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  • New growth strategy for Latgale, Latvia's poorest region
    that preconditions have to be created for the establishment of new companies and expansion of existing ones resulting in the creation of new jobs The ministry hopes that prudent and economically justified investments in the business environment will make Latgale a more attractive region for business ventures thus triggering more private investment in Latgale The ERDF financing will be distributed among several local governments The two largest cities of Daugavpils and Rezekne and the surrounding regions will receive 17 35 million euros while Balvi Kraslava Livani Ludza Preili and Aluksne regions will get a total of 11 89 million euros and other regions of Latgale will receive 23 million euros In addition local governments will have the opportunity to apply for European Union funds for other objectives through the Growth and Employment programme The plan also proposes other measures to make Latgale a more attractive place for conducting business for instance various tax incentives an expansion of the Rezekne Special Economic Zone and others The ministry adds that state institutions should consider implementing pilot projects in Latgale before introducing new reforms on a nationwide level This would mean that if new policies are successful Latgale would be the first to benefit from them providing impetus for its development The previous Latgale development plan by the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry was implemented in 2012 2013 During that period investments in Latgale totaled 98 8 million euros the Latgale Entrepreneurship Center was established various projects aimed at improving business environment were carried out a number of roads were renovated and two films popularising Latgale were produced The ministry has concluded that the first plan contributed greatly to the development of Latgale Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher

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  • Latvian President refuses to rule out possibility of Putin visit
    Grybauskaite s repeated description of Russia as a terrorist state When asked on TV programme Tochki Nad I whether he agreed with Grybauskaite s claim that Russia demonstrates some characteristics of a terrorist state Berzins said that he does not agree with this statement He also said that the Lithuanian president has more opportunities to express her opinion on various issues including regarding foreign policy During an interview The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more Our news analysis and commentaries provide

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  • Latvian government reaches for guns over health care
    a percentage of the country s GDP slipping to 2 98 per cent of GDP next year down from 3 1 per cent This percentage is much lower than that of most other EU member states who also joined the bloc in 2004 and whose health care allocations come to roughly 5 per cent of their GDP on average When Latvia grows health care must also grow said Elina a nurse at Riga 1st Hospital standing with the crowd in the autumnal chill There were nods of agreement in the crowd as protesters carried signs bearing slogans such as This budget is sick we can save it The demonstration was peaceful but charged with frustration 2016 proposal passes first reading Adding to the tension Health Minister Guntis Belevics had told reporters before the vote that he would not break ranks with the government over the issue He promised to vote in favour of the budget warning that if the budget bill was not passed in its first reading the government would collapse The bill did indeed pass Finance Minister Janis Reis hailed the Seima s decision I am sincerely pleased he told the news agency BNS We immediately have to make our own contribution to strengthening common security Latvia must not become the weak link in the region The final reading is expected on Nov 30 The 2016 budget if approved will come into effect from Jan 1 Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma treated the passage of the budget s first reading with more ambivalence suggesting that health care could be prioritised again in 2017 if not in 2016 The health care sector will see a rise by some ten million euros next year but I think that in 2017 health care should be our main priority she said Right after adoption of next year s budget we plan to start work on development of the health insurance system President frets over 2016 budget The president s response was even more frosty In an interview with LNT one of Latvia s commercial TV stations he even appeared to take the side of the picketers suggesting that the 2016 budget was bad for development I should agree that the budget is not aimed at development it retains the situation as it is in the country in some cases probably even making the situation worse he said Nevertheless it is positive that the government has reacted properly to the current security risks and challenges There are additional resources planned in the budget for strengthening internal and external security It is very important if there is no security in the country development is hardly possible said Vejonis The president though criticized the government for not having revised the base expenditure The government has not done the job I as the president had asked it to do This has been postponed to next year It is very important to revise the base expenditure to reassess functions of institutions and ministries whether they are grounded whether

