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Tuesday, 06.10.2015, 17:47
Every fifth resident in Latvia, or 21%, have purchased illegal alcohol, cigarettes or gasoline the past year, according to a survey by SKDS, cites LETA.
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The illegal cigarette market in Latvia is at around 30% at the moment, the head of the State Revenue Service's Customs Criminal Department Edijs Ceipe informed LETA.
Lithuania is moving from the post-Soviet to European electricity transmission system and Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius says claims that Russia and Belarus will incur damages are nothing but interpretations. The prime minister says Lithuania is not considering paying compensations to Russia and Belarus in relation to the change of BRELL agreement terms, informs LETA/ELTA.
Allegedly Russia might want to submit a bill to the Baltic countries in case they leave the common power grid, which Estonian power grid Elering says cannot be done, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Belarus and Latvia must strengthen their political dialogue, according to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, cites BELTA/LETA.
A specialized prosecutor's office for organized crime has decided to pursue criminal prosecution regarding possible misappropriation of assets in the so-called Latvijas Krajbanka (Krajbanka) case.
After a meeting with Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov on October 2nd, Latvian Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss confirmed that Russia has not made any restriction on transit cargo through Latvia, and that the rumors expressed in the media are false, reports LETA.
The Baltic Assembly's (BA) Economics, Energy and Innovations Committee and the Natural Resources and Environment Committee have convened in Kaunas. The first topic of the meeting was the impact of Russia's embargo on the economics of the Baltic States, writes LETA/ELTA.
On October 1st, in Kraslava Region in Latvia, 28 Iraqi citizens were detained for illegal border crossing, LETA was informed by the State Border Guard.
Taking into account that the European markets, including metallurgical markets, are saturated, expanding economic cooperation with the United States carries great importance, as Liepaja Mayor Uldis Sesks said during a meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Nancy Pettit on October 2nd, cites LETA.
According to the EU basic law, tourism is a Union’s supporting and coordinating activity. It means that in the EU, tourism is the member states’ internal affair. However, some statistics is important to see the trends in European tourism. Thus, almost all tourists in the EU are the Union’s residents; tourists from outside the EU account for only around 10% of the total.
According to Lithuanian president's chief advisor on foreign affairs Renaldas Vaisbrodas, member-states of the European Union are rather unanimous about reforming the United Nations (UN) organisation and abolishing the veto right in the UN Security Council, informs LETA/ELTA.
On 27 September, during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkevics, met with the United States Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Richard Stengel, to discuss the matters of strategic communications, informed BC the Latvian MFA.
On 27 September, during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkevics, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, to discuss cooperation between Latvia and Belarus and also between the EU and Belarus, reported BC the Latvian MFA.
On 24 and 25 September, resident and non-resident Heads of Mission accredited to Latvia went on the annual Ambassadorial trip to a particular region of the Latvian countryside. The trip was organised by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovics, reported BC the Latvian MFA.