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  • Lithuania bids farewell to the lita, prepares to join the euro zone
    in an official statement on the Bank s website Longer working hours of bank customer service divisions are also projected on Jan 1 ATMs will be supplied with low denomination banknotes as a way to counter the potential problem of queues outside cash machines Residents in seeking to change over to the euro as smoothly as possible should take notice of a few things First all matters at bank branches including those related to payments should be handled as soon as possible as on the last day of this year they will operate shorter Until the euro adoption it is most convenient to hold litas in accounts while should you have litas cash after the euro adoption where not necessary it is not worth rushing to exchange it on the first days due to likely queues Residents will be able to exchange it at banks and post offices free of charge long after the euro adoption and at the Bank of Lithuania for unlimited time And of course residents should beware of swindlers proposing to exchange currency in the street or at home says Vasiliauskas Some residents have expressed concerns over the past year that the introduction of the euro in Lithuania will result in a stealth price rise But analysts from Svedbank believe there will not be a large difference in consumer pricing in the months after the transition to the euro Other Lithuanians have expressed nostalgia at losing a pertinent national symbol But others argue that the new euro coins issued to Lithuania which arrived in Lithuania under armed guard on Nov 17 will have Lithuanian symbols as well And in any case a number of people told the Baltic Times that they would an international currency like the euro than a volatile national currency like the Ukrainian

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/lithuania_bids_farewell_to_the_lita__prepares_to_join_the_euro_zone/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Lietuva in brief
    They say there is no money to solve problems of the educational sector Why was it not the issue when salaries of judges the Seimas and officials were increased On December 2 in a turn of events that could be a sign of closer relations between Lithuania Belarus and the Russian enclave of Belarus at least in the context of trade the three countries are going to co operate in the fields of transport and logistics Lithuania will provide assistance in transport and logistics matters and trade in general Belarusian Prime Minister said according to BelTA reports Belarus has been making moves over the last month with the Ukraine crisis continuing to make overtures towards closer relations with the EU especially in terms of agricultural exports On November 24 the Lithuanian pagan community elected its new leader of Romuva a religious organisation that seeks to revive the religious practices of the the Lithuanian people before their Christianization The appointment has gone to the pagan priestess Inija Trinkuniene a sociologist at the Lithuanian Culture Research Institute and the wife of the former chief priest Jonas Trinkunas who passed away this spring Romuva is a polytheistic pagan faith that extolls the virtues of nature and draws strength from ideas of ancestral heritage Many combine this faith with the practice folkloric festivals art and music 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/lietuva_in_brief/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Latvija in brief
    a Mercedes truck registered in Latvia with documents claiming the Latvian driver was carrying chipboards valued at more than USD 2 000 The border guards had suspicions about the contents of the cargo and its documentation and decided to check the truck Perhaps this is a crime but it is also a testament to the Latvian entrepreneurial spirit since Russia s sanctions on EU exports have left Russian cheese lovers in short supply of European cheeses and the Latvian smuggler whose name has not been clarified must have realised that Russians would be turning gleefully to the black market for their supplies of Siberian Mozzerella or St Petersberg Parmesan Kandava Region County Deputy Inga Priede of the Unity Party Latvia s largest party in the country s ruling coalition was made to step down after posting hateful and hurtful comments on Twitter saying that it was good news that the Nazis shot gays Thank God The Germans shot them in their time Was good for demographics Priede wrote on Twitter leading to a deluge of criticism both online and from within her party Despite subsequently deleting her Tweets the damage has been done and Priede has resigned from her position in the Unity Party Her comments came after Latvia s foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics announced he was gay on Twitter last month Rinkevics revelation was followed up by a similar announcement by the UK s charge d affaires in Riga Iain Frew and while both these announcements were relatively well received in general by the Latvian public these remarks show there are still highly worrying instances of homophobia in Latvian society even among its political decision makers Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/latvija_in_brief/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Number of Russian tourists could decline by 50 percent during Christmas period
    that due to the shaky rouble the number of holiday reservations made by Russians have significantly decreased However travel agencies still hope that Russia s political and economic situation will improve by Christmas and New Year She explained that a lot of tourists have preferred to delay their reservations waiting for a more favorable situation She stressed that the Russian market is highly important to the tourism industry as Christmas and New Year usually attracts Russian tourists to Latvia in their droves Latvia Tours Director Ieva Keisa on the other hand told LETA that the number of Russian tourists began to decline already by 2013 largely due pre existing inflation and that Ukraine only exacerbated a pre existing trend of less Russian tourists coming to Riga Meanwhile the CEO of Latvian restaurant chain Rita Auzina in an interview with LETA news agency said the decline in Russian customers was rather evident declining to offer statistics The number of tourists from Russia has slightly decreased However we will be able to comment on the trend after Christmas and New Year s Eve when the influx usually increases in Riga Auzina said She also indicated that traditionally Russian tourists choose Latvia as their travel destination during the winter holidays May holidays as well as in July and August When asked about the Russian pop music festival New Wave s departure from Jurmala Auzina admitted that this has caused a slight fuss Auzina expressed hope that the absence of New Wave will be a temporary setback 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/number_of_russian_tourists_could_decline_by_50_percent_during_christmas_period/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Rinkevics outlines priorities of Latvian presidency to EU Ambassadors
    are different and their involvement should be appropriate the best cooperation formula tailored for each country The EU s involvement in Central Asia a region of geostrategic importance is also important Latvia is hoping for a constructive common sense approach to the solution of the Ukrainian crisis aggression must stop responsible action must be taken that would solve problems instead of aggravating them The Minister said Latvia was prepared for its EU Semester and thanked the Italian Ambassador for cooperation as part of the Trio Presidency Italy Latvia and Luxembourg together form the trio A presidential website to match Latvia s official EU presidency web site eu2015 lv is expected to be up and running later this month press secretary of Latvia s presidency Kaspars Ruklis informed Leta news agency It is important to emphasize we have combined two projects the EU presidency web site as well as the Foreign Ministry s new web site the Latvian presidency s spokeswoman Linda Jakobsone told LETA adding that the web site will be one of the most important tools to ensure the necessary communications between all the sides involved while at the same time serving as a digital business card for Latvia Ruklis said that the new web site should be up and running by mid December The web site will have all of the necessary information about Latvia s presidency and will also include live broadcasts official photographs as well as a contact list Ruklis added Latvia will takeover the rotating presidency of the EU Council on January 1 of next year for a six month period This will be the first time Latvia will preside over the EU Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/rinkevics_outlines_priorities_of_latvian_presidency_to_eu_ambassadors/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Estonia’s e-residency permits: an e-ssential?
    The applicant must personally go to the Police and Border Guard service station to receive the card An e resident of Estonia would not need to be a resident of Estonia in the physical world and neither would they need to have permission to return to Estonia again after their initial visit in which they would sign up at a police and border guard service station and successfully apply for e residency There are even plans to offer the e permit application service at Estonia s embassies around the world which would mean you could become an e resident of Estonia without ever having set foot in Estonia This gives foreigners an equal opportunity with the Estonian residents to use Estonia s public and private e services And it has proved popular already more than 13 000 people have registered for e residency and nearly 60 percent of them intend to use the card to simplify business procedures The first person to be awarded Estonian e residency was Edward Lucas a senior editor at The Economist and a former editor of the Baltic Independent the predecessor of the Baltic Times He was chosen by the Estonian government as a result of his long term support for the Estonian people I m delighted and honored to be chosen said Lucas speaking to the Baltic Times by phone The introduction of e permits in Estonia exemplifies the fact that Estonia has become a world leader in e government What I call the Eesti Express card is sure to catch on When asked about the potential issues surrounding data security and privacy issues Lucas replied that he would rather entrust his data to the Estonian government than to Google If someone loses your data at Google they lose their job he said But

