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Wednesday 22.05.2019 | Name days: Emīlija

Week in Lithuania: Russia angry about ex-Soviet officers sentenced of war crimes

BNN's Lithuania weekly summary: in January 13 case, Russia razzed; funds for Trump's election campaign ex-chief might have gone through Lithuania's Swedbank; President opens a new embassy in Rome, meets Pope Francis.

Riga City Council elects a second vice-mayor

On Friday, 29 March, Riga City Council deputies elected Harmony member Vadims Baraņņiks and the second vice-mayor. 47 members of the city council took part in the vote: 32 of them voted in favour of Baraņņiks, 15 voted against and one voting ballot was useless.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 5.9% in February

Compared to February 2018, total retail trade turnover rose by 5.9 % in February 2019. Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 3.4 %.

President: joining NATO is Latvia's biggest accomplishment in past 15 years

«Latvia’s joining of NATO fifteen years ago was the most important event for our country since the restoration of independence. Today we are stronger than we’ve ever been. Together with our National Armed Forces our allies – NATO member states – stand guarding our country’s security,» says Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis.

Riga’s new vice-mayor to be in charge of municipality’s shares in companies

The new vice-mayor of Riga will take over shareholder rights from Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs in the municipality’s many companies, according to documents added to the agenda of Riga City Council’s extraordinary meeting.

Authorities prohibit Latvian railway company from contracting Škoda Vagonka

Latvia’s Procurement Monitoring Bureau has prohibited railway company AS Pasažieru vilciens from signing a train procurement contract with Czech company Škoda Vagonka, according to published information.

Maybe third ride lucky. UK Parliament votes on withdrawal deal again

As the Parliament of the United Kingdom is opposed to a no-deal Brexit, British legislators will on Friday vote on the country's withdrawal deal from the European Union. This time they will only vote on the agreement.

Some rain expected in Latvia this weekend, but next week’s weather will be dry and sunny

On Friday, 29 March, weather in Latvia will be dictated by the northern portion of a wide anticyclone, which will cause clouds to part and weather to become spring-like warm, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Prices of coniferous round timber rose and deciduous timber fell in Latvia last year

In the 2nd half of 2018, compared to the 1st half of 2018, the average purchase prices of coniferous round timber increased, while that of deciduous trees fell.

Latvian airBaltic airline receives its first Airbus aircraft for 2019

On March 28, Latvian airline airBaltic in Riga welcomed its 15th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAO.

Latvian state and municipalities prohibited by law to discriminate private businesses

The state and municipalities, if they hold decisive influence over some business sector, will not be allowed to create different competition conditions and thereby discriminate private businesses. Competition Council will monitor institutions’ and capital associations’ compliance with this measure.

Latvian Saeima rules in favour of industry businessmen – overtime pay to reach 50%

Overtime pay in industries that have signed a general agreement will not be allowed to be lower than 50% of set hourly rate, according to new legislation approved by the Saeima.

European Parliament supports reducing CO2 emission reduction by 37.5% in next ten years

Members of the European Parliament have approved the agreement with EU ministers that provide for reducing the volume of greenhouse gas emissions from light vehicles and shuttle-buses by 2030, as reported by European Parliament representative in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota.