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    s fastest growing economy Lithuania will surpass Latvia next year as the fastest growing Eurozone economy according to Ernst Young s annual Eurozone Econo Read More Briedis Jonevs Rinkevics the leading contenders for Latvia s European Person of the Year So far the leading candidates for the title of European Person of the Year Latvia are the boxer Mairis Briedis the writer Janis Jonevs and Read More Estonia 21st most heavily militarised country in world Lithuania 58th Latvia 78th The most heavily militarised of the Baltic countries is Estonia according to the Global Militarisation Index compiled by experts at the Bonn In Read More Riga Moscow mayors to sign programme of cooperation The Mayor of Riga Nils Usakovs Harmony Centre and the Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin will sign a programme of cooperation between the two Read More Estonian president Russia wants to create new world order The Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said on Wednesday that Russia s recent behaviour indicates that the country wants to create a ne Read More Priede suspends party membership after homophobic outburst The Latvian politician Inga Priede has informed Unity Vienotiba for whom she represents the Kandava region in western Latvia that she has te Read More Hoping to reduce reliance on Gazprom Estonian companies eye Lithuanian gas The Estonian company Baltic Energy Partners has started buying gas from Lithuania This is a symbolic step as generally Estonia depends on the Read More Previous 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 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

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  • LIVE COVERAGE: LIIA Conference on Latvian Foreign Policy
    by Andris Sprūds all from the LIIA Additional comments on security issues will be offered by Jānis Kažociņš Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Defense The event will also be addressed by Werner Rechmann Coordinator FES Baltic The venue is Astor Riga Hotel Z A Meierovica Blvd 10 LIIA annually reviews Latvia s foreign and security policy in the form of Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook The aim of the Yearbook is to enhance the understanding of Latvia s policies as well as opportunities and concerns for 2015 This time particular focus has been put on the Latvian presidency of the Council of the European Union where the Eastern Partnership Summit is one of the key events The cooperation with Central Asia is also high on the agenda during the presidency At the same time tensions in the context of Ukrainian crisis remain a major policy and security concern in 2015 The other publication Economic Diplomacy of the Baltic States deals with contemporary issues of the promotion of economic interests in the region The small size and inexperience of public institutions and businesses has been identified as the main problem which has to be overcome in order to compete with more developed states and regions Both publications will be freely available at the presentation and on LIIA website these have also been sponsored by FES Comments Related Articles Moscow lacks available forces to seize and hold Baltics Estonian defence expert Searching for energy independence in the Baltic forests The challenge of Russia s decline Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles LIIA examines NATO relations with Central Asia Discussing the EU and Russia s soft power in the Baltic States and the Eastern Neighbourhood The Russians are coming to occupy

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  • Latvia's finance minister: state not required to sponsor Usakovs' ambitions
    plans However Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs Harmony Center claims that that governing party Unity is to blame for higher public transportation fares in Riga which will increase from 0 60 euros to 1 15 euros per ride on Feb 1 Usakovs repeatedly told the LTV television channel this morning that the government had refused to grant subsidies to Rigas Satiksme the municipal public transport company He said that he had also discussed this issue with the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry but to no avail as such an initiative would have required Unity s approval Usakovs said that relations between Harmony Center and Unity are hostile and the ministry wanted no part in this dispute hence no solution was found The mayor stressed that about 25 percent of users of Riga s public transport system are not residents of the capital He claimed that it was therefore logical that the state should support Rigas Satiksme As reported the Riga City Council approved on January 16 the proposal to set the public transport fare in the city at 1 15 euros from Feb 1 As a result to Riga City Council s decision the previous 50 percent discount that applied to all residents of Riga who carried the Rigan ID card will be cancelled and from Feb 1 tickets will cost 1 15 euros The other discounts for pensioners schoolchildren and persons with disabilities will remain unchanged A single ride will cost 2 euros if the passenger buys the ticket from the driver of a bus tram or trolley bus 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

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  • Lithuania catching up with Estonia in innovation plans; Latvia lags behind
    in the opposite directions the number of Latvian companies planning to innovate has fallen from 48 percent to 39 percent over the last year Through innovations companies in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania aim at increasing competitiveness both in the domestic and international markets especially as the low cost production advantage of Baltic markets is gradually diminishing Companies are aware that after investing in innovations fewer resources are required for production or provision of services which will have a positive impact on company finances However it is clear that the inactivity of Latvian SMEs in terms of investment in new technologies and new products is a negative trend In the medium term this attitude could lead to decreased competitiveness and a diminished export capacity from Latvian companies said Ieva Tetere a member of the board at SEB Bank of Latvia Product and services are the preferred fields for innovation in all three countries with 46 percent of Lithuanian 36 percent of Estonian and 26 percent of Latvian SMEs choosing this option while 24 percent of all polled SMEs in Estonia 14 percent in Lithuania and only 6 percent in Latvia plan to invest in employee development 11 percent of Estonian 5 percent of Lithuanian and 3 percent of Latvian SMEs have plans to change their business model over the next year 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

