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Merkel: More gender equality necessary in German politics and science

With Germany celebrating the 100th anniversary of female voting rights, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that much has to be done to achieve gender equality, in particular in politics, business, science and culture.

Latvian Saeima approves rules on formation of standing committees

On Tuesday, 13 November, Saeima supported rules that govern formation of standing committees, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

Electricity stock market prices up in all Baltic States last week

Last week, electricity stock market prices increased in all three Baltic States, as reported by AS Latvenergo.

Finnish guests in Estonia at lowest numbers since 2008

The traditional cornerstone of Estonian tourism industry, guests from Finland, have in the third quarter of 2018 showed less interest in the Baltic country with their numbers dropping to a 10-year low.

EU members push for serious action against deforestation

The European Commission has to quickly start serious new action to stop deforestation globally, according to a letter signed by Germany, France, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway.

Priorities of Bordāns’ potential government in Latvia are taking shape

Five political parties New Conservative Party would like to see in the next Cabinet of Ministers have reached an agreement on priorities of the potential new government in Latvia. More clarity on the possible division of posts, however, was not reached at the first round of talks this Monday.

Healthcare Minister: there will be funding for State Emergency Medical Service

Latvian Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša has decided to support State Emergency Medical Service’s plan for organization of work. She has confirmed that funding to cover pay for extended work hours will be allocated next year, as reported by Healthcare Ministry’s Communication Office director Oskars Šneiders.

Unemployment level in Latvia remained at 6.1% in October

In October 2018 unemployment in Latvia was at 6.1% of the country’s economically active residents, according to information from the State Employment Agency.

Construction production output in Latvia up 10.3% in Q3

Compared to Q3 2017, construction output increased by 10.3 % in Q3 2018. Construction output rise was observed in construction of buildings (of 9.2 %), civil engineering (5.7 %) and specialised construction activities (19.7 %).

Brexit talks until 2.25am result in UK seeing progress toward deal

The British government, its representatives and negotiators of the European Union have spent a considerable part of the night to Monday, November 12, to make at least a few steps into the direction of the burning deal on the UK leaving the bloc.

Border guards find nearly 30,000 counterfeit impotence treatment pills in person’s luggage

During a regular baggage inspection at Riga International Airport, officers of the State Border Guard found a large number of prescribed medicines for treatment of impotence in some passenger’s baggage.

Swedbank joins Europe’s flash transaction system

Continuing development of its digital services, Swedbank has joined Europe’s flash transaction system. This means that additionally to immediate transaction processing for transactions within Swedbank network in Baltic States, clients can also receive flash transaction processing with other European banks that support this system...

Rīgas satiksme’s debts come close to 300 million; Ušakovs says company is doing well

Riga City Council has voted in favour of allocating an additional grant of EUR 22 million to Rīgas satiksme. This means this year the company has cost the city EUR 123 million, reminds Nekā personīga.

In pictures: World powers mark 100 years since end of World War I

While many Eastern and Nordic European nations mark 100 years since the establishment of their statehood, for Western Europe the year 2018 is the centenary since the end of the First World War.

Poland marks centenary since founding of its modern independence

Poland has marked a century since the establishment of modern national independence of Poland on Sunday as more than 200,000 people marched through the capital.