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In order for banks to resume lending to the national economy, projects for which financing is requested need to be of better quality, believes Juris Bikis, Director of Latvijas Finieris and Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma's (Unity) advisor on economic matters, cites LETA.
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In an interview with the Lithuanian news portal Delfi.lt, former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said that, in the event of war, the Baltics lack the strategic advantages held by Ukraine, reports BNS/LETA.
Straujuma: Europe is affected by a number of aspects, ranging from local political pressures to changes in macroeconomic environment26.02.2015
Today, in Brussels, Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, in addressing the Centre for European Policy Studies at the conference "More or Less Europe”, highlighted the key aspects driving current economic, security and geopolitical challenges, reports BC press secretary to the Prime Minister Aiva Rozenberga.
European Commission’s “e-health in focus newsletter” published Interview with Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit Health and Wellbeing in the Commission, in which he underlined the achievements in 2014 and showed main challenges for sustainable healthcare in Europe. Below are listed some of Zilgalvis’ opinions on the EU’s e-health system.
Club president Valeri Belokon says he wants to help save Blackpool FC, though he needs assurances from owner Owen Oyston first.
In a special press conference yesterday, Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov said that even though the military conflict in Ukraine and other unsolved matters have influenced international relations, bridges have not yet been burnt between the European Union, United States and Russia, reports LETA.
The Baltic States, which have freed themselves from the Soviet rule, can help the West to better understand Russia's problems, says Lilia Shevtsova, researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center, reports LETA.
CSR Latvia is CSR Europe’s second Baltic national partner. In this interview, Agnese Alksne, Chairwoman of the Board of CSR Latvia, outlines what they as a stakeholder network see as current CSR trends and challenges in Latvia and the Baltics; and comments on the upcoming Latvian EU presidency.
A new cold war is already on, and the West has made a mistake in being unprepared for such a situation, former British Ambassador to Latvia Ian Bond said in an interview with the portal lsm.lv, cites LETA.
There is an urgent need to reorient the current policies of the European Union toward Russia and Ukraine. I have been arguing for a two-pronged approach that balances the sanctions against Russia with assistance for Ukraine on a much larger scale. The article was presented to BC by Ishara Bhasi Callan from Apollo Strategic Communications.
What Europe desperately needs is care and love. Love for its history, for what it experiences at present (with all the integration efforts) and love for what Europe might face in future. The main message of the world’s Christian leader to the European Parliament at the end of 2014 was to strive for spiritual renaissance; as the function the soul is to support the body, to be its conscience and its historic memory.
Prime Minister of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevicius will celebrate the New Year in a distinct manner, when the clock strikes twelve he will withdraw the first Lithuanian euro banknotes from an ATM. The ceremony will mark the beginning of the new era as on 1 January Lithuania joins the euro area. The leader of the Social Democratic Party, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius assured ELTA news agency journalist Jadvyga Bieliavska that the euro adoption will be beneficial for businesses, consumers and Lithuania on the whole, cites LETA.
2014 has been one of the most difficult and least successful years in the Latvian-Russian relations for the past twenty years, Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov said during a meeting with several Latvian mass media, cites LETA.
Addressing the Harmony party congress on December 20th, Riga mayor and the party's chairman Nils Usakovs compared the current situation in Latvia with Soviet-era stagnation, reports LETA.
As Estonia unveiled the world’s first e-residency in December 2014, the first steps were taken to creating a regulated and organised identification process purely for Internet users. The scheme, designed to provide willing participants with an online identity that is recognised by the Estonian state and embedded in a physical chipped card, does not give participants any actual legal citizenship. However, the e-residency can act like a legitimate proof of identity online, thereby potentially streamlining legal, bureaucratic and financial procedures.