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Thursday, 07.05.2015, 02:33
Minority school pupils say they feel "like they belong" in Latvia, and would prefer categorizing themselves as "Latvia's Russian-speaking segment', not as "Russians". This according to a survey conducted in schools on ethnic identity, reports LETA.
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Although millions of euro is being invested to establish science and business valleys in Lithuania, both businesspeople and Lithuania's top politicians admit that cooperation between business and science is lacking, reports LETA/ELTA, referring to Vakaru ekspresas.
The level of youth unemployment is alarmingly high in several EU states, with rates about 50% recorded in Spain and Greece. There are clear potentials for entrepreneurs to create employment and sustainable growth, to promote youth entrepreneurship and making Europe more entrepreneur friendly. These developmental directions have become a priority on the EU policy agenda in the new Commission 2014-20.
In the past two weeks, regular inspections at catering companies and cafeterias serving school lunches, conducted by agents from the Food and Veterinary Service, have established that 96 of 166 companies failed to comply with health and nutrition regulations, the Service's representative Anna Joffe informed LETA.
Lithuania's Science and Education Minister Dainius Pavalkis has handed in his resignation letter to Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, reports LETA/ELTA.
As LETA was informed on April 29th 2015 at the Ministry of Education, it has given authorization for the decisions made by a multitude of municipalities in all of Latvia on closing a number of local schools – for one reason or another. The number this year will be 10, and 12 will undergo reorganization.
The Latvian book store chain Janis Roze increased turnover last year and returned to profit, reports LETA, according to Firmas.lv.
Estonian Education and Science Minister Jürgen Ligi and the Chinese Deputy Minister of Education Li Weihong signed on Monday an agreement on mutual recognition of diplomas, which gives impetus to cooperation between Estonian and Chinese higher education institutions and student exchange, announced LETA the education ministry's press department.
According to the most recent results of the European survey International Student Barometer, 89% of foreign students studying in Estonia are satisfied with the higher education provided here; this result places Estonia among the highest rated countries in Europe, Estonian Education Ministry announced LETA.
The Annual Latvian Literature Awards were announced on April 24th, and for the Best Prose Work the jury singled out Inga Abele's novel "Klugu muks" (The Wicker Monk, published by "Dienas Gramata"). Its protagonist is the first Latvian clergyman in Latgale, Catholic priest, theology professor, statesman and community activist Francis Trasuns. However, this book is much more than a mere biography, informs LETA.
The Commission’s review on the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food and feed confirms the need for changes by the national governments in accepting the use of EU-authorised GMOs for animal and/or human consumption. The Commission proposes to amend existing EU laws to confer the states more freedom to restrict, prohibit or use of EU-authorised GMOs on their territory.
In 2014, 3,862 libraries (2,561 of them in educational establishments), 632 culture centres, 104 museums, 39 theatres, 7 state concert organisations, 28 cinemas and film halls operated in Lithuania, reports LETA/ELTA.
Saeima in Latvia decided in the final reading today to approve amendments to the Education Law, stipulating that the education institution must provide moral education for the student in compliance with constitutional values, such as marriage and family, reports LETA.
After a regular inspection at school catering companies last week, the Food and Veterinary Service established that 69% of them failed to comply with food regulations, the Service's representative Anna Joffe informed LETA.
Ivars Kalvins, Director of the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, has been nominated for the European Inventor Award in the lifetime achievement category, informs LETA.