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Thursday, 18.12.2014, 11:28
Lithuania is going to open new visa centers in 7 foreign countries, reports LETA/ELTA.
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A Public Private Partnership (PPP) to reconstruct the A14 Vilnius-Utena highway will be submitted to the Lithuanian Parliament for approval in spring 2015. The project will be the largest ever PPP project in the road sector in Lithuania, reported BC chief project manager at Invest Lithuania Irmantas Butkauskas.
The Irish low-fare airline Ryanair has not yet signed a new agreement with Riga International Airport and could exit Riga with the beginning of March, taking into account the airline's unusual decisions in other airports, CEO of Riga International Airport Andris Liepins said in an interview with LETA.
Statistics Lithuania announced that in the third quarter of 2014, compared with the second quarter of 2014, the price of transportation via pipelines services increased the most, by 22.2%, followed by sea and coastal transport services, by 3.1%, security and investigation activities, by 2.1%, cites LETA/ELTA.
Estonian business leaders support among major infrastructure projects almost equally Rail Baltica and expanding the Tallinn-Tartu highway into a four-lane speedway, a study by KPMG "The pulse of the economy" indicated, LETA/Delfi reports.
Lithuanian MEP Antanas Guoga has met with Violeta Bulc, European commissioner for Transport, and received a promise to review the decisions which undermine the interests of the Lithuanian transport sector, reports LETA/ELTA.
Upon completion of the active duty in the NATO Response Force Lithuanian Naval ship LNS Jotvingis, a flag ship of Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group One (SNMCMG1), is returning to Klaipeda, Lithuania . Lithuanian Naval Officer Commander Giedrius Premeneckas will continue to command SNMCMG1 from this ship of Lithuanian Navy, which will be moored in Klaipeda Seaport up to the end of January 2015, reported BC Lithuania's Ministry of National Defence.
The new head of Riga International Airport, Andris Liepins, said in an interview with LETA, that the airport must moderately increase its fees for airlines, as the airport should be "more proud of its service quality and security guarantees than low fees."
On Tuesday, December 16, in Belgrade – the capital city of Serbia, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma met Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang, by emphasizing the active dialogue on cooperation between the two countries. During the discussion, the Prime Minister of China confirmed – the doors to China's market are open for Latvian dairy and meet producers, and China is interested in high quality and safe food products, reported BC press secretary to the Prime Minister Aiva Rozenberga.
During the session of Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Minister of Agriculture Virginija Baltraitiene met with Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The two discussed the situation of Lithuanian fishing vessel Juru Vilkas, which is still stranded in the port of Murmansk after it was detained by Russia, reports LETA/ELTA.
Kremlin-minded Italian journalist and former European Parliament Member Giulietto Chiesa was detained in Tallinn Monday afternoon, as an entry ban has been enforced against him in Estonia, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
On 14 and 15 December, political consultations between Latvia and Russia took place in Moscow. Andrejs Pildegovics, the State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, met with the First Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Titov, and representatives from the Committee on International Affairs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the Council of the Federation Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius on Monday took part in the event starting the project of the electrification of the railroad section New Kyviskes-Vilnius-Kena-state border with Belarus at Naujoji Vilnia Railway Station, informs LETA/ELTA.
Klaipeda officers of Lithuanian Customs have intercepted a large consignment of drug smuggling. After the inspection of three suspicious bags in a shipping container, a total of 116 kilograms of cocaine was found, reports LETA/ELTA.
The first shipment of Polish air defence system Grom will arrive to Lithuania by the end of the year 2014, perhaps even next week, said Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas after the Government's sitting, reports LETA/ELTA.