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  • Russian Foreign Ministry criticises Latvia over Gaponenko detention
    Latvia According to the Russian Foreign Ministry blaming Gaponenko for inciting ethnic hatred following his criticism of the deployment of U S troops in Latvia is absurd Speaking to the Baltic Times a spokesperson for the Latvian Security Police Latvian explained the decision to detain Gaponenko On May 26 Mr Gaponenko was detained for interrogation and after that was released in relation to breaking the 78th Article of Latvian Criminal Law the instigation of national ethnic and religious hatred The spokesperson also revealed court approved searches took place in several places related to the detainee The Russian Foreign Ministry also hit out at Latvia s coalition government for being indifferent to Latvian national radicals and its rhetoric against non citizens and Russian speaking residents disloyal to the Latvia 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

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  • EU Ministers debate the future of organic agriculture
    and exclude fraud risks were also debated by the ministers Today s debates of ministers demonstrated how diverse solutions to possible future situations in organic agriculture mentioned at the discussion document prepared by the Latvian presidential office can actually be said Janis Duklavs the Council President and Latvian Minister of Agriculture I hope the answers provided by our colleagues will be useful for all of our future work the member states future presidents and the European Commission The EU ministers also touched upon the proposal for the regulation of organic agriculture The council has already been working on this technically complicated regulation under three presidencies to achieve a sufficiently clear position in order to begin a three way dialogue with the European Parliament Although the Ministers of Agriculture did not directly discuss the proposal for regulation they pointed out the importance to maintain and enhance consumers trust within of organic agriculture They also had the opportunity to informally discuss the compromise solutions proposed by the Latvian Presidency which would allow the ministry to adopt the EU Council s position on the regulation proposal A meeting surrounding the issue will be held with the Latvian agriculture ministry will be held on 16 June in Luxembourg The Latvian presidential office required clear indication from the ministers as to how flexible would they be in clarifying their position when adopting their proposed compromise Of equal importance to the presidency was discovering what specifically needs to be improved so that the Member States would give their acceptance The Chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee of the European Parliament Czesław Adam Siekierski and the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission Phil Hogan as well as officials of EU Member States and representatives of EU non governmental organisations participated in

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  • April 2015 saw Estonia's industrial production remain at 2014 levels
    by five percent while in March it decreased to three percent compared to last year In April it dropped to one percent However in April 2015 growth in production volume increased in comparison to the same period in 2014 This is the result of an increase in the manufacturing of electronic and wood products which increased by six and eight percent respectively The production of metal products electrical goods furniture and motor vehicles also rose However the volume of production fell in the manufacturing of chemical products building materials and food In April 2015 70 percent of the manufacturing sector s output was exported When compared to April 2014 export and domestic sales of manufactured goods remained at the same level according to unadjusted data Compared to April 2014 the production of electricity decreased by 15 percent in April 2015 while the production of heating energy increased by 12 percent Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline 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

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  • Grybauskaite: Kremlin's blacklisting of Lithuanian officials "greatly appreciated"
    Russian Federation The move comes in response to the economic sanctions and travel bans imposed on Russia by the West following the Kremlin s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and its alleged involvement in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine On June 1 Grybauskaite said as far as I know the list comprises of some of the most famous European politicians I can only rejoice that my Advisor on Foreign Affairs Jovita Neliupsiene is on the same blacklist with famous names such as former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt In fact it is greatly appreciated In addition to Neliupsiene other blacklisted Lithuanian officials on the Kremlin s blacklist are first president of post 1991 independent Lithuania Vytautas Landsbergis Liberal Member of European Parliament Petras Austrevicius Chairman of the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission Edmundas Vaitekunas former head of the State Security Department Gediminas Grina Conservative Member of Parliament Andrius Kubilius and head of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defence MP Arturas Paulauskas LRTK Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai 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

