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Wednesday, 30.07.2014, 16:08
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet expressed deep concern that Dutch and Australian experts are still unable to get to the Malaysian aircraft accident site in Eastern Ukraine to do their work, since battle activity goes on in the vicinity, informs LETA reffering to Postimees Online.
Keyword tags: Direct Speech, Estonia, EU – Baltic States, Transport
Ambassadors of Member States of the European Union decided in Brussels today to implement the third stage sanctions against Russia for the first time; these are targeting sectors of the economy, informs LETA reffering to Postimees Online.
According to President Dalia Grybauskaite, Lithuania has offered quite substantial concessions to PKN Orlen, which owns Mazeikiai based petroleum refinery, and this company should assume responsibility for its actions, informs ELTA/LETA.
Poland-based company PKN Orlen is not going to close down its concern ORLEN Lietuva, says Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, informs ELTA/LETA.
Russia's connection with the "Malaysia Airlines" passenger airplane crash in Ukraine has not yet been proven, thus it is too early to talk about new sanctions against Russia, "Itera Latvia" Director Juris Savickis said in an interview with the Latvian Television show "Rita panorama" today, informs LETA.
According to the annual reports on protecting the EU's finances, the member states have to adopt all necessary measures to protect the EU budget, and to counter fraud and any other illegal activities affecting the EU’s financial interests. The states are obliged to report all irregularities (both fraudulent and non-fraudulent) to the Commission, which then compiles the annual report in line with the Lisbon Treaty (art.325 TFEU) provisions.
Solemn inauguration ceremony of President Dalia Grybauskaite took place at the Lithuanian Parliament. President Dalia Grybauskaite delivered an inaugural address at the Seimas after her oath-taking ceremony. ELTA/LETA transmits the full text of her inaugural address.
On June 17th, a document was tabled at the Dutch Parliament requiring a formal investigation of the 2009 sale of Parex Bank stock from the Latvian government to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), specifically including the allegation that the sale was made reversible with an undisclosed “put option.”
Soon the euro will become a reality in Lithuanians’ wallets, and banknotes marking national revival leaders Darius Girėnas, and other prominent cultural figures will fade out. The government is in euphoria, but the current role of the euro in Europe is similar to a swimmer in the midway: he still cannot safely reach the other side of the shore and can no longer go back. The euro was a risky project from the beginning and now we have become a part of it, Vygantas Vareikis wrote in LRT.lt.
Wanting to avoid political risks, attract investors easier, and expand faster in the Western markets, Russian startups are choosing the Baltic States, Ugnė Karaliūnaitė wrote in DELFI.
The well-known political commentator Edward Lucas has contributed an essay for Politico Magazine intriguingly titled "Why, Oh Why, Didn’t We Listen to the Eastern Europeans?". This refers to the many years the West ignored and rejected Eastern Europe's concern and warning about the true face of the Kremlin, and its clandestine operations, informs LETA.
"If we look at young people as a resource, then we are running low on them," youth policy expert Vilis Bruveris said in a discussion "Youth Policy in Latvia – Myths and Reality" yesterday, informs LETA.
Address by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan H.E. Mr. Islam Karimov at the International Conference «The historical heritage of scientists and thinkers of the Medieval East, its role and significance for the modern civilization», [resented to BC by the Uzbekistan Embassy in Riga.
A little more than a month left before the opening of the third International territorial marketing and branding Festival OPEN in Minsk. And while you’re deciding whether to apply for the contest OPEN Your World, or to register for the Congress OPEN Your Mind, we invite you to meet a member of the international jury from Spain Gonzalo Vilar.
The breakaway states in eastern-Ukraine are necessary for Russia in order to support the Crimean economy, political scientist Karlis Dauksts explained to LETA.