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Friday, 29.04.2016, 00:50
According to an analysis drawn up by news site Politico, Estonia ranks 21st based on the country's influence among 33 countries that are European Union members or membership candidates, informs LETA/BNS.
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The government does not plan to support the state-owned railway infrastructure company Estonian Railways from the state budget to compensate for the fall in transit traffic, because the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has sufficient resources of its own, Finance Minister Sven Sester said on April 27th, cites LETA/BNS.
Moldova's government has to be given a chance to carry out reforms that are necessary in the country, which is facing political, economic and financial difficulties, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, on a visit to Chisinau, said on April 27th, cites LETA/BNS.
The date of tests of isolated operations of the Baltic electricity system should be set in a year. CEO Lithuania's power transmission system operator Litgrid says testing operations without importing electricity from neighboring states is necessary for synchronization with continental Europe, informs LETA/BNS.
Austria's AMIC Energy Management has taken over the chain of filling stations in Lithuania operated by the Russian oil concern Lukoil, informs LETA/BNS.
The new CEO of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov has expressed interest in promoting ''economically justified cooperation'' with Latvian partners, but added that state guarantees are also very important in business cooperation, the CEO of Latvian Railways (Latvian Railways, LDz) Edvins Berzins said after a meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow.
Remembering the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in the former Soviet Union, 125 people from Latvia who took part in rescue works in the wake of the disaster received special commemorative badges in a ceremony at the Interior Ministry on April 26th, cites LETA.
The Latvian National Electronic Mass Media Council by deciding to impose a six-month ban on Russian television channel Rossiya RTR in Latvia's territory does not want to achieve that the TV channel is not watched in Latvia, but that the TV channel is punished for its violations, said the broadcasting watchdog’s chairman Aija Dulevska, informs LETA.
Yevgeny Mataitis, a Lithuanian citizen sentenced by a Russian court to 13 years in prison for spying, will not appeal the ruling, Lithuania's ambassador to Moscow said, cites LETA/BNS.
Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2015, 6.8 mln foreign travellers visited Latvia, which is 9.5% more than in 2014. Last year foreign travellers spent EUR 742.2 mln in Latvia (excluding transport costs), which is EUR 73.7 mln or 11% more than in 2014.
The Commission prepared a package of legal drafts concerning the most pressing challenges the EU as a whole presently faces, i.e. security, migration and Ukraine. First of all, the package aims at more coordinated and more “unified” security policy: in Commission’s words, “we need to move towards a genuine and effective Security Union”.
Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) Urmas Viilma announced on Monday a fundraising campaign to support the bankrupt St. Alexander's congregation of Narva and salvage its assets, informs LETA/BNS.
Petras Austrevicius, a Lithuanian member of the European Parliament who took part in a discussion on the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Minsk on April 22nd, says that the political opposition in Belarus is "at a loss" as the government is pushing the project forward and expects help and advice from Europe, informs LETA/BNS.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed amendments to the government’s decree, providing that haulers representing several countries, including Latvia and Lithuania, will have to pay a road levy in Russia, reports INTERFAX/LETA.
Increase of the road fee for Lithuanian and foreign trucks crossing Russia will lead to higher costs of Lithuanian carriers, however, relevant preparations have been made for the change, says president of the association of road carriers Linava, cites LETA/BNS.