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  • Petition to decriminalise marijuana in Latvia put to Saeima
    penalties for smoking marijuana as well as the decriminalisation of growing and possessing small amounts of the drug for personal consumption among users aged over 18 years old At present should a user be caught smoking marijuana in a public place in Latvia they could be faced with prison charges something the petition wishes to reduce to an administrative fine Furthermore they would like to allow for the growth of no more than two to three plants for personal use and the storage of 20 30 grams of fully processed marijuana in the home Further proposals included the personal storage of 200 300g of untreated marijuana and allowing users to carry up to 5g on their person Donats Blazevics the legalisation initiative s new representative believes the decriminalisation of marijuana would reduce alcohol abuse in Latvian society and added the World Health Organisation supports the decision for health reasons Latvia is the first of the Baltic States to propose the decriminalisation of marijuana to a parliament Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/petition_to_decriminalise_marijuana_put_to_the_saeima/ (2016-02-13)
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  • European Commission - 30 percent of Latvian residents still smoking
    percent of those were aged between 25 and 39 years old The research also discovered 49 percent of Latvian residents had never smoked The study went on to say that despite a two percent reduction in the number of European smokers from 28 percent in 2013 26 percent of residents on the continent still smoke It also stated the European country with the least number of smokers is Sweden with 11 percent while Greece is the highest at 38 percent On May 21 2015 the Latvian Health Ministry announced it had put forward a number of anti tobacco laws which keep in line with a European Parliament directive passed on the sale of tobacco products in March 2015 The directive includes a ban on tobacco products being on display in shops a ban on selling cigarettes in 10 packs and a ban on smoking areas outside pubs and restaurants 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

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  • Majority of Latvian politicians against European Commission's refugee quotas
    up a strategy plan to prepare for a larger inflow of refugees and stated the public must be informed about refugee accommodation and its costs as well as amendments to the school system and other integration measures Meanwhile the All For Latvia For Fatherland and Freedom LNNK party opposes the refugee quota It urged the ruling coalition to decide on the issue while Straujuma announced Latvia is against compulsory refugee quotas and supports voluntary acceptance of refugees On Wednesday May 27 Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite announced the country already expresses its solidarity with its EU partners by providing them humanitarian aid and participating in joint search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea Lithuania has granted asylum to over 400 foreigners said Grybauskaite Most of whom arrived from Ukraine Georgia on Russia Lithuania s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius also spoke out against the quota Estonian prime minister Taavi Roivas expressed further scepticism on the issue and stated Estonia s proposed quota of 1 064 migrants is too large The European Commission has proposed taking in 20 000 refugees over two years and distributing them across Europe but giving Britain Ireland and Denmark the option to not accept According to the EC s proposed refugee quotas Latvia would have to take in 220 refugees from outside of the EU while Lithuania would have to accept 710 May alone has has seen at least 1 750 people perish in the Mediterranean crisis 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

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  • Grybauskaite: Co-operation between Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine strengthens regional security
    people During the meeting the President and the three parliamentary speakers discussed the outcome of the Eastern Partnership summit which took place in Riga on May 21 22 2015 We have a common understanding of the geopolitical situation and threats to our region and the closer our cooperation is at all levels the more secure and stable our region will be The President also emphasised the importance of Ukraine continuing with its democratic reforms and advised it should meet the recommendations of the European Commission to secure visa free travel with the EU According to Grybauskaite Lithuania Poland and Ukraine already have examples of successful trilateral collaboration and pointed to the Lithuanian Polish Ukrainain military brigade which was formed in September 2014 as an example The unit is a multinational brigade consisting of personnel from the Lithuanian Polish and Ukrainian armies and is intended to strengthen the strategic partnership and military between the three countries despite Lithuania and Poland being the only two countries of the threesome belonging to NATO Grybauskaite added the constitutional courts of all three states also enjoy effective trilateral dialogue During the meeting further views were exchanged surrounding the possibilities to strengthen three way cooperation and improve the security situation in the region According to the Lithuanian head of state it is important for all three countries to pool their efforts in order to counter Kremlin propaganda and actively cooperate in international organisations and with parliaments from countries Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti

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