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  • Vilnius municipality’s Open Data policy could have legal consequences for previous administration
    power was abused I think when we re speaking about legal consequences in most cases it will not be for hiding but for misusing And of course opening up means the easy way to find it Also speaking about finances what we are starting with with the Open Data policy is mainly financial public property and procurement data We think this is the most sensitive issue and the most important issue As a leader of the municipality I do understand that some leaders directors and company heads sometimes think that if you do not show the data you are able to hide something from the media and from the public In fact I am more than sure that if you don t open the data that doesn t help you to protect data from others it helps medium level administrators to protect data from you I really do not want some data to be hidden from me and I m very very convinced that by opening this data to the public I m opening this data to myself because I do not actually have time to look through all this data every day The new mayor also admitted he was not yet entirely sure what was happening in some of the companies owned by Vilnius municipality However he revealed his administration had already started taking the necessary steps towards transparency in corporate governance despite being inaugurated not even a month ago on April 22 How is the process going on Well we started with it the Open Data policy and have found some interesting cases continued Šimašius The majority of interesting things are happening in the Vilnius municipality or companies owned by the Vilnius municipality In this respect we are moving forward Last week the first board meetings were held in those companies and in two weeks there will be some other in some companies it will be in two weeks it s still a process I cannot say yet that I am in charge or do know what is happening in those companies but in this case we have another process not only with opening the data but we also have independent boards and we have this new system of selecting these and identifying what the companies goals are Opening up the books is not our unique invention it s based on OECD standards of good corporate governance so we are going ahead with this project and it is our target for this particular year Prior to winning the 2015 Vilnius mayoral election Šimašius was Lithuania s Minister of Justice from 2008 to 2012 He is also currently a member of the Lithuanian Seimas A member of the Liberal Movement party Šimašius secured the mayoral election victory with 61 percent of the vote over Zuokas during the March 15 run off This article first appeared on the Lithuania Tribune Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve

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  • Lithuanian politicians call for International Court of Justice decision on Crimea annexation
    compensation for damage and a tribunal to those responsible for international violations of international law and human rights in occupied Crimea Landsbergis claimed According to the group appealing for action a UN resolution demanding legal assessment could pass with a simple majority of votes and would be consistent with the UN General Assembly s resolution of 27 March 2014 which was supported by 100 member states and emphasised the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the illegality of the referendum on Crimea s sovereignty organised by Russia Lithuania s Baltic neighbour Estonia has also spoken out in favour of Ukraine After meeting with the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin in Brussels Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus Rosimannus stressed that Estonia supports the introduction of a visa free regime between Ukraine and the European Union the press department of Estonia s foreign ministry reports According to Pentus Rosimannus Ukraine must be granted visa freedom as soon as all the technical conditions are met Introducing visa freedom in the current situation would be an important symbolic confirmation that Ukraine belongs to Europe she said The closer and easier communication is between people living in the European Union and in those living in Ukraine the more direct contacts there are the easier and faster Ukraine s integration with the European Union will be the Foreign Minister added Foreign Minister Keit Pentus Rosimannus confirmed Estonia s continued support in assisting Ukraine and reforming the country At the meeting of foreign ministers of European Union countries belonging to the Friends of Ukraine group with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin the latest developments and fragile situation in Ukraine were discussed as well as expectations for the European Union s Eastern Partnership summit in Riga at the end of this week Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace

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  • 'Crucified Putin' removed from Riga exhibition after threats
    KGB headquarters on Brivibas iela in central Riga It was scheduled to be open on Saturday night as part of Museum Night in Riga but was cancelled after an incident where two persons on duty were assaulted by a gang of five leading to the involvement of the police The five also demolished part of the installation The installation caused a great deal of controversy on its unveiling The Russian Embassy expressed its displeasure and demanded an explanation from the Foreign Ministry The Mayor of Riga Nils Usakovs also said that the exhibition had not been approved by the city council and said that the pieces on show proved that it s still possible to buy street drugs somewhere in this city The artists creating the installation have already issued an apology for unintentionally offending anyone explaining that the figure in question is not Putin but was in fact intended to represent a 45 year old Italian businessman 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

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  • Latvia claims 800,000 euros from Expo 2015
    000 euros reflects the cost spent on preparations spent for the World Expo 2015 event which is currently being held in Milan Latvia is not attending She also indicated that the ministry carried out thorough analyses on the cash flow regarding the Expo project and discovered several tasks had been paid for several times The Economic Ministry also found out that some of the prices had been inflated for example developing the website cost several thousand euros while a study of residential opportunities in Milan cost approximately 30 000 euros The minister said several officials and businessmen exploited the Economy Ministry s resources by requesting additional funding and threatening the ministry by suggesting that withdrawal from the fair would harm Latvia s reputation Reizniece Ozola admitted that the ministry is concerned about receiving the funds as Expo 2015 was founded for this specific project with the possibility to avoid returning the money to Latvia s state budget Comments Related Articles Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Estonia Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension Russian Roulette the shot of vodka heard round the world Estonia was Europe s biggest exporter of wooden houses in 2014 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

