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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.

Chinese economy expands faster than expected in Q1

China's gross domestic product has increased by 6.8% from January to March official data indicate as they are somewhat above Beijing's forecasts for the period of a 6.5% growth.

Ruling coalition in Latvia agrees to reduce MPC payments

The ruling coalition in Latvia has reached an agreement in regards to reducing mandatory procurement component by diverting Latvenergo’s revenue for this purpose, says Latvia’s Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens.

Unity asks prime minister to distance from Lembergs’ words about Skripal case

During a meeting on 16 April, Unity’s board decided to ask Latvia’s Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis to distance himself from Aivars Lembergs’ public statements in relation to Sergei Skripal’s poisoning in Britain.

Ministry: US UAVs will enhance Latvian armed forces’ reconnaissance capabilities

Thanks to funding from USA worth more than USD 3 million, Latvia’s National Armed Forces will be provided with tactical RQ-20A Puma UAVs from AeroViroment to help enhance their monitoring and reconnaissance capabilities, as reported by Defence Ministry.