Good for Business
Good for Business
In the World Bank survey Doing Business 2017, Estonia improved its ranking by four places compared with the previous such report and climbed to place 12, one place higher than Finland. Latvia has risen to its current position from 22nd place last year thanks to an improved accessibility to credit information and reforms that have made paying taxes easier. Lithuania ranks 21st among 190 countries in the World Bank's latest ease of doing business report, a notch lower than last year.
25.10.2016.Riga Black Balsam Global Cocktail Challenge 2016 will host 60 leading world bartenders in Riga
Baltic States: News & Analytics
Analytics, EU – Baltic States, Baltic States – CIS, Legislation, Modern EU
The Commission outlines in a report perspective efforts in combating terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime. The report also specifies work undertaken to strengthen the EU's resilience against these threats. It also highlights the priority areas where more work is needed and sets out concrete operational measures for the months to come. These security issues are sensitive ones for the Baltic States too.
Keyword tags: Analytics, EU – Baltic States, Modern EU, Security
24.10.2016.Several police officers in Latvia face disciplinary probe over purchase of motor vehicles not compliant with required emissions standards
Baltic States: Economy
Transport, Markets and Companies, Energy, Real Estate, Technology, Tourism, LIVE RĪGA, Baltic export
We need to see business plan before approving any state aid to DLRR train engine company - Latvian PM26.10.2016.
he government needs to see a business plan before approving any aid to Daugavpils Lokomotivju Remonta Rupnica (DLRR), Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) told the press, reports LETA.
Keyword tags: Financial Services, Latvia, Machinery construction, Markets and Companies, Railways, Transport
25.10.2016.Latvia's DLRR train engine repair company asks government guarantees for provision of bank credit
Baltic States: Finances & Investments
Financial Services, Investments, Buy / Sell Business
Investing in new real estate projects in Latvia has shrunk by one third over the past three years, Martins Vanags, the head of the National Real Estate Development Alliance, said today at the construction industry forum "Competitiveness. Growth. Investment", reports LETA.
Keyword tags: Construction, Investments, Latvia, Real Estate
Education and Science
Education and Science, Economic History, Book review
The study defines a new concept of "exploitative sham marriages" and proposes recommendations for their reduction25.10.2016.
The results of the project "Preventing human trafficking and sham marriages: A multidisciplinary solution" (HESTIA)* were presented at the dissemination briefing organised by the Ministry of the Interior (MoI). The main goal of the project initiated in January 2015 and co-funded by the European Union (EU) "Prevention of and Fight Against Crime" programme was to seek correlations and explore the phenomenon of sham marriages in the context of human trafficking and to propose comprehensive action for their prevention.
Keyword tags: Education and Science, EU – Baltic States, Latvia, Law and Regulations, Legislation, Security, Society
Baltic States: Opinion
Several years ago "economics guru" could argue that economic growth is hindered by "expensive money". Nowadays, with historically low interest rates and Latvian commercial banks literally rolling in money (having 3 billion euro on corresponding accounts with Latvijas Banka), the economic growth is indeed weak. Despite the fact that politicians have been mentioning the word "reforms" for years and the need to address bottlenecks in crucial sectors is obvious to everyone, little is being done in reality, and the majority of true reforms die out because of red tape.
Keyword tags: Analytics, Banks, Budget, Education and Science, Financial Services, Latvia, Medicine, Statistics
20.10.2016.Demography to have most significant effect on Baltic real estate market in following years
Commission proposed (18 May) its 2016 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out economic policy guidance for all EU states for the next 12-18 months. In addition to efforts already identified in EU-2020 strategy, this economic guidance instrument focuses on priority reforms to strengthen the recovery of EU-28 economies by boosting investment, implementing structural reforms and pursuing fiscal responsibility.
Keyword tags: Analytics, Education and Science, EU – Baltic States, Financial Services, Latvia, Legislation, Round Table
On the 21st of October, 2016 in the Baltic International Academy (BIA), with the support of Taiwan’s mission in the Latvian Republic was held the International scientific conference “Perspectives of Development of Economic Cooperation between the Baltic States and the East Asia.”
Keyword tags: Cooperation, Culture, Education and Science, Latvia
21.10.2016.Global cybersecurity experts and the IBM Watson's artificial intelligence robot will visit Riga
12.10.2016.The 12 Latvian companies that Twino will be taking to Europe’s leading start-up festival Slush have been selected
- 24.10.2016Latvian transit corridor has chances to attract additional 9 mln tons of cargo
- 24.10.2016House rent income tax should be halved in Estonia
- 24.10.2016Presidential Chancery in Latvia to launch new web-page
- 24.10.2016Estonian public broadcaster wins Best European Radio Fiction award
- 24.10.2016Eesti Energia and Outotec exploring Chinese and Burmese oil shale
- 24.10.2016New urban agenda for Europe and the world
- 22.10.2016Rigas Satiksme municipal transport company sees number of passengers drop 1.5% y-o-y
- 22.10.2016Latvia's LMT mobile operator increases turnover to EUR 139 mln in nine months
- 22.10.2016Russian Railways seek to divert Belarus oil product shipments away from Baltic ports
- 22.10.2016Eurostat: Latvia has 2nd highest proportion of overweight or obese adults in EU
- 22.10.2016Bomb threat to Tallinn airport made by man serving jail sentence
- 21.10.2016Another controlling-advising “body” for the EU financial sector
- 21.10.2016Low sea levels hamper ferry traffic to Hiiumaa
- 21.10.2016Court rules regulator had no reason to make Latvijas Gaze ensure third-party access to infrastructure
- 21.10.2016Transport Ministry plans road tax hike for luxury cars with high CO2 emissions
- 21.10.2016Lithuania-Sweden power link back online