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Air passengers in Latvia – the most passive in Baltics in terms of complaint submission

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Latvia is behind Estonia and Lithuania when it comes to the number of compensation requests, as reported by Skycop flight compensation processing company. Data compiled by the company shows that there had been a rapid climb of the number of compensations submitted in Baltic States in Q4 2017. «In 2017, Baltic residents became more educated about their rights as airline passengers. As problems with flights become an everyday occurrence, more…

Croatia ratifies convention on women’s rights despite protests

Monday, April 16, 2018

Croatian lawmakers have backed a treaty safeguarding women and girls in the face of right-wing and Catholic opposition. Critics of the Istanbul Convention argue that it will indirectly legalize gay marriage. Croatia’s parliament on Friday voted 110-30 in favor of ratifying the Istanbul Convention, the world’s first binding treaty on preventing and fighting violence against women. The convention, agreed in 2011, has now been ratified by 29 countries, including 18…

Skvernelis: Lithuania’s government has no plans of liberalizing immigration policies

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lithuania’s government has no plans of liberalizing the migration policies, says Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, adding it was currently well-balanced. The prime minister spoke in comment of a request by the Lithuanian Industrialists’ Confederation, which includes the country’s biggest industrial companies, that the government should improve the immigration procedures to facilitate the employment of citizens of third countries in Lithuania. “We plan no free, uncontrolled and chaotic bringing in of…

Corruption watchdog: Bank of Latvia governor’s case may be sent to prosecutor soon

Friday, April 13, 2018

The criminal case involving the governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs may be sent to the prosecutor’s office within the next couple of months, said Chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau Jēkabs Straume. He said the investigation is going as planned and there are no signs of any hiccups along the way. «The investigator handling the case and the supervisory prosecutor have said this case will make…

Estonian parliament expands possibilities for helping EU citizens outside Europe

Friday, April 13, 2018

The aim of the directive is to specify when and how EU citizens in trouble in a country outside the EU have the right to receive aid from the embassies or consulates of other EU member states, parliament spokespeople said. The bill specifies that the citizens of an unrepresented EU member state in the future will receive consular aid from a foreign mission of Estonia under the same conditions as…

Estonian Defence League to have four territorial defense districts

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Riigikogu on Wednesday passed with 77 votes a bill of amendments to the Estonian Defence League Act and the Income Tax Act which included the proposal of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu to fom four territorial defense districts beginning in 2019. According to a Riigikogu press release, during the second reading of the bill, several amendments were incorporated on the motion of the National Defence Committee, most…

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…