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Tuesday, 31.05.2016, 08:55
One should not harbor any illusions about quick progress in finalizing the intergovernmental agreement between the three Baltic States about the European-gauge railway project, Rail Baltica project, the Latvian Transport Ministry official said on the public Latvian Radio today, cites LETA.
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The sanctions that were introduced in September 2015 against a number of Russian and other foreign journalists, including from Latvia and Estonia, were revoked by a Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council resolution on May 20, informs INTERFAX/LETA.
As France follows the German example of demanding that foreign carriers in their territories should be paid the same wages as local ones, the Lithuanian association of road carriers, Linava, maintains it undermines the competition of Eastern European companies, informs LETA/BNS.
International credit ratings agency Standard&Poor’s (S&P) has affirmed Latvia's A-/A-2 long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings. The outlook is stable, LETA learned from the Finance Ministry.
On 27 May, the participants of the 20th FICIL and Latvian government High Council Meeting agreed that this year’s priorities are sustainable economic development, justice and the rule of law, the availability of workforce and education, and efforts to counter the informal economy. The participants of the 20th meeting discussed progress in the implementation of priorities so far and expressed their readiness to continue the dialogue in 2017, reported BC PM’s press service.
Steps have been taken this year to establish in Turkey the first Latvian Society and the week-end school for Latvian children, the Latvian embassy in Turkey announced LETA.
Speaking about the priorities of the Estonian chairmanship of the Council of Europe at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on May 27th, Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said that Estonia will add also a digital dimension to its chairmanship, cites LETA/BNS.
While low economic growth remains of cause for concern, it is necessary to keep the annual growth in the average wage close to 6% because a lower growth than that would wipe off the hope to ever catch up with the European average wage, trade unions in Estonia say, cites LETA/BNS.
Latvia’s BMX racer, two-time Olympic gold medalist, Maris Strombergs on May 28th won bronze at the BMX World Championships, informs LETA.
Revising Latvia’s national report on human rights situation, Kenya has voiced concerns about the large number of stateless people in Latvia, according to the working group’s on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council review of Latvia's national human rights report, cites LETA.
The Customs Police under the Latvian State Revenue Service has uncovered a major contraband scheme involving luxury cars from Russia, and officials of the Latvian Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSSD) might have helped to cover up the illegalities, informs LETA, according to unofficial information obtained by the public Latvian Television (LTV).
In their meeting in Tallinn on May 27th, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hannelore Kraft, stressed the importance of unity of Europe, reports LETA/BNS.
Russia will extend the embargo on food imports from the EU member states and other countries until the end of 2017, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on May 27th, cites Interfax/LETA.
Estonian Finance Minister Sven Sester, who was on a visit in Kazakhstani capital city Astana, said that Estonia could be a potential logistics partner for Kazakhstan in transporting goods from China to the Scandinavia, informs LETA/BNS.