Posts published in Day: September 14, 2018

UK prison officers return to work after protest against violence in jails

Friday, September 14, 2018

Thousands of British prison officers returned to their jobs on Friday, after staging a six-hour walkout to protest against rising levels of violence in jails. The Prison Officers’ Association (POA) union wants the government to issue better personal protection equipment to its 28,000 members and reduce levels of violence and overcrowding in jails. Prison officers had demonstrated outside jails across England and Wales early on Friday morning, defying government demands…

Riigikogu discusses transition to Estonian-language teaching at all levels

Friday, September 14, 2018

At the initiative of a group of Pro Patria Party MPs, the Riigikogu on Thursday discussed a transition to Estonian-language teaching in Estonia’s Russian-language schools and kindergartens as a matter of significant national importance. According to rapporteurs, the transition is possible but would take time, spokespeople for the Riigikogu said. Viktoria Ladõnskaja-Kubits, a member of the Pro Patria parliamentary group, said that while it’s clear that Estonia is moving towards…

UK court rules against electoral watchdog in Brexit spending row

Friday, September 14, 2018

Britain’s electoral regulator misinterpreted the spending law when it allowed the main Brexit campaign to donate to a smaller, aligned group during the 2016 referendum campaign, London’s High Court ruled on Friday. Britain’s officially designated Brexit campaign group, Vote Leave, said the Electoral Commission had told the group it could donate to other Leave campaigners without having to count it against its own referendum expenses. But the High Court found…

UK minister: Transport between UK and Estonia, EU needs discussion

Friday, September 14, 2018

UK Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling (Conservative) hopes to coordinate air and road transport with Estonia and all EU member states, with a no-deal Brexit contingency plan if required. “It is in the interests of all EU member states as well as the UK that air and road transport connections remain after the UK leaves the EU,” Grayling wrote to Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson (Centre).…

BATL: railway electrification’s real price will be at least EUR 230 million larger

Friday, September 14, 2018

«Transport Ministry and the prime minister keep the actual price of railway electrification project from residents – the total price of the first stage of the project will be at least EUR 230 million larger and will exceed EUR 670 million,» notes Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics. With that, opposite to what state officials say, carriers expect railway freight prices to go up considerably, which will reduce Latvian transit…

Nuclear weapons budget gets boost in US spending bill

Friday, September 14, 2018

The U.S. Congress is poised to pass the defense budget on time for the first time in a decade. A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers formally announced a deal Thursday for a $674 billion defense appropriations bill, packaged with funding for the departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor and other government agencies, or Labor-HHS. A joint conference committee finished reconciling the two chambers’ bills, teeing up a compromise report to pass before…

Baltics call on Commission to preserve Cohesion Fund support after 2020

Friday, September 14, 2018

The finance ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Thursday signed a joint letter regarding the future of the EU cohesion policy in which they call on the European Commission not to reduce Cohesion Fund allocations following the end of the current funding period in 2020. Representatives of the three neighbouring states said in the letter that they are prepared to further increase their contributions to the EU budget, but the…

Ratas to meet with Merkel in Vilnius

Friday, September 14, 2018

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) will be in Vilnius on Friday, where he will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At their meeting, Ratas and Merkel will discus digital cooperation between Estonia and Germany, including how to move toward practical joint projects, according to a government press release. Likewise to be discussed are defence and security policies as well as the development of cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries. “In international…