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Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian Railways to run pilot train between Klaipeda and Sovetsk

Lietuvos Geležinkeliai will in early January run a pilot passenger train between the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda and Sovetsk, a border town in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The state railway company said on Friday, December 29, that it would operate the pilot service on January 5 and 7.

Doctors: most accidents with fireworks happen because people use them while drunk

The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) reminds residents to be careful when using fireworks. Reckless behaviour can cost both the person lighting fireworks and the people watching.

Latvian MEPs: EU faced many serious challenges this year

The European Union has faced many different serious challenges this year, including Brexit, elections in Germany and France, migration crisis and EU budget, as noted by European Parliament members.

Construction costs in Latvia up 3.2%

Compared to October, the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 0.4 % in November 2017. Labour remuneration of workers grew by 0.6 %, prices of building materials by 0.4 %, and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment by 0.1 %.

Expert: meat consumption will only increase next year

Meat consumption in Latvia has grown in the past 15 years, and it is expected that this trend will continue next year, HKScan Latvia sales director Heino Lapiņš describes the situation.

Freight turnover of Baltic ports up 3.4% in 11 months

In the first eleven months of 2011, ports of Baltic States sent and received a total of 137.12 million tonnes of cargoes, which is 3.4% or 4.49 million tonnes more when compared with the same period of 2016.

After tragic bombing in Kabul, «Islamic State» group claims responsibility

After the killing of over 40 people in the Afghan capital Kabul, terrorist group «Islamic State» has claimed responsibility for the suicide bomber attack.

Russia requests enforcement of EUR 20 million from airBaltic

Russia sent a legal assistance request to Latvia in November, requesting enforcement of more than EUR 20 million from airBaltic, according to information from LETA.

State Employment Agency offers to train specialists for employers

If a company requires specific specialists, Latvian State Employment Agency (SEA) can prepare specialists for employers on demand by providing necessary training to unemployed people within any available training programme, the agency states.

Italian parliament dissolved

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has dissolved the country’s parliament, calling for its next composition to be elected on March 4 2018. In the run-up to the election, the ruling centre-left Democratic Party is up against the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and right-wing Forza Italia.

Survey: with reduced VAT, residents plan to Latvian fruits, vegetables and berries more often

1 January will mark the coming into force of a reduced VAT rate on fruits, vegetables and berries typical for Latvia. With the reduced 5% VAT rate, every second Latvian resident plans to purchase fruits, berries and vegetables produced in Latvia more often in 2018, according to a survey by Rimi Latvia.

Barometer: the real threat for Latvia is low birth rate, not terrorism

Predicting the main risks for Latvia in the coming 2018, nearly half of respondents (46%) mentioned demographic problems. Terrorism was mentioned only by 11% of respondents, according to results of the latest Baltic International Bank’s Latvian barometer.

Association CEO: traders will be ready for the 5% VAT rate

Food traders will be ready to start selling fruits, berries and vegetables typical for Latvia with a reduced VAT rate of 5% from 1 January onward, said CEO of Latvian Food Traders Association Noris Krūzītis in an interview to Latvijas Radio.