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Saturday, 25.06.2016, 02:46
The three Baltic countries have agreed on the distribution of VAT revenue from the construction work on the European standard-gauge railway Rail Baltica, Lithuania’s Transport Minister has said, adding that a respective agreement has already been signed and Lithuania will retain VAT revenue from work carried out in the country, informs LETA/BNS.
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Klaipeda remained the number one seaport in the Baltic countries in terms of container handling in the first five months of the year 2016, the port's authority said LETA/BNS on June 22nd.
The harbor that opened in the sea resort of Vosu on Estonia's North Coast in 2015 has seen a successful first year so far, with 56 of the marina's 45 boat slips booked and 26 being actively used, the regional newspaper Virumaa Teataja said, cites LETA/BNS.
The ferry Ionas that was pulled from service on the Kuivastu-Virtsu route following a technical malfunction on May 16 made a test journey after repairs on June 21st evening and immediately joined the PL Hiiumaa and Mercandia in serving the route connecting the islands of Muhu and Saaremaa with the mainland in Estonia, informs LETA/BNS.
Spanish low-costs carrier Vueling is due to launch flights between Riga and Barcelona this Saturday, June 25, reported BC Sarmite Rinmane, a spokeswoman for Riga International Airport.
Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Finland as well as the European Coordinator for the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor, Catherine Trautmann, today signed a joint declaration about intention to continue active implementation of Rail Baltica project for construction of the European-gauge railway linking the Baltic States with the rest of Europe, reported LETA, referring to the Latvian Transport Ministry.
A total of 1.743 million passengers went through Lithuania's airports during the first five months of 2016, a rise of 14.7% on the same time last year, preliminary data from Statistics Lithuania showed on June 21st, cites LETA/BNS.
Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) handled a total of 19.46 million tons of freight during the first five months of the year 2016, up 2.8% year-on-year, preliminary data from Statistics Lithuania showed on June 21st, cites LETA/BNS.
On June 21st, the rail sector and its customers, represented by CER, CLECAT, EIM, ERFA, ERTMS Users Group, ESC, UIP, UIRR, and UNIFE, and supported by the Rail Freight Corridors, presented a declaration at the TEN-T Days in Rotterdam, committing themselves to the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of the Rail Freight Corridors for the benefit of all customers, and to improving the quality, reliability and efficiency of transporting goods by rail across Europe, informed BC CER Head of Communications Eva Böckle.
The City of Tallinn and the state-owned passenger train operator Elron have signed an agreement extending the arrangement whereby registered residents of the capital city can travel on Elron trains inside the city for free also in 2017, informs LETA.
On 20 June, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics took part in the meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, where EU Foreign Ministers discussed the Arctic region, the Sahel, developments in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Middle East peace process, and visa liberalisation for citizens of Georgia, reported BC the Latvian MFA.
Lithuania’s mineral resources, which were explored three decades ago and are mainly used in road building and construction industries, are approaching depletion and the difficult-to-meet environmental and ownership requirements established for new exploration and production are inflating the costs of construction and road works, the Lietuvos Zinios daily reports on June 21st, cites LETA/BNS.
All passengers of Tallink and Silja Line vessels sailing to and departing from Stockholm to Helsinki, Turku and Tallinn will from now walk through the new terminal building of Vartahamnen, opened tomorrow on 21st of June. Although the construction in the harbour area and terminal will continue also now, the opening of the terminal will significantly improve the travel comfort by decreasing the distances between the ships and terminal, informed BC Tallink’s press service.
Despite the opening of new air routes connecting Palanga with Minsk and Kiev, businesses in the Lithuanian seaside resort town do not expect an influx of tourists thus far, the Lietuvos Rytas daily reports on June 21st, cites LETA/BNS.
Circle K Eesti AS, which mainly operates filling stations under the Statoil trademark, has reached an agreement to purchase 23 filling stations of the 31 stations operated under the Premium 7 brand from Sevenoil Est OU and its affiliates, informs LETA/BNS.