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Latvia’s coalition backs proposal on EU’s post-2020 multi-annual budget

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Other ruling coalition parties back the proposal by the Union of Greens/Farmers for the adoption of a parliament resolution on the EU’s post-2020 multi-annual financial framework, informs LETA. The resolution would call on the EU to provide adequate financing for reducing regional disparities and for implementation of the goals of the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy. Speaking to the press after the meeting of the ruling coalition…

Lithuanian PM says tax reform aimed at increasing people’s income

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that the government’s proposed tax changes are primarily aimed at increasing people’s income. “The main direction is simple: we have to grow people’s income so that they can earn more money. We need to reduce the tax burden on labor. We must create favorable conditions for our and foreign businesses to innovate and continue investing in new technologies,” he told LRT Radio on Tuesday…

Latvian-Russian relations to become worse

Monday, March 26, 2018

Amendments approved by the Saeima to perform a full transition to education in Latvian language in the country’s schools will have a negative impact on mutual relations between Latvia and Russia, and Latvia will be the one responsible, as announced by Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry. «Latvia’s capital should understand that by making unfriendly steps it is only making mutual relations more complicated. All the responsibility for that lies on Latvia’s…

Lithuanian PM sacks adviser who lost political confidence

Monday, March 26, 2018

Lithuania’s Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis on Friday sacked his adviser for energy and environmental matters, Tomas Garasimavicius, who had lost his political confidence. “He has been discharged as having lost his political confidence,” Tomas Berzinskas, the prime minister’s spokesman, told BNS. The spokesman not elaborate on the reasons for firing the adviser. Garasimavicius told BNS later in the day that he was not aware of the reasons for his dismissal…

Eight flu fatalities reported in Latvia last week

Friday, March 23, 2018

RIGA – Eight flu fatalities were reported in Latvia last week. All but one of those flu patients had other chronic diseases, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control said. Altogether 31 people have died from flu in the current season. The average age of those flu fatalities is 67 years. None of them had been vaccinated against flu. Flu intensity has started receding in Latvia and dropped 5.6 percent…

Russian-speaking minority in Latvia protests against new legislative attack on their identity

Friday, March 23, 2018

Latvia’s largest opposition party has called for the reversal of education reforms that threaten Russian-language classes in the country’s schools, claiming they contradict the national constitution and international convention. The Social Democratic Party, called “Harmony,” represents the interests of Russian speakers that constitute up to 40 percent of Latvia’s population. The call to reverse the education reforms was made to President Raimonds Vejonis on Thursday. It followed a decision by…

Ventspils beach high in popularity this week; Lembergs gets spotlight time as well

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ventspils city ended up in the spotlight in an unusual way this week: seals washed up on the beach in Ventspils. Animal Freedom association emphasizes that human contact with baby seals would hurt them. Residents are asked to maintain at least 50 m distance from them. In spite of recommendations, however, the suspended Mayor of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs decided to take photos with baby seals and publish them on his…

OECD: Latvian employees work longest hours in Baltics

Thursday, March 22, 2018

In a comparison of Baltic countries per average annual hours worked, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has found earlier this year that the average Latvian worker spends 1,910 hours at work, followed by the Lithuanian employee with 1,885 hours and the average Estonian worker with 1,855 hours. In the study available on the web site of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) its 35 member states…

Lithuanian parliament rejects idea of early election

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lithuania’s parliament rejected the opposition initiative of early parliamentary elections in the first phase of discussion on Tuesday. The bid to hold early elections on June 3 was approved for discussion by 52 parliamentarians, while 57 were against and 11 abstained. Gabrielius Landsbergis, the leader of the opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (conservatives) who had tabled the proposal, said the ruling coalition’s approval of the bid for discussion…

Centric to hire 200 specialists in Kaunas

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Centric, a leading Dutch information technologies company, is opening a bureau in Lithuania’s second-largest city Kaunas and will hire around 200 specialists within three years, reports LETA/BNS. “During the first visit of our senior management to Lithuania, we discovered Kaunas as a very strong city for our activities. We were impressed with the longstanding traditions within the field of technology and the potential talent in the city thanks mainly to…