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Latvian Saeima wants more control over trade of goods and services on the internet

Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee has conceptually supported amendments to the Taxes and Duties Law that provide for stricter control for the circulation of goods and services on the internet, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Saeima deputies fail to arrive at meeting to discuss open presidential elections

Due to the fact that not enough Saeima deputies showed up for the meeting of the parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on Tuesday, 12 September, it was not possible to review amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia on open election of the state president, said the committee’s chairman Gaidis Bērziņš.

Youth Guarantee programme extended for 21 professions in Latvia

Submission of applications for unemployed youngsters aged 17 to 29 to participate in Youth Guarantee programme has been extended until the end of September. Extension applies to studies in 18 vocational education institutions around Latvia that offer training in 21 professions within twelve months, says State Education Development Agency’s representative Kristīne Keiča.

Will residents see «KGB records» before elections? Saeima supports publication of KGB papers in 2018

On Wednesday, 12 September, Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee supported in the second reading publication of KGB archive documents on the internet in 2018.

Global climate city title given to ambitious Uppsala in Sweden

The title of the global climate city of the year by the World Wide Fund for Nature has been awarded to Uppsala in Sweden, which plans to have fossil-free local transport by the year 2030.

Persons with a criminal record will not be allowed to provide financial services

On Tuesday, 11 September, Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee unanimously decided to submit for review amendments to the Credit Institutions Law that provide for realization of multiple measures to enhance Latvia’s financial system and ensure its long-term stability, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Europeans live longer, are increasingly obese, WHO finds

The World Health Organization has found that European life expectancy continues to grown, while obesity and the growing proportion of people who are overweight could reverse the trend.

Ministry hopes authorities will resolve Riga airport’s «taxi issue»

Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry hopes authorities resolve the «taxi issue» at Riga International Airport soon, says the minister’s advisor Mārtiņš Drēģeris.

Latvian Saeima plans to limit issue of free plastic bags in supermarkets

Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee supports amendments to the Packaging law, which provides for limiting the issue of free plastic bags trade locations starting from 1 January 2019.

European Solidarity Corps to permit volunteer work in all of EU

With members of the European Parliament giving green light, youngsters will be provided with the option to work in different volunteer projects across all of the European Union. The parliament approved the law with 519 votes in favour, 132 against and 32 MEPs abstaining, as reported by European Parliament’s press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znota-Znotiņa.

Teachers’ minimal wage amount in Latvia increased to EUR 710

In September 2018, teachers’ minimal wage amount will be EUR 30 larger – EUR 719, as decided by Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers.

Pro-Kremlin activist Gaponenko mentioned in Tatyana Zhdanok’s case

Pro-Kremlin activist Aleksandrs Gaponenko also appears to be involved in a criminal case regarding possible illegal activities during the All-Latvian Parents Gathering in March. Other noteworthy individuals include Latvian Russians Union leader Tatyana Zhdanok and pro-Russian activist Vladimirs Lindermans, as reported by LETA.

Lithuania commits to spend 2.5% of GDP on defence from 2030

Five leading Lithuanian parties have agreed to add to state defence funding every year to reach 2.5% or more of its gross domestic product by the year 2030.

Alley near National Theatre in Riga to be named Centenary Alley

On Monday, 10 September, Riga City Council’s City Development Committee unanimously approved the decision to name the oak alley new the National Theatre as the Centenary Alley to thereby put on record the centenary of the day of proclamation of the Republic of Latvia, as reported by Riga City Council.

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