Posts published in Day: February 4, 2019

European nations recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president

Monday, February 4, 2019

The United Kingdom, Spain and France announced Monday that they recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president. European nations had warned last week that if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro did not call new elections by the end of Sunday, they would officially recognize Guaido as the self-declared leader of the country. “Nicolas Maduro has not called Presidential elections within 8 day limit we have set. So…

Latvians have fewer “healthy life years” than rest of EU

Monday, February 4, 2019

Latvian residents enjoy fewer “healthy life years” than any other European Union country, according to latest data from Eurostat released February 4. Despite its proximity just across the Baltic Sea, Sweden is right at the other end of the healthy life year scale with Swedes enjoying around two decades of extra healthy living. “The EU country with the highest number of healthy life years in 2016 for both women and men was Sweden (73.3…

UNHCR welcomes Lithuania‘s offer to receive persons rescued at sea

Monday, February 4, 2019

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the news that Lithuania has offered to receive up to five persons in need of international protection. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the news that Lithuania has offered to receive up to five persons in need of international protection who have been rescued at sea by the boat Sea Watch 3, joining a group of seven other European States. “UNHCR commends the Lithuanian…

Fake news: How Lithuania’s ‘elves’ take on Russian trolls

Monday, February 4, 2019

EU parliamentary elections are seen as vulnerable to disinformation, but some countries are policing false stories. The six continually updated screens in front of Sergeant Tomas Ceponis’ desk in Lithuania’s defence ministry do not transmit conventional military data. On one, he can monitor the most popular stories in the Russian language. Another display shows how content is being shared via social media, while a third tracks trending online news about several…

Emiliano Sala plane wreckage found in Channel

Monday, February 4, 2019

Wreckage from a plane carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala has been discovered in the English Channel. The Piper Malibu N264DB was lost on 21 January on its way from Nantes, France, to Cardiff, with the Argentine striker and pilot David Ibbotson on board. Accident investigators are expected to send a submersible to inspect the wreckage later on Monday. David Mearns, who led a privately-funded search for the aircraft, said…

Fuel prices up in Vilnius, down in Tallinn

Monday, February 4, 2019

Fuel prices this week have risen in Vilnius, remain unchanged in Riga and dropped in Tallinn, LETA has found out. The most expensive 95-octane fuel is in Tallinn, followed by Riga and Vilnius. Meanwhile, the most expensive diesel fuel is in Tallinn, while the lowest – in Vilnius. The price of 95-octane fuel at Circle K gas stations in Riga reached EUR 1.194 per liter this week, while the price of diesel…

Number of refugees in Estonian centres shrinks to 47

Monday, February 4, 2019

At the beginning of February, 47 refugees were still staying in Estonia’s reception centres in Vao and Vägeva, two villages in the Estonian countryside, down from 51 in early December last year. As of 1 February there are 34 people temporarily living in the Vao centre, 22 of which are asylum seekers and another 12 have been granted international protection, the Baltic News Service reported on Monday. Five of the…

PM’s visit to Israel ‘did more harm than good’ to Lithuania, president says

Monday, February 4, 2019

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ recent trip to Israel, which did not include visiting Palestinian territories, “did more harm than good” to Lithuania, President Dalia Grybauskaite said. “This visit to Israel drew mixed reactions from the international community and foreign media. Therefore, (it) did more harm than good,” she said in a comment forwarded by her press service to BNS. Tomas Berzinskas, the prime minister’s spokesman, said Skvernelis focuses on the content rather than…

Finland decides officially to join Rail Baltic joint venture

Monday, February 4, 2019

The government of Finland decided on Friday to establish for the comprehensive development of the railway field a company by the name of Oy Suomen Rata AB, one of the areas of business for which according to Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson will be participation in the Rail Baltic joint venture RB Rail AS. “In November last year I made a proposal to my Finnish colleague Anne…

Prime minister to meet with Baltic counterparts in Riga

Monday, February 4, 2019

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas is meeting with his Latvian and Lithuanian colleagues in Riga on Monday, where he will meet the new Latvian prime minister as well. Mr Ratas will meet Latvia’s new prime minister, Krišjānis Kariņš, and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis in Riga to discuss the Latvian presidency of the Baltic Council of Ministers, issues concerning the European Union and Brexit, the digital single market, and matters touching…