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Monday 17.12.2018 | Name days: Teiksma, Hilda

Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks commences heating season

As autumn begins and air temperature gradually goes down, SIA Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks also makes preparations to ensure heating can flow to all of the buildings under its supervision without problems, the company promises.

Macedonian voters back country's name-change in referendum

In a Macedonian referendum held on Sunday, September 30, voters adopted a plan to rename the country aimed at ending a decades-long argument with Greece and opening a potential road to NATO and European Union membership.

Weather to be rainy and windy in Latvia this week

On Monday, a low atmospheric pressure area will approach Latvia from the west. The sky will be cloudy in western regions, and some rain is expected. There will be fewer clouds in the country’s eastern regions. Wind will become strong along the coast at night hours, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian parliament to launch probe of political corruption during previous governments

The Lithuanian Seimas is set to launch a new parliamentary investigation into political corruption during the tenure of previous governments. Sixty-seven MPs on Tuesday, September 25, voted in favor of setting up a new parliamentary investigation commission, 28 were against and three abstained.

Ministry’s secretary: state of «permitted prostitution» in Latvia needs to change

Prostitution in Latvia is «permissibly limited», but this needs to change, said Latvian Interior Affairs Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Evika Siliņa, during a speech at an international conference on effective measures against sexual exploitation.

Annual retail trade turnover in Latvia up 1.4%

Compared to August 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 1.4 % in August 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 2.8 %, turnover of retail trade in non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, rose by 0.5 %, whereas turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 0.8 %.

ABLV Bank’s creditors submit claims worth more than EUR 2 billion

Nearly 3,300 creditors have responded to the invitation from ABLV Bank’s liquidators to submit their claims, submitting claims for more than EUR 2 billion, as confirmed by the bank.

Two-year old X-rayed by mistake on Estonian EU external border

At a border checkpoint on the Estonian-Russian border hi-tech X-ray technology is used to look for contraband in vehicles, but by mistake a young child has been X-rayed, which has prompted mother to consider suing border guards.

Latvian Saeima supports changing Culture Capital Fund’s financing model

On Thursday, 27 September, Saeima approved amendments to the State Culture Capital Foundation Law, thereby changing the fund’s current financing model, as reported by the parliament’s press-service.

Expert: Baltic governments should review Rail Baltica governance and implementation model

Governments of Baltic States should review Rail Baltica governance and implementation models, says Vice-President of the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance Andris Grafs.

Weather to be volatile in Latvia next week; wind speed to increase again

On the night to Friday, 28 September, an active cyclone will approach Latvia from the west. Because of that, weather will become cloudy and rainy. Northern regions will experience heavy rainfall, as reported by Latvia’s State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Rail Baltica’s management picks Ignas Degutis as Interim Chief Executive Officer

The supervisory board of RB Rail has picked the company’s finance director and board member Ignas Degutis as Baiba Rubesa’s replacement as the interim CEO of the company, as confirmed by the decision made by Rail Baltica supervisory council.

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.

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