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Monday, 25.05.2015, 22:31
As of December 31, 2014, the Economy Ministry in Latvia squandered EUR 1,316,647 for Latvia's planned participation in the international fair trade "Expo Milano 2015", reports LETA, according to the State Audit Office's findings.
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In 2015, the student research paper competition “The Port for the City” is held to commemorate the 815th Anniversary of the Freeport of Riga. The students’ ideas related to enlargement of the Riga Passenger Port earned the highest evaluation. The winners of the competition Karlina Osa and Zane Narnicka (Latvian Maritime Academy Maritime School) hope that their future profession will be linked with the port of Riga.
"The revival of historically significant Silk Road is a solid enhancement of transport, trade and other fields of cooperation between Asia and Europe. The challenges and possibilities of the new century allow extending geographically the New Silk Road and comprise such new section as the Baltic Sea region," at the 8th Astana Economic Forum underlined Rimantas Linkevicius, Lithuanian minister of transport and communications, reports BC the Ministry.
The Eastern Partnership Summit's declaration in Riga has condemned the annexation of Crimea. The summit's declaration includes a reference to the ''illegal annexation of Crimea'', and confirms support towards ''Ukraine's territorial integrity'', informs LETA.
On May 22nd, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma held a meeting with David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, welcoming him in Riga after re-election to the post. L. Straujuma expressed gratitude to D. Cameron for the UK support to the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and informed about the most important tasks to be performed during the presidency – the Strategic Investment Plan, work on the Digital Agenda, the European Security Strategy and other issues.
The priority of the European Union (EU), as part of its cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries, will be energy and transport, this according to President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, during a press conference in Riga on May 22nd, reports LETA.
On May 22nd, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, met with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry.
Today, the 4th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit – a high-level meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the EU countries and six partner countries organised within the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union – ended in Riga with the adoption of the Summit Declaration. This envisages ever-closer cooperation between the EU and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, reported BC press secretary to Latvian Prime Minister Aiva Rozenberga.
Implementation of free trade agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine tops the Eastern Partnership agenda
In Riga, President Dalia Grybauskaite together with other EU leaders and representatives of the Eastern Partnership countries outlined further guidelines for the EU’s Eastern Partnership policy. The participants underlined that this policy was based on common interests and obligations to strengthen democracy, reaffirm the rule of law principle, promote human rights and fundamental freedoms as well as the norms and principles of international law.
On May 20th 2015, the Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Simasius and the Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin participated in the ceremony of the “Step challenge” awards hosted by the Embassy of Sweden to Lithuania, informed BC the municipality.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held "friendly and constructive" debt talks with the leaders of France and Germany on May 21st, but gave no sign of a breakthrough ahead of a crucial June deadline, writes AFP/LETA.
According to a rough draft of the EaP Riga Summit Declaration /Communique/ that LETA has seen, the participating states intend to state their resolve to heighten the "business dimension" of the Partnership, and improve the mutual business environment to benefit "local, regional, Europe's small and midsize companies."
The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is proud to announce the 2015 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Mwape Kumwenda, a reporter for Muvi Television in Zambia; Anna Nemtsova, a contributor for The Daily Beast and Newsweek in Russia; Lourdes Ramírez, a freelance journalist in Honduras; and Linda Deutsch, a special correspondent and trial reporter (retired) for the Associated Press, reports BC IWMF.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite is attending the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga. During the two-day event, the president together with other EU leaders and representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will discuss the achievements within the framework of the EU's Eastern Partnership programme and its policy agenda for the future, reported BC the press service of the Lithuanian president.
Georgia wants to hear unified and clear support for the Eastern Partnership policy from the European Union's (EU) member states, according to Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, who made the statement during a meeting with Latvian President Andris Berzins yesterday.