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Tuesday, 26.05.2015, 12:29
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According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), in the 1st quarter of 2015 there were 360.5 thsd visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments, which is 3.4% more than in the 1st quarter of 2014.
The Russian Railways is negotiating to restore the train service between Tallinn and Moscow with a route via St Petersburg, Delfi reports, citing Russian Federal Passenger Company (FPC) Director General Mikhail Akulov.
A Dutch company will lift the sunken An-2 airplane from the bottom of the Baltic Sea, Lithuanian Transport and Communications Minister Rimantas Sinkevicius announced on Monday, reports LETA/ELTA.
CJSC Belarusian Oil Company plans to acquire Woodison Terminal Ltd., one of the companies operating at the Freeport of Riga, according to the TV3 show "Neka Personiga", cites LETA.
According to the provisional data of Statistics Lithuania, in I quarter 2015, accommodation establishments received 415.5 thousand guests, or by 5.1% more than in the same quarter of 2014. The number of tourists from the EU countries totalled 106 thousand (by 18.2% more than in the same quarter of 2014), from non-EU countries – 103.5 thousand (by 14.9% less).
Featured last night on the LTV1 news magazine "De facto" was Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, who declared that Russia wants "normal relations with the Baltic States, and to revive the dialogue", reports LETA.
The Eastern Partnership Summit's declaration in Riga has condemned the annexation of Crimea. The summit's declaration includes a reference to the ''illegal annexation of Crimea'', and confirms support towards ''Ukraine's territorial integrity'', informs LETA.
The priority of the European Union (EU), as part of its cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries, will be energy and transport, this according to President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, during a press conference in Riga on May 22nd, reports LETA.
On May 22nd, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, met with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry.
According to Statistics Estonia, 4,637 persons emigrated from Estonia and 3,904 persons immigrated to Estonia in 2014. The volume of emigration was 30% smaller than in the previous three years.
Today, the 4th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit – a high-level meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the EU countries and six partner countries organised within the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union – ended in Riga with the adoption of the Summit Declaration. This envisages ever-closer cooperation between the EU and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, reported BC press secretary to Latvian Prime Minister Aiva Rozenberga.
In January-April 2015, the overall cargo handling in the Baltic Eastern Coast Seaports totalled 123 776,4 thou. tn; the year-on-year change is +0.7% or +897,5 thou. tn, reports BC Klaipeda port’s press service.
Implementation of free trade agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine tops the Eastern Partnership agenda
In Riga, President Dalia Grybauskaite together with other EU leaders and representatives of the Eastern Partnership countries outlined further guidelines for the EU’s Eastern Partnership policy. The participants underlined that this policy was based on common interests and obligations to strengthen democracy, reaffirm the rule of law principle, promote human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as the norms and principles of international law.
On 22 May 2015, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with the Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, who is leading the delegation of Belarus at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, reports BC the Latvian MFA.