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  Irina Shuvalova. Latvia moves to Euro. The President of the country has signed the Law on joining the Euro zone from 1 January 2014

2013 02 19

Latvia will join the euro zone and introduce euro on 1 January 2014. The relevant law was signed on 15 February by the President Andris Berzins. The Latvian Saeima approved the Law on the introduction of euro on 31 January.

Euro and Lats will simultaneously be effective only for two weeks next year, while the change will be in euros only. Payments thereafter will be made only in the official currency – euros. Lats will not be available at cash machines since the introduction day of euros. However, the government will provide the citizens with the possibility to get used to the value of goods and services in euros, and for about half a year prices will be indicated in the two currencies. Besides, according to an opinion poll, more than 63% of Latvian residents have a negative attitude towards the innovation, reported the "Echo of Moscow".

Estonia was the first republic of the former Soviet Union, which moved to the euro. It entered the euro zone on 1 January 2011 and abandoned its national currency - the kroon.

Material has been prepared by the Centre of Geopolitical Studies with reference to the article from «Утро.ru» of 15 02 2013

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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (17)

2017 01 19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.

National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities (32)

2017 01 18

For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.


In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass (9)

2017 01 17

On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.


Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries (2)

2017 01 10

Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.

The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia (2)

2016 12 19


The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.



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