Posts published in Day: October 1, 2018

German Air Force jets to conduct training flights in Estonian airspace

Monday, October 1, 2018

German fighter jets stationed at the Amari air base in northwestern Estonia as part of NATO’s Baltic air policing mission will perform training flights in Estonian airspace from Monday to Friday, informed LETA/BNS. The German Eurofighter jets will conduct the flights at an altitude of at least 152 meters and preferably away from populated areas, spokespeople for the Estonian defense forces said. The German contingent on the augmenting NATO air…

EU Budget 2019

Monday, October 1, 2018

“The Budgets Committee vote on the 2019 EU Budget sends a clear signal that the EPP Group is strongly committed, not only in reverting the cuts proposed by the Council, but also in reinforcing successful EU programmes that should remain strong”, stated Monika Hohlmeier MEP, the EPP Group negotiator for the 2019 EU Budget. The EPP group strongly believes that the EU must have the necessary financial means to meet…

Police penalize Jurmala mayor for storing illegal drugs

Monday, October 1, 2018

Latvia’s State Police have applied a fine of EUR 100 to Jurmala Mayor Gatis Truksnis for storing illegal narcotics, as reported by Nekā personīga programme of LTV. According to information reported by the programme, police found a syringe with traces of cocaine and the mayor’s DNA. The item in question was confiscated during the search conducted by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau as part of the criminal process regarding possible…

Lithuanian president, in New York, calls for fixing labor market gender inequality faster

Monday, October 1, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has called on UN member states to improve education and break down stereotypes in an effort to fix gender inequality in labor markets at a faster pace. Grybauskaitė, who led a high-level discussion on economic growth through women’s empowerment at the UN General Assembly in New York, urged UN member states to wipe away laws that discriminate against women. “Dalia Grybauskaitė pointed out that upgrading education…

Seimas to consider proposal to ban spreading info inciting terrorism

Monday, October 1, 2018

The Seimas of Lithuania will consider the Cabinet’s proposal to ban spreading information inciting terrorist crimes. 64 lawmakers on Friday gave their initial backing to the proposed amendments, and ten abstained. The bills will now go to parliamentary committees for further deliberation. The proposed amendments would transfer into national law the provisions of an EU directive on fighting terrorism and would define measures aimed at fighting online contents publicly inciting…

Macedonia’s EU future in doubt after referendum flop

Monday, October 1, 2018

Snap elections are likely to decide Macedonia’s EU future after most people did not vote in a referendum on changing the country’s name. Just 36.5 percent of eligible voters turned out on Sunday (30 September) to answer the question: “Are you for EU and Nato membership by accepting the agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece?”. That fell short of the threshold of 50 percent plus…

Three persons shot in Aizpute today

Monday, October 1, 2018

Three persons were shot at a private clinic in Aizpute Region in Southwestern Latvia today, LETA was informed by the State Police. Police are currently at the scene determining the circumstances of the incident. Police say that the incident happened at an adjacent guest house, and that the injuries to the persons involved are not life threatening. There is no information about the shooter yet. According to information obtained by…

Contactless ID-cards to arrive in near future

Monday, October 1, 2018

The state will start issuing residents new ID-cards that sport a new design and security elements and come with contactless technology from the start of next year at the latest. Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) Chief Expert Eliisa Sau said it has taken 18 months to prepare the new digital documents. Enterprise Estonia (EAS) was consulted for the new cards’ design the flipside of which portrays a glacial boulder…

Serious battle for people’s minds and hearts going on right now – Rinkevics

Monday, October 1, 2018

In an interview with LETA, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity), commenting the atmosphere during this pre-election period, said that a serious battle of people’s minds and hearts is going on right now. Rinkevics said that this is not just characteristic of Latvia, as similar battles have taken place elsewhere in Europe, where radical and populist ideas have taken the upper hand. The foreign minister said that there is a strong…

Free public transport is means to encourage sustainable behavior

Monday, October 1, 2018

In his speech at the Le Havre Forum on Postive Economy, mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas said that free public transport is a means to encourage sustainable behavior. Aas, who delivered his remarks as the keynote speaker of the forum’s rethinking mobility bloc, said that public transport is the most cost-effective means of mobility which uses urban space in the most effective manner, spokespeople for the city government said. Cars,…