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Friday 17.08.2018 | Name days: Oļegs, Vineta

Online stores will not be allowed to geo-block buyers from other EU member states

Online buyers will have more freedom in purchasing goods, book rooms in hotels, and purchase tickets for music festivals, BNN was informed by European Parliament.

Corruption watchdog spots prohibited donations in Latvian political parties’ expenditures

After checking declarations and pre-election campaigns of political parties in Latvia, authorities have found no records regarding EUR 80,592 in election expenditures and EUR 37,857 in restricted donations, according to data from the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB).

Omniva Latvija: residents buy food online more and more often

Last year, there had been a significant increase in the number of people who bought food on the internet. For example, the number of food and household appliances purchased at had increased by 61%, whereas turnover had increased by 56%, as reported by Omniva Latvija.

Latvian president wants to see Maizītis re-approved as chief of Constitution Protection Bureau

Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis has no objections against re-approval of Jānis Maizītis as the chief of Constitution Protection Bureau for a second term. Vējonis believes Maizītis is the most capable candidate.

Council: introduction of electronic transactions for public transports is needed

Introduction of electronic transactions for regional public transport services would benefit all passengers, says Riga Planning Region Development Council member and chairman of Adazi County Council Māris Sprindžuks.

Historian Yuri Slezkine's free lecture on the reasons for socialism’s demise

On Friday, 16 February, 18:00, there will be a guest lecture by historian Yuri Slezkine «The Life and Death of the Russian Revolution». The event will take place in AsiaRes Reading Room (Level M), National Library of Latvia, Mūkusalas iela 3. It is part of the «Narrating the Human» series of talks.

Putin signs law on adding South Ossetian forces to Russian army

Russian long-time head of state Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill on the ratification of an agreement between Russia and South Ossetia that sets forth adding to the Russian army the individual military units of this self-proclaimed republic formed in the territory of Georgia.

Lithuanian and Estonian prime ministers have no plans to discuss Rubesa’s future

Before Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis’ proposal, Lithuanian and Estonian prime ministers had no prior plans to discuss the future of RB Rail chairperson Baiba Rubesa after the vote in which their country’s shareholders voted in favour of her dismissal, as BNS was told by representatives of both officials.

Economist: processing industry in Latvia can expect a new year of records

«With a beneficial internal and external environment, industrial output volumes in Latvia will continue growing this year. The situation will still differ from sector to sector. Nevertheless, growth is expected in all of the largest industries,» says SEB Bank economist Dainis Gašpuitis.

Tunisian citizen previously extradited from Latvia caught again by border guards

On Sunday, 4 February, officers of Latvia’s State Border Guard caught a citizen of Tunisia in an attempt to illegally cross the country’s border. It should be mentioned that this person had a previous run-in with Latvian authorities.

Industrial output in Latvia up 8.5%

Compared to 2016, industrial production output increased by 8.5 % in 2017. The rise was influenced by the upturn in manufacturing (8.2 %), mining and quarrying (18.5 %) and electricity and gas supply (8.2 %).

Latvian citizen recently arrested by Security Police suspected of spying in Russia’s favour

A Latvian citizen recently arrested by Security Police us held suspect of spying in favour of the Russian Federation, as confirmed by Interior Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis.

Maxima: prices in stores have to reduce more rapidly

Current market analysis shows that certain retail traders have followed Maxima Latvia’s performed price decline at the beginning of the year by creating changes to prices of certain products. Still, higher activity is expected from industry players, company representatives say.

140 thousand Greeks protest against «Macedonia» name solution to neighbouring country

140 thousand people in Greece have attended a mass protest in Athens voicing their opinion as to government attempts to solve long diplomatic dispute with the country of Macedonia.

De Facto: hospital network's reform – only for show

The five hospital levels detailed in documents cannot be considered substantial enough for an entire reform or optimization of the country’s hospital network. De Facto programme of LTV has found out that hospitals will be allowed to provide the same services they already do, some even more so.

Weather in Latvia to become considerably colder this week

A small cyclone has approached Latvia from the north-east this week. Under its influence, the sky will be largely cloudy. There will be moments when the sun will shine through, however. Some precipitation is expected from time to time – mostly slow, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

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