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Thursday, 24.04.2014, 17:04
Society is facing a transformative period of its existence. And this evolution of society is influenced to a significant degree by globalization, interconnection and interdependence. Information and knowledge can play a crucial role in this dynamic process, especially when they are used as tools for misinformation and manipulation. Information wars have become tools of war to control the minds and the opinions of people. And often the information and manipulation overload is so big that it is virtually impossible to find balanced information that is committed to truth and impartiality.
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The State Revenue Service's Deputy Director General for Crime Prevention in Latvia Kaspars Cerneckis told members of the press today that it is not possible to completely eliminate illegal smuggling, and that it can only be curtailed to a certain extent, informs LETA/Nozare.lv.
BHC Laboratory, an Estonian company, won European Defence Agency's bid to organise a strategic cyber security exercise, reported BC Estonian defence ministry.
France and Poland put forward a proposal for a European energy community on Thursday, to counter the dependence of some European countries on Russian gas, the AFP news agency reports, cites LETA.
The Saeima in Latvia passed the Long-term Stabilization Reserve Law in the final reading today, the law stipulates that the country will make savings during "good years" in order to use them in case of economic recession.
Saeima of Latvia today turned down a proposal that amendments to the procedure of temporary residence permits issued to third-country citizens who buy real estate in Latvia should come into force at the beginning of 2015, which means that the amendments will once again return to Saeima committees so they could come into force on an earlier date, informs LETA.
The Estonian government approved of a bill at its Thursday session, according to which the state-owned companies and companies in which the state has at least decision-making rights, will have to pay nearly 172 mn euros of dividends to the state budget in 2014, LETA/Äripäev.ee reports.
During Latvian President Andris Berzins' meeting with the mayors of the large cities of Latvia yesterday, agreement was reached on facilitating state support for the cities, LETA was informed by Maija Dulle-Sunina, media relations consultant of the Latvian Association of Large Cities.
Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkevics (Reform Party), during his recent visit in Iran, has reached agreement with Iranian officials about further cooperation in the area of foreign policy and production industry, especially emphasizing pharmacy and food production, LETA was informed by Rinkevics.
General government budget deficit at the end of 2013 comprised EUR 223.8 million or 1.0% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and the general government debt comprised EUR 8873.3 million or 38.1% of the GDP, according to the results of the April 2014 general government budget deficit and debt notification (1) compiled by Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), which has been elaborated in line with the methodology of European System of Accounts (ESA 95).
The Saeima of Latvia today in the final reading adopted amendments to the Construction Law, which will come into force on October 1, 2014, not May 1 as stipulated in the original version of the law, informs LETA.
Lithuanian Minister of Finance Rimantas Sadzius was sceptical about the Order and Justice Party's proposal to sign an agreement on equal minimum income in the European Union countries, informs LETA/ELTA.
The Tallinn Technical University and Estonian Maritime Academy signed on Wednesday a merger agreement; according to plans, an Estonian maritime vocational school will be founded in the coming years, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
The net asset value of Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (EUIF) grew fast in 2013 and reached 529.1 million euros in 2012, the economic year report approved buy the fund's council on Wednesday indicates, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Citing serious breaches of contract and other shortcomings, including lax security and supervision in the matter of three stolen Saeima Presidium computers, members of the Presidium moved yesterday to have Chancellery Director Maris Steins released, informs LETA.