Posts published in Day: January 24, 2019

Saeima committee urges approval of declaration for protection of UK citizens’ rights in Latvia

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee has prepared a decision project for the protection of rights of Britain’s and Northern Ireland’s citizens in Latvia after Brexit. This decision project will be submitted to the Saeima for approval soon, as confirmed by the parliament’s press-service. «With this declaration we want to prevent possible problems that could surface if UK leaves the EU without clear conditions, as well as to prove that UK citizens…

Maduro says Venezuela is breaking relations with US

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, winning over the backing of the Washington and many Latin American nations and prompting socialist Nicolas Maduro to break relations with the United States. Speaking to supporters outside the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, socialist leader Maduro said he would give U.S. diplomatic personnel 72 hours to leave Venezuela, which is suffering from a hyperinflationary economic collapse. U.S. President…

Trump delays State of the Union Address until shutdown ends

Thursday, January 24, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a late night Tweet on Wednesday that he would delay a State of the Union address until the government shutdown was over, responding to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s move to obstruct his plans for the speech. Earlier in the day, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives floated the idea of ending the partial government shutdown by giving Trump most or all of the…

Rail Baltica land purchases, technical designing to be completed in 2023

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Land purchasing procedures and technical designs for the Rail Baltica European-gauge railway project are planned to be completed in 2023, a senior executive of the Lithuanian state railway company said on Wednesday. “All land purchases and technical designing work will be finished in 2023,” Arenijus Jackus, director of the Rail Baltica Coordination Department at Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways), said at a news conference in Tallinn. “What will remain for the…

Minister of Defence of Estonia meets EDF personnel in Mali

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria) visited members of ESTPLA-28, the Estonian contingent stationed in the West African country of Mali, during his visit there on Wednesday. Mr Luik recognised the Estonian soldiers for their contribution towards ensuring the security of Estonia and its allies, during a visit aimed at getting acquainted with the situation on the ground and the work of Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) personnel. ”Countries do…

US to build military bases in Lithuania

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, January 24, 2019

This week the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania held the public presentation for interested business representatives concerning procurement documents related to the Public-Private Partnership projects for building three new military facilities in Šiauliai town, and regions of Šilalė and Vilnius. “It is a unique moment because we never undertook such work before. This is the largest project not only in Lithuania but also in the Baltic states and we…

Sweden to ban fossil-fuel cars by 2030

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sweden will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030. That was announced by Stefan Löfven, the country’s new prime minister. The measure brings Sweden (pictured: downtown Stockholm) in line with Norway and Denmark, who have announced similar bans for 2025 and 2030, respectively.  In all, 10 countries have now committed to banning the sale of fossil-fuel cars, albeit at different speeds. For the UK and France,…

Foreign policy debate at Saeima stresses Latvia’s Euro-Atlantic path

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The annual foreign policy debate is taking place at the Latvian Saeima on January 24. Launching the debate was Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs, freshly installed the previous day for another stint at the job he has held since 2011, making him Latvia’s longest-serving foreign minister. In a wide ranging address to deputies and a fair proportion of the foreign diplomatic corps occupying the press gallery, Rinkēvičs summed up the…

Latvia gets a new government led by Krišjānis Kariņš

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Nearly four months after parliamentary elections held on October 6, 2018, the Latvian parliament or Saeima on January 23 finally approved a new government. The five-party coalition will be headed by Latvian-American dual citizen Krišjānis Kariņš, until recently a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), and will consist of his own New Unity party plus the New Conservatives, the Development/For! alliance, the National Alliance plus most of the KPV LV party.…

Flu intensity rises in Latvia

Thursday, January 24, 2019

There was a relatively large increase in the flu intensity level in Latvia last week, according to the data of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control. In the past week seven flu fatalities were reported, all patients had one or several chronic diseases. In the past week flu intensity rose to about 196.1 cases per 100,000 residents. So far this season, nine persons have died from flu-related symptoms.