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Monday 16.12.2019 | Name days: Alvīne

«Little green men» unmasked. UN condemns Russian occupation of Crimea

The United Nations’ General Assembly has passed a resolution, where the occupation by Russia of the peninsular of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol has been condemned and Moscow has been called on to withdraw its troops from the territories.

Two cigarette smugglers detained on Latvia’s border

Border guard officials in Krāslava have detained two Latvian citizens for illegally carrying excise goods over the border, BNN was told by State Boarder Guard representative Kristīne Pētersone.

USA adds Aivars Lembergs to its «black list»

On Monday, 9 December, based on the so-called Magnitsky Law, US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control established sanctions against a number of people and their organizations in Europe, Asia and Latin America, including the suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs.

Average electricity prices in Baltic States down 10%

Nord Pool’s electricity prices in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia dropped 10% last week – to 41.73 EUR/MWh, as reported by AS Latvenergo representatives.

Court maintains arrest for Riga Central Market cigarette case suspect Vilnis Visors

On Monday, 9 December, Riga Regional Court decided to keep the security measure against suspect in Riga Central Market illegal cigarette trade case businessman and board member of Tirdzniecības nams Latgales priekšpilsētā Vilnis Visors in place.

Swedbank introduces free operations with securities

Swedbank has abolished the commission fee for operations on Baltic stock markets to promote public interest in deals using shares and other securities, the bank reports.

Pabriks: it is necessary to increase US military support for Latvia

Between 6th and 7th December, Latvia’s Defence Minister Artis Pabriks participated in Reagan National Security Forum in California. During this forum, the minister met with US Deputy Secretary of Defense John C. Rood, stressing the need to increase US military support for Latvia, BNN was told by the ministry.

Weather in Latvia expected to be rainy and relatively warm this week

The second week of December will pass under cloudy weather. Plenty of precipitation and strong wind is expected. Precipitation will calm down in the second half of the week. The sun will shine and cold snap is also expected, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

High-speed roads may be established between Latvia’s largest cities

The development strategy for Latvia’s state roads provides for creating a «backbone» of high-speed roads between Latvia’s largest cities, as reported by Transport Ministry.

Week in Lithuania: PM in trouble over street paving, Ambassador in Ankara summoned, probes into match fixing

Last week in Lithuania the top news stories were Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis being in hot water over street paving, Lithuanian Ambassador being summoned in Ankara and the opening of probes into fixed football matches.

Baltic States and Poland agree to push Rail Baltica as the main transport policy priority

On Friday, 6 December, Baltic and Polish transport ministers agreed during a meeting to continue pushing Rail Baltica as the main transport policy priority in the region, as confirmed by Latvia’s Transport Ministry.

Bank: Latvian residents have become more active with making savings

Following increased economic growth, there has been an improvement with Latvian residents’ financial reserves, according to data compiled by Swedbank. Nearly 17% of them have managed to save up money worth three or more wage amounts (2% more than last year), according to data from Swedbank.

Brexit – one of most spectacular mistakes in EU history, Tusk says

Donald Tusk, the former President of the European Council, has stated that the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union has been a spectacular mistake after a campaign of misinformation.


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