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Estonian state-owned power grid company Elering announced that it signed a financing agreement with the European Commission, according to which the European Union finances the construction of the third Estonian-Latvian electricity connection with 112 million euros, informs LETA.
A memorandum of understanding and loan agreement on macro-financial aid to Ukraine in the amount of EUR 1.8 billion was signed during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga today, reports LETA.
The Latvian airline airBaltic will replace Air Lituanica flights and rescue the stranded passengers, affected by today’s suspension of operations of the Lithuanian carrier, reported BC Janis Vanags.
On May 20th 2015, the Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Simasius and the Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin participated in the ceremony of the “Step challenge” awards hosted by the Embassy of Sweden to Lithuania, informed BC the municipality.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held "friendly and constructive" debt talks with the leaders of France and Germany on May 21st, but gave no sign of a breakthrough ahead of a crucial June deadline, writes AFP/LETA.
Lithuania has been recognized as one of the leaders in the EU for growth in innovation in a new European Commission report. The report, called the Innovation Union Scoreboard, uses 25 different indicators to compare the capacity for innovation of different EU member states. It identified Lithuania as a rapidly developing business location for research and development, informed BC the Invest Lithuania.
Over the course of one year, Council of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks has visited Ukraine four times, and Russia once, establishing violations in both countries, reports LETA.
According to a rough draft of the EaP Riga Summit Declaration /Communique/ that LETA has seen, the participating states intend to state their resolve to heighten the "business dimension" of the Partnership, and improve the mutual business environment to benefit "local, regional, Europe's small and midsize companies."
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite is attending the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga. During the two-day event, the president together with other EU leaders and representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will discuss the achievements within the framework of the EU's Eastern Partnership programme and its policy agenda for the future, reported BC the press service of the Lithuanian president.
Georgia wants to hear unified and clear support for the Eastern Partnership policy from the European Union's (EU) member states, according to Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, who made the statement during a meeting with Latvian President Andris Berzins yesterday.
President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite together with Finland’s former President Tarja Halonen unveiled sculpture “Suomis” in Vilnius. At the unveiling ceremony, the President underlined that this sculpture was a symbol of close friendship between Lithuania and Finland, reports BC presidential press service.
The Eastern Partnership was launched in 2009, as a joint initiative between the European Union (EU) and six Eastern European and South Caucasus partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, reports BC Eurostat Press Office.
On the final day of his visit to Kazakhstan, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius has met with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. The meeting has talked over development of bilateral economic relations as well as existing agreements and opportunities, including the designation of the Sun (Saule) Container Train as the official carrier of Expo 2017, reported BC governmental press service.
The Eastern Partnership Media Conference in Riga agrees on support for media freedom and independence
On 19-20 May 2015, Riga hosted the 1st Eastern Partnership (EaP) Media Conference, which is one of events taking place in the lead-up to the Fourth Eastern Partnership Summit. The conference brought together over 400 participants, informs LETA.