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Friday 20.07.2018 | Name days: Ramona, Ritma

Nurses’ wages up 50-70%, but still far from competitive

Wages of nurses of Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital have grown 50-60%. However, there is still a long way to go before they become competitive, said Stradins Hospital’s head nurse Eva Cela in an interview to Latvijas Radio.

Head of powerful Seimas committee: certain media outlets can be stripped of licenses

In a new twist of the prolonged scandal over the influence of the powerful business holding MG Baltic on Lithuania‘s politics for years through its own television channels LNK, BTV, TV1, Info TV and Liuks!, Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the powerful parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence in a TV interview poured gasoline on the fire, proposing that certain media organisations acting against the state's interests must have their licenses revoked.

Tartu railway fire partly stops trains at Estonian second city

In Estonia, railway traffic to an from the city of Tartu has partly stopped and been substituted with buses after a signal box fire.

KPV LV: Latvia has too many industry councils, which distorts state administration

Latvia has too many industry councils, which distorts state administration. The coalition council should be liquidated entirely, says KPV LV co-chairman Atis Zakatistovs.

2% less cigarettes were released for consumption in Latvia in Q1 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, a total of 407.655 million cigarettes were released for consumption in Latvia, which is 8.217 million cigarettes or 2% less when compared to the same period of 2017, according to information from the State Revenue Service.

Study: grey economy proportion in Latvia reached 22% last year

The proportion of grey economy in Latvia was 22% of GDP in 2017, which is 1.3 percentage points higher than it was in 2016, according to results of Grey Economy in Baltic States 2008-2017 study.

Estonian opposition cautious about suggestions to cut public sector by half

Kaja Kallas, the leader of the largest Estonian opposition party, has reacted to a group of Estonian business people planning to hammer out apolitical suggestions to reduce the number state officials by half and other far reaching reforms.

Explosion in Estonia to steal money from cash machine

Burglars in the Aravete town in northern Estonia have used an explosion to try to steal money from a cash machine located in grocery shop.

Average real estate property price in Riga remains lower than in Tallinn and Vilnius

Real estate prices in Latvia’s capital city or Riga are behind prices in Tallinn and Vilnius. The price for 1 m2 in Riga is currently around EUR 1,390. Prices reach EUR 1,800 in Tallinn and EUR 1,500 in Vilnius, according to information analysed from kv.ee, city24.ee, dom.ria.com, city24.lv, aruodas.lt and domoplius.lt.

Soros' fund leaves Hungary pointing to state repressing NGOs

In Hungary, the foundation of the Hungarian-born businessman and philanthropist George Soros has stated it was closing its office in Hungary pointing to what it called an increasingly repressive environment.

Volume of imported petrol in Latvia down 3.1%; imports of diesel fuel down 7.9%

Compared to a year ago, the volume of petrol imported to Latvia this year declined 3.1% in the first three months of 2018. Imports of diesel fuel have declined 7.9% in the same period of time.

Latvia’s Saeima to form work group to restrict access to propaganda TV channels

On Tuesday, 15 May, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee decided to form a work group to develop an alternative legislative draft to help limit access to propaganda television channels and reduce their proportion in offers of television service providers.

Number of foreign tourists hosted in Latvia’s tourist accommodations up 15.3%

A total of 454.2 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q1 2018, which is 14.3 % more than in Q1 2017.