|2011-10-28 DAUGAVPILS UNIVERSITY ADAPTS STUDY PROGRAMMES TO FOREIGN STUDENTS' NEEDS |
One of the Latvia-Lithuania CBC Programme project’s “Fostering capacity for business development in Latgale-Utena cross-border region” (acronym REGION INVEST) objectives for Daugavpils University (DU) is to improve the academic bachelor programme “Culture and business links in Eastern Europe” and masters programme “Business Administration” in order to attract more students from neighbouring Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland.
The academic bachelor programme “Culture and business links in Eastern Europe” is a great example of nowadays educational programme, which covers two important directions of modern science: humanitarian culturology and economics. This programme offers both studies on neighbouring countries’ (Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Poland) mentalities as well as politics, economics, management and law basics of Eastern European region. Students have to study on advanced level Latvian, Russian, professional English languages, and by choice – Lithuanian, Belarusian or Polish languages. Primary objective of this programme is to prepare future professionals to work with regional projects.
The overall objective of the project is to promote business development in Latgale and Utena border regions, to promote production, export and cooperation between business and academic sectors. It is also important to improve business knowledge of start-ups, to create Research and Technology Network of Baltic Country of Lakes, to promote investment activities of Latvian-Lithuanian border region, to improve business and science infrastructure. This project is implemented by Latgale Planning Region in cooperation with DU and Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant Regional Development Agency (Lithuania). The project will continue until November 25th, 2012.
24-10-2011 LOCAL BORDER TRAFFIC AGREEMENT BETWEEN BELARUS AND LATVIA MAY COME INTO FORCE END OF 2011
The local border traffic agreement between Governments of Belarus and Latvia may come into force by the end of 2011. The work on commencement of this intergovernmental agreement is being finalized, and the first border crossing permits may be issued to the border region residents by the end of this year.
The agreement was signed in Riga on August 23rd, 2010. It was ratified in Belarus in December 2010. The term of the agreement is not specified. It shall come into force at the date of receipt via diplomatic channels of the last written notification on completion of the national procedures by the parties.
24-10-2011 GREAT DUKE VYTAUTAS AND KING JOGAILA PORTRAIT SCULPTURES WILL BE EXPOSED TO MINSKERS
From October 25th to November 3rd, the guests and citizens of Minsk will be able to view the portrait sculptures of Grand Duke Vytautas of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish King Jogaila in the National History Museum of Belarus. The official presentation of the sculptures will take place in the Museum on October 24th.
The figures are reproduced in full size. Portrait pictures and costume reconstruction were aimed at approximation to historical realities. The portrait sculptures were made by Pavel Luk and Yuri Piskun.
2011-10-20 JOINT PROMOTION OF CREATIVE INDUSTRIES IN LATVIA AND LITHUANIA
“Latgale Planning Region (LPR) is successfully implementing Latvia-Lithuania CBC Programme project “Development of joint strategy and cooperation network for promotion of creative industries”, – informs the Head of LPR administration Ms. Iveta Maļina – Tabūne.This project is implemented by 11 partners from Latvia and 5 partners from Lithuania (Saulai Region Development Agency, University of Klaipeda, Birstonas municipality, Rokiskis Youth Centre and Visaginas Youth Centre). Project objective is creation of a favourable environment for development of creative industries – thus contributing to entrepreneurship promotion, based on new products, technologies implementation and leading-up creative ideas to production. The project is aimed at Latvian and Lithuanian professional arts and music educational institutions, their teachers, pupils and students, state and municipal authorities, as well as all interested.The trainings for art and music teachers, lecturers and students of vocational schools will soon be organised in Latgale (Latvia) and Visaginas (Lithuania). In order to exchange experience and promote arts and design industries, as well as commercialization of design products, 3 different exhibitions will be organised during this project in arts and design, video and sound art, and photography. It is also planned to improve material means in art schools, to purchase books, to fit premises according to art workshop needs.Project budget is 1 189 592 EUR, where 85% are financed by ERDF Latvia-Lithuania CBC Programme.
