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Monday 19.11.2018 | Name days: Liza, Līze, Elizabete, Betija

Estonia seeks 152 million euro compensation for insecure ID cards

Estonian police is claiming 152 million euros from the maker of the country's electronic identity cards, Gemalto, as the company produced over 700 000 cards that were subsequently found to have a security risk. The revelation dealt a large blow to Estonia's digital reputation.

150 Ryanair flights cancelled in Europe as workers strike

Ryanair will cut 150 flights because of a 24-hour strike action across Europe on Friday, as the European Union called on it to provide workers' rights set forth in EU law.

Farmers whose land suffered from intense drought are eligible for tax support from SRS

Considering that the lengthy drought has caused enough damages to Latvia’s agriculture for authorities to declare a state of emergency, Latvia’s State Revenue Service has decided to allow farmers declared by Latvian Rural Advice and Education Centre as victims of a nation-wide natural disaster to apply for extension in tax payments.

Education Committee supports new Culture Centres legislative draft

Saeima Education, Culture and Science Committee has conceptually supported the new Culture Centres legislative draft, which details the status of culture centres in Latvia to ensure their uninterrupted function and development, as reported by Saeima press-service.

Payment card fraud level in Baltic States is one of the lowest in Europe

The level of fraud with domestically issued payment cards in Baltic States is one of the lowest in Europe, as reported by Bank of Latvia payment system expert Kristīne Grīviņa with reference to European Central Bank’s data published this week.

Estonian men kept for extradition to U.S. over fentanyl and money laundering

The extradition of four Estonian men is sought after by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which has uncovered a fentanyl and money laundering ring, where the men have been allegedly involved.

Russia accused of keeping ships from Ukraine's Azov Sea ports

Ukrainian government and the West allege Russia is deliberately keeping ships from going into the Sea of Azov, which is situated to the north of the Black Sea behind Russia-controlled Kerch Strait.

Saeima committee conceptually supports proposals for limiting MPC

Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee has conceptually supported proposals on limiting mandatory procurement component system.

Open election of Latvia’s president one step away – one final reading left

On Wednesday, 26 September, Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee unanimously supported for the final reading amendments to the Constitution that provide for open election of the country’s president.

Total tax debts in Latvia reach EUR 1.13 billion at beginning of September

At the beginning of September, the total tax debts in Latvia, including topical, halted and extended debts accounted for EUR 1.13 billion, which is 6.7% less when compared to August, as reported by State Revenue Service.

Committee: FCMC should be certain of banks’ ability to survive

The objective of the Finance and Capital Market Committee is making certain banks not only promise but also are able to survive in spite of market changes, as reported by chairman of Saeima Public Expenditure and Audit Committee Andris Bērziņš.

Latvian minister asks for re-assessment of Rugby Federation head’s competence

Taking into account the publicly reported information that the president of Latvian Rugby Federation Aivars Pilenieks has physically assaulted a player of U-18 team, Education and Science Minister Kārlis Šadurskis has decided to ask the federation to re-assess Pilenieks’ professional competences and compliance with requirements of his post.

New natural gas tariffs approved in Latvia; those who use more gas will pay less

The Public Utilities Commission has approved AS Gaso’s submitted natural gas transmission system’s tariff project, which provides for the introduction of a fixed fee for connection to permitted load regardless of the consumed gas volume.

OCMA: majority of Latvian immigrants live in Britain, Ireland and Germany

The Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs has calculated the exact number of Latvian citizens living abroad. The majority of Latvians reside in Britain, followed by Ireland, Germany , and USA, according to the data compiled in July 2018.

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