Posts published in Day: January 30, 2019

Lithuania will celebrate the anniversary of its occupation in February

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

As we know, NATO member states decided to enhance the Alliance’s presence in the Baltic states and Poland with four multinational battalion-size groups in July 2016. This move was intended to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense posture. By the way, the Baltic region has turned into a huge warehouse of weapons and military equipment. NATO’s military infrastructure is moving closer and closer to the Russian borders in order to protect…

Baltic PMs to meet in Riga next week

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Prime Ministers of the three Baltic states will meet in Riga next Monday, LETA was told at the State Chancellery. The meeting of the Baltic Council of Ministers will bring together Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity), Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The meeting of the Baltic premiers is expected to focus on the European Union’s (EU) current agenda, including the bloc’s…

Patients suffering from rare diseases will require EUR 30 million this year

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Treatment of patients suffering from rare diseases will require and additional amount of funding equal to EUR 30 million in Latvia this year, according to the head of Rare Diseases Coordination Centre Ieva Mālniece. When compared to the general population, rare diseases only affect a small number of people. In Europe and USA a disease is considered rare if it affects no more than one out of 2,000 people. Last…

NATO soldiers may face obesity

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Servicemen of the national armed forces of the Baltic states constantly report the poorer quality of nutrition at mess-halls compared with that of US soldiers. Representatives of the defence ministries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in their turn are confident that the diet of our soldiers is balanced and does not harm their health. According to a new health report, however, the military experienced a 12-fold increase in the number…

Russia’s nuclear arsenal should be more transparent, U.S. insists

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Washington urged Russia and China to ensure more transparency in their nuclear programmes, as the U.S. has warned it could leave a significant arms control agreement. French news agency AFP reports that on Wednesday, January 30, a senior US official said during ameeting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in Beijing that there were “uneven results” in efforts to advance transparency under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.…

Important Lithuanian-Polish energy projects to be discussed in Warsaw

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Representatives of Lithuania and Poland are meeting on Wednesday in Warsaw to discuss important bilateral energy projects. The meeting will focus on the synchronization of the power networks, a new gas link and green energy. “The key issues will include the progress of the synchronization of the Baltic power networks with that of continental Europe and the upcoming moves. Also, the existing situation will be discussed, related to the implementation…

Latvian prime minister receives access to official secrets

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Constitution Protection Bureau has issued Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš with a permit to access official secrets. Six ministers remain in the process of evaluation. Seven ministers have either been approved for the issue of permits or are in the process of permit re-registration. Six ministers are in the process of evaluation. The decision will be made as soon as the evaluation process has concluded, CPB explains. CPB Director Jānis…

Alcoholic drinks’ shelf price in Latvia might grow considerably and soon

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The prices of alcoholic beverages in Latvia might grow more than excise tax this year, says CEO of Latvian Alcohol Industry Association Dāvis Vītols. He says LANA outlook for the near future states there could be a considerable increase of prices in the alcohol beverages segment, which, in turn, is tied to the alcohol excise tax increase starting 1 March and retail discount increase at the expense of the excise…

NATO Secretary General to visit Romania

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will travel to Bucharest on Wednesday 30 and Thursday, 31 January 2019. Mr. Stoltenberg will attend a working dinner at the European Union Defence Ministers meeting hosted by the Romanian Presidency of the European Union Council. He will also meet with the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy & Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms. Federica Mogherini. During…