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Friday, 07.03.2014, 10:43
On March 6th, EstLink 2, the high voltage direct current interconnection between Estonia and Finland, was officially inaugurated in a simultaneous ceremony in both Estonia in Püssi and Finland in Haikko, Porvoo, reports LETA, referring to Estonian main grid company Elering.
Keyword tags: Energy, Estonia, EU – Baltic States, Legislation
On Thursday, March 6, an extraordinary meeting of the European Council was held in Brussels on the situation in Ukraine where Latvia was represented by Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, reports advisor to the Prime Minister for public relations affairs Andis Blinds.
The Estonian Prosecutor's Office started a criminal investigation on Thursday over the leaking of a phone call recording of a conversation between Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton on the Internet, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
According to the research carried out by the group of the experts established by the Bank of Lithuania as well as according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recommendations, the most efficient way to strengthen the credit union sector is the cooperation, informs LETA/ELTA.
On Thursday, the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania turned to the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic Of Lithuania asking to evaluate whether there was no violation of the Penal Code in the Russian TV shows broadcasted by the Lithuanian Cable TV, informs LETA/ELTA.
Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius see the possible financial threats related to the events in Ukraine for those companies whose activities are closely related to Ukraine and Russia, informs LETA/ELTA.
Today, Latvia’s Saeima adopted a resolution strongly condemning Russia's military aggression in Ukraine, while at the same time emphasizing Latvia's unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial unity, as well as the legitimate, informs LETA.
From March 22 onwards, the citizens of Latvia will be able to travel visa-free to the United Arab Emirates, the Foreign Ministry's Press and Information Division informed LETA.
New round of the UN climate change negotiations starts in Bonn (10-14 March 2014), marking the beginning of an intense year of conferences and summits designed to lead to a universal agreement in Paris in late 2015. Bonn meeting includes attempts towards the new global climate agreement, to enter into force from 2020, and finding ways to boost immediate, effective climate action.
In opinion of Mr. Aigars Šmits, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ARCO REAL ESTATE, the draft law prepared by the Ministry of Economics stipulating provision of support to young families, who want to purchase a home, would not be an effective way to help people. In contrast, an increase of the number of municipal apartments for rent and offering the apartments for long-term rent would give real benefits, says Mr. A. Šmits.
The agreement, concluded under the pressure of Estonian economy minister Juhan Parts last Friday, that Estonia and Finland will build a joint regional liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal with the support of European money on both shores of the Gulf of Finland, may be an illusion, LETA/Postimees writes.
In a middle of 1990-s, current European Transport Commissioner, former Reform Party chairman Siim Kallas, being the head of Estonian national bank, issued banking warranties in amount of more than one billion kroons, LETA/ERR reported referring to an article published in an Estonian daily Eesti Paevaleht.
The Estonian government approved at its Thursday session of the bill of ratification of Estonian-Russian border agreements, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
In connection to events in Ukraine, under Section 61 Paragraph two of the Immigration Law, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Reform Party) has adopted a decision on including, for an indefinite period of time, 18 persons in the list of foreign nationals banned from entering the Republic of Latvia.
Former Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis (Unity) has withdrawn his candidacy for the President of the European Commission, according to the European People's Party "Twitter" account, informs LETA.