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Friday, 06.12.2013, 11:42
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.
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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.
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.
Though facing thousands of protesters, Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych is knocking at the door of the European Commission and asking to receive his delegation, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said she did not think that the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union could be signed in the short run, informs LETA/ELTA.
Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are seen as the world's most corrupt countries while Denmark and New Zealand are nearly squeaky-clean, graft watchdog Transparency International said in a survey Tuesday, informs LETA/AFP.
If German company E.ON Ruhrgas International GmbH (E.ON Ruhrgas) decides to sell its shares in Latvian gas supply company joint-stock Latvijas gaze (LG), then the state possibly becoming a shareholder will be discussed as a reserve option, Economy Minister Daniels Pavluts told the daily business newspaper Dienas Bizness, informs LETA/Nozare.lv.
The growing glow of the cargos to the Eastern countries and the extended motor transports queues near the border are responsible for the increased demand for the railways, informs LETA/ELTA.
Rail Baltica is one of the underlying projects of the Europe's railways which will connect Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Kaunas and Warsaw. The Lithuanian Railways is responsible for the implementation of the project Rail Baltica in the Lithuania's territory, informs LETA/ELTA, referring to Siauliu naujienos.
Latvia has achieved remarkable progress in the promotion of naturalisation process, reducing the number of non-citizens from 29 % (730 000) in 1995 to 13.3 % (290 510) in July 2013. According to statistical data of 1 July 2013, 83.6 % of Latvia’s population are Latvian citizens, informs Latvia’s MFA.
Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius rejects fears of businessmen that the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal built in Klaipeda would become only an alternative channel to supply gas and it would not reduce gas price. The head of the Government also reveals that gas supply and its price is under negotiations not only with Russia-based Gazprom, but also with suppliers from Asia, informs LETA/ELTA.
Due to events in Kiev, Valery Zhovtenko, Ukraine's Ambassador to Lithuania, was summoned to Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, informs LETA/ELTA.
At several meetings and conferences within the framework of Eastern Partnership (Vilnius, Lithuania, 28 November 2013), European Commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy and the Commission’s President reviewed the present state-of-art in enlargement as well as underlined challenges and perspectives.
Russia has delayed its plans not to acknowledge TIR Carnets since 1 December 2013. Russian Federal Customs Service has informed the Russian Association of International Road Transport Carriers (ASMAP) that it has extended the agreement to 1 June 2014, informs LETA/ELTA.
Road carriers now have a choice – to spend long nights at the border checkpoints or to make use of the new railway service and to transport their semi-trailer trucks to Belarus significantly faster. The new project of Lithuanian Railways (AB Lietuvos Geležinkeliai) and Belarus Railways has been symbolically named Nemunas, LETA/ELTA informs, referring to Lithuanian Railways.
Latvian President Andris Berzins met with recently elected Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili on the sidelines of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on Friday, LETA was informed by the Presidential Press Service.