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  • Lithuania considers restarting search for plane lost over Baltic Sea
    news service announced that the two pilots on board Adolfas Maciulis and Alvydas Selmistraitis were both experienced The aircraft had flown from Denmark to Gothenburg in Sweden and was on its way to the Lithuanian port city of Klaipeda The last contact with air traffic control in Palanga 30 km north of Klaipeda was made on Saturday at 4 16 p m when the plane was flying at 40 000 feet altitude and had less than 180 km left to fly to Klaipeda According to Alvydas Sumskas Deputy Director of Civil Aviation Administration although it is difficult to say what happened the aircraft is believed to have crashed into the sea He said that black boxes are not installed on these types of planes only a monograph registering altitude whose data would have little use for investigators He added that this was the first Lithuanian aircraft to have disappeared over the Baltic Sea 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

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    The new Estonian government coalition agreement advocates building a large conference centre in Tallinn and their preferred choice for its loca Read More Latvian healthcare union members to protest insufficient funding today The Trade Union of Health and Social Care Employees of Latvia will hold a protest by the Latvian National Library at noon today Read More Moscow lacks available forces to seize and hold Baltics Estonian defence expert Yury Dolinsky a Russian analyst who specializes on the Baltic countries says that most residents of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania however muc Read More Searching for energy independence in the Baltic forests While EU policy makers for environment and energy gathered for an informal meeting in Riga s National Library this week producers suppli Read More Charges brought against eight in Maxima supermarket collapse criminal case The Latvian prosecutor s office has brought charges against eight persons in a criminal case relating to the collapse of the Maxima supermar Read More Baltic States urge EU to speed up work on Lithuania Poland gas link The three Baltic States have urged Poland and the EU to speed up work on a gas pipeline to link them to the European market and thus reduce thei Read More Russia s actions threaten the global rules based system Last month marked the first anniversary of Russia s illegal annexation of Crimea Yet instead of a restoration of Ukrainian sovereig Read More Previous 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login 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

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  • Riga Vice Mayor - EuroPride 2015 should not happen
    2 5 percent of those asked said they were in favour Ameriks said that the Constitution does not forbid such events from taking place therefore the City Council does not have the authority to ban the event However he confirmed his comments about the largest LGBT gathering in Europe reflect his personal opinion This event does not promote understanding within society and the organizers should understand this Ameriks said In 2012 the Latvian capital beat cities including Barcelona Milan and Manchester for the right to host Europride 2015 The event is being organised by the Latvian Association of LGBT and their Friends Mozaika who believe the chance to host this event is a huge achievement The organiser also pointed out that this year s Europride marks a historic occasion as it will be the first one held in a post Soviet country on the EU s eastern border with Russia This year s event provides an invaluable opportunity to draw pan European attention to LGBT and human rights in the region Mozaika outlined 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

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  • Danske Bank: Latvia – the best performing economy among the Baltics
    quarter of 2015 Exports in Estonia and Latvia expanded by 3 and 5 respectively This was more than the growth in imports which implies that the trade balance of Estonia and Latvia improved during the period Consumption remains the key driver of growth Driven by rising wages low oil and fuel prices as well as the general decline in prices consumers in all three Baltic states have been on a spending spree lately This trend was less marked in Lithuania where retail trade grew by 3 7 after a very active December when consumers spent significantly more than usual in light of the uncertainty regarding the upcoming introduction of the euro In Estonia and Latvia the opposite trend happened after a relatively slow end of the year consumers seem to have gathered pace in the beginning of 2015 Retail trade grew by close to 8 in both countries in the first quarter of this year Average inflation in the first quarter was for the most part negative in all three countries As long as the deflationary trend is perceived as temporary by the consumers it serves as a catalyst for consumption In the coming months we expect a pick up in inflation throughout the euro area including the Baltic states This will have a mitigating effect on consumption but the growth in real wages which is expected to average 4 5 in all three countries this year will ensure that private consumption remains the key driver behind economic growth A slowdown in investments Geopolitical tension has had a strong effect on business confidence in the Baltics Despite the expansion in retail trade services and industrial production business confidence in these sectors has been declining recently in all three countries but especially in Estonia and Latvia where business confidence is at the lowest since the 2008 2009 crisis This has had a direct effect on the appetite of businesses to invest In both countries investment growth was negative in the second half of 2014 and is likely to have stayed negative in the first quarter of this year as well The situation is somewhat different in Lithuania which has suffered from underinvestment in recent years Capacity utilisation in Lithuania is highest in the Baltic region and close to its record high levels reached in 2007 This has kept the pressure on businesses to upgrade machinery and equipment and was the factor which allowed Lithuania to avoid investment contraction over the previous quarters The economic outlook Going forward we expect growth to accelerate in all three economies in the second half of 2015 and into 2016 The key unknown remains geopolitical tension If the international political situation improves this will have a positive effect on business confidence and investment growth As the Russian economy reaches the bottom in the second quarter of this year exports to Russia should also recover at least partly We maintain our growth forecast for all three economies in 2015 at 2 2 for Estonia 2 6 for

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