Posts published in Day: June 5, 2018

Week in Lithuania. Intelligence still uses suspected CIA prison building

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Lithuanian State Security Department, or VSD, continues to use a building near Vilnius that allegedly housed a secret American Central Intelligence Agency’s detention facility for its training centre. According to the Centre of Registers, VSD in April transferred the building in Antaviliai, a village close to Vilnius, to the centralized public property manager Turto Bankas ahead of its planned sale. However, Aurelija Katkuvienė, the department’s spokeswoman, says that the…

Swedbank, Kalev, Facebook are the most popular brands in Baltics

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Swedbank is the most popular brand in Latvia, writes LETA, according to a survey conducted by Kantar Emor. Estonia’s most popular brand is Kalev, and Lithuania’s – Facebook. In Latvia, further down the list is Samsung, Google, Nike, Maxima, Apple, Youtube, Neste, Audi and Tele2. In Estonia Kalev was followed by Youtube, ERR, Selver, Google, Swedbank, Farmi Piimatoostus, Telia, Maxima and Facebook. In Lithuania, meanwhile, Facebook was followed by Lidl,…

Luik meets with NATO, European, Belgian defence chiefs in Brussels

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria) met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Belgian Minister of Defence Steven Vandeput in Brussels on Monday to discuss the upcoming NATO summit, European defence initiatives as well as bilateral defence cooperation. “The stationing of NATO units on the alliance’s eastern flank has been a remarkable step in strengthening deterrence in order…

Problem of plastic waste in the Baltic on the rise

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Plastic waste is polluting the Baltic sea and is a problem there just as much as it is in the rest of the world, needing to be addressed by politicians and industry chiefs alike, according to speakers at the recent EU Baltic Sea strategy meeting in Tallinn. Speaking to ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne Kamera’, Harmen Spek, innovation manager at plastic pollution awareness body ‘Plastic Soup’, said that the problem of…

UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn, tickets on sale today

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

UEFA Champions’ League 2018 winners Real Madrid and fellow Madrid team Atlético, who won the UEFA Europa League this year, are due to play each other in the Super Cup in Tallinn on 15 August. Registration for ticket purchase starts today on the UEFA homepage. From 15.00 EEST all those interested can register, with tickets being allocated, as with all UEFA finals as well as the FIFA World Cup and…

The tech giants’ empire must fall – but they won’t go without a fight

By Rafael Behr on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The power of corporate giants like Amazon and Facebook is unparalleled. A regulatory assault seems urgent, inevitable – and impossible. The most memorable parts of last year’s Conservative election manifesto were the ones Theresa May would rather forget. History will immortalise her social care reform as a voter-repellent “dementia tax”. The offer to give MPs a free vote on the hunting ban is a case study in how to alienate…

Massive NATO exercise starts in Poland and the Baltics

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A massive US-led military exercise involving 18,000 soldiers from 19 nations, primarily NATO members, kicked off Sunday along the alliance’s eastern border. Saber Strike 18 will take place until June 15 in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The multinational exercise, which is being held for the eighth time, “is the platform to validate our collective capability to rapidly respond to and reinforce allies in a time of crisis,” said US…

Baltic Sea region could become example of digital governance

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

To enhance their competitiveness and improve the day-to-day lives of their citizens, the countries of the Baltic Sea region need to make as good as possible use of the opportunities offered by digitalization, and the region could serve as an example of digital governance, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said on Monday. “Aside from the Baltic Sea, our people could be connected also by data flows moving quickly between government institutions,…

R. Karoblis to meet with Northern Group Defence Ministers in the Hague

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

On June 6 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will travel to the Hague to take part in the Northern Group Defence Ministers meeting. The Ministers are planned to discuss security situation in the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic regions, potential outcome of the upcoming NATO Summit, challenges in military mobility area and solutions to them. The Northern Group includes the United Kingdom, the three Baltic states – Lithuania,…