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Monday, 25.05.2015, 20:31
According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), in the 1st quarter of 2015 there were 360.5 thsd visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments, which is 3.4% more than in the 1st quarter of 2014.
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As of December 31, 2014, the Economy Ministry in Latvia squandered EUR 1,316,647 for Latvia's planned participation in the international fair trade "Expo Milano 2015", reports LETA, according to the State Audit Office's findings.
According to Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius, Lithuania's capital in essence remains without roundtrip flights after airline Air Lituanica terminated its activities. A special flight promotion fund should be created in order to attract new air carriers to Vilnius, reports LETA/ELTA.
After reviewing the EU Latvian Presidency's budget expenditures, the State Audit Office concluded that ministries keep using these funds for other purposes, according to Auditor General Elita Krumina, cites LETA.
A Dutch company will lift the sunken An-2 airplane from the bottom of the Baltic Sea, Lithuanian Transport and Communications Minister Rimantas Sinkevicius announced on Monday, reports LETA/ELTA.
The average price of electricity in Latvia could reduce 5-7% in 2016, this according to CEO of Latvenergo Aris Zigurs in an interview with the LNT show "900 sekundes" today, cites LETA/Nozare.lv.
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Estonia's long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) at 'A+'; the outlooks are stable, reports LETA.
The Latvian airline airBaltic will improve connections between Riga and Poprad, Slovakia, by doubling flight frequency. Also airBaltic will launch a new direct route from Warsaw, Poland, linking the city with Poprad, Slovakia. This will offer convenient connections between the cities and beyond to destinations in the Baltic region, Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS countries, informs BC Janis Vanags.
Latvia wishes to develop and build a regular political dialogue with Qatar, taking into account that in 2016, twenty years will have passed since the establishment of diplomatic relations, said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) during a meeting with the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar, Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah.
According to the provisional data of Statistics Lithuania, in I quarter 2015, accommodation establishments received 415.5 thousand guests, or by 5.1% more than in the same quarter of 2014. The number of tourists from the EU countries totalled 106 thousand (by 18.2% more than in the same quarter of 2014), from non-EU countries – 103.5 thousand (by 14.9% less).
Featured last night on the LTV1 news magazine "De facto" was Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, who declared that Russia wants "normal relations with the Baltic States, and to revive the dialogue", reports LETA.
"The revival of historically significant Silk Road is a solid enhancement of transport, trade and other fields of cooperation between Asia and Europe. The challenges and possibilities of the new century allow extending geographically the New Silk Road and comprise such new section as the Baltic Sea region," at the 8th Astana Economic Forum underlined Rimantas Linkevicius, Lithuanian minister of transport and communications, reports BC the Ministry.
The Eastern Partnership Summit's declaration in Riga has condemned the annexation of Crimea. The summit's declaration includes a reference to the ''illegal annexation of Crimea'', and confirms support towards ''Ukraine's territorial integrity'', informs LETA.
On May 22nd, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, welcoming him in Riga after re-election to the post. L. Straujuma expressed gratitude to D. Cameron for the UK support to the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and informed about the most important tasks to be performed during the presidency – the Strategic Investment Plan, work on the Digital Agenda, the European Security Strategy and other issues.
The priority of the European Union (EU), as part of its cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries, will be energy and transport, this according to President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, during a press conference in Riga on May 22nd, reports LETA.