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  • Health Ministry proposes ban on displaying tobacco products
    the proposal was put forward as a method of introducing the directive passed by the European Parliament on the sale of tobacco products in March 2015 Furthermore the ministry has suggested it would like images of the harmful effects of tobacco on the body to feature on packets It also called for the ban of selling cigarettes in smaller 10 packs In the Baltic States these are only available in Latvia and Estonia Since 2010 smoking has been banned inside bars and restaurants Should the proposal be passed outside smoking areas will also be prohibited in order to reduce the effects of second hand smoke The Health Ministry pointed out the results regulations restricting the use and sale of tobacco products in Latvia have had on users under the legal 18 years of age between 2011 to 2014 the number of underage male smokers between 13 and 15 years old dropped from 39 4 percent to 25 3 among females the number dropped from 41 4 percent to 23 9 over the same three year period 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/health_ministry_proposes_ban_on_displaying_tobacco_products/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Estonian parliament's EU Affairs Committee to discuss migration
    s position on the new European migration policy when the European Commission has presented the proposal for a relevant EU legislative act and the government has approved its positions in regard to the draft said Chairman of the European Union Affairs Committee Kalle Palling We will start with the discussion early in order to be ready to deal with the necessary legal acts Estonian legislation does not provide for the resettlement of refugees However Palling added it is necessary to discuss how to shape the necessary procedure within the country Whether it is needed to adapt Estonia s legislation will also depend on the measures offered by the European Commission Estonia s Minister of the Interior Hanno Pevkur Minister of Social Protection Margus Tsahkna plus members of the Legal Affairs Committee Constitutional Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu have also been invited to the discussion Reports from the discussion will be made by the Head of the European Commission Representation in Estonia Hannes Rumm and the Head of the Policy Department of the European Commission Representation Paavo Palk By the end of May the European Commission will suggest a proposal for EU legislation with its members states new policy on migration 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/estonian_parliament_s_eu_affairs_committee_to_discuss_migration_parliament/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Estonian entry makes it to this year's Eurovision finals
    by Elina Born and Stig Rasta was chosen on Tuesday evening by European viewers as one of the songs that would participate in the final concert on Saturday in Vienna Public Broadcasting reports Estonia are considered one of the favourites for this year s song contest and qualified along with Armenia Belgium Greece Serbia Hungary Russia Albania Romania and Georgia Estonia s song was performed completely in English as were the entries of all of the competing nations in the semi finals with the exception of Finland and Romania Now that we are in the finals we can come home with heads held up somewhat higher said Rasta who is the writer as well as the performer of the song The broadcast of the semi final concert broke all web based viewing records in Estonia A total of 27 735 Estonian viewers watched ETV s live broadcast via ERR Public Broadcasting s web page 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/estonia_makes_it_to_this_year_s_eurovision_finals/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Lithuanian citizen arrested in Moscow on spy charges
    service FSB has told TASS On 19 May a Lithuanian citizen identified as a foreign intelligence agent was detained in Moscow He was seized the moment he was receiving secret documents from a Russian citizen the FSB said The detained Lithuanian was taken to the FSB office When confronted with evidence he testified that he was an officer of the 2nd department of operative services military intelligence of the Lithuanian Defence Ministry the FSB said The necessary investigative measures are being taken the FSB s public relations office said In a further development a Moscow court ruled today that Tamosaitis would remain in custody until at least 20th July after a session held behind closed doors Yulia Skotnikova a spokesperson for Lefortovo Court told TASS Tamosaitis is being held in Lefortovo prison in the Russian capital 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/lithuanian_citizen_arrested_in_moscow_on_spy_charges/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Russian submarine detected close to Latvia's territorial waters
    20 the Latvian Armed Forces detected a Kilo class submarine and hydrographic survey vessel belonging to the Russian Navy 10 nautical miles from Latvia s territorial waters in the Baltic Sea Russian military activity near Latvia s border has been high in 2015 with Russian military aircraft and ships detected near Latvian waters 48 times so far this year In 2014 military air and naval craft were detected over 250 times near Latvia s border 50 of which included Russian warships approaching Latvia s naval maritime borders On May 18 a Russian military transport plane either an Ilyushin il 76 or an Antonov An 72 was spotted flying close to Latvia s borders over the Baltic Sea by Latvia s military 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/russian_submarine_detected_close_to_latvia_s_territorial_waters/ (2016-02-13)
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  • 'Crucified Putin' disgusts Russian Embassy
    been received from the Russian Embassy but declined to reveal its contents The exhibit has already irked the Russian Embassy At the end of last week it demanded an explanation about the crucified figure On its Facebook page the Russian Embassy criticised the display by saying it had caused utmost dismay and disgust and added provocative art in a country presiding over the Council of the European Union is unacceptable The weekend of May 15 17 also saw five males pull up in a car and attack the exhibit along with the two persons in charge of it Those attacked were given threats of serious reprisals in Russian The artists still unknown have been quick to issue an apology which included an explanation that the doll resembling Putin is in fact an acquaintance of one of the artists a 40 something businessman who lives in Italy According to 2014 statistics 26 percent of Latvia s population of 2 013 million is comprised of ethnic Russians The 2011 census also revealed that 37 2 percent of Latvians speak Russian as their native language 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/_crucified_putin__disgusts_russian_embassy_931613256555c650370bfd/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Latvian residents least likely of Baltics to use government e-services
    at least once a week compared to 26 percent and 35 percent for Lithuania and Estonia respectively According to the survey 41 percent of residents in Latvia use e services at least once a month which is the same proportion as in Estonia but higher than in Lithuania where 37 percent of respondents use e services at least once a month 27 percent of residents in Latvia have tried an e service at least once but have not used them regularly after that Another 19 percent which is the highest indicator among all Baltic States admitted that they never tried using an e service this compares to just 7 percent in Estonia who say they have never used any government e service The authors of the study indicate that state institutions must carefully consider their communication with residents taking into account that the state has invested a lot of resources into a system which is not currently being properly utilised The survey was conducted in April 2015 A total of 2 493 respondents in Latvia Lithuania and Estonia aged between 18 and 65 were interviewed 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/latvian_residents_least_likely_of_baltics_to_use_government_e-services/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Germany will deploy rotating infantry troops to Estonia in 2016
    to work with each of the country s militaries in helping prepare themselves against potential military intervention from Russia through training and taking part in shared military exercises Of the 650 troops stationed in the Baltic States 150 were located to each of the four countries The American 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team the Sky Soldiers was the first to train Estonian defence forces In October 2014 the paratroopers were rotated and replaced by another rotational unit the U S Army s 1st division Speaking to Postimees Online the head of Germany s defence committee Hans Peter Bartels said Basically a rotating company will be sent to three Eastern European countries for a few months maybe for three months to take part in exercises From Monday May 18 to Thursday May 21 Estonia s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is in Germany on a state visit On Monday May 18 Ilves met with the Defence Commission of the German government and with the German president Joachim Gauck He also met with Germany s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/germany_will_deploy_rotating_infantry_troops_to_estonia_in_2016/ (2016-02-13)
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