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Saturday, 25.04.2015, 21:14
The EU’s main concept of the Energy Union is based on providing Europeans with secure, competitive and sustainable energy. The Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič describes the actions needed by the EU institutions and the member states to reach that goal.
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The Commission’s review on the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food and feed confirms the need for changes by the national governments in accepting the use of EU-authorised GMOs for animal and/or human consumption. The Commission proposes to amend existing EU laws to confer the states more freedom to restrict, prohibit or use of EU-authorised GMOs on their territory.
Wizz Air, the largest budget airline in Central and Eastern Europe, from 24 April 2015 opens flights from Riga International Airport to Lübeck (Germany), reports BC airport’s press service.
On May 4, 2015, the moorage of the Costa Pacifica cruise ship in the Old City Harbour will officially open the summer cruise season in Tallinn. The season will last until October 17, 2015, reports BC port’s press service.
Chancellor of the Lithuanian Government Alminas Maciulis met in France with Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The meeting addressed the OECD Council's invitation to Lithuania to begin OECD accession process, reports LETA/ELTA.
Switzerland is the happiest country in the world, closely followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada, according to a global ranking of happiness unveiled in New York on Thursday, reports LETA/AFP.
In an interview to Latvian Radio, Finance Minister Janis Reirs (Unity) said that none of the EU's economic or finance ministers are thinking about the worst-case scenario in regard to the Greek financial problem, and are working so that Greece remains in the Eurozone, reports LETA.
Finnish forest industry company UPM announced that it strengthens its position as the leading plywood manufacturer in Europe and expands the Otepää plywood mill in Estonia, reports LETA.
At the meeting in Warsaw on April 22nd, Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna discussed the European security situation, preparations for the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit and other current issues in the European Union and NATO. They also discussed bilateral relations and further development of regional cooperation, reported BC the Estonian MFA.
On 23 April 2015, the EU Heads of State and Government met in Brussels at the emergency European Council, where they agreed on joint action to prevent the massive losses of refugees' lives and to provide support to Member States having to cope with the stream of refugees, reported BC press secretary to the Latvian Prime Minister Aiva Rozenberga.
Citadele Banka’s regulatory capital increased by approximately another 9 million euros additionally to the EUR 10 million invested in the bank’s capital by the EBRD and Citadele’s new shareholders. Thus the shareholders have increased Citadele Banka’s regulatory capital by almost EUR 19 million within a short time period, reported BC bank’s press service.
On 22-23 April 2015, during the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council, the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture hosted a meeting of the Expert Group on Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) in Riga, reports BC ministry’s press service.
As the implementation of the project Support to the Civil Service Modernisation in the Republic of Moldova in Line with EU Best Practices of the EU Twinning Programme gathers momentum, an opening conference was held in Chisinau on 16 April 2015, reports LETA/ELTA.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, who is currently attending an extraordinary European Council meeting in Brussels, says that all border member-states of the European Union (EU) face illegal immigration problems, reports LETA/ELTA.
Dr Jonas Milius, Director of Lithuania's State Food and Veterinary Service (VMVT), says that Norway's salmon consignment which was stuck at the border with Russia and now is returned back to Lithuania should have been checked more carefully in Lithuania, re[orts LETA/ELTA.