Posts published in Day: December 13, 2018

5 big EU budget headaches

Thursday, December 13, 2018

It’s meant to be about the budget, not Brexit. At the European Council summit on Thursday and Friday, European leaders are due to get to grips with what is usually one of the biggest battles in Brussels — the fight over the next long-term EU budget. Not for the first time, a summit has been overshadowed by the latest Brexit drama. But the budget remains on the agenda — and it’s…

Vejonis not to participate in government formation talks for the next few days

Thursday, December 13, 2018

President Raimonds Vejonis will not take part in the government formation process for a few days, as the political parties voted into the 13th Saeima have asked for more time so they could agree on the coalition makeup, the President’s Chancery told LETA. Earlier this week Vejonis had meetings with heads of the 13th Saeima groups to discuss the further government formation process. According to the President’s Chancery, the majority…

Riigikogu adopts Personal Data Protection Act

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Riigikogu on Wednesday adopted a law regulating the use and processing of personal data as well as supervision thereof. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into effect across the EU on 25 May, regulating the protection of personal data, and national legislation had to be brought into conformity with it, Riigikogu spokespeople said on Wednesday. The general principles of the protection of personal data will not change, however.…

Turkey train crash: At least seven dead in Ankara

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A crash involving a high-speed train at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed at least seven people and injured more than 40, local media report. Images from the scene showed emergency services working to rescue people from badly damaged carriages. Reports citing local officials said the high-speed train had collided with another train, then into an overpass. The accident occurred at about 06:30 local time (03:30 GMT).…

EU officials dismiss concerns about future defence protectionism, but fears persist

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Although officials in Brussels insist the EU’s future support for defence research and capability development will not modify procurement rules across the post-Brexit 27 member states, they are nonetheless struggling to dispel fears that the policies carry the seeds of protectionism. At the heart of the issue lies the EU’s proposed European Defence Fund (EDF) for 2021–27. “None of our initiatives, including the EDF, change the procurement rules in defence…

Leopard kills India Buddhist monk meditating in forest

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A monk meditating in a forest in the Indian state of Maharashtra has died in a leopard attack, officials say. The man, identified as Rahul Walke, had been “meditating under a tree” in the Tadoba forest, which is a protected tiger reserve, officials told PTI. Walke had been attached to a Buddhist temple which is inside the forest, but he had walked to a spot quite far away from it…

Six persons detained in Latvia and another two in Poland in connection with RS procurement scandal

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Six persons have been detained by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB) in Latvia in conection witht the procurement scandal involving the Rigas Satiksme municipal public transport company, as well as another two have been detained in Poland. The KNAB informed today that it carried out over 30 searches yesterday in connection with this investigation. The bureau points out that a large-scale investigation is currently underway and it is also working…

British PM stays after no-confidence vote, attends EU summit

Thursday, December 13, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a no-confidence vote in her ruling Conservative Party and on Thursday attends a summit of the European Union. British public broadcaster BBC reports that in the evening of Thursday, December 12, in the British Parliament, 117 Conservative members of the House of Commons voted against her in the office, while 200 other members voted for her to remain. Responding to the anger of…

There is no political crisis in Latvia – Kucinskis

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Political parties voted into the 13th Saeima have not been able to form a new government for almost two months now – it does not necessarily mean that there is a political crisis in Latvia, but there indeed is a kind of a chaos, the outgoing Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) said in an interview with LNT television, referred LETA. Kucinskis’ government keeps working and Saeima committees also do their…

Lithuania might sign LNG imports contracts with US as early as next year – energmin

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Lithuania might start importing LNG from the United States as early as next year, Lithuanian Minister of Energy Zygimantas Vaiciunas says after introducing American companies to the Lithuanian government’s decision to buy the Klaipeda-based FSRU Independence by 2024, reported LETA/BNS. “The news was received by the companies very favorably, to have that long-term LNG supply. (…) I have no doubt that these conversations will evolve into one or the other…