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Banks to report private persons whose account turnover exceeds EUR 15,000

Friday, May 18, 2018

From 18 May onward, banks will have to report private persons whose annual account turnover exceeds EUR 15,000, as provided by the Cabinet of Ministers’ supported order, under which the State Revenue Service is to be provided with information about a private person’s turnover and balance. Finance Ministry’s developed rules include the order under which credit institutions and payment service providers are to report information to SRS about clients whose…

Four-lane road to link Lithuania, Poland by 2022 – ministers

Friday, May 18, 2018

A four-lane road will link Lithuania and Poland by 2022, the two countries’ minister say. The Polish stretch could be built a bit earlier, by 2021. “Four lanes will reach the border in Poland in 2021-2022,” Polish Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk told BNS Lithuania on Thursday, hoping that Lithuania would build a four-lane road on its side at the same time. “We both expect those two roads to connect by…

Estonian chamber: Equal 1st pension pillar an incentive for cash in hand payments

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that it is against the leveling off of the first pension pillar, as unpegging the size of the first-pillar component of a person’s old-age pension from the person’s wage will serve as an incentive for the payment of unregistered wages. Commenting on the Social Affairs Ministry’s plan for changes to the national pension system, according to which a combined component would be…

Fewer people from high terror risk countries seek residence permits in Latvia

Friday, May 18, 2018

In 2017, Latvia received fewer requests for residence permits from people from the countries with the high number of terrorist groups or other terrorism-related risks, compared to 2016, according to the Security Police annual report for 2017, cites LETA. The Security Police is part of the system of controlling the entry of foreigners and conducts checks of foreigners from the high terror risk countries. Compared with 2016, in 2017 there…

Vitols scholarship fund in Latvia gets EUR 3 mln or largest donation in its history

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Vitols Fund which provides scholarships to bright Latvian youngsters has received the largest donation in its history – more than EUR 3 million, the foundation announced LETA. Gunars Sterns, a Latvian Australian who passed away in June 2016, bequeathed to the foundation AUD 5 million which is equal to more than EUR 3 million. The Vitols Fund said that it was the largest donation in its history and confirmed…

Estonia ranked best in Baltics for LGBT+ rights

Thursday, May 17, 2018

According to a recent survey released by LGBT+ advocacy group ILGA-Europe, Estonia ranks highest from the three Baltic states, and fourth from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) nations, in its treatment of LGBT+ minorities. The Rainbow Europe Index takes into account a broader Europe-wide view of countries’ LGBT+ equality laws and other policies when coming up with its rankings, expressed as a percentage of requirements and recommendations relating to…

Cyber-Criminal Residing in Latvia Convicted for Role in Operation of Counter Antivirus Service “Scan4you”

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A federal jury today convicted a  Latvian “non-citizen,” meaning a citizen of the former USSR who had been residing in Riga, Latvia, of three counts related to his operation of “Scan4you,” an online counter antivirus service that helped computer hackers to determine whether the computer viruses and other malicious software they created would be detected by antivirus software, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s…

Churches in Rīga likely to be given cash ahead of Pope’s visit

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Riga City Council plans to grant EUR 233,232 to the local Roman Catholic Church as a co-financing to help prepare for the visit of Pope Francis to Latvia in late September this year. Metropolitan Archbishop of Riga Zbignevs Stankevics asked the city council for financial assistance “in the light of the requirements for hosting the visit and the new circumstances” and despite the considerable wealth at the disposal of the…

2% less cigarettes were released for consumption in Latvia in Q1 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, a total of 407.655 million cigarettes were released for consumption in Latvia, which is 8.217 million cigarettes or 2% less when compared to the same period of 2017, according to information from the State Revenue Service. In the first three months, a total of 7.83 million cigars and cigarillos were released for consumption in Latvia, which is 29.7% less when compared to the same…

Lithuanian Officer honored for saving Armenian serviceman in 2004

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lithuanian Armed Forces Captain Saulius Paliulis has been awarded with Vazgen Sargsyan Medal of the Armenian Ministry of Defense for saving Armenian Officer Makuchyan in 2004, Armenia’s Ambassador to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia Tigran Mkrtchyan said in a Twitter post. On 19 February 2004 Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov murdered Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan by decapitating him with an axe, as the two men were attending a NATO-sponsored English-language course in…