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Latvian manufacturing sector does not depend on EU funds

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The manufacturing sector in Latvia does not depend on the EU funds, even though they provide additional support to the sector, said Financial Ministry’s analyst Diana Ondza. “The manufacturing sector is not among those sectors development of which depends on the EU funds – producers mostly invest their own financing, while EU funds serve as an additional support mechanism. The growth is mostly determined by such factors as the overall…

Linkevičius highlights the importance of a political decision and responsibility for crimes in Syria

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

On 25 April in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”. The conference, which is hosted by the EU and co-chaired with the United Nations, aims at keeping the international community’s attention and response to the Syrian crisis on top of the international agenda, and at encouraging the full implementation of the existing commitments. Linkevičius presented Lithuania’s commitment…

Bitcoin (BTC) Adoption On The Increase In Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The popularity and adoption of Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrencies in general, are becoming more popular in the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Even buying coffee using BTC is not that special anymore in these countries. The adoption in these countries has gone as far as Cafes, bars, hotels, souvenir shops and even some medical clinics. There is also some incidents of Crypto being accepted for Real Estate purchases.…

What Did Kate Middleton Name Her Son? Baby Name Odds Revealed

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their third child—a son—on Monday, Kensington Palace announced. In a statement, the palace said: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01. The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.” The baby boy’s name has yet to be revealed. However, that hasn’t stopped…

Norway interested in developing cooperation with Latvia in tourism industry

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

«Latvia welcomes successful regional and economic cooperation with Norway. Our countries have common values and goals – developing Baltic and Nordic countries as a wealthy and secure European region,» said Latvia’s Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens during his meeting with Norwegian State Secretary for Trade, Industry and Fisheries Roy Angelvik. During this meeting, Latvia’s minister and his Norwegian colleague discussed mutual economic cooperation matters, as well as opportunities for expanded cooperation,…

Lithuanian parlt starts debates on rescue plan for European Humanities University

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Lithuanian parliament has started debates on a rescue plan for the Vilnius-based European Humanities University (EHU), which may otherwise face closure after getting a repeated negative evaluation from experts. Most of EHU’s students are from Belarus. Draft amendments allowing setting special evaluation and accreditation criteria for universities operating under forced emigration conditions last week passed the first reading in the Seimas with 106 votes in favor, no votes against…

Renovation of Vilnius’ Akropolis mall to cost EUR 14 mln

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Vilnius’ Akropolis mall, the largest shopping and entertainment complex in Lithuania, is planned to be renovated in 2019, Akropolis Group said, putting the renovation cost at 14 million euros. The complex will not be closed during the renovation planned for January to August. Akropolis Vilnius was opened in 2002 and an extension was built in 2004. Two more Akropolis malls were later built in Lithuania, in Kaunas and Klaipeda, and…

New rules for safer and cleaner cars

Monday, April 23, 2018

A new EU regulation aims to create more rigorous checks on the automotive sectors with stricter requirements for emission tests and heavy fines for cheating companies. On 19 April MEPs voted in favour of rules reinforcing the procedures for the type-approval of motor vehicles and enabling the European Commission to check the work of EU countries regarding this and impose sanctions on manufacturers breaking the rules. It is an update…

Estonia: Church supports defining traditional marriage in Constitution

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia (EELK) at a council next week is planning to adopt a statement in support of amending the Constitution so that it defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, the public broadcaster ERR reports. According to the draft resolution, the council of EELK will decide to support adding a provision to the Constitution, which defines marriage as a union between one…

US human rights report calls China, Russia, Iran and North Korea ‘forces of instability’

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The United States singled out China, Russia, Iran and North Korea for human rights abuses, labeling their governments as “forces of instability” in an annual human rights report released on Friday. Commenting on the State Department global human rights report for 2017, acting Secretary of State John Sullivan also criticized the governments of Syria, Turkey, Myanmar and Venezuela for human rights abuses. The State Department report is considered the most comprehensive…