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Thursday, 25.08.2016, 16:09
According to the latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), there were 612.9 thsd visitors who stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments during the 2nd quarter of 2016, which was 6.1 % more than during the corresponding period of the previous year. As compared to the 2nd quarter of 2015, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 6.6 %. On average, visitors stayed 1.9 nights in accommodation establishments.
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Citing a EU directive, the Estonian Ministry of Environment wishes to ban free lightweight plastic bags in stores from July 2017 and to raise the price of plastic carrier bags available in stores to up to one euro apiece from 2019, write LETA/BNS.
Cooperation with Latvia will continue, Tim Colley, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the British Embassy in Latvia, said during the working visit to the Liepaja port city in south-western Latvian, reports LETA.
Finland's reinforced concrete connections manufacturer Peikko is investing more than 9 million euros in a new beam factory in Lithuania's second-largest city Kaunas, informs LETA/BNS.
A lab test has confirmed the presence of African swine fever (ASF) in pigs on a farm with 2,700 pigs on Estonia's Saaremaa Island, reports LETA/BNS.
The Latvians who live and work in foreign countries provide around EUR 500 million a year to the Latvian economy, Peteris Elferts, the Foreign Ministry's Ambassador-at-Large for diaspora, said on public radio Wednesday, cites LETA.
The government today approved the route of the high-voltage power line from the Estonian town of Sindi to Riga 2nd thermal power station, reports LETA.
The Vilnius municipality intends to borrow up to 50 mln euros from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for refinancing earlier loans and investment projects, Mayor Remigijus Simasius told BNS/LETA.
Gardeners in Lithuania feel being mistreated by the state, as their crops cannot compete with imported apples on legal terms, Lietuvos Zinios daily said, cites LETA/BNS.
A coin folder and first day cover are to be released to commemorate 25 years since Estonia regained independence
The coin folder for the anniversary of Estonia regaining independence contains Estonian euro coins with the issue date 2016. The folder costs 25 euros and can be purchased from the online shop, 11 post offices across Estonia, and the Eesti Pank museum shop from 22 August, informs Bank of Estonia.
Lithuania on Monday signed a contract on acquisition of German Boxer infantry fighting vehicles for nearly 386 mln euros, which is the most expensive purchase in the history of Lithuania's Armed Forces, reports LETA/BNS.
The Commission has adopted a new set of ecological criteria under the EU Ecolabel scheme for computers (personal, notebook and tablet computers), furniture and footwear. Manufacturers wishing to benefit from the EU Ecolabel have to comply with strict requirements that focus on the environmental performance of the product, product safety and social aspects.
Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in the 2nd quarter of 2016 in Latvia there were 898.5 thousand employed persons or 61.8 % of the population aged 15–74.
Lithuania's grain processor Malsena Plius, which exports around one-tenth of its products, says that the weak ruble has forced it to switch from Russia and Belarus to other export markets, noting a recent increase in flour sales to African countries, informs LETA/BNS according to daily Lietuvos Rytas reports on Friday.
Good news is that the EU-28 export almost doubled since 2009 to about €850.4 bln; the bad one- with some states, like Russia trade fells sharply due to sanctions. Suffering economically, the EU doesn’t seem to gain politically: extra-EU-28 exports of goods fell to € 850.4 bln while intra EU-28 trade has almost doubled to €1 556.1 bln.