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Monday, 09.12.2013, 00:43
European Parliament members are afraid that building Rail Baltica may fail due to extra conditions presented by the Lithuanian government, LETA/Estonian Public Broadcasting reports.
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As of 6:00 CET December 5, Nord Stream has successfully completed the final 30-day test of the pipeline system, informed BC Nord Stream’s press service.
The European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, working with police in Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Spain, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, have taken down a criminal network of Latvian payment card fraudsters and arrested eight key members of the group, informs LETA.
Former German ambassador presents National Library with 19th century Latvian translations of the Bible06.12.2013
Germany's first ambassador to Latvia after the restoration of independence, Hagen von der Wenge Graf Lambsdorff on Wednesday presented to the Latvian Ambassador to Germany Elita Kuzma two Latvian translations of the Bible, dated first half of the 19th century, as his family's gift to the Latvian nation, as the Latvian Embassy in Berlin informed LETA.
The resignation of Prime Minister of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis (Unity) in the wake of the supermarket tragedy will not impact his reputation in Europe, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in an interview on Latvian Radio, informs LETA.
Yesterday, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics took part in the meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Kiev. The minister delivered an address and met with the Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erland Idrissov and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel Ze'ev Elkin, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry's press and information department.
Forbes Magazine has ranked world's top 25 countries to do business in and ranked Lithuania 25th, right behind Germany. Estonia is ranked even higher – 23rd and Latvia is placed 35th, informs LETA/ELTA.
Yesterday, European Union foreign ministers, including Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Reform Party), met with Ukrainian opposition leaders in Kiev and urged them to solve the tense situation in the country through dialogue.
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite met with members of the Council of Presidents of the European business confederation BusinessEurope. The meeting which brought together representatives of major European industrial federations from 35 countries focused on ways to promote business development and economic growth in Europe, improve industrial competitiveness and intensify trade with third countries, in particular with the Unites States of America and Japan, informed BC presidential press service.
On Wednesday in Vilnius, Political Director of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Dalius Cekuolis met with the British, French and German Ambassadors to discuss an interim agreement on Iran's nuclear programme that has been reached in Geneva, infomed BC the MFA.
At the beginning of December, the retail price for 95 octane gas in Latvia was EUR 1,300.14 per 1,000 liters – the fifth lowest price in the European Union, according to the European Commission's data on fuel prices in the EU. Estonia registered the third lowest price, informs LETA.
The number of European Union residents exposed to the risk of poverty and social exclusion increased last year, reaching almost 125 million, according to the EU statistical bureau Eurostat data, informs LETA/Nozare.lv.
The largest European Union research and innovation program Horizon 2020 was presented to participants of the ongoing Innovation Forum Innovation Drift, taking place in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius; the budget of the program for 2014-2020 period is expected to reach approximately EUR 80 billion, reports LETA/ELTA, referring to eu2013.lt.
As Lithuania's Presidency of the EU Council is drawing to a close, President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with ambassadors of the 22 EU member states residing in our country. The meeting focused on the results of the Presidency, the work done, and top priority issues on the EU political agenda, informed BC presidential press service.
Winter cruise season in Tallinn was opened on Friday November 29th by Fred Olsen ship Black Watch that brings about 700 British cruise tourists to the capital of Estonia. This season, Tallinn expects 7 winter cruise calls together with other special winter holiday travels, reports BC Port of Tallinn’s marketing specialist Triin Rum.