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Monday 18.03.2019 | Name days: Ilona, Adelīna

Latvian MEP asks State Security Service to investigate Zhdanok

European Parliament member from Latvia Inese Vaidere has asked State Security Service to investigate ex-MEP Tatyana Zhdanok’s statements about political persecution in Baltic States, as BNN was told by European People’s Party’s Latvian press and communication advisor Ģirts Salmgriezis.

UK puts off decisive Brexit deal vote to mid-March

The government of the United Kingdom has decided to postpone the vote on the country's withdrawal agreement with the European Union and is weighing an options to push for a Brexit delay. British Prime Minister has decided to delay a vote in parliament on her Brexit deal from the last days of February until as late as March 12 .

Russian Ambassador summoned in Sweden over aviation incident over Baltic Sea

Sweden has summoned Russian Ambassador on Monday for explanations over a Russian fighter jet flying just 20 meters away from a Swedish reconnaissance plane in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

Very little precipitation expected in Latvia this week

The first half of the week will be dry and sunny in Latvia. However, strong wind coming from the north-west will carry colder masses of air to Latvia. This means maximum air temperature will not exceed +3° C… +8° C, as reported by Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian dairy loses legal dispute over Pik-Nik trademark

The Supreme Court of Estonia on Wednesday, February 20, dismissed an appeal submitted by Lithuanian dairy company Žemaitijos Pienas against Estonia's Estover in the string cheese trademark dispute, leaving Estover the right to sell its products under the name Piknikupulgad.

Suicide rates among Baltic youngsters are the highest in Europe

Suicide rates among youngsters in Baltic States are the highest among European Union member states, according to results of a study on the welfare of youngsters in the Baltic States.

Unemployment in Latvia was 7.4% in 2018

72.8 thousand people were unemployed in 2018. Compared to 2017, number of unemployed persons dropped by 12.6 thousand or 14.8 %. Last year, Latvian unemployment rate constituted 7.4 %, which is 1.3 percentage points lower than in 2017.

Employment in Latvia reached 64.5% in 2018

909.4 thousand or 64.5 % of Latvia population aged 15–74 were employed in 2018. Compared to 2017, employment rate grew by 1.6 percentage points and number of employed persons by 14.6 thousand.

Latvian police assist German colleagues with «Russian Laundromat» case

German law enforcement institutions have finished investigating the ‘Russian Laundromat’ case. Latvian Economic Crime Enforcement Department assisted their German colleagues with the investigation, as reported by Latvian State Police.

Pilot's mistake found as cause of Estonia missile firing

The missile accidentally released over Estonia in 2018 was fired because of a mistake of the pilot of the Spanish NATO Baltic Air Policing aircraft, according to an investigation concluded by Estonia.

Grass-burning season in Latvia commences with six separate fires

On Thursday, 21 February, Latvian firefighters were called in to deal with the first grass fires this year. This first such fire this year was put out in Ugāle, where last year’s grass was burning on an area close to half a hectare.

Spanish train manufacturer appeals Latvian procurement outcome in court

Spanish train manufacturer Talgo has appealed the decision made by Latvian Procurement Monitoring Bureau on re-assessment of results of the procurement of electric trains, saying that PMB has made big mistakes and wrong conclusions, which resulted in an illegal decision, Talgo representatives say.

Nights to become chilly in Latvia, whereas days will become warmer soon

The centre of an anticyclone is currently above Scandinavia. This anticyclone will start gradually moving south-west on Friday, 22 February. It will also dictate weather in Latvia – the sky will become clear but air will remain chilly, promises Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.