Date: 15.06.2017.

International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Wednesday, 18.10.2017, 12:11

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Saeima appoints Straume as chief of Corruption Prevention Bureau

Saeima appoints Straume as chief of Corruption Prevention Bureau

15.06.2017

Saeima today appointed Military Intelligence and Security Service official Jekabs Straume as the new chief of the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB).

Keyword tags: Corruption, EU – Baltic States, Latvia, Security



U.S. engagement in the Baltic Region

U.S. engagement in the Baltic Region

15.06.2017

When Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland requested and received U.S. and NATO military support following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014, it garnered massive attention – and rightly so. The measured response to Russian aggression, which supplemented on-going training, exercises, and Baltic Air Policing, demonstrated U.S. commitment to the region’s security and stability, and helped to ease the increasing anxiety resulting from Russia’s actions. As important as this was, defense cooperation is but one facet of U.S. engagement in the Baltic region. Equally important are the commercial, scientific, education, and other ties that round out one of the most dynamic sets of relations the United States has anywhere in the world.

Housing affordability in Riga improves slower

Housing affordability in Riga improves slower

15.06.2017

Housing Affordability Index in Riga has improved in the first quarter of this year, but the improvement pace has slowed down, said Swedbank, citing the latest Housing Affordability Index (HAI) data.


airBaltic flies 19% more passengers in January-May

airBaltic flies 19% more passengers in January-May

15.06.2017

Latvia’s national carrier airBaltic flew 1,193,243 air passengers during the first five months of this year, which was a 19% rise against the same period last year, BC was told at the company.

Saeima bans use of wild animals in circus shows in Latvia

Saeima bans use of wild animals in circus shows in Latvia

15.06.2017

Saeima today passed in the final reading amendments to the Animal Protection Law, banning use of wild animals in circus shows, even though the responsible committee earlier had supported a different wording for the bill, writes LETA.


15.06.2017

Vitas Vasiliauskas: Financial system stable, yet challenges are on the horizon

The country’s banking sector operates profitably and is resilient to potential shocks. Lithuania’s lending growth is one of the highest in Europe and, if the real estate (RE) market and credit growth rates remain at present levels or increase further, risk to stability may increase over the next few years.

15.06.2017

Inflation in Latvia down for the first time in nine months

As expected, annual inflation rate decreased in May (to 2.8%). This was the first decrease in nine months. In the coming months, inflation will be positively affected by a gradual appreciation of services and negatively by oil price dynamics.

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