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Butkevicius:Cooperation between China,16 CEECs ever stronger

BELGRADE - Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) is intense, with numerous perspectives for the future, and provides all participating countries with excellent opportunities for bilateral and regional partnership in various fields, Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius says in an exclusive opinion piece for Tanjug ahead of the Third Meeting of He

Roivas calls on world to use Estonia's e-services

BELGRADE - Estonia is one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union and the most business-friendly countries, Estonia's Prime Minister Taavi Roivas says, calling on partner countries to use its e-services.

In an exclusive opinion piece for Tanjug ahead of the Third Meeting of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern European countries, Roivas notes:

Finland's president opposed to NATO membership

Finland's president opposed to NATO membership

WASHINGTON -- Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has said that his country, balancing between Russia and the West, should not join NATO.

Niinisto maintains this position despite the Ukrainian crisis and calls from some Finnish politicians for the country to become a part of the western military alliance.

Latvian foreign minister comes out as gay on Twitter

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has become the first high-ranking politician in his country and the Baltic states to come out publicly as being gay, in a series of tweets.
"I proudly announce I am gay... Good luck all of you," he said late Thursday in a tweet that has since gone viral.

Central Bank's Olteanu: RIBA founding, valuable contribution to Romania's, Ireland's economic development

The founding of the Romania-Ireland Business Association (RIBA) is a valuable contribution to Romania's and Ireland's economic development, in the general context of the European Union, National Bank of Romania (BNR) vice governor Bogdan Olteanu told the first conference organized by RIBA on Thursday.

Bulgaria Calls on Russia to Free Estonian Official

Caretaker Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov has said he is seriously concerned with the abduction of Estonian police official Eston Kohver on September 5, 2014.

In a statement, he has called the incident "a violation of international law on behalf of the Russian Federation".

The Foreign Ministry is calling on Russia to immediately release Kohver and secure his return to Estonia.