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Friday, 27.03.2015, 00:26
According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, in 2014, the Estonian general government surplus was 0.6% and the gross debt level was 10.6% of the gross domestic product.
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One of the Commission’s a priority is to create a Digital Single Market. However, there are some obstacles to remove in order to boost growth and create jobs in the sector. The College of Commissioners has had a first discussion on the EU Digital Strategy to be unveiled in May, and set out the main areas to focus on triggering real changes for consumers and businesses.
Health Minister Guntis Belevics (Greens/Farmers) intends to use the Health Ministry's Latvian Health Platform to reduce the percentage of the population who smoke and (ab)use alcohol or drugs to 1% by 2065, reports LETA.
According to the Council Regulation (EU) No 390/2014 of 14 April 2014 establishing the ‘Europe for Citizens’ program for the period 2015-20, the Commission invites interested parties to take part in projects reflecting citizens views on Europe, as well as WW-II remembrance and debating the Europe’s future.
Main EU’s strategic economic partners, e.g. Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia, and the United States, maintain a variety of barriers that significantly hinder international trade and investment opportunities for EU companies.
The average life expectancy rate in Lithuania is among the lowest in Europe. Strengthening and protecting the health of the population is a strategic goal of the state and local authorities. Municipalities, which are responsible for public health promotion and monitoring, received over EUR 3.77 million (LTL 13 million) in 2014 for the implementation of this function, informs LETA/ELTA.
Companies will have access to EUR 80 million for modernization purposes as part of the European Union's (EU) funding program for the period until 2020, the Economy Ministry informed LETA.
For the summer season, starting on March 29, the Latvian national airline airBaltic has introduced nine new routes and improved its schedule of flights linking the Baltic region with Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS, reports BC Janis Vanags.
Excise goods, especially cigarettes, currently make up the largest proportion of contraband goods, Martins Kalnins, Deputy Director of Customs Police Department, said in an interview with Latvian Radio, cites LETA.
The EU and United States will likely miss a year-end target in 2015 to seal the world's biggest-ever free trade deal, said current European president Latvia on March 25, informs LETA/AFP.
Last week in Gdansk (Poland), the director of the company Rail Baltica Statyba Dainius Budrys received the Baltic Trendsetters Club Certificate granted for creativity, perseverance and exceptional and courageous projects on the transport market. The certificate acknowledged the company's contribution to setting up a joint venture of the three Baltic States – RB Rail, reported BC Lithuania's Ministry of Transport and Communications.
At the informal discussion of the EU Trade Ministers on 24-25 March in Riga, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Rolandas Krisciunas underlined that trade policy must serve business and society, the Ministry reported BC.
The European Union (EU) plans to lend Ukraine EUR 1.8 billion to help plug its short-term balance of payments gap were approved by MEPs on Wednesday, reports LETA/ELTA.
Latvia came under about 400 cyber attacks in 2014, said State Police Chief Ints Kuzis during European Police College (CEPOL) conference on cyber crimes in Jurmala on March 25, reports LETA.
Starting 12 November 2015, planes flying in the Estonian airspace can abandon the existing fixed corridors, and begin to fly faster and more economically, LETA/Eesti Ekspress reports.