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Saturday, 28.05.2016, 07:03
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.
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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.
The number of nights visitors spent at Riga's hotels and other tourist facilities in the first quarter of 2016 rose by 15% against the same period a year ago to 416,956 nights, the Riga Tourism Development Bureau's representative Anna Blaua told LETA.
Regardless of highly developed technology infrastructure, Latvia is the second worst performing country in the EU in integration of digital technology, according to the European Commission's Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), cites LETA.
Vilnius University (VU) professor Virginijus Šikšnys is the first Lithuanian scientist invited to become an Associate Member of European Molecular Biology Organization – an association uniting and promoting excellence elite scholars of life sciences.
Vilniaus Prekyba, the owner of Lithuania's grocery chain Maxima, the drugstore chain Eurovaistine and the DIY-chain Ermitazas, posted 3.17 billion euros in consolidated revenue, not including VAT, for 2015, up 3.7% from 3.06 billion euros in 2015, informs LETA/BNS.
Cooperation between the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe strengthens the protection of Europe's basic values, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said when presenting Estonia's Council of Europe chairmanship priorities at the Permanent Council of the OSCE, informs LETA/BNS.
Enterprise Estonia (EAS) is not planning to adopt the "Just Estonishing" branding concept put forward for free by the Dutch national Peter Kentie, managing director of the city and region of Eindhoven and an e-resident of Estonia, finding that the concept does not enable to market the country well enough outside the English-speaking world, informs LETA/BNS.
Estonia's Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal supports the proposal of the Commissioner responsible for the EU digital single market, Andrus Ansip, to do away with geoblocking in the union, since it would ensure access for Estonians to e-commerce all over the European Union, informs LETA/BNS.
Estonia's Justice Minister Urmas Reinsalu and the president of Eurojust, Michele Coninsx, in their meeting in Tallinn on May 26th discussed matters of international justice cooperation, informs LETA/BNS.
The Estonian government has approved a bill of amendments to the Aliens Act, informs LETA, according to which foreigners would be allowed to temporarily work in Estonia for up to 9 months a year.
The upcoming referendum on Great Britain's further membership in the European Union (EU), the outcome of which is not known, is a cause for concern, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said during his visit to Riga yesterday, cites LETA.
New publication by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs assesses new tendencies in Latvia-US relations
Experts, who have authored the new collection of articles on Latvian-US relations, offered by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, not only highlight both countries’ strategic cooperation on security issues but also call for greater attention to economics and the role of the diaspora. The publication assesses the achievements of the last four years and offers recommendations for the future. The new book will be freely available at the presentation and expert discussion taking place on May 26 at the hotel Bergs, as well as online.
Innovation Deals, a new pilot scheme launched by the European Commission on May 26th, aim to help innovators with promising solutions to environmental issues to navigate regulatory challenges to bringing their ideas to market.
EU Commission tells Lithuania and Latvia to amend laws regulating farmland purchases or face lawsuit
The European Commission has officially demanded that Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia amend their legislation regulating purchases of agricultural land, arguing that they restrict free movement of capital and the freedom of doing business, warning that it might take the above countries to the Court of Justice of the European Union, informs LETA.