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  • Crude oil leaks from Latvia’s VNT terminal
    crude oil from the pipeline has been stopped by now Two water treatment ships have been involved in dealing with the pollution and the first containment booms have been placed in the water to prevent the pollution from spreading Dobulane indicated that the oil products had leaked into the River Venta but that they did not reach the sea Nikitina said that some 500 liters of oil products leaked into the environment during repairs on the pipeline and that employees of the Ventspils regional environmental authority were working at the scene The Freeport of Ventspils is going to collect the oil from the water with special ships she said The Ventspils regional environmental authority has launched an administrative procedure over the oil spill Employees of the State Fire and Rescue Service have also been involved in the rescue works VNT provides transit services receipt storage and loading of crude oil and petroleum products via pipelines rail tank cars and tankers Latvia s Ventspils Nafta holding company is the largest shareholder in VNT with 51 percent of shares while a 49 percent stake in VNT belongs to Eurotank Holding Sarl a subsidiary of the international terminal company VTTI Comments Related Articles Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Wild boar attacks dog and its walker in Riga suburb Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling

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  • Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation
    format Rinkevics also stated Latvia was interested in organising one of the next summits which will be hosted by Beijing this year He also expressed Latvia wishes to take on a coordinating role in the areas of transport and logistics The Latvian minister outlined a number of Sino Latvian examples of cooperation in particular the recent certification of Latvian food products in China which opened opportunities for Latvian companies to export their dairy and fish products to the country He also pointed to the Bachelor of Arts degree program taught in Latvian which started on September 7 at the Beijing International Studies University Ambassador Huang s accreditation visit to the President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis has been approved for September 8 Huang Yong began working for the Foreign Service of China in 1987 He has served at the embassies in Brunei and Singapore and was China s Ambassador to Fiji from 2011 to 2014 The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Wild boar attacks dog and its walker in Riga suburb Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is

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  • Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court
    drinking two bottles of Whisky and a large amount of beer at 3pm on Aug 7 And they didn t stop until 2am the next day just a few hours prior to their scheduled take off time Nevertheless the co pilot blamed his dizziness during boarding to a lack of sleep caused he claimed by exhausting flights over the previous few days As a Breathalyzer test revealed his blood alcohol level was seven times the legal limit Considering he also knew that the other crew members were drinking as well the co pilot was sentenced for six months for endangering the lives of the 100 passengers The 50 year old Latvian pilot however pleaded not guilty to some of the charges brought against him despite his blood alcohol level being twice the legal limit He will stay in custody until his official hearing on Sept 17 According to Norwegian law he could be sentenced to up to two years in prison for working under the influence of alcohol thereby violating professional and legal codes of conduct AirBaltic prohibits the consumption of alcohol within eight hours of flying The two flight attendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced to jail for 45 and 60 days In an official statement AirBaltic apologized to its customers and announced that all four crew members were suspended from their duties The airline has initiated sacking proceedings for the four crew members and has resolved to bring in a mandatory pre duty alcohol test was introduced for all pilots and staff working in a safety critical role Comments Related Articles Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Wild boar attacks dog and its walker in Riga suburb Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your

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  • Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary
    Zaliakalnis The identification and inventory of the graves is set to be the first phase of the project A task force has been set up to coordinate the project The task force includes municipality specialists Planned consultations with representatives from Lithuania s Litvak communities the Jewish Community of Kaunas the Department of Cultural Heritage and the Maceva public establishment are also on the agenda Established in 1861 the old Jewish cemetery was closed in 1952 It has been included into the Register of Cultural Values and is protected by the state According to information provided by the Department of Cultural Heritage a large number of prominent public cultural political and religious figures were buried at the site Comments Related Articles Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Vilnius Municipality to form commission on tackling Roma social issues Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic

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  • Lithuania supports Georgia's NATO aspirations
    added Khidashel also expressed hope that the meeting of NATO foreign ministers in December will assess the progress made by Georgia and its participation in NATO operations Khidasheli also said Georgia wanted to join the Alliance and the European Union EU in response to the changing security situation As long as freedom is expanding then authoritarian rule stops Freedom is occupying larger territories there is no rule for aggression But when we say that okay that is where free land ends authoritarian rule aggression and occupation take over I believe that the free world can not allow that and there will be a possibility to prove it she concluded Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas in his turn said Lithuania supported Georgia s aspiration of joining NATO Lithuania continuously supports Georgia and is one of the most consistent Georgian supporters he said He believes Georgia s territorial clashes with Russia should not be an obstacle on its path to the Alliance Russia recognised independence of Georgia s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia after the 2008 war The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Vilnius Municipality to form commission on tackling Roma social issues Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in

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