Posts published in Day: June 12, 2018

Baltic States score high in National Cyber Security Index 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Latvia has received the highest score in the National Cyber Security Index for its cybersecurity policy and analysis of cyber threats, representatives of the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry told LETA. Latvia has also received the highest possible number of points for the protection of national level services and documents and the measures taken so far to counter cyberattacks. Based on the 12 various digital security aspects which have…

Latvia, Netherlands share European values and international challenges

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Latvia and the Netherlands share common understanding of European values and international challenges, said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis after his meeting with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on June 11th, informs LETA. Vejonis said that the visit of the king is a special honor to Latvia on its centenary and proves the close relationship between both countries and excellent relations. The countries are united historically, already from the Hanseatic League,…

Plan to ban female gamete donation passed for third reading in Saeima

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

At the Latvian Saeima, the draft amendments aimed at banning women, who have not given birth, from donating their gametes, has been passed for the third reading to the members of the parliament. The amendments are planned for the Latvian Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health that sets forth the controversial ban among other regulatory changes. This issue has been widely debated several times in the Saeima’s Social and Employment…

EU ready to fund some projects to speed military deployments

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The European Union could make billions of euros available to upgrade bridges and roads so its member countries and NATO are able to rapidly deploy troops in times of crisis, AP reports. The European Commission has proposed a budget of EUR 6.5 billion for certain infrastructure projects, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc told NATO ambassadors. The money can be used for “dual use” projects, such as increasing the weight capacity of…

Migrant rescue ship rejected by Italy and Malta to be accepted in Spain

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mediterranean rescue ship with 629 people on board that has not been allowed to dock in Italy and Malta, would, according to Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, be accepted in Spain to help avoid a humanitarian disaster. British public broadcaster BBC reports on Tuesday, June 12, that the migrants aboard the Aquarius were picked up from inflatable boats off the coast of Libya at the weekend, in six different rescue…

Police in Latvia switches from grey to colourful

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

As the Latvian State Police starts changing the way its cars are painted, it has presented their new colours, which will be on all State Police cars by 2020. On Monday, June 11, the first repainted car was presented in central Riga as the police and the Latvian Interior Ministry seemed glad to announce a change to brighter tones, leaving the previous 27-year-old design behind. Developed in collaboration with the…

Football: Poland thrash Lithuania 4-0 in World Cup warm-up

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Poland’s national football squad on Tuesday notched up a comfortable 4-0 victory against Lithuania in their last friendly fixture ahead of the World Cup in Russia. Poland captain Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a clinical shot from inside the box at the National Stadium in Warsaw. The Polish goal machine found the net again from a set piece to put his team 2-0 ahead in…

Korea Will Regulate Cryptocurrency Exchanges Like Commercial Banks, Legitimizing Industry

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Korea Financial Intelligence Unit (KFIU) and other local financial agencies will regulate cryptocurrency exchanges like banks, imposing strict anti-money laundering (AML) policies to ensure criminals do not utilize cryptocurrencies to finance illicit operations. Similar to Japan During the Policy Advisory Council meeting held on June 8, KFIU director Kim Geun-ik led an extensive discussion on existing money laundering and terrorist financing prevention regulations and proposed stricter policies for both…

Tokyo approves bill in next step toward enactment of new Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Diet approved a bill Wednesday to ratify the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The bill was adopted at a plenary session of the Upper House by a majority vote, with support mainly from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito. The Lower House passed the bill in May. The parliamentary approval is expected to help speed up related domestic procedures and add momentum…

Greece And Macedonia Agree On New, Acceptable Name For Latter To End Dispute

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The governments of Greece and its neighbouring country Macedonia have reached an agreement on the name of the latter to end a decades-long dispute that has blocked Macedonia’s aspirations to become part of NATO and the European Union. British public broadcaster BBC reports that after 27 years of talks – and many protests – they have settled on the name Republic of North Macedonia, or Severna Makedonija in Macedonian dropping…