During restoration work in Culture Ministry’s building, experts unexpectedly discovered fragments of unique paintwork by Julijs Madernieks.
«The new Estonian government will continue the previous government’s priorities in foreign and security policy, strengthening cooperation between the European Union and NATO,» – said the new Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas during his meeting with Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis.
H5N8 virus – a highly pathogenic form of avian influenza – continues spreading in Europe. Although so far it has been found in wild waterfowl in Sweden and Finland, there is currently no reason for concern in Latvia, says Food and Veterinary Service.
Estonia’s ruling Centre Party «does not dare» stepping out of its co-operation protocol with United Russia, the party represented by Russia’s current political elite, stated deputy chairperson of the centrists and Estonian Education and Research Minister Mailis Reps on December 8.
Norwegian court convicted on December 8 a 66-year-old man with a prison sentence of eight years over child sex abuse in Skype internet communication programme.
The austerity policy realized in Baltics during the crisis has resulted in some of the lowest budget deficit and debt levels in the European Union. However, Baltics are part of the six EU member states, which includes Luxembourg, Denmark and Slovakia, that are able to fulfil all Maastricht criteria.
An unusual event has become one of Finland’s top media stories on December 7 – national postal service Posti is blamed for «losing» the latest release of social-democratic weekly Demokraatti in its entirety.
The European Union over the recent years transferred billions of euros to Ukraine, for the most part as direct budget support and yet EU’s European Court of Auditors stated on December 6 it was unable to say how the money was spent.
Six members of EU’s European Parliament from five political groups have this week blamed the European Commission for not acting on allegedly clear discrimination against homosexuals in Lithuania.
Money seems to disappear at an alarming pace when shopping right before Christmas. Janis Dambergs, head of DNB Bank’s everyday services category confirms that volumes of card transactions always tend to increase considerably in December. In January, on the other hand, they tend to decrease just as sharply.
Estonian Rural Affairs Minister Martin Repinski announced on December 6 that he was stepping down from office, having worked in the post for less than two weeks amid scandals surrounding him.
Next year, Latvia will receive more from the European Union budget than it will pay. For every one euro paid to the EU budget, Latvia will receive four euros in return, says Finance Ministry’s spokesperson Aleksis Jarockis.
The sum of money money allocated for budget quotas has grown to EUR 20 million, because the Union of Greens and Farmers wants to allocated large amounts of money for municipalities managed by the party’s members, notes Saeima deputy Laimdota Straujuma.
Head of German federal government Angela Merkel has states on December 6 that burka Islamic head-wear should be banned in the country within the limits of law.