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Saturday, 31.01.2015, 01:13
Data collected by the EU’s Environment Agency shows high concentration of 'acute risk threshold' (ART), likely to cause death, and a concentration of 'chronic risk threshold' (CRT), likely to cause long-term impacts, e.g. decreased breeding rate or increased vulnerability to diseases. Potential negative effects of toxic organic chemicals on freshwater ecosystems are increasing in EU.
Keyword tags: Ecology, Energy, EU – Baltic States, Legislation, Markets and Companies, Water
In 2014, Latvia was a leader in Europe's foreign policy performance five times, which is two times more than in 2013, according to a study titled "The European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2015" conducted by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), informs LETA.
The State Plant Service under the Ministry of Agriculture in Lithuania, which is responsible for monitoring crops and crop products, carried out 102,096 inspections in 2014 and determined 1,184 violations. Nevertheless, genetically modified crops or crop products were not found to be grown or brought to Lithuania, reports LETA/ELTA.
On the 28 January 2015, in the European Parliament plenary session in Brussels, the Latvian Parliamentary State Secretary for EU Affairs Ms Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica informed the Members of the European Parliament about the Council’s position on the creation of the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) and shared its view on the roadmap towards a new international climate agreement in Paris on December 2015, reports BC Latvian MFA.
On Thursday, January 29th 2015, Lithuanian Chancellor of the Government Alminas Maciulis met with the Minister of Finance of Turkmenistan Mukhammetguly Mukhamedov to discuss the bilateral cooperation in trade, agriculture, education and science, health care, as well as partnership opportunities in transport and energy sectors, reported BC the Government's press service.
After a visit to the Vilnius Child Development Centre, the only facility in the country providing complex treatment to children with development and behavioural disorders, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite spared no criticism to the Health Ministry, reports LETA/ELTA.
Estonian government’s traffic commission concluded on Thursday that the road traffic situation has not in essence improved in recent years and is still unsatisfactory in 2015, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Russia is not threatening the security of Latvia, Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov said during his meeting yesterday with Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis (Greens/Farmers), cites LETA/ELTA.
With 76 votes in favour, the Estonain Riigikogu passed the Procurement, Handling and Transplantation of Cells, Tissues and Organs Act, initiated by the Government of the Republic, which establishes the conditions and procedures for the procurement, handling and transplantation of human tissues, cells and organs, and the order and liability of state supervision, the parliament’s press service reports LETA.
Latvian Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss (Unity) has invited Finland to take active part in implementation of the standard-gauge railroad Rail Baltica project and in the work of the Rail Baltica joint venture, taking into consideration the project's importance for the entire Nordic-Baltic region, LETA learned from the Transport Ministry.
Member of the European Parliament Valentinas Mazuronis together with Slovakian MEP Richard Sulik have asked to include in the European Parliament's plenary sitting agenda the issue of Germany's protectionist actions limiting competition between road carriers, informs LETA/ELTA.
In an interview on Latvian Television this morning, State Revenue Service General Director Inara Petersone said that during her discussions with the management of the Gan Bei restaurant chain this week, she believes that the company has realized its mistakes and would like to continue work, informs LETA.
Pesticides are mainly used in agricultural production to keep crops healthy and prevent them from being destroyed by pests and diseases. Commission proposed a substitution for some pesticides that would protect yield and consumers’ health.
The price of heat should fall by a fifth, after heat sector reform in Vilnius and Kaunas is completed and biofuel, natural gas and waste-fired combined heat and power plants are opened, reports LETA/ELTA.
On 27 January 2015, the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Europeans Throughout The World (ETTW) jointly organised a conference entitled "Basic European Right to Free Movement Under Threat", reports BC Latvian MFA.