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Thursday, 29.01.2015, 00:12
The Latvian capital Riga has been nominated as one of 20 cities competing for being named Europe’s top travel destination in the annual European Best Destination awards 2015.
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Lithuanian Railways (AB Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai) is analysing electric locomotives currently available on the market and is consulting with manufacturers. Some of them, like Siemens (Germany) and Skoda (the Czech Republic), have already introduced their products. Meetings are planned with manufacturers from France, Poland and other countries, reports LETA/ELTA.
The number of Russian tourists visiting Latvia last year reduced by 6% when compared to 2013, reports LETA, according to statistics from the Economy Ministry and the Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA).
Due to a deterioration of the situation in Ukraine, both Latvian President Andris Berzins and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto expressed support today towards strengthening sanctions against Russia, reports LETA.
A new version of the EU Transparency Register is being launched at the end of January 2015, following joint work by the European Commission and the European Parliament. It is the so-called “second generation” of the Register and it implements the provisions of the revised inter-institutional agreement between the European Parliament and the European Commission signed in April 2014.
The European Commission has required that Klaipeda Port would terminate the privilege to lease land to companies without a tendering procedure if a company has purchased buildings or other structural objects, reports LETA/ELTA.
Latvia is ranked 37th in terms of economic freedom worldwide, according to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom by the "Heritage Foundation" think tank and "The Wall Street Journal".
Estonian domestic electricity consumption increased by 1% to 8.1 terawatt-hours in 2014; electricity consumption growth was caused by the slightly cooler autumn and winter period, Estonian main grid company Elering announced, cites LETA.
For the summer season, the Latvian national airline airBaltic will launch its third direct route from Tallinn, Estonia, linking the city with Vienna, Austria, and significantly strengthening its position in the Baltic region, reports BC Janis Vanags.
The government decided in principle yesterday that Latvia would keep its status of the European Space Agency's (ESA) European Cooperating State for the next five-year period, but the required funding is yet to be allocated, reports LETA.
European Union leaders have tasked their foreign ministers to consider tough new sanctions against Russia when they meet Thursday in response to a bloody upsurge in fighting blamed on Moscow, reports LETA/AFP.
As member-states of the European Union have finally blessed the Liliputas, a Lithuanian semi-hard cheese, from now on it will be possible to sell it with a protected geographical indication logo, informs LETA/ELTA.
International tourist arrivals reached 1,138 million in 2014, a 4.7% increase over the previous year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. For 2015, UNWTO forecasts international tourism to grow by 3% to 4%, further contributing to the global economic recovery, reported BC senior media officer of UNWTO Marcelo Risi.
Latvia will not participate in ''World Expo 2015'' in Milan this year, the government decided today, cites LETA.
Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications Rimantas Sinkevicius and Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Kvirikashvili discussed bilateral cooperation opportunities in the transport area, reports LETA/ELTA.