After Lithuania’s decision to obtain energy independence by separating its gas company into two different parts, Russia has punished it by not reducing the price for gas, as it was done in Latvia and Estonia.
Latvia and Estonia will get 15% discount in 2011, while the price for Lithuania was not cut.
Lithuania has been trying to seek for energy independence for some time already, especially, in the sector of gas, therefore currently it is splitting the sector into two parts – transmission and production, thus trying to avoid the possibility for monopolistic pricing schemes.
Gas prices will be cut for Latvia, as they have undertaken to resume gas consumption up to levels of 2007. We have resolved this issue. Regarding Estonia, the decision is positive as well, says Gazprom vice-president Valery Golubev.
He adds there are no reasons to cut prices for Lithuania.
Golubev points out they do not see why Lithuania is carrying out the EU’s third energy package. For the time being the European Commission has not initiated any negotiations with respect to gas in Lithuania, explains Golubev.
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«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.
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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.
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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.
From 2 July and all the way to the end of the week, weather in Latvia will be especially sunny and clear. Air temperature may even reach +30° C. A brief, refreshing rain will only come on Sunday.
On Tuesday, 30 June, prosecutor of Vidzeme Region Prosecutor's Office submitted the criminal case regarding vote-buying activities carried out by four individuals during the 12th Saeima elections to the court.
This week, a special parachute training exercise will be held in Adazi, which will be attended by soldiers of the U.S. army in Europe 173rd Airborne Brigade of the 503rd Infantry Regiment Battalion.
The Foreign Minister of Estonia, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, announced on July 1 she would stand down after a court ruled that she is partly liable for dept of her father's company.
«Europe has never seen such disrespectful behaviour,» – says former Latvian Finance Minister Andris Vilks, commenting on the position of the new Greek government in talks with international creditors. Current Finance Minister Janis Reirs adds that the government of Athens has lost its trustworthiness because it lied and bluffed.
According to former Finance Minister Andris Vilks, the largest party in the coalition, Unity, is changing: its strongest politicians are ‘either in Brussels or underground’ and the party’s ideology is crumbling, as reported by lsm.lv.
The European Commission has promised Hungary financial assistance and specialists to help tackle the influx of migrants arriving through Serbia.
Kremlin does not understand the point behind the initiative that was submitted to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office in regard to the alleged illegitimacy of independence of Baltic States, announced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov this Wednesday, 1 July.
Considering the growing transit of cargoes from China to Kazakhstan, the Kazakh government has developed a new multi-stage logistical chain to connect the East and West. The project, which is called «The New Silk Road», mentions Lithuania’s Klaipeda port as one of the chosen transit points. Latvian ports are not included in the plans for Chinese cargo transit.
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