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UK pledges large investment in Northern Ireland before decisive Brexit vote

London has pledged hundreds of millions of pounds in funds to uphold peace and welfare in Northern Ireland after Brexit, as British MPs are expected to deny their support to the withdrawal deal.

Unemployment level in Latvia was 6.4% at the end of 2018

At the end of 2018 the registered unemployment level in Latvia was 6.4% of the total number of economically active population, which is 0.2 percentage points more than a month prior and 0.4% less than at the end of 2017, according to information from the State Employment Agency.

Blizzard expected in Latvia soon

Although winter has entered its rights in Latvia, stable frosty weather and snow remains only in the country’s eastern regions, whereas western and central regions experience thaw, wet snow and rain every now and then, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvia’s R&D funding share of GDP is second lowest in Europe

Latvia spends 0.51% of its GDP, which is the second lowest index among EU member states, on research and development, according to data from Eurostat.

Latvian Saeima supports decision project on MPC system’s cancellation

On Thursday, 10 January, Latvia’s Saeima supported the decision project regarding the cancellation of the mandatory procurement component system.

Committee: NEPLP precedents prove the need for mass media regulation

Precedents associated with the National Electronic Mass Media Council prove the need for immediate approval of Public Electronic Mass Media Finances and Management Law, as noted by the head of Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee Artuss Kaimiņš during a meeting Wednesday, 9 January.

Agriculture Ministry moves from Vilnius to Kaunas, some staff leave

From now on Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city and the interim and de facto capital of Lithuania during 1919-1940, will be known not only for the legendary basketball club Žalgiris, but also as the host city of a ministry.

23 perpetrators caught on Latvia’s external borders

On Wednesday, 9 January, Latvian State Border Guard caught 23 perpetrators on the country’s external borders and the country’s interior territories.

Deputies: Latvia should be prepared for different Brexit process scenarios

On Wednesday, 9 January, Saeima’s European Affairs Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee discussed Latvia’s readiness for the possible consequences from Brexit, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

New Unity’s PM candidate to comment on government declaration this Friday

Prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš intends to comment on the declaration of the forming government around Friday, 11 January.

Minister: Brexit will force changing multiple of Latvia’s laws

Regardless if Britain exits EU or not, it will be necessary to amend a number of Latvia’s laws and regulations, said Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs during a meeting of Saeima’s European Affairs Committee.

Ministry to clarify legislative draft on dismissal of Riga City Council

Considering the resolution received from the Prime Minister on the need to clarify Riga City Council dismissal draft, Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry will soon organize a meeting to discuss the legislative draft, as reported by the ministry’s representative Santa Vaļuma.

Latvia’s exports increased 7% in November 2018

In November 2018 Latvian foreign trade turnover amounted to EUR 2.47 billion, which at current prices was 7 % more than in November 2017, of which the exports value of goods was 5.2 % and imports value of goods was 8.6 % higher.

Opinion: lack of clarity about Latvia’s government may delay Moneyval recommendations

The lack of clarity with the forming government in Latvia may cause delays with implementation of recommendations from EU’s Moneyval, said Control Service’s head Ilze Znotiņa in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Council of Europe advises Lithuania to improve social inclusion of Roma

The Council of Europe has urged Lithuanian authorities to improve legislation toward ethnic minorities, prevent discrimination at school and promote the social inclusion of Roma.

Beware of the Antichrist, head of Russian church warns smartphone users

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church as urged smartphone users to be careful, because, according to Patriarch Kirill, dependence on smartphones and modern technology could bring about the coming of the Antichrist.

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