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Latvian Presidency in EU: the balance between human rights and technological progress should be found27.05.2015
Personal data protection is a matter that concerns us all. It is a fundamental right, since the right to the protection of personal data is closely related to the right to privacy. The Latvian Presidency emphasises the vital importance of finding the right balance between human rights on one hand, and needs driven by technological progress on the other, writes eu2015.lv.
Keyword tags: EU – Baltic States, Internet, Legislation, Technology
During a meeting yesterday with the director of the NATO Center of Excellence for Strategic Communications Janis Karklins, President Andris Berzins praised the work of the center, LETA was informed by the Presidential Press Service.
Lithuanian startup arena has been heating up in recent years. Friendly business environment, relatively low taxes, advanced IT infrastructure, favourable relocation conditions have mightily influenced the increasing number of startups, foreign investment and community events.
In a period from January 2013 to April 2015, the State Revenue Service (SRS) in Latvia carried out 123 inspections at electronic commerce companies. SRS established various violations in 119 of these companies, as the Service informed LETA.
Lithuania has been recognized as one of the leaders in the EU for growth in innovation in a new European Commission report. The report, called the Innovation Union Scoreboard, uses 25 different indicators to compare the capacity for innovation of different EU member states. It identified Lithuania as a rapidly developing business location for research and development, informed BC the Invest Lithuania.
The team of the Department of Semiconductor Physics of the Vilnius University, headed by professor Juozas Vidmantis Vaitkus, following the framework of the AIDA project (4 year project within the EU FP7 Research Infrastructures programme) was to study the possibility to use a microwave absorption technique for radiation monitoring in the proton irradiation facility at CERN. The Vilnius University team produced a cost effective, flexible and easy to handle fluence monitoring system, reports BC university’s press service.
The American IT company Hewlett-Packard (HP) has begun the liquidation process of its Latvian subsidiary, reports LETA, according to Firmas.lv information.
During the General Affairs Council on 19 May in Brussels, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with the Minister of State for EU Affairs of Hungary and the Chairman of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Szabolc Takacs, to discuss the new Data Protection Regulation, reports BC the Latvian MFA.
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves who is in Berlin and has been on his state visit to the Federal Republic of Germany since Monday, met on Tuesday with the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel; the President of the Bundestag, Norbert Lammert; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier; the Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble and the Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen, reports BC the president's office.
The successful mission of Estonia's first student satellite ESTCube-1 ended on Tuesday when the satellite that was flown to the space a little over two years ago stopped operating, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
The team of company TRAFI, which is the developer of one of the most popular public transport application for emerging markets, today in London announced that it has received funding in the amount of USD 6.5 million from new investors – Octopus Investments, EBRD Venture Capital Investment Programme and BaltCap.
The opportunity of obtaining and submitting information online at various state registries is used at least once a week by 14% of respondents surveyed in Latvia, 26% – in Lithuania, and 35% – in Estonia, reports LETA, according to GfK CR Baltic's survey on the role of technology in people's daily life.
On May 18 in Brussels Latvian, Austrian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Dutch and Finnish Ministers for Defence with the heads of the European External Action Service, the European Defence Agency, and the EU Military Committee has signed a pledge to mitigate human-related risks in cyber space by launching the Cyber Hygiene initiative, reports eu2015.lv.
At the European Union's defence ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday, ministers of six states and the EU High Representative signed a cyber hygiene initiative, which provides a common basis and environment for educating public sector employees to avoid cyber threats, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
An innovative solution GoSwift for managing traffic queues at international borders is the winner of the 2015 Transport Achievement Award offered by the International Transport Forum at the OECD. The Award recognises demonstrated achievement of excellence in transport provision that has improved, enabled or facilitated tourism.