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Half of Latvians have changed their mind on EU benefits and losses

One fourth (25%) of all the economically active population aged 18-55 say Latvia has benefited from joining the European Union, while 37% believe the move has brought only losses.

Lack of funds during pre-elections likely to foster parties’ hidden campaigning

Due to the short pre-election period, as well as political parties’ limited funds, residents of Latvia might be subject to hidden political campaigning in media more than ever, Sergejs Karitis, representative of the National Council of Electronic Mass Media, told in an interview to the information portal BNN.

Petrol prices drop significantly

Latvian fuel traders have reduced petrol prices by as many as two santims per litre. Consequently, now a litre of 95-octane petrol at SIA Latvija Statoil costs 90.5 santims, at Lukoil – 89.8 santims, but at Neste – 89.3 santims.

BNN starts publishing investigative journalism research

News Agency BNN GmbH is launching publication of investigative journalism research «Inhabitants of the capital of Latvia becoming hostages of moneybags».

Photos of the Week 2011.09.02

Each Friday BNN-NEWS.COM offers the most interesting, the most scandalous and simply the most beautiful pictures from all over the world.

Austrian company likely to take over Tukums Airport

On Tuesday, August 30, SIA Tukums Airport management and the Austrian company Austro Control GmbH held negotiations to discuss the issue of air traffic control organization at the airport Tukums.

Only 3% familiar with parties’ pre-election programmes

Although the emergency parliamentary elections will take place already this September, only one-fifth or 20% of the economically-active population already know what deputy candidates have been nominated.

Vilks: more hidden pre-election campaigning expected

Currently, politic parties’ ability to accumulate financial resources for the elections could be very limited, so it is likely there will be cases of hidden campaigning and administrative use of funds, says Alvis Vilks, deputy director of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

Estonian retail sales up 4% in July

July 2011 versus July 2010 shows retail sales are up 4% (at constant prices). Since February, compared to the same month a year earlier, retail sales have been demonstrating stable growth, according to Statistics Estonia.

Renewable energy share grows in total energy balance

The year 2010 saw rapid growth in the share of renewable energy in the total energy balance. In 2010, renewable energy production (biomass, hydropower, wind power, biogas, biofuel) surged 2.3% year-on-year, totalling 48.47%, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.

SEB: euro likely to collapse

In the nearest time, the European Union has to decide either to give up the euro at all or strengthen the unity of institutions that previously had not received political support, SEB Bank analysts indicate.

60W light-bulbs snatched out at stores

On Thursday, September 1, the European Union is discontinuing production of energy-inefficient 60W incandescent bulbs; therefore, many companies are trying to create reserves.

Over 200 000 debtors in Latvia

As of late June, 2011, the number of debtors mostly with liabilities to banks accounted for 220.7 thousand, which is 11.8 thousand or 5.1% less than in late March, but still 15.5 thousand or 7.5% more than a year earlier.

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