Ambassador of Estonia to the United States has noted that her experience after 2007 cyber attacks indicates – European Union sanctions against Russia work because travel to Europe is important for Russians.
In her speech at a discussion on Ukraine on March 12, Kaljurand recalled that the EU visa ban enforced after cyber attacks on Estonian sites in 2007 actually worked, ETV and ERR report.
Kaljurand explained Russians want to visit Estonia and educate their children in Europe, and this is why such measures are of importance.
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This Monday, 6 July, Latvian government approved Interior Ministry’s submitted project on Latvia’s position in regard to the European Union’s resettlement and asylum change policy. With that, the government has approved the resettlement of 250 refugees.
Russian forces have been gradually growing near the Western borders – Baltic States, Poland and Nordic countries – since 2012, according to information from Latvian Defence Ministry.
Latvian State Police have requested permission from the Saeima to prosecute deputy Karlis Serzants from the Union of Greens and Farmers for causing a road traffic accident.
Compared to April, Latvia’s industrial production volume decreased by 2.1%, according to seasonally adjusted data, in May 2015. A drop of 12.8% was noted in in mining and quarrying, in manufacturing – a decrease of 1.9%, and in electricity and gas supply – decrease of 0.3%.
2014 had been mostly successful for Baltic States: an increase of 9% in terms of attracted investment projects and 31% more jobs created.
Latvia’s presidency over the European Union Council concluded this week. And although some experts are inclined to call Latvia’s presidency «mediocre – without any major failures and achievements», considering that Latvia had no prior experience, the result can be considered significantly better than what experts say.
In the recent referendum, the majority of Greeks voted «against» cooperating with international partners. With that, it can be concluded that Greece also says «no» to assistance from international partners and the country’s continued membership in Eurozone, as Latvian Finance Minister Janis Reirs comments results of the referendum in Greece.
The Lithuanian government is looking into several options to cut the costs of maintenance of the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas terminal, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said on Thursday, July 2.
«Greece has come close to being forced to release individual currency just to service internal transactions. Thereby the country could basically exit Eurozone. This possibility currently looms at above 50%,» – says economist CBLA Asset management Board member Zigurds Vaikulis.
The National Alliance will not change its position. The party strongly believes Latvia should not have to resettle refugees coming to Europe from North Africa, says Co-Chairman of NA Raivis Dzintars.
Latvian Healthcare Ministry has developed proposals for the increase of next year’s budget revenue by nearly EUR 30 million. In order to achieve this goal, the ministry proposes setting excise tax on chocolate, salt, sugar and other products, says HM representative Oskars Sneiders.
The top rebel of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic announced on July 2 an initiative to hold local elections aimed at establishing a semi-autonomous status within the united territory of Ukraine.
In Greece, a slightly larger number of voters wish for the government to agree to fulfil creditors' austerity demands, show results of a public opinion poll published two days before the vote.
Latvian State Construction Office carried out 600 out of 2,000 planned inspections of public buildings in Latvia. Problems were found in every fifth inspected building, as noted by Director Peteris Drukis.
Malaysia and countries of the victims of downed flight MH17 are pushing for an international tribunal against persons suspected over shooting down the plane in eastern Ukraine.
Similar to previous years, English language retains its leading position as the most popular exam with Latvian children. It was picked by a total of 13,600 youngsters, which is more than five times more than the number of youngsters who picked Russian language for their foreign exam and nearly ten times more than those who picked German.
Next week, Raimonds Vejonis will become the rightful President of Latvia. The team that he has chosen to work with him has also become known, as reported by lsm.lv.
No drastic changes to weather in Latvia are expected for Saturday and Sunday – because of the anti-cyclone, weather in Latvia will remain dry and hot. With that, air temperature may reach +25° C…+30° C. Air temperature will be lower along the coast.
This Thursday, 2 July, Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee approved the initiative to dismiss the head of the National Council for Electronic Media Ainars Dimants from his post. The dismissal of three other members of the board was declined by the committee.
Lithuanian parties have set an enormous and, many insist, hardly feasible task: get the dispersed expats coming back and furthermore: get the nation procreating so that the number of Lithuanians hit a cushy 3.5 million by 2025.
The second criminal case regarding vote-buying activities in Unity Saeima deputy Dzintars Zakis’ favour will be reviewed by Rezekne Court on 8 October.
The post of the Chairman of the Union of Greens and Farmers may remain in the hands of Latvian Farmers Union. One of the candidates proposed for this post is Saeima deputy and parliamentary secretary to Latvian Agriculture Ministry Armands Krauze.
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