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Saturday, 28.05.2016, 05:04
Latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, at the beginning of 2016 in Latvia there were 1 million 969 thousand residents. In 2015, population number reduced by 0.86% or 17.1 thousand persons, while in 2014 population number declined by 0.77% or 15.4 thousand.
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Russia will extend the embargo on food imports from the EU member states and other countries until the end of 2017, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on May 27th, cites Interfax/LETA.
The number of nights visitors spent at Riga's hotels and other tourist facilities in the first quarter of 2016 rose by 15% against the same period a year ago to 416,956 nights, the Riga Tourism Development Bureau's representative Anna Blaua told LETA.
Vilniaus Prekyba, the owner of Lithuania's grocery chain Maxima, the drugstore chain Eurovaistine and the DIY-chain Ermitazas, posted 3.17 billion euros in consolidated revenue, not including VAT, for 2015, up 3.7% from 3.06 billion euros in 2015, informs LETA/BNS.
Cooperation between the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe strengthens the protection of Europe's basic values, Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said when presenting Estonia's Council of Europe chairmanship priorities at the Permanent Council of the OSCE, informs LETA/BNS.
In 2015, the amount of new direct investments in Europe has grown with 5,083 new direct investment projects implemented in Europe, which is by 14% more than in 2014, creating 217,666 new workplaces, up 17% year-on-year, according to the annual EY Europe Attractiveness Survey, informs LETA.
New publication by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs assesses new tendencies in Latvia-US relations
Experts, who have authored the new collection of articles on Latvian-US relations, offered by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, not only highlight both countries’ strategic cooperation on security issues but also call for greater attention to economics and the role of the diaspora. The publication assesses the achievements of the last four years and offers recommendations for the future. The new book will be freely available at the presentation and expert discussion taking place on May 26 at the hotel Bergs, as well as online.
Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand on May 25th discussed the future of the European Union and preparations for the upcoming NATO Warsaw Summit at a meeting with her U.K. counterpart Philip Hammond in London, reports LETA/BNS.
Latvia at present is planning development of a new logistics park in Salaspils near Riga to link the Russian railway and European railway lines, Transport Minister Uldis Augulis (Greens/Farmers) reported at Astana Economic Forum on May 25th, cites LETA.
Past crises seem like small headaches compared to the challenges the European Union is facing today, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said speaking at the Stanford University on May 23rd, cites LETA/BNS.
Latvian MFA: release of Savchenko clear proof that collective effort by the international community works
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics wrote in his Twitter account today that the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadyia Savchenko is clear proof that collective effort by the international community works, informs LETA.
Since the establishment of BAA Training’s Ab Initio School in 2011, the company has welcomed twelve students from Ukraine for various airplane and helicopter pilot license training courses in Lithuania. Over the years, Ukrainian students have carved their way to Lithuanian aviation school, which is then followed by the successful employment at the companies of their home country or abroad.
A new recording provided by the Latvia authorities, as well as satellite pictures from NASA related to the 2010 Smolensk air tragedy could help Polish investigators shed more light into the catastrophe, the Polish Radio reports, cites LETA/BNS.
According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) in the 1st quarter of 2016 more than 366.0 thsd visitors stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments, which is 1.6% more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. As compared to the 1st quarter of 2015, the number of foreign visitors grew by 2.5%, and the number of nights spent increased by 7.6%.
On May 24th, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius discussed the issue of Belarus nuclear power plant (NPP) in Ostrovets during the telephone conversation with Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union, reported BC the Lithuanian MFA.