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Monday, 03.08.2015, 13:37
Only one municipality in Latvia has joined the European Commission's initiative "Mayors Adapt", the aim of which is to urge cities to adapt to climate change, the Union of Municipalities of Latvia told LETA.
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During the next five years, until 2020, Vilnius will try to reduce the number of infants and children living in institutions; and only in the most desperate cases, if foster parents cannot be found, the children will be housed in an orphanage, Vilnius City Council reports BC.
The European Commission approved on July 31st the new restrictions for areas infected with the African swine fever; one of the Baltic States largest pig farms Ekseko in Viiratsi parish, Viljandi County was left out of the toughest restricted zone, Estonian agriculture ministry announced LETA.
The Competition Council has decided to fine 11 companies that harmonized their offers with one or several competitors for procurement of timber announced by the joint-stock company Latvijas Valsts mezi (Latvian State Forests). The total amount of the fines is EUR 70,003.
With the plight of refugees and their status in host countries a pertinent issue these days, the Citizenship and Migration Board has some interesting facts to report, foremost being that Latvian citizenship has been granted to only five asylum seekers since 1998, reports LETA.
In the first half of the year 2015, the officers of the Lithuanian Customs detained smuggled and illegally carried goods worth over EUR 20 million, reports LETA/ELTA.
During a meeting with farmers operating in the dairy industry on July 31st, Latvian president Raimonds Vejonis said that in such times of crisis milk producers and dairy companies must also focus on niche products, as well be able to work closer together by analyzing what is happening within the dairy sector., reports LETA.
The Food and Veterinary Service has announced an African swine fever quarantine in several counties in Vilaka and Gulbene regions, informs LETA, according to an announcement in the government's official newspaper Latvijas Vestnesis.
Rezekne Mayor Aleksandrs Bartasevics (Harmony Center) believes that the second largest city in Latgale Province will be unable to accommodate refugees, as Rezekne City Council informed LETA.
On 30 July 2015, the State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania received a note from the Russian food safety supervising authority Rosselkhoznadzor where Russia asks the Plant Service to temporarily suspend phytosanitary certification of flowers grown in the Netherlands because harmful organisms were allegedly found in flowers brought from Lithuania, writes LETA/ELTA.
The Lithuanian government is seeking to appoint technical, financial and legal advisers to assist in the development and implementation of Lithuanian airports concession project. Therefore, a public consultation regarding the advisory services for the concessions project has been announced, reported BC chief project manager for PPP Irmantas Butkauskas.
The Justice Ministry in Latvia is suggesting to raise the fine for wages paid under the table to EUR 2,100, informs LETA.
Estonia's central bank Eesti Pank announced that changes to the Eesti Pank Act came into force on 19 May 2014 giving the central bank a clearer mandate than before to act as a macroprudential authority in Estonia, informs LETA.
At his meeting with representatives of the Estonian Service Industry Association on July 28th, Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said that the Government is firmly committed to developing both the business environment and competitiveness, and that he greatly appreciates the support of entrepreneurs and their willingness to engage in the process, reports BC governmental press service.
The European Commission is aware of the challenges faced by EU’s agro-producers and is expected to provide assistance. EU farmers will get support for dairy, fruit and vegetables sectors affected by the Russian ban: safety measures will be extended into 2016.