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Thursday, 27.11.2014, 22:38
Lithuanian state-owned Lietuvos energija and EPSO-G will most likely not bid for the Germany-registered E.ON Ruhrgas International's stake in Latvijas Gaze gas supply company, reports LETA/ELTA, referring to Verslo zinios.
Keyword tags: Energy, EU – Baltic States, Gas, Latvia, Legislation, Lithuania
Estonia's first e-resident will be British journalist and columnist Edward Lucas, Minister of Internal Affairs Hanno Pevkur said on Thursday at the government press conference, LETA/Delfi reports.
When starting his official visit to Georgia yesterday, Latvian President Andris Berzins emphasized that this visit was a testimony of the friendship and mutual understanding that has developed between the two peoples and countries, LETA was informed by the Presidential Press Service.
In its official website, the daily UK broadsheet Telegraph has recommended the Christmas market in Vilnius for holiday makers and Christmas enthusiasts, reports LETA/ELTA.
The UNESCO intangible cultural heritage committee decided in it session in Paris to include the smoke sauna customs of the South East Estonian Võrumaa region in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
On 26 November, in Tbilisi, during the official visit to Georgia of the President of Latvia, Andris Bērziņš, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkevics met with the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Tamar Beruchashvili. Edgars Rinkevics congratulated Tamar Beruchashvili as Foreign Minister and expressed his support for the progress made by Georgia in the area of integration with Euro-Atlantic structures and the implementation of reforms, informed BC the Latvian MFA.
According to the latest report from the European Travel Commission, the number of foreign tourists visiting Latvia increased by 18.9% in the first nine months of the year 2014 when compared to the same period last year, which was the second largest increase in Europe, reports LETA.
Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) believes that the EUR 300 billion investment program put forward by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker is a valuable opportunity for Latvia, LETA was informed by Straujuma's spokeswoman Signe Znotina-Znota.
Latvian citizens allegedly brought people from the Baltic States to Great Britain forcing them into labor for wages as low as GBP 1 per week, according to evidence presented in a British court, cites BBC/LETA.
Latvia needs investments in transport and energy infrastructure that will increase the country's competitiveness, according Latvia released along with the European Commission's investment plan today, reports DPA/LETA.
Peikko Group, from Lahti, Finland, has set up a new factory in Lithuania, Invest Lithuania informs BC.
Latvia has submitted its updated next year's budget plan to the European Commission and Eurogroup.
On 25 November, Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius started a two day working visit to the Czech Republic and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomir Zaoralek to discuss bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade and security, and geopolitical situation in neighbouring countries, reported BC Lithuanian MFA.
According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Lithuania is ranked 40 among 166 countries in the annual Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Development Index 2014. Meanwhile, Latvia is ranked 33rd and Estonia – 21st, informs LETA/ELTA.
The government approved a new strategy to improve the business environment in 2014 and 2015 – while the strategy has no overarching goal, the government has decided that it should achieve a higher position for Latvia in the World Bank's "Doing Business" index, ahead of Estonia and Lithuania, as Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) told reporters after the government's meeting, cites LETA.