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Tuesday 20.08.2019 | Name days: Bernhards, Boriss

Week in Lithuania. President signs new referendum law

President Dalia Grybauskaite has signed the new version of the Law on Referendum, defining referendum organization procedures and allowing more polling places abroad, into law, the presidential press service said on Thursday, December 27.

Latvian residents had healthier diets this Christmas than last year

During this year’s Christmas season, shopping baskets have become healthier - people have bought significantly more fish, mandarins, and other fruits and vegetables for their Christmas meals.

Latvian parties yet again promise to pick a prime minister candidate in one week’s time

Four potential core parties of the new government promise to offer Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis a prime minister candidate supported by all of them by 4 January next year.

For the first time in Latvia’s history revenue from excise tax exceeds EUR 1 billion

According to information from the State Revenue Service, revenue from excise tax exceeds EUR 1 billion.

Latvian corruption watchdog requests prosecution of businessman Jūlijs Krūmiņš for trade of influence

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has requested Prosecutor General’s Office to commence criminal prosecution against businessman Jūlijs Krūmiņš, businessman and former basketball player Valdis Valters and businessman Haralds Balodis for trading influence.

Eco Baltia urges environment-friendly disposal of Christmas trees

Eco Baltia Group environment maintenance companies – Eco Baltia vide, Eko Kurzeme and Sigulda City’s Jumis – urge residents to dispose of Christmas trees in an environment-friendly way by leaving them next to the household waste containers or contacting local environment management authority, as confirmed by Eco Baltia Group representative Daiga Buča.

Association: most non-banking lenders will disappear from Latvia’s market next year

Most non-banking lending companies in Latvia will have been liquidated by the end of next year or beginning of 2020. This means short-term loans will no longer be available to residents, predicts Alternative Financial Services Association of Latvia.

Opinion: current stability in Russia considered a value by residents

The stability observed in Russia is considered a value by its residents, said Latvian ambassador to Russia Māris Riekstiņš.

Daugavpils City Council on hold until minister and KNAB decide what to do with it

Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry has asked Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau to provide information so that it is possible to decide on Daugavpils City Council’s ability to continue working.

Indonesia raises danger level around tsunami volcano

Indonesia's authorities heightened the danger alert level for a volcano that sparked a killer tsunami at the weekend killing over 400 people in the past weekend.

Opinion: construction industry wants answers about Rail Baltica

Although not rapid, growth in the construction sector is expected next year. However, together with that we will also get all unresolved problems, including the shortage of workers and the uncertainty about the organization of big projects, BNN was told by the head of Latvian Partnership of Building Contractors Baiba Fromane.

More progress for Latvia’s new government expected in January

Representatives of political parties in Latvia expect more progress for the government formation process in January.