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  • Finnish ambassador to Estonia summoned over foreign minister's Russia comments
    Russian propaganda It fits the national policy that the Baltic states have been pursuing and why they have not broadcast news in Russian We here in Finland have chosen another way the newspaper quoted Tuomioja as saying Hufvudstadsbladet writes that the Finnish Ambassador Kirsti Narinen said that summoning the Finnish Ambassador to receive an official negative message is extraordinary but noted that the meeting in the Estonian Foreign Ministry was nonetheless businesslike The Estonian Ambassador to Finland Margus Laidre in turn had a morning coffee at the Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs to forward the Estonian justifications and explained that Estonia has not been remiss in fighting Russian propaganda Three Russian language newspapers are published in Estonia and a Russian language radio station broadcasts around the clock The government has also made the decision to create a Russian language TV channel soon To call our policy too nationalistic is too strong said Laidre Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus Rosimannus told Delfi said that the comments of the Finnish Foreign Minister were extremely unfortunate and did not take into account the real situation We cannot fail to react to Russia s ever increasing propaganda which contains complete lies The EU should resist the Russian propaganda collectively and this proposal we have made together with Denmark Great Britain and Lithuania I hope that Helsinki understands also the importance of this issue and that Finland will join to the initiative We cannot allow someone who operates with untruths and sows hatred to act in the European Union i e our own citizens information space said Pentus Rosimannus 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

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  • Ten Estonian political parties, 876 candidates submitted for parliamentary elections
    Leetna Urmo Karusoo Jaak Vackermann and Marek Ranne who are standing as independent canidates Looking at the lists that were submitted it can be stated that among the 11 political parties registered in Estonia 10 participate in the elections the total number of candidates is also higher but as compared to four years ago there are fewer independent candidates said the chairman of the National Elections Committee Alo Heinsalu In 2011 9 political parties and 32 independent candidates a total of 789 candidates participated in the Riigikogu elections The National Election Committee will meet on Tuesday January 20 to register the candidates who have been presented according to the requirements Candidates have the right to withdraw their nominations over the three days that follow and the final list will be announced on 23 January Riigikogu elections take place on 1 March 2015 Early voting and e voting begins on 19 February This will be the first parliamentary election since the resignation of former Prime Minister Andrus Ansip last year Ansip who had been prime minister for nine years was replaced by Taavi Roivas in March 2014 His party the right of centre Reform Party currently governs in a coalition with the centre left Social Democratic Party Recent polls show that Reform looks set to again be the largest party polling 32 percent of the Estonian vote as opposed to 23 percent for the Centre Party their main challenger and 21 percent for the Social Democrats 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

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  • We have adopted the euro successfully: Lithuanian President
    were well prepared for the adoption of the euro Everything went very smoothly apart from some minor incidents and I am pleased that the process and its first stage will have been completed Grybauskaite told national radio on Thursday I would like to thank people for their patience and disregard of minor problems We have indeed observed that people and institutions were well prepared the president noted From tomorrow Friday 16th Jan all payments in Lithuania must be made in euros Lithuania received another boost today with the release of a report from professional services company EY Ernst Young that forecast that the country s GDP would grow by 3 6 percent this year The adoption of the euro reduced financial risks and cheaper borrowing rates will all contribute to the Lithuanian economy growing at three times the average rate for the eurozone the firm predicted 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 and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic

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  • Most Latvians living abroad plan to return within five years: new study
    unlikely There also are many Latvians who say they will move back to Latvia after retirement Only a very small number of respondents said they were planning to return during the next six months Most of those who plan to return to Latvia in five years are younger than 30 Likewise most people employed in construction or agriculture are planning to come back in five years as well as those with lower levels of education who have a family in Latvia or who currently reside in Ireland or former Soviet republics Respondents who were on average not planning to return to Latvia included emigrants with higher education those working in health or social care residing in Germany as well as those who have moved abroad together with their children Members of the Latvian diaspora abroad were also asked to give factors that would make them consider going back While the reason for leaving Latvia was economic problems with most respondents the most popular responses why they want to go back to Latvia include longing for their home country family and friends who live in Latvia real estate and the wish for their children to live in Latvia Deterrents include concerns about finding a job insufficient state benefits concerns about career opportunities and feelings of disappointment about the current state of Latvia The final results of the project will be presented on January 26 In total more than 14 000 members of the Latvian diaspora in 118 countries were surveyed via the Internet 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

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