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Unemployment level in Latvia stays at 6.4% in June

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The registered unemployment level in Latvia was at 6.4 percent of the economically active population at the end of June this year, or unchanged from May, according to the State Employment Agency’s data. At the end of June 2018, there were 59,119 unemployed persons registered with the State Employment Agency, down by 429 people from a month ago. The lowest unemployment rate was registered in the Riga region – 4.2…

Latvia needs to have more Latvians

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Whether Latvian children who live abroad will learn the Latvian language and culture, whether they will consider learning on Saturdays a nuisance or opportunity, depends on their parents, Education and Science Minister Karlis Sadurskis (Unity) said while addressing participants in the Diaspora Educators’ Forum today. Latvia needs to have more Latvians, and it is important to ensure that there are no language and cultural barriers for children in Latvian families…

Lithuania seeks to become China‘s financial service gateway to Europe

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

In the meeting of heads of Governments of China and the Central and Eastern European countries 16+1, wherein Lithuania was represented by Vilius Šapoka, the Minister of Finance, it was agreed to establish a financial technologies coordination centre of 16+1 format in Vilnius and to organize high-level fintech conference in 2019. “On this occasion I would like to thank all 16+1 countries for their expressed evaluation of and support to…

Airline strikes picking up in strength; losses reach six billion

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Compared to the previous year, 2018 so far has not been successful. Fuel prices have increase, as have employee strikes, which continue creating serious problems for European airlines, as BNN was informed by representatives of flight compensation request processing company Skycop. The company reports that European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, or Eurocontrol, CEO Eamonn Brennan has mentioned that the large number of airline employee strikes has significantly…

Estonia’s registered unemployment at 4.5% in June

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The number of registered unemployed in Estonia was 29,489 at the end of June, marking an increase of 0.12 % compared with the same time a year ago, and made up 4.5% of the total number of workforce from age 16 to retirement age, informed LETA/BNS according from figures published by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Of the registered unemployed, 9,556 people or 32 % were persons with limited capacity for…

Summary of the week: festivities in Latvia; free bus trips in Estonia; double-citizenship resolution in Lithuania

Monday, July 9, 2018

Summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Direction; Suspicion; Decline; Fight; Growth; Festivities. CHANGE: Seimas paves way for dual citizenship, Constitutional Court hurdle ahead The Lithuanian legislature, Seimas, has lowered the threshold for the adoption of constitutional amendments on a dual citizenship referendum. In a vote this week, 67 legislators voted for the amendments to the Referendum Law, three were against and 16 abstained the…

SRS requests commencement of criminal process for smuggling of narcotics

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Latvia’s State Revenue Service has requested commencement of criminal prosecution of a case revolving around smuggling of narcotics in postal packages, as BNN was informed by the service. «SRS Tax and Customs Police has combined a criminal case from 2016 with fourteen other criminal processes launched in relation to smuggling of narcotics in postal packages from Netherlands. A 1982-born Latvian citizen was stated as the recipient in all of those…

Latvian Health Ministry presents new regulations on healthcare services

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Health Ministry is planning a number of far-reaching changes in the organization of healthcare services, for instance, assistant physicians will also have the right to refer patients to receive healthcare services that are paid for by the state, according to the ministry’s project on the organization of and payments for healthcare services that the ministry wants the public to discuss. The new legislation is to replace the current regulation…

Controversial changes prohibiting education in Russian language approved in Latvia

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis has declared amendments to the Law on Institutions of Higher Education that prohibit private higher education institutions from offering education programmes in Russian language, as detailed in the publication in Latvian Herald. After meeting with Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, Vējonis said any law approved by the Saeima is carefully considered before adoption. This was done this time as well, he added. «The decision was made to…

Lithuanian govt declares nationwide state of emergency over drought

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Lithuanian government has decided to declare a nationwide state of emergency due to a prolonged drought that has affected farmers. A special government commission last week proposed to declare a state of emergency nationwide due to the impact of the drought on agriculture. This would allow farmers to reduce their obligations to buyers of farming produce. Substantial rainfall in recent days has eased the situation in many areas and…