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Sunday, 26.04.2015, 18:40
The EU’s main concept of the Energy Union is based on providing Europeans with secure, competitive and sustainable energy. The Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič describes the actions needed by the EU institutions and the member states to reach that goal.
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The Commission’s review on the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food and feed confirms the need for changes by the national governments in accepting the use of EU-authorised GMOs for animal and/or human consumption. The Commission proposes to amend existing EU laws to confer the states more freedom to restrict, prohibit or use of EU-authorised GMOs on their territory.
Chancellor of the Lithuanian Government Alminas Maciulis met in France with Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The meeting addressed the OECD Council's invitation to Lithuania to begin OECD accession process, reports LETA/ELTA.
The Latvian fish processing company Brivais vilnis plans to temporary halt its production in order to carry out maintenance works at the factory, according to the company's announcement submitted to the "Nasdaq" Riga Stock Exchange, reports LETA.
At the meeting in Warsaw on April 22nd, Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna discussed the European security situation, preparations for the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit and other current issues in the European Union and NATO. They also discussed bilateral relations and further development of regional cooperation, reported BC the Estonian MFA.
On 23 April 2015, the EU Heads of State and Government met in Brussels at the emergency European Council, where they agreed on joint action to prevent the massive losses of refugees' lives and to provide support to Member States having to cope with the stream of refugees, reported BC press secretary to the Latvian Prime Minister Aiva Rozenberga.
On 22-23 April 2015, during the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council, the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture hosted a meeting of the Expert Group on Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) in Riga, reports BC ministry’s press service.
Following amendments to the Microenterprise Tax Law that Latvian Saeima passed in the final reading today, the microenterprise tax will be 9% during a three-year period after a microenterprise is established, informs LETA.
As the implementation of the project Support to the Civil Service Modernisation in the Republic of Moldova in Line with EU Best Practices of the EU Twinning Programme gathers momentum, an opening conference was held in Chisinau on 16 April 2015, reports LETA/ELTA.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, who is currently attending an extraordinary European Council meeting in Brussels, says that all border member-states of the European Union (EU) face illegal immigration problems, reports LETA/ELTA.
Saeima in Latvian on April 23rd approved of the amendments in the first reading that stipulate higher excise tax rate on alcoholic beverages as of July 1, 2015, informs LETA.
Dr Jonas Milius, Director of Lithuania's State Food and Veterinary Service (VMVT), says that Norway's salmon consignment which was stuck at the border with Russia and now is returned back to Lithuania should have been checked more carefully in Lithuania, re[orts LETA/ELTA.
The Finance Police have opened a criminal case and classified as a suspect in a tax evasion scheme dating back to 2010, Saeima deputy from the Harmony party – Regina Locmele-Lunova.
The Seimas in Lithuania has prohibited youngsters aged under 18 years not only to smoke (consume) tobacco products but to possess them altogether, reports LETA/ELTA.
The best way to solve the protracted issue of dual citizenship in Lithuania is to vote on it in a referendum, says Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, cites LETA/ELTA.