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Latvian MEP Karins considered by Unity party as its main candidate PM

Thursday, April 12, 2018

 The ruling Unity party is considering two MEPs – Krisjanis Karins and Artis Pabriks – as its candidates to prime minister ahead of the Latvian general elections with Karins being the main candidate, the Latvijas Avize daily said on Wednesday. The electoral bloc comprising Unity and three regional parties – Kuldigas Novadam, Tukuma Pilsetai un Novadam and Valmierai un Vidzemei – will name its candidate prime minister by May, said…

VentureEU: €2.1 billion to boost venture capital investment in Europe’s innovative start-ups

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have launched a Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds programme (VentureEU) to boost investment in innovative start-up and scale-up companies across Europe. Europe boasts a wealth of talent, world-class researchers and skilled entrepreneurs, but it can do better at turning that excellence into success stories. Access to risk capital for innovation plays a key role. Today, the Commission and the EIF are announcing…

Estonia’s registered unemployment grew by 2.6% in March

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The number of registered unemployed in Estonia stood at 33,268 at the end of March, marking an increase of 2.6% compared with the same period last year, and made up 5.1 of the total number of workforce from age 16 to retirement age, which is 0.1 percentage points more than in March 2017, informs LETA/BNS. Of the 33,268 registered unemployed, 10,233 people or 19.2% more than in March 2017 were…

Latvian government conceptually supports making Lāčplēsis Day a holiday

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

On Tuesday, 10 April, Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee conceptually supported amendments to the Law on Holidays, Memorable Days and Celebrations that provide for making 11 November – Lāčplēsis Day – a holiday, as reported by Saeima’s press-service. Lāčplēsis Day is among commemorative and celebrated days in Latvia. Amendments, on the other hand, provide making 11 November an official holiday. If 11 November falls on Saturday or Sunday, however,…

Estonia: Jevgeni Ossinovski to resign as minister of health, labor

Monday, April 9, 2018

Chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE) Jevgeni Ossinovski at a council of the party on Saturday said that ahead of the parliamentary elections in 2019, he will focus fully on the party and thus will resign as minister of health and labor after budget strategy negotiations, the news portal of the public broadcaster ERR reports.

For the first time in Latvia there are more children in foster families than in orphanages

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Last year, foster family care in Latvia was provided to more children than were put in orphanages, according to data compiled for 2017 by the State Child Rights Protection Inspectorate. Also for the first time the number of children under the age of three put in orphanages is less than 10% of all children put in child care institutions. «This is a very positive development. It proves that the work…

Department set to move all prisons out of Vilnius

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lithuania’s Prisons Department plans to move all detention institutions out of Vilnius, including the Lukiskes remand prison from central Lithuanian capital, informs LETA/BNS. “We are drafting a vision of moving all detention institutions from Vilnius. For instance, we all know where Lukiskes is,” Interior Minister Eimutis Misiunas said after meeting with Prisons Department chief Robertas Krikstaponis on Friday. In addition to the Lukiskes prison, the department’s institutions in the Lithuanian…

Hungary unveils memorial to crash that killed Polish leader

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Hungarian and Polish leaders on Friday unveiled a memorial in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, dedicated to the victims of a 2010 plane crash in the Russian city of Smolensk that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and dozens of others top Polish officials. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s governing Law and Justice party and twin brother of the president who died in the crash, praised the memorial as a “beautiful gesture…