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Wednesday, 06.05.2015, 11:26
Enterprise Estonia (EAS) takes 12 Estonian companies to Europe's most important logistics fair Transport Logistic 2015 that takes place on 5 - 8 May in Munich, Germany, LETA/Delfi reports.
Keyword tags: Estonia, EU – Baltic States, Forum, Logistics, Transport
On 4 May 2015, in advance of the Riga Eastern Partnership Summit, a conference entitled the EU and its Neighbours: Charting the Way Forward dedicated to the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) took place in Rome, reports BC the Latvian MFA.
One of the largest global events organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) – a conference devoted to the World Press Freedom Day, with a side event for the Russian-speaking media and the ceremony of the presentation of UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was concluded on 4 May in Riga. At the closing ceremony, Finland was announced as the host of the next World Press Freedom Day in 2016, reported BC the Latvian MFA.
The U.S. TV channel CNN chose the Estonian pavilion at the world exhibition EXPO Milano that opened on Friday among the 24 most impressive pavilions, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
The annual cycling event "Critical Mass" took place in Riga at 1 p.m. on May 1, 2015, informs LETA.
On April 29, the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia together with the Norwegian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce in Latvia, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Rietumu banka held a seminar in the AmCham Outlook series to discuss the competitiveness of Latvia and attraction of foreign direct capital, reported BC executive director at AmCham Latvia Liga Smildzina-Bertulsone.
Gala Award ceremony of the winners of the VII International advertising and marketing Festival White Square 2015 was held on the 25th of April. The competition consisted of 1038 entries, in 13 contests, 122 nominations, from 13 countries of the CIS and Europe.
Foreign investors mention instability, shadow economy as main problems limiting Latvia's competitiveness
Foreign investors consider instability and shadow economy the main problems that limit the competitiveness of Latvian economy, as EY Partner Guntars Krols said during a discussion on competitiveness and investment environment of Latvia, reports LETA.
At the conference LEAN 2015: Business Strategy – Efficiency, Lithuanian Minister of Economy Evaldas Gustas spoke about the significance of LEAN strategy in company management and about the reforms initiated by the Ministry of Economy as well as the role of state institutions in improving business conditions, reports LETA/ELTA.
Speaking at the summit on multilingual digital single market, which is being held in Riga April 27 to April 29, Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Kaspars Gerhards said that, regardless of what had been achieved, there was still much for Europe to do to become the leader of the digital world, and attaining this goal was a task for everybody, reports LETA.
On 28 April in Strasbourg, the Latvian Foreign Ministry's Parliamentary State Secretary for EU Affairs, Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica, met with Chairs of the European Parliament (EP) Committees to exchange opinions on what the Latvian Presidency has accomplished thus far and the work that remains to be done till the end of the term, reports BC the Latvian MFA.
Addressing the participants of the "International Support for Ukraine Conference" in Kiev today, the Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma pointed out that Ukraine faces immense challenges – resolving conflict in the eastern part of the country, country's territorial integrity and economic growth, reports BC press secretary to the Prime Minister Aiva Rozenberga.
Latvian PM and the President of France agree: conditions of the Minsk ceasefire need to be fully implemented
Today in Paris, Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma met President of France, François Hollande and discussed bilateral economic cooperation, the current issues of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (hereinafter – the Latvian Presidency), the geopolitical situation in Europe and elsewhere in the world.
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.
Lithuanian Environment Minister Kestutis Treciokas met the EXPO 2017 world fair commissioner, Kazakhstan's First Deputy Foreign Minister Rapil Zhoshibaev, in Vilnius in mid-April 2015 to discuss Lithuania's participation in the exhibition, the Lithuanian ministry reports LETA/ELTA.