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Immigration rules in UK to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK. On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government’s visa cap. The cap – introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary – sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at 20,700 people a year. But NHS bosses say the rules…

Estonian, Dutch people think similarly

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said at a meeting with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on Tuesday that both countries’ people are able to appreciate the benefits of digital society but have a similar understanding also of things farther from home. The Estonian head of state said at the press conference following the meeting that both Estonian and Dutch people value the ease of arranging their everyday lives, the president’s press…

Latvian financial watchdog approves voluntary liquidation of ABLV Bank

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Finance and Capital Market Commission has approved the ABLV Bank’ plan for voluntary liquidation, the head of the Finance and Capital Market Commission, Peters Putnins, announced at a news conference on Tuesday. The Latvian financial watchdog has also approved all four liquidators proposed by the bank – Arvids Kostomarovs, Andris Kovalcuks, Elvijs Vebers and Eva Berlaus. They are law and finance experts. Vebers is also an insolvency administrator. The…

Lithuania’s top court acquits two women in home birth case

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lithuania’s Supreme Court on Tuesday acquitted two women in a home birth case, in a ruling that is final and binding. The hearing was observed by several hundred supporters of home birth, who filled the courtroom and surrounding spaces. Midwife Jurgita Inga Svediene and Dalia Jakaite, having medical education, were charged with engaging in illicit economic, financial, commercial or professional activity. The case against Jakaite was dropped and the court…

Plan to ban female gamete donation passed for third reading in Saeima

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

At the Latvian Saeima, the draft amendments aimed at banning women, who have not given birth, from donating their gametes, has been passed for the third reading to the members of the parliament. The amendments are planned for the Latvian Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health that sets forth the controversial ban among other regulatory changes. This issue has been widely debated several times in the Saeima’s Social and Employment…

Football: Poland thrash Lithuania 4-0 in World Cup warm-up

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Poland’s national football squad on Tuesday notched up a comfortable 4-0 victory against Lithuania in their last friendly fixture ahead of the World Cup in Russia. Poland captain Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a clinical shot from inside the box at the National Stadium in Warsaw. The Polish goal machine found the net again from a set piece to put his team 2-0 ahead in…

Police chief warns of war of words during Baltic Pride

Friday, June 8, 2018

Verbal altercations are inevitable during the Baltic Pride parade taking place June 9 in Rīga. Nevertheless, law enforcement officers will work to prevent any physical confrontation, Ints Ķuzis, chief of the State Police, said in an interview with LNT commercial TV channel June 8. The police chief recalled the first pride parade in Rīga and admitted that the police were unprepared to deal with the situation when anti-gay protests turned…

Free bus transport available in ten Estonian counties starting 1 July

Friday, June 8, 2018

While not all counties in Estonia have agreed to begin offering free public bus transport, the Estonian Road Administration has officially set the price of bus tickets in ten requesting counties to €0 beginning 1 July. As of 1 July, public bus transport will be free in Valga, Võru, Põlva, Järva, Jõgeva, Tartu, Ida-Viru, Hiiu and Saare Counties as well as on routes operated by the nonprofit Põhja-Eesti Ühistranspordikeskus in…

Lithuanian Airports to transfer record dividends to the state budget

Thursday, June 7, 2018

In 2017, Lithuanian Airports enjoyed record numbers of passengers and this year they will submit the largest contribution to the state budget in the company’s history. It amounts to 3.4 million EUR, which is 1.7 million EUR more compared to the year before. According to Tomas Krakauskas, Chairperson of the Board of Lithuanian Airports, the company’s performance is improving with each year, thus creating benefit for the state. It also…