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  • Latvija in brief
    Latgale one of which had been set up in an abandoned two floor building which the criminals had bought specially for growing marijuana The third marijuana farm was uncovered under a garage floor in Riga The group of criminals nabbed by the police includes the grower who together with an accomplice tended the marijuana plants Police also detained a person who had invested money in the farms and a person who organized the selling of the narcotics The suspects detained in connection with the case are 40 to 50 years old Police also seized cash five various weapons including a submachine gun with a silencer and some 1 500 plants during searches Swine flu spreads African swine fever ASF has kept spreading in Latvia as 55 wild boars tested positive for the infection between Nov 26 and December according to information posted on the Food and Veterinary Service s PVD website So far this year PVD has found ASF in 944 wild boars in 171 districts in the territory of 48 municipalities as well as in one town in eastern Latvia The total number of confirmed ASF cases in wild boars in Latvia since June 2014 is 1 161 The last time a domestic pig tested positive for ASF in Latvia was on Sept 9 2015 ASF is an extremely dangerous and contagious virus infection affecting pigs If an infected pig is found in a farm all pigs in the particular farm have to be culled which means big losses for farmers 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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  • Health Minister calls for more healthcare workers in Estonia
    workers should be paid more not less Saving money in the health field should definitely not come at the expense of medical personnel and rather their number should grow in the coming years Estonian Minister of Health and Labor Jevgeni Ossinovski said I have stressed repeatedly that the cutback should definitely not concern healthcare employees and for a very simple reason we do not have enough of them already Ossin The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section 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 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 more Our news analysis

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  • Estonia to buy 500,000 euros’ worth of drones to guard eastern border
    for monitoring the entire length of Estonia s eastern border Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said drones will help to more promptly detect and fix crossings of the border in places not designated for crossing and give patrols a better overview of unlawful activities in border areas There are at the external border areas which are not accessible to foot patrols That s why it s good to use unmanned aerial vehicles or drones which allow The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section 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 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

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  • Estonia: Permanent storage of radioactive waste from Paldiski to cost 70 million euros
    at a former Soviet nuclear submarine training base at Paldiski in northwestern Estonia Experts estimate that construction of final storage dismantling of the reactors and their storage will cost around 70 million euros head of the Environment Ministry s climate and radiation department Evelyn Muursepp told BNS on Monday Preliminary international studies running from Oct 2014 till the end of this year will determine the best ways to rend The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section 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 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 more Our news analysis and

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  • Tartu becomes first UNESCO City of Literature in Baltic Sea region
    the Anne Youth Centre In 2015 the city introduced the award for the best work of children s youth fiction The award is financed by the city and given out by Tartu Public Library in cooperation with the Tartu Toy Museum The winner of the award is announced on the World Book Day also celebrated in Tartu as the Book and Rose Day April 23 In 2015 the Tartu Department of the Estonian Writers Union and the city government started working on the statute of the City Writer scholarship The city supports literary projects initiated by the youth within the framework of the youth initiatives programme NOA Since 2015 the city supports the schools to invite writers to perform The city is planning to organise a reading seminar for the children s day care centres In Nov 2015 the European Poetry Slam Championship was held in Tartu One of the main cultural festivals of Tartu the interdisciplinary festival Crazy Tartu will take place parallelly with the championship The festival and the championship are organised by the writer Jaan Malin the Estonian Literary Society and the Tartu Department of the Estonian Writers Union In autumn 2015 a new project Bussiluule Bus Poetry was launched to introduce literature in the urban space stickers with poems are placed in the city buses of Tartu Planned as a long term project the Bus Poetry will be offering a selection of 10 poems from different authors once or twice every year The project is coordinated by the Estonian Literary Society A literary guide of Tartu is being compiled by Maia Tammjarv a PhD student of the University of Tartu and the literary editor of the cultural monthly newspaper Muurileht Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn

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  • Eesti in brief
    of alcohol at gas stations and 80 per cent supported separating alcoholic beverages from other goods in stores More than 80 per cent of those polled think alcohol is too easily accessible to young people and nearly a third voiced concern about excessive consumption by themselves or by their near ones The findings very clearly demonstrate public approval of the health minister s initiative to tighten alcohol policy Juhan Kivirahk head of surveys at Turu uuringute AS said Patarei Fortress endangered Europa Nostra the leading European heritage organization and the European Investment Bank Institute EIBI on Thursday announced the 14 monuments and sites shortlisted for The 7 Most Endangered programme for 2016 The Patarei Sea Fortress in the Estonian capital city Tallinn made the list The list of endangered landmarks was put together by an international panel of experts in various fields the Estonian War Museum said Honorary chairman of the Estonian Heritage Society Trivimi Velliste stressed that Patarei is a quite well preserved and very valuable classicistic architectual monument in North Europe The final seven most endangered monuments and sites will be unveiled on March 16 2016 in Venice 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

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  • Public approval secured for Rail Baltica II route through Latvia
    in November and 5 000 participated in the meetings in March As a result we as the developers have reached an agreement with the local population and municipalities about the layout of the rail tracks Balgalis said There has also been constructive cooperation with state owned stakeholders such as Latvijas Dzelzcels railway company Latvijas Valsts Celi road management company and Latvijas Vaksts Mezi forest manager The environmental impact assessment report on Rail Baltica was prepared by more than 30 experts The report on several thousand pages including addenda provides answers to the questions raised during the initial discussion and received in 600 letters said Evita Brante an expert with Estonian Latvian Lithuanian Environment company The report updated with proposals by people and municipalities will be submitted to the Latvian State Environmental Bureau VPVB which is to produce its opinion about the document in the first quarter of next year The municipalities are expected to formally approve the layout of the rail tracks in March 2016 Properties will be expropriated and construction designs developed between 2017 and 2019 and construction is to begin in 2020 The Tallinn Riga Kaunas line is to be constructed by 2025 and the connection to Warsaw is to be built by 2030 Balgalis said The public discussion of the environmental impact assessment report on the would be European standard gauge railway line Rail Baltica was held in 15 Latvian municipalities through which the rail tracks are to be build from Nov 11 to Dec 11 The Rail Baltica II project for construction of a European standard gauge railway seeks to re establish a direct connection between the Baltic States and the European railway network The project is expected to facilitate regional integration by means of a railway link from Helsinki that would link Tallinn Riga Kaunas

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  • Saeima plans Special Economic Zone for Latgale
    VARAM said The bill lists a number of criteria that would make territories eligible to the SEZ status including ownership existing infrastructure planned investment in infrastructure development and expected benefits from the SEZ status The right to determine the territory of the Latgale SEZ will be delegated to the Cabinet of Ministers but the ministry has prepared a preliminary list of the municipalities that could be included in the new SEZ The total area of the Latgale region is 14 549 km2 but the maximum size of the Latgale SEZ will be restricted to 5 percent of this total or 727 45 km2 VARAM said that socioeconomic development in Latgale was much slower than the average rate in Latvia GDP per capita in the Latvian capital Riga is nearly three times higher and the country average is almost two times higher than in the Latgale region Unemployment in the region also remains high at 12 1 percent as opposed to the Latvian average of 8 3 percent in 2014 It is planned that the Latgale SEZ will exist until December 31 2035 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

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