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Defiant impeached former Lithuanian President launches campaign to restore litas

The defiant impeached former Lithuanian president Rolandas Paksas is not giving up. After a new attempt to lift his lifetime ban to run for the top post in 2019 failed, the now member of the European Parliament and the leader of a new nationalist movement, «I am calling the Nation» seems undaunted and this week has launched campaign aimed at scrapping the euro and restoring the litas, the Lithuanian currency that circulated in the country until the end of 2014.

Electricity prices in European countries up 20-40% this year

The price of electricity in European countries has increased 20-40% this year. This includes a 30% increase in Latvia and Lithuania, says Latvenergo Sales Department manager Guntis Lūsis.

Estonian emergency doctors sought by 57% non-emergency patients, audit reveals

In Estonia, the 57% of visits to emergency medical departments could have been avoided by seeing a doctor, the country's National Audit Office has found. It also concluded that the situation has increased waiting times in emergency medical departments, which are the most expensive place to treat patients in the whole health care system.

Proposal to increase grants for Rīgas satiksme to EUR 132.8 million gains support

Riga City Council’s Finance and Administrative Affairs Committee supported amendments to the municipality’s 2018 budget plan. The supported changes increase the municipality’s expenditures to EUR 1.023 billion this year.

Four candidates apply for railway electrification project in Latvia

The first phase of Latvian railway network electrification project organized by Latvian Railway has concluded. During this phase, contenders were able to submit applications, confirming their desire to participate in the project.

Authorities to investigate cooperation between Riga City Council and Russian design company

Latvian Security Police has commenced an investigation regarding the cooperation between Riga City Council and Russian Giprostrojmost, which is a company under EU and US sanctions.

98% of households with children have internet access at home

The share of households having access to internet at home keeps growing – at the beginning of 2018 those were 81.6 % of households. Compared to 2010, the indicator has gone up by 21.8 percentage points, and compared to 2009, by three percentage points.

Rīgas satiksme: video surveillance helps keep passengers safe

A new information campaign is planned to be posted at Rīgas satiksme bus stops. This campaign is meant to explain to residence the importance of having video surveillance in public transports, explains Rīgas satiksme press-secretary Viktors Zaķis.

13th Saeima to gather for its first meeting 6 November

The 13th Saeima will gather for its first meeting on Tuesday, 6 November. The agenda of the first meeting of the newly-elected parliament was agreed upon by representatives of elected parties, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

Belarus to perform OSCE armament control assessment visit to Latvia

From 31 October to 2 November, three officers of Belarusian armed forces will be on a special Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe armament assessment control visit to Latvia, as confirmed by Latvian Defence Ministry.

Economic growth in eurozone decreases to slowest pace since 2014

Eurozone's economic growth has decreased to levels last experienced in 2014,as according to the data of Eurostat, the rate of expansion slowed to 0.2% in the third quarter of the year 2018.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 3.5% in September

Compared to September 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 3.5 % in September 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 1.9 % and in non-food products (except for retail sale of automotive fuel) by 6.1 %, while turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel dropped by 0.1 %.

Composition of 13th Saeima committees to be decided after 6 November

Election of deputies to Saeima’s standing committees may be decided after the first meeting of the 13th Saeima on 6 November, politicians told journalists after a meeting of a work group.

Study: only a quarter of Latvian residents change passwords once every three months

Only 24% of Latvian residents admit changing passwords once every three months, according to results of the latest study performed by Association of Alternative Financial Services and SKDS in October.

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