent in Eurozone should be considered successful, says Bank of Latvia Council member Mārtiņš Kazāks.

Survey: Latvian residents enjoyed 2018 more than 2017

31% of interviewed respondents believe 2018 was better than 2017. Only 13% believe it was worse, according to results of a survey performed by SKDS last December.