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/estonia___s_e-residency_permits__an_e-ssential_/ (2016-02-13)
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  • ERR starts Russian TV channel
    language channel will not broadcast propaganda Ruussaar stressed he does not plan for the new Russian speaking service to compete with the big channels financed by Russia He said that for 4 million euros the channel will get around 20 hours a week of originally produced programs and programs bought from elsewhere some with voiceovers some with subtitles These will be largely be shown at the best viewing times mornings and evenings a full scale television channel he said adding that the contents will be available to watch on the Internet afterwards too meaning that it is not just a TV channel The aim of the channel is to speak about how people live in Estonia the channel is also an additional possibility for language training for the Estonian speaking population The content of the channel will be prepared by Russian journalists will be edited by Russian journalists who speak good Russian language who know Russian culture and who live in the European Union This is not a propaganda channel I am not going to lead a propaganda channel he added 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/err_starts_russian_tv_channel/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Estonia and Finland agree on construction of two LNG terminals
    but the aim is to have the Balticconnector pipeline up and running by 2019 It was also agreed that the terminal may be built in Estonia if the proccess of implementation has not progressed sufficiently by the end of 2016 Roivas told the Estonian Television ETV news program Aktuaalne Kaamera that despite the fact that the original aim was to achieve the building of large scale LNG terminal in Estonia he is content with the reached agreement Let s start with the fact that Estonia will get its own terminal True not the regional one but one which ensures energy security Also if for some reason the Finnish government will not proceed with the plans for the regional terminal by the end of 2016 it could be built in Estonia From our point of view it was important to move forward after three years of negotiations that went nowhere Roivas said Estonian daily Postimees went as far as to call the agreement a fiasco ETV also cited the fact that the small supply terminal would still be relying on Finland itself supplied by Russia s Gazprom rather than functioning as an independent energy storage But the Estonian PM disagreed and called it a triumph A pipeline will decrease Estonian and Baltic dependence on Russian gas because it is not possible to switch off the supply on technical or political reasons That is a step forward for us Roivas said The Finnish government also presented the agreement as an achievement for the country I am very satisfied that we have reached an agreement With the implementation of these planned measures Finland will become integrated into the European gas network and be able to improve the country s gas based energy security Stubb said Including the two terminals the total cost of

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/estonia_and_finland_agree_on___9___9___9_construction_of_two_lng_terminals/ (2016-02-13)
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