Weekly Briefings – Institute of Economics
Task of the science is to serve
people.

– Tolstoy –

Science is the captain, and
practice the soldiers.

– Leonardo da Vinci –

Frontiers of science are like the
horizon: the more we approach
it, the more it moves away.

– Boiste –

The fantasy is more important
than knowing.

– Albert Einstein –

Science – it means organized
knowledge.

– Spencer –

Freedom for the science the
same as the air for a living soul.

– Poincaré –

Research area of all sciences is
endless.

– Pascal –

System of science must be
looked at as the system of
nature: all in it is endless and
necessary.

– Cuvier –

Scientific plan without working
hypothesis is a skeleton without
living body.

– Hirschfeld-

The main research subject of
mankind is the human.

– Goethe –

All is important in science.

– Heine –

Books must be results of
sciences, but sciences not results
of books.

– Bacon –

Scientist is not the one, who
gives the right answers, but the
one, who asks the right
questions.

– Claude Lévi-Strauss –

The more we will seek for the
truth outside us, the more we
will move away of it. The more
we will be able to understand
who we are, the more the truth
will assert us in ourselves.

– Antonio Meneghetti –

Before being dictated the nature
needs to be obeyed.

– Bacon –

A true scientist is not one who
has more acquired, but one who
has more understood.

– Leibniz –

Science – to know how the
being acts. To know the action
of the being.

– Antonio Meneghetti –

Science is benefactor of
mankind.

– Berthelot –

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Latvia political briefing: state budget 2021, main priority of domestic politics in October

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website Introduction On October 14, 2020, the Minister of Finance submitted a budget draft to the Saeima, Parliament of the Republic of Latvia. In total, there are budget-related amendments to 28 laws, which related to both the tax increase block and the welfare enhancement block. The priorities of the 2021 budget are socially oriented, with the potential to fiscally stimulate aggregate domestic demand, improve the capacity of the health care system and reduce social...
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Latvia economy briefing: The cadastral value of property in Latvia could double

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website Introduction The Ministry of Justice and the State Land Service have developed and submitted for public discussion the new Draft Law for changing the methodology of evaluating the cadastral value of real estate properties. The planned changes are expected to increase the cadastral value for many properties and could enter into force on 1 January 2022. The calculation shows that the cadastral value of properties in Latvia could double, thus increasing the government...
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Latvia external relations briefing: Latvia facilitates foreign policy cooperation with EU, Canada and Central Asia under COVID-19 second wave

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website Introduction In October, Latvia is facing increase in COVID-19 cases and biggest total daily number since its first wave. New COVID-19 restrictions are in place for travel and public places. External relations of Latvia in October were evolving around cooperation with its external partners to mitigate consequences of pandemic both by Latvia providing expertise and sharing the best practice, and learning from its allies and partners. From now on travelers to Latvia...
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Latvia social briefing: Strengthening the independence and capacity of public media in Latvia

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website Introduction In October Latvian Parliament supported the draft law on public electronic media (public media) and their management to ensure efficient and transparent management, independence and responsibility of public media before society, as well as promotion of quality work. The discussion went on how to strengthen the independence of the media in Latvia and not allow political appointments of editors-in-chief for public media. Doubts were expressed that Public Electronic Mass Media Council[1] (new...
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Latvia political briefing: Extraordinary elections to the Riga City Council, mitigating the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis and the new National Civil Defence Plan

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website Introduction Government of Latvia continues to work on mitigating the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis and has reduced certain restrictions. It shows that Latvia has been relatively successful in terms of dealing with Covid-19 crisis. However, the central political event has definitely been the extraordinary elections of the Riga City Council, which, unfortunately, had a record low public activity since 1997. The results of the Riga City Council show that the elections...
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Latvia economy briefing: The science and technology innovation mechanism of Latvia

Original publication available at the China-CEE Institute website The aim of the Science and Technology Innovation Mechanism in Latvia is to provide a knowledge base for the transformation of the national economy to higher added value, which was reflected in the Guidelines for Science, Technology Development and Innovation (hereinafter – STI) for 2014-2020. In the period of 2014-2020, the development of the STI policy was closely related to the development of the National Industrial Policy in relation to the establishment of...
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Latvia external relations briefing: Belarusian Presidential Elections as an important foreign policy issue for Latvia

Original publication available at the China-CEE institute website Introduction While the international system continues to work on mitigating the consequences of the Covid-19, the recent Presidential election in Belarus has now become the most important and discussed issue in Europe. The official preliminary results confirmed that Alexander Lukashenko won the election, however, the outcome has been widely disputed regarding opposition accusations of vote-rigging. As the situation has escalated in violations and protests in the whole country, Latvia together with other...
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Latvia social briefing: Improvements in public health sector in Latvia

Improvements in public health sector in Latvia Original publication available at the China-CEE institute website: https://china-cee.eu/2020/10/15/latvia-social-briefing-improvements-in-public-health-sector-in-latvia/ Introduction During August and September 2020 more attention had been paid to the issues of public health sector namely focusing on the growing and alarming alcoholic beverage consumption and developing the new remuneration model for medical personnel. Addressing these issues is really crucial as both of these factors play an important role in the welfare of the Latvian society and therefore have a crucial...
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Latvia economy briefing: Prospects of the Latvian economy for 2020 under the impact of the COVID-19

The exports of Latvia have been significantly impacted due to the Covid-19 crisis Data from the Central Statistical Bureau on foreign trade in Latvian goods in April this year show that the value of exports of goods amounted to 927.7 million euros, which was 13.9% lower than in April last year. The fixed decline in exports in April was the sharpest since October 2009, largely due to the effects of the pandemic. A significant decline in global external demand was...
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Latvia external relations briefing: Latvia sets challenging and ambitious Foreign Policy goals

Introduction As the Covid-19 crisis inevitably remains the most important challenge in the international system, Latvia continues to work actively together with other countries in order to mitigate the consequences of the crisis. However, it is important for the European Union (EU) to focus on the regular agenda as well, so that other important issues are discussed. In recent months, Latvia’s management of the Covid-19 crisis outbreak has been among the best in Europe and Latvia has showed relatively successful...
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