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Thursday, 29.01.2015, 02:15
The government decided in principle yesterday that Latvia would keep its status of the European Space Agency's (ESA) European Cooperating State for the next five-year period, but the required funding is yet to be allocated, reports LETA.
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On 22 January 2015, Telecommunications Research Centre M2M (machine-to-machine) laboratory was opened officially at the Faculty of Physics of Vilnius University, reports BC the university’s press service.
Almost one-third or 30% of Latvians who live abroad are not planning to come back, according to a survey of 14,068 Latvians living in 118 countries, the largest such survey to date, reports LETA.
At the end of 2014, Ventspils City Council accepted the Ventspils information and communication technology (ICT) sector development strategy and action plan for 2014 – 2020. Various ICT sector stakeholders – Latvian higher education institutions, municipal and ICT support organisations of Ventspils, as well as more than twenty local and international ICT companies, incl. TestDevLab, DPA, Microsoft, IBM and others were involved in the Strategy development, reports Ventspils High Technology Park.
The Estonian government approved on Thursday of Estonia joining the European Space Agency (ESA), LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
QS World University Rankings has published a list of the best universities in the region of emerging Europe and central Asia, Vilnius University is in TOP-50, reports BC university’s press service.
The Ministry of Education and Science in Lithuania has addressed higher education institutions urging to announce the lowest passing entrance scores in 2015. The necessity to establish admission threshold is provided for in the Law on Higher Education and Research, reports LETA/ELTA.
The University of Latvia (LU) is considering withdrawing from maintenance of the Salaspils Nuclear Reactor, as LU Vice Rector Indrikis Muiznieks said today, reports LETA.
Rinkevics: development of the EU relations with Switzerland is on the Agenda of Latvia's EU Presidency
On 15 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Latvia, Edgars Rinkevics, was on a working visit to Switzerland and met with the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Didier Burkhalter, reports BC the Latvian MFA.
A certain number of Latvians living in other counties plan to move back to Latvia, during the next five years, according to a survey carried out by researchers at the Philosophy and Sociology Institute of the University of Latvia, cites LETA.
Danske Bank, the largest financial services group in Denmark and the second largest in terms of assets owned in Northern Europe, is establishing an IT service centre for its group of companies, Danske Group IT Lietuva (DGITL), in Vilnius, reported BC, referring to Invest Lithuania.
European Commission’s proposal on the EYD-2015 was unanimously adopted by the European Parliament and the Council; it shows a strong commitment of the EU institutions and the member states to activate EU’s role in international development. Each month of the year will be dedicated to a special theme: in January on EU’s position in the world, in February – on education, in March – on gender issues, in April – on health, etc.
Riga Construction Board has ordered five private preschools in Riga to be shut down and another 16 to suspend operations due to various documents missing, as the board's representative Ilze Zuka told LETA.
The European Commission announced new measures to support innovative companies in Europe. There are mainly two initiatives: so-called FTI, with about €200 mln and SME Instrument with about €117 mln. Business in the Baltics shall be more innovative and active in acquiring EU funds.
University of Latvia, Faculty of Social Sciences will host 15 students from Ukraine to educate them about European integration matters, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics announced on his "Twitter" profile, cites LETA.