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Monday, 25.05.2015, 20:29
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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After reviewing the EU Latvian Presidency's budget expenditures, the State Audit Office concluded that ministries keep using these funds for other purposes, according to Auditor General Elita Krumina, cites LETA.
A Dutch company will lift the sunken An-2 airplane from the bottom of the Baltic Sea, Lithuanian Transport and Communications Minister Rimantas Sinkevicius announced on Monday, reports LETA/ELTA.
To fill holes in ministry and agency budgets, illegal and economically questionable 'up-front payments' continued to be the case in Latvia in 2014, as a matter of fact they show a serious upward trend, reports LETA, referring to the State Audit Office.
Estonian ship guards who were detained in India nearly two years ago and who are waiting for the Supreme Court decision that should allow them leave the country were finally returned their personal belongings at the Tuticorin port, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Latvia wishes to develop and build a regular political dialogue with Qatar, taking into account that in 2016, twenty years will have passed since the establishment of diplomatic relations, said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) during a meeting with the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar, Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah.
In a period from January 2013 to April 2015, the State Revenue Service (SRS) in Latvia carried out 123 inspections at electronic commerce companies. SRS established various violations in 119 of these companies, as the Service informed LETA.
Featured last night on the LTV1 news magazine "De facto" was Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, who declared that Russia wants "normal relations with the Baltic States, and to revive the dialogue", reports LETA.
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.
Estonian national carrier Estonian Air will make 11 round trip flights per week on the Tallinn-Vilnius route starting Monday instead of the current six round-trip flights per week after Air Lituanica announced of stopping operations, LETA/Delfi reports.
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.
Swedish companies BillerudKorsnas AB and Baltic Resources AB have signed an agreement on acquisition of 100% stake in Latvian wood pellet producer Latgran by Estonian company Graanul Invest, the company's representatives informed LETA.
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.