Posts published in August 2018

How to survive in Lithuania

By Kovas Azbis on Friday, August 31, 2018

The Lithuanian government has proposed political parties to sign a comprehensive agreement on the country’s defence policy for the next decade. According to the draft agreement, political parties would take on the commitment to gradually increase defense spending to 2.5 percent of GDP by 2030, up by 0.5 percentage points from this year’s target of 2 percent. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis plans to discuss the proposed agreement with parties’ leaders…

Namejs 2018 military exercise underway

Friday, August 31, 2018

Namejs 2018, the largest military training exercise since the restoration of independence is getting under way in Latvia on August 20, LETA was told at the press office of the Defense Ministry. “After four years of intensive preparations, this will be the largest military training exercise since the restoration of Latvia’s independence in which we will be test the armed forces’ readiness to defend Latvia from any threats. This exercise…

Dalia Grybauskaitė honored the memory of U.S. Senator John McCain

Friday, August 31, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed the Book of Condolences opened at the United States Embassy for honoring the memory of U.S. Senator John McCain. According to the President, Lithuania will remember Senator John McCain as a sincere friend whose support for national security and defense was always felt. Senator John McCain was an exceptional patriot and leader of his country. His courage and life-long dedication to the values of freedom and…

High schools showing poor results for several successive years may lose funding for teachers’ wages

Friday, August 31, 2018

High schools that for several years in a row will fail to meet certain education quality standards might not receive budget funding for teachers’ wages under a draft regulation proposed by the Latvian Education and Science Ministry. The draft regulation contains a provision that the allocation of the government subsidies for teachers’ wages will be based on a number of criteria, including the minimum number of students in a class…

Polish warship anchors in Tallinn

Friday, August 31, 2018

Polish warship the ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki has been anchored in Tallinn harbour since 29 August, and has hosted a reception marking the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Polish Navy, which the service is celebrating this year. “The route taken for the Polish naval anniversary is largely based on history, and in this respect the capital of Estonia is one of the most important places for us,” said…

Centre Party to give identical message in Russian and Estonian

Friday, August 31, 2018

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has stressed the equal measure given to both Estonian and Russian languages in accurately communicating the same government message to the Estonian populace in either language. Speaking at the regular governmental press conference at the Stenbock House, the seat of the Estonian Government, on Thursday, Mr. Ratas said that: “The messages to be given will be the same, and if not, responsibility for that will be…

433 tons of old tires removed from landfills in Latvia

Friday, August 31, 2018

As part of the attempts in Latvia to recycle heaps of worn out tires accumulated in waste management landfills over years of mismanagement in the sector, this year by mid-August, 433 330 of worn-out tires have been removed, according to the Latvian Tire Management Association. The organisation stated on Friday, August 31, that the following amount of old tires has been removed from landfills: 36.3 tons from SIA AADSO landfill,…

France calls for new, closer EU cooperation with Russia

Friday, August 31, 2018

President Emmanuel Macron of France, who is advocating European defence cooperation alongside NATO, has envisaged more up-to-date, closer relations between the European Union and Russia. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reported that Macron stated on Thursday, August 30 during a visit to Finland, that the EU’s relations with Russia needed to be «brought up to date», but without «forgetting the last few years». «On matters like cybersecurity, defense, strategic relationships, we…

Lithuanian Government mulls mandatory assets and interest declarations from journalists

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Lithuanian Government readies to toughen the life of journalists with a legislative initiative to introduce asset, income and interest declaration for all journalists. The proposal was submitted to the Cabinet on Wednesday, following the conclusions of a parliamentary probe into businesses’ unlawful influence on politics. Seimas‘ National Security and Defence Committee commenced it after the revelation that MG Baltic, an influential business group and owner of several major media…

Kaia Kanepi through to US Open third round

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Estonian tennis player Kaia Kanepi overcame Swiss player Jil Teichmann in straight sets on Wednesday, to take her through to round three of the US Open. Ms. Kanepi had already defeated world number one Simona Halep of Romania in the first round. Kaia Kanepi, ranked 44th in the world according to the WTA rankings, beat 21-year-old Ms. Teichmann 6-4, 6-3, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in…