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Sunday, 19.04.2015, 20:34
Nearly 54,000 people in Estonia have joined the initiative "Say "no" to fuel excise tax increase!" in the Facebook and the organisers plan to hold a public meeting on May 6, 2015 in front of the Estonian parliament building, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
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JetGas, that supplies liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Saaremaa dairy industry, signed an exclusive contract with the Klaipeda LNG terminal and now wants to build a terminal in Muuga port itself, instead of the large Dutch company Vopak, LETA/Postimees writes.
Within the informal meeting held on 15-16 April in Riga, the EU Energy Ministers held a high-level debate on two important dimensions of the Energy Union – energy efficiency issues, with particular reference to the heating and cooling sector, and on regional cooperation in the energy sector, reported BC the portal eu2015.lv.
On 15 April, the Green Bridge Forum 2015 opened in Jurmala, Latvia. On 16 April the Forum discussions on regional cooperation continued. Within three sessions, the delegates of the Forum have reviewed the state of play and the future of cooperation between the European Union and Central Asia, environment investment projects, and challenges lying ahead, informs BC Green Bridge Forum 2015 PR consultant Ruta Grikmane.
When thinking about future, we have to think about saving resources now through cooperation with neighboring countries and implementation of common projects, the Director-General for Environment of the European Commission, Karl Falkenberg said in his opening speech at f the forum "Building the Bridge to Clean Technologies between European and Central Asia Countries" (Green Bridge Forum 2015), cites LETA.
Estonia's central bank Eesti Pank did not get on Wednesday the permission of the European Central Bank to buy bonds of state-owned companies Elering and Eesti Energia, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Latvenergo Group's revenue in 2014 reached EUR 1.01 billion, profit – EUR 29.8 million, reports LETA, according to the company's consolidated financial report for 2014.
On April 15, a high level forum “Building the Bridge to Clean Technologies between European and Central Asia Countries” (Green Bridge Forum 2015) has been opened. The forum is visited by delegations from 19 countries, including public institutions and businesses, reported BC Green Bridge Forum 2015 PR consultant Ruta Grikmane.
On Wednesday, April 15, Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma congratulated her colleague Taavi Rõivas, Prime Minister of Estonia, during his visit to Latvia, on the approval of the newly elected Estonian government. "We have developed a very good, active dialogue both within the framework of the European Council and the cooperation format of the Baltic States and, of course, in the framework of bilateral relations between Latvia and Estonia. I wish Estonia all the best also in future development," said L.Straujuma.
Speaking to members of the press yesterday, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius denied reports that Lithuania may build the planned nuclear power station at Visaginas solo – without the participation of regional partners Latvia and Lithuania, reports LETA/ELTA.
Estonian company JetGas has expressed its wish to use Lithuania's future liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution station, which will be constructed in Klaipeda, reported LETA/ELTA.
Lithuanian Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis has denied the recent rumours that Lithuania allegedly is considering the option of building the Visaginas nuclear power plant (NPP) without Latvia and Estonia, only with Japan's Hitachi, reports LETA/ELTA.
On Wednesday, April 15, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, and stressed the strategic importance of Azerbaijan in further development of the European Union's Eastern Partnership relations, reported BC press secretary to the Prime Minister Aiva Rozenberga.
European Union (EU) Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella says that he expects member states to be more ambitious regarding climate change – not only with respect to regulations, but also implementation of goals, in order to reduce it, informs LETA.
European Parliament Science, Industry and Energy Committee did not support the exception Estonia had requested regarding oil shale-powered power plants, which may lead to Estonia having to install very expensive filters in the two power plants using oil shale or close the plants by 2035, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.