2011-10-18 LATVIA: BEREC OFFICE IS INAUGURATED IN FULL OPERATIONAL CAPACITY
On October 14th the Office of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC Office) was inaugurated in full operational capacity at its permanent location in Riga, Latvia.The Vice-President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes pointed out: “BEREC has to play a crucial role in improving the consistency and transparency of regulatory action in telecoms markets, and emphasised that the opening of BEREC's Office is a prerequisite for it to carry out its challenging role effectively, independently, and successfully.”In that respect the Latvian side committed itself to offer to the BEREC Office a good and warm home, in a top-ranking country for internet speed. The BEREC Chair, Chris Fonteijn, stated: “BEREC’s ambition is become one of the cornerstones of the broader digital and internet policy in 3 to 5 years. The support of BEREC Office in this ambition is indispensible.” One of the BEREC Office tasks, for example, will be exploring how to implement all EU countries’ commitment to provide 30 megabits (Mbps) fast internet for all EU citizens by 2020.BEREC Office is established as a European body with legal personality. It is the first and currently the only European Agency in Latvia. The Agency will hire in total 28 staff members from all EU member states who will be based in Riga with their families.
2011-10-14 LOOKING FOR THE BEST JOURNALISTS IN THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP
Poland, which currently holds the EU Presidency, is teaming up with the Reporters Foundation in Warsaw to launch ‘The Eastern Partnership Journalistic Prize’, a competition for reporters from Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine), with €2,400 for the winner. Journalistic work should cover issues such as investigative journalism, human rights and the fight against discrimination, democracy and civil society, as well as cooperation with the European Union. The winner of the first prize will receive the equivalent of €2,400, and the runner-ups €1,200 each. Participants wishing to submit their work must have had their journalistic material published in one of the main media channels press, radio, television or the internet after January 1st. The Institute of Public Affairs has become the Honorary Patron of the contest. The finalists will be selected in early November and invited to the grand finale to be held in Poland on 24-25 November. Work in any genre should be sent together with a translation into Russian or English by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The deadline for participation is October 31st.
2011-10-07 TECHNICAL DIALOGUE WITH EU ON THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL ISSUES
The first round of the technical dialogue with the European Union on economic and financial issues took place in Minsk on October 6th.
The meeting was chaired by Mr. Dmitry Golukhov, Deputy Minister of Economy of Belarus and Ms. Maira Mora, the Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus, the Ambassador. The dialogue is aimed at the increase of mutual awareness about the current economic situation and elaboration of possible recommendations on improvement of the macroeconomic policy.
The delegation of the European Union included the representatives of the European Commission and the embassies of Latvia, Poland and Sweden, as well as the employees of the EU Delegation to Belarus. The Belarusian side was represented by Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Finance, National Bank, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Taxation, State Property Committee and National Agency for Investment and Privatization.
2011-10-06 LITHUANIA ACKNOWLEDGES SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF RAILWAY PROJECTS WITH BELARUS
An example of effective cooperation between Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine is a high-speed container train "Viking", which allows connecting the ports of the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea, Klaipeda and Iljichiovsk in two days. Freight services on the "Viking" are continuously increasing. Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Syria have already expressed their interest in "Viking" project.Moreover, the transport services are working at reducing the travel time of the passenger train Vilnius-Minsk. The estimated time of the travel between the two cities is to be reduced to two hours.
This was announced by Arunas Štaras, Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania, during the 5th Belarusian Transport Congress.
2011-10-04 POLOTSK OFFICIALLY JOINS THE COVENANT OF MAYORS
Polotsk has become the first city in Belarus to join the Covenant of Mayors (CoM), together with the German city of Friedrichshafen, its partner in the project ‘Sustainable Urban Energy in the ENPI region – towards the Covenant of Mayors (SURE)’, implemented under the EU-funded CIUDAD programme.The Covenant of Mayors initiative was launched in 2008, as a priority for action at local and regional level within the EU Energy Efficiency Action Plan. It consists of the formal commitment by City Councils to go beyond the EU objective of 20% reduction of CO2 emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy actions.More than 2,000 cities and towns in all 27 EU Member States and 10 third countries have signed the Covenant. This represents a population in excess of 127 million people, and a potential for curbing CO2 emissions by over 132 million tons per year.
2011-10-03 EASTERN PARTNERSHIP: JOINT DECLARATION SETS NEW GOALS
The Joint Declaration endorsed by the Eastern Partnership Summit in Warsaw on September 30th says the participants “acknowledged the European aspirations and the European choice of some partners and their commitment to build deep and sustainable democracy.” It goes on to say that the Eastern Partnership plays a particular role in supporting “those who seek an ever closer relationship with the EU.”The participants of the Warsaw Summit welcomed the intention of the High Representative and the European Commission to propose by the end of this year a roadmap, in consultation with partners, which would list the objectives, instruments and actions and guide and monitor their implementation until the next Summit in the second half of 2013.