Posts published in Day: May 3, 2018

Brussels proposes EUR 552 mln for Lithuanian N-plant closure in new EU budget

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The European Commission proposes to allocate 552 million euros at current prices in the EU’s 2021-2027 budget for the decommissioning of Lithuania’s Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP). The amount is envisaged in the Commission’s multi-annual budget proposal unveiled on Wednesday. In line with its pre-accession commitments to the European Union, Lithuania shut down the first unit of the Soviet-era facility in late 2004 and closed the second unit at the…

Have the efforts to save the Baltic Sea failed? The new survey will tell us

Thursday, May 3, 2018

At the Annual Forum of the Baltic Sea Strategy held in Tallinn in June the Spatial Foresight centre of policy studies presents its EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region after 2020 study, which analyses and provides guidance on how to improve the policies of the Baltic Sea Region to achieve goals, such as a decrease in the level of pollution to such an extent as to achieve a clean…

Snap exercise for 223 reservists announced as part of Siil exercise

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The government of Estonia decided on Thursday to call up 223 reservists to participate in the ongoing large-scale Siil exercise. The snap exercise is running from Thursday to Sunday this week, while Siil still continues until May 14. The government followed the proposal of commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras to mobilize 223 members of the reserve units of the 92nd Air Surveillance Wing. The snap exercise, like previous ones…

Toyota to stop selling diesel cars in Baltic states starting May

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Japanese car giant Toyota will no longer offer diesel cars to customers in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, leaving only hybrid and petrol engine cars in the selection. The company explained the decision with the decreasing interest in diesel-powered cars in the Baltic states. The interest of the residents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in diesel engine vehicles has decreased in the last few years and the demand for hybrid engine vehicles…

May 4 military parade for Madonna

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A military parade will take place on May 4 in Madona, central Latvia, the Ministry of Defense said May 2, giving details of the event. The parade of military hardware and personnel will give a chance for people who do not make it to the traditional November 18 independence day military parade in Rīga to enjoy the pomp and spectacle in the regions, the ministry explained. Regional parades on May…

EC proposes cutting funding for CAP and Cohesion Policy by 5% in EU’s next multiannual budget

Thursday, May 3, 2018

To save costs, the European Commission today proposed cutting funding for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Cohesion Policy by around 5 percent in the European Union’s next multiannual budget. As LETA was told at the European Commission’s Representation in Latvia, after critically examining where savings can be made and efficiency improved, the Commission has proposed that funding for the Common Agricultural Policy and Cohesion Policy is moderately reduced –…

NATO military spending continues to dwarf that of Russia

By Alasdair Sandford on Thursday, May 3, 2018

Military spending in NATO countries continues to dwarf equivalent spending in Russia and the gap widened in 2017, according to the latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Data provided by the organisation which studies conflict, weapons and arms control found that Russia slipped from third to fourth place in the table of states with the highest military expenditure. Moscow spent $66.3 billion in 2017, nearly three billion dollars…

France to take over Baltic air policing duties at Ämari airbase

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Italian Air Force handed over to their French colleagues at a ceremony at the Ämari airbase on Thursday. This is the first time that French Air Force fighters participating in the mission are based in Estonia. The French Air Force previously deployed its fighter jets and personnel to the Baltic air policing mission on six occasions. On five of them, the French Air Force’s units were stationed at the…

Lithuanian Minister of Defence R.Karoblis met with MINUSMA and EUTM leaderships in Mali

Thursday, May 3, 2018

“The security situation in Mali remains particularly complex, so Lithuania continues its participation in the multinational peacekeeping and training missions here,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said when meeting with leaderships of the multinational operations in Mali Lithuanian soldiers are deployed to. Minister met in Mali with Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and United Nations Resident Coordinator Mbaranga Gasarabwe, MINUSMA…