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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.

Latvian FCMC overhauls Bank Compass information tool

As of 8 January 2019, Finance and Capital Market Commission’s Bank Compass tool on will be available in an overhauled version, BNN was told by FCMC.

Latvian politologist Ivars Ījabs may start in EP election from Attīstībai/Par list

Politologist and associate professor of the University of Latvia Ivars Ījabs could take part in this spring’s European Parliament elections from the list of candidates of Attīstībai/Par political party, as reported by LNT.

Latvian government proposes postponing division of healthcare services in two baskets

On Wednesday, 9 January, Saeima’s Social and Employment Matters Committee will decide on postponing the viewing of proposals for the division of healthcare services into two baskets until 1 June, as reported by chairman Andris Skride.

Micro-enterprise tax payers in Latvia can expect multiple legislative changes

Latvian State Revenue Service reminds that 2019 marks the coming into force of multiple regulations in relation to micro-enterprise tax payers as part of previously implemented reforms.

SRS requests criminal prosecution of person that caused damages of EUR 1.2 million to Latvia

A criminal process launched against a private person for causing financial damages worth EUR 1.2 million to the Latvian state has been submitted for commencement of criminal prosecution.

Ex-prime minister says Latvia’s new government won’t have manoeuvring options in budget talks

The new government will not have much room to manoeuvrer in 2019 budget formation talks. Members of the government will not be able to progress towards increasing budget deficit, says European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.

World Bank's head Kim resigns to do more in private sector

The head of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, has announced he is stepping down as the head of the World Bank, in a move that came as a surprise to its shareholders – the 189 nations that support its work.

Escape rooms in Poland closed after tragic fire

Firefighters in Poland have ordered the closure of 26 escape rooms as they found violations of saftery requirements in checks that have followed a fire in an excape room in the city of Koszalin that killed five girls.

Next European Parliament could change Rail Baltica project’s financing aspects

The financing aspects of Rail Baltica project could be changed or influenced by the next European Parliament, which may turn out rather euro-sceptical, says TEN-T network corridor coordinator Katerina Trautmane.

Final decision on MPC cancellation after 2022 will fall on Latvia’s next government

The final decision regarding the cancellation of the mandatory procurement component system in 2022 will fall on the shoulders of the next government, said Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis on Monday, 7 January.

Latvian president decides to entrust third government formation attempt to New Unity

On Monday, 7 January, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis decided to entrust the third attempt to form a government in the country to New Unity’s prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš.

Catholic archbishop in France stands trial for not reporting child abuse

In France, a prominent Catholic archbishop is tried as part of a pedophile scandal as he is accused of failing to report a clergyman, convicted of abusing boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, in central eastern France, is charged along with five others from his diocese of helping cover up abuse in one of the parishes in the territory.