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.
- Lithuania Prime Minister: Russia is blackmailing us
- Kampars: Latvia and Gazprom has shared views on constructive cooperation
- Latvijas Gāze agrees with Gazprom on 15% lower gas purchase price
- Savickis: the new contract with Gazprom can reduce gas price by 10-15%
- Gazprom pledges to delight Latvian consumers
- Gazprom offers Eesti Gaas 10 % cheaper price formula
In order to secure the completion of the alcoholism prevention plan in Latvia, which mainly provides for a reduction of consumption of alcoholic drinks, Latvian Beer Brewers Association has come up with proposals for a gradual increase of excise tax rate on alcoholic drinks.
MEP Sandra Kalniete, who had planned to attend Boris Nemtsov’s funeral in Moscow, has been denied entry to Russia.
Latvian State Police has requested the Saeima to permit the prosecution of deputy Raimonds Bergmanis from the Union of Greens and Farmers for causing an accident.
SEB Bank has been chosen as the winner of the repeatedly organized auction for the rights to provide state-guaranteed study loans this week.
Over the course of the past two weeks, the Criminal Investigation Office of State Police has expanded the list of suspects in the Zolitude tragedy case. Three officials of Riga City Construction Office and one employee of a company involved in the construction process are now suspects in the criminal case.
Last year, the total volume of freights carried in main transport sectors had grown by 2.5% as compared to 2013.
The information published by Russian media about the scandal revolving around Latvian resident Andrejs Dubarevs involvement in a spying attempt only serves to sow distrust between allies and Latvian armed forces, believes Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis.
The goal of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was to establish democratic, legal and more humane in Russia for all of its residents, says Latvian Saeima Chairperson Iara Murniece. She also expresses her deepest sympathy to Nemtsov’s relatives and loved ones.
An average of 45% of women in the European Union have experienced some form of violence. 20-25% of women have been subjected to physical violence at least once in their life. More than 10% of women have been subjected to sexual violence.
It is known that anti-fascists in Latvia regularly receive assistance from Russia – support and money for books and different events, confirms Chief of Latvian Security Police Normunds Mezviets.
In pictures: Thousands of people in Moscow take part in rally to mourn murdered prominent anti-Kremlin politician
Tens of thousands of people rallied in Moscow on Sunday, March 1, expressing sorrow and anger over the murder of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.
The ruling Reform party has won Estonian parliamentary election held on Sunday, March 1, amid concerns that the pro-Kremlin Centre party could come first and be offered to form the new government.
Prof Juris Rozenvalds of the University of Latvia believes that considering the world’s reaction to the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, it is not in any way beneficial for Kremlin. Regardless, he believes Kremlin is undoubtedly responsible for it, as reported by lsm.lv.
Lithuania‘s political and economic diary. US Library of Congress kicks off Lithuanian independence restoration celebration
The Library of Congress in Washington DC saw 200 dignitaries turning up Wednesday, February 25 for the kick-off of celebration of the 25th anniversary of Lithuania’s Independence restoration.
High atmospheric pressure will increase in strength next week. While Saturday, February 28th, will feature some precipitation in eastern parts of Latvia, Sunday will go by without any notable precipitation to speak of.
Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku Oy have signed a contract regarding the construction of a next generation high-speed LNG ferry. The ferry is planned to be used on a route that connects Tallinn and Helsinki.
Sunday, March 1st, marks the coming into force of new regulations of the European Commission in regard to the screening of personal belongings at airports in Europe.
Compared to 2013, GDP at constant prices grew by 2.4% in Latvia 2014. Gross domestic product at current prices comprised 24.1 billion euro, in Q4 2014 – 6.5 billion euro.
This Friday, February 27th, Latvian National Armed forces identified two Russian Navy Parchim-class corvettes and one submarine in Latvian exclusive economic zone, nine nautical miles from territorial waters.
Development of trade in Riga is good. But it is important to ensure the Old Riga does not lose its aura once new shops start emerging there, said Director of State Inspection for Heritage Protection Juris Dambis.
Lithuania is ramping up its defence returning to conscripts army with roughly 3500 lads aged 20-26 to be putting on boots for the mandatory ninth month’s service as soon as September. If approved by the Parliament, it will be addition to the country’s professional army comprising of approximately 20,000 professional servicemen now.
Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers says he does not feel political pressure of any kind. However, there have been specific «hints», and he expects there will be more of them until his term is up, as reported by lsm.lv.
- Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Kaziukas Fair in Vilnius
- Lithuania‘s political and economic diary. US Library of Congress kicks off Lithuanian independence restoration celebration
- Lithuania goes back to conscripts army | 1
- Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Ballet Sleeping Beauty
- Lithuania‘s political and economic diary. Lithuanians care little about their old days.
- Druskininkai brags about «Russians’ replacement», Palanga lags
- Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. Lithuanian Independence Day in concerts and special events
- Lithuania’s political and economic diary. Vilnius does not believe in Minsk agreements
- Higher pensions! Shorter working week! Cheaper electricity! – populist top in run-up to Estonian parliamentary election
- Baltics seek room among world’s A-listers
Top 5 Business news
- Lithuania goes back to conscripts army
- Producers publish the most popular alcoholic drinks in Latvia for 2014
- Ukraine sees day with no casualties and week without currency trading
- Rīgas satiksme’s tariffs may be reduced by one-third
- SEB: Latvian entrepreneurs’ desire to invest money declines year after year
Top 5 Social news
Top 5 World news
Top 5 Video
Jānis @ 2015-03-01 21:35:57
Linda @ 2015-02-27 18:39:12
Linda @ 2015-02-27 18:36:18
well if these idiots are in territorial waters then pick them up and give them a stern lecture! Am sure if the Balts were to encroach Russian territory anywhere they would be immediately be thrown into the Lubyanka indefinitely.
Linda @ 2015-02-27 18:33:40
Miks Walsh @ 2015-02-27 12:38:33