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Estonia seeking to create common packaging deposit system with Latvia

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Estonian Environment Minister Siim Kiisler is to propose setting up a common packaging deposit system in Estonia and Latvia, which would enable returning beverage packaging bought in Latvia for a reimbursement in Estonia and vice versa, reported LETA/BNS. “The trade of beverages between Estonia and Latvia doesn’t seem to slow down, rather the opposite. Beverage packaging without the possibility of returning is piling up and it has a paralyzing effect…

Latvia’s fire fighters finally put out turf and forest fire in Valdgale

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Considering that the active phase of battling the massive fire that has devastated Valdgale these past couple of weeks, Latvia’s State Fire and Rescue Service has thereby concluded its work at the site. An assessment of the situation in Valdgale Parish and Puze Parish on Monday, 6 July, showed that since no open flame, smouldering or smoke is observed within the safety perimeter, there are no risks for people there,…

African swine fever recorded in a small backyard enclosure in Saldus

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

African swine fever infection has been found in two dead domestic pigs in a small backyard enclosure in Druva village in Saldus. Epidemiological investigation has commenced, as confirmed by Food and Veterinary Service representative Ilze Meistere. The area around the enclosure has been quarantined – a protection zone in a 3 km radius and a monitoring zone in a 10 km radius. This is the ninth time African swine fever…

Power generation at Latvian hydro power plants down 11.8% year-on-year in H1

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

During the first six months of 2018, power generation at Latvian hydro power plants dropped 11.8% from the same period a year ago, according to the information from the Central Statistical Bureau. In the first six months of this year, the hydro power plants in Latvia generated 2.017 bln kWh of electric power in contrast to 2.287 bln kWh generated in January-June 2017. Combined heat-and-power (cogeneration) plants generated 1.902 bln…

Rising grain prices will push food prices up – Lithuanian producers

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Higher grain prices, which have gone up by a third, will soon be reflected on the food shelves as prices of flour, bread, as well as meat, chicken and eggs are set to rise. Gintaras Bagodas of grain processing company Kauno Grudai says grain prices are being pushed up by worse than expected crops in Russia and across Europe. Tautvydas Barstys, board chairman of GK Group, believes that flour and…

Lithuanian PM would be best LFGU presidential candidate – leader

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Ramunas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, says Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis would be the party’s best candidate in the upcoming presidential election next year. “I really don’t see any better candidates if Skvernelis wanted and agreed to stand for election. His leadership is obvious, the government is working successfully,” Karbauskis told BNS Lithuania on Tuesday. He’s also convinced that Skvernelis would definitely win the presidential…

Security lapse sparks evacuation at Frankfurt airport

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Parts of Frankfurt airport were evacuated for several hours on Tuesday following a lapse in security, federal police said, disrupting travel during the busy summer holiday season. “The cause of the evacuation of the terminal was an error by a security officer. Despite a positive test for explosives, a French family of four were allowed to leave the security zone,” police said on Twitter. The family were later located in…

Latvian Defence Ministry has not demanded additional allocations in budget

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Despite the predicted negative fiscal space, ministries are demanding additional EUR 1.1 billion for their priority measures in the 2019 budget, according to the information at the disposal of the Finance Ministry. The ministry said though that the information might have some technical inaccuracies, and some ministries might have already found resources in their own funds for some of the measures. Last year ministries required additional EUR 760 million in…

Banning steak isn’t the best way to slow climate change

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

WeWork, the co-working mega-giant, recently instituted a new policy at its office spaces across the world: No more meat. Amid some backlash, the company said the decision was an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment. And while this is a truly noble mission, if you take a deep dive into the science of climate and carbon emissions, the policy starts to look half-baked. For one thing,…

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia lead Europe on deaths by assault

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

You are more likely to die as a result of being assaulted in Latvia than anywhere else in the European Union according to official statistics released by Eurostat August 6. The findings are based on data from 2015. “With 5.1 assault-related deaths per 100 000 inhabitants, Latvia registered the highest rate among the EU Member States in 2015,” said Eurostat. The two other Baltic Member States, Lithuania (4.1 deaths due…