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Government wants to reduce administrative burden for foreign students

Administrative burden for foreign students and researchers, as well as education and research institutions that host them is planned to be reduced in Latvia. This is provided by amendments to the Immigration Law conceptually approved by Saeima’s Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee on Wednesday, 18 April.

Lithuania asks Russia to explain patrol ship’s breach of country’s border

Lithuania has submitted a note to Russia, requesting explanations regarding a border breach incident on Monday, 16 March, when a Russian patrol ship crossed the two country’s border and spent at least two minutes in Lithuania’s territorial waters.

Latvia experienced more rapid growth in car registration numbers that EU in Q1

In the first three months of 2018 Latvia experienced a more rapid increase of the number of car registrations than the average in the European Union, according to the latest data from European Automobile Manufacturers Association.

Association: will Latvia step on Estonia’s excise tax rake?

Rapid and economically unjustified increase of the excise tax has cut a big hole in Estonia’s budget, according to Latvian Alcohol Industry Association. Because strong alcoholic drinks cost less in Latvia, Estonians regularly travel to Latvian to buy cheaper alcohol, says the association’s CEO Dāvis Vītols.

Latvian Prime Minister offers no solution for finding additional money for teachers’ wages

Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis is not yet ready to provide any proposals to help resolve the matter regarding the deficit of finances for the planned increase of teachers’ wages in the country. He says there aren’t enough numbers and analysis results to formulate an opinion.

ABLV Bank responds to US FinCEN’s report on planned sanctions against it

ABLV Bank has submitted to US Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network answers to its February’s report on planned sanctions against the bank, as confirmed by representatives of the credit institution.

Some of Latvia’s municipalities may lack finances for planned wage increase

After a formal re-organization of the school network, some of Latvia’s municipalities may lack the finances to afford the planned wage increase for all teachers, according to what Education and Science Minister Kārlis Šadurskis said during a meeting of Latvian Council of Local and Regional Governments.

Unity to interview regional minister about securing democracy in local governments

On Wednesday, 18 April, Unity’s Saeima faction deputies will interview Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards about his institution’s accomplishments in security compliance with democratic principles in municipal governments, as confirmed by the party.

Armenian ex-President Sargsyan sworn in as PM during mass protest

Armenia's National Assembly has unanimously sworn in a new prime minister after days of protests against him as demonstrators object to the former president, Serzh Sargsyan, becoming the new premier.

Requirements for Latvian language education in national minority kindergartens to increase

Education programmes of national minority kindergartens will soon be amended to ensure increased requirements for Latvian language education, as the Director of the State Education Content Centre Guntars Catlaks told journalists, presenting new pre-school education guidelines.

Saeima committee supports ban for banks to work with shell companies

Banks registered in Latvia will be prohibited from working with shell companies and servicing their accounts. New restrictions are provided by amendments to the Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing supported by Saeima’s Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee on Tuesday, 17 April.

Latvian armed forces to practice cooperation with rescues services

On Tuesday, 17 April, Latvia’s National Armed Forces will be performing an exercise in Rezekne’s Audriņi and Vērēmi counties. These exercises are intended to train armed forces to cooperate with Emergency Medical Service, State Fire and Rescue Service, State Police and State Border Guard, as reported by Defence Ministry.

Danish DFDS buys the largest shipping group in Mediterranean zone

Danish shipping and logistics group DFDS has bought Turkey’s largest Ro-Ro cargo ship operator. This makes DFDS one of the biggest players in EU and Turkish trade, as confirmed by the company.

Latvian Border Guard intercepts 35 thousand contraband cigarettes

One citizen of Republic of Belarus has been arrested and more than 35,000 contraband cigarettes have been confiscated, as reported by Latvian State Border Guard.

President: Russia provokes us with military drills, but we are in control of the situation

Russia’s announced missile-firing tests is nothing more than demonstration of strength and a provocation against Latvia and NATO to see how we react, said Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis in an interview to LNT.

Experts: it is possible to improve Latvia’s employment situation

«After completing studies, students are not always prepared for work. There is a gap between supply and demand on the labour market. One of the most strategically viable solutions would be involving employers to support education institutions and their students,» as noted by representatives of businesses present in Latvia.

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