Posts published in Day: February 9, 2019

Eastern Partnership has to be ambitious

Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Eastern Partnership, a joint initiative of the European Union and its six neighboring states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, must strive to be even more ambitious in the coming 10 years, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said in his opening remarks at the sixth annual conference on the Eastern Partnership in Tallinn on Friday. Ratas said that cooperation with the six eastern neighbors of the European Union is…

Belgian exporters found guilty of sending chemicals to Syria

Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Belgian court has found three businesses and their owners guilty of shipping 168 tons of a substance potentially used in the making of chemical weapons to Syria between 2014 and 2016 without submitting the appropriate export licenses. The Penal Court of Antwerp fined AAE Chemie Trading, a wholesaler, Anex Customs and Danmar Logistics between €75,000 and €500,000 for exporting high purity isopropanol to buyers in the war-torn state. Rolf Rippen, a manager at AAE Chemie Trading,…

Over 290 km of state highways in critical condition in Latvia

Saturday, February 9, 2019

This winter, 296 kilometers of state highways, 1,440 kilometers of regional roads and 3,764 kilometers of local roads are in critical condition, representatives of Latvijas Valsts Celi (LVC) state-owned road maintenance company told LETA. LVC representatives also warned that potholes can appear in some sections of state highways that are in poor conditions and affected by changeable weather conditions and fluctuating air temperatures. The road maintenance company also informed that…

Latvia should prepare now for tough times in the future, urges Dombrovskis

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Latvia will likely continue to be among the European Union’s fastest-growing economies in 2019, but at a slower rate than recently, European Commission vice-president and former Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis said February 8. Speaking on LTV’s Morning Panorama show, Dombrovskis said that countries such as Latvia would do well to prepare now for less favorable economic conditions in coming years. “At this point in time, people do not yet feel the economic…

MONEYVAL published a report on Lithuania

Saturday, February 9, 2019

In a report the Council of Europe anti money laundering body MONEYVAL calls on the Lithuanian authorities to strengthen their understanding of money laundering (ML) and financing of terrorism (FT) risks and to conduct the next iteration of the national risk assessment. The report makes a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of Lithuania’s anti money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) system and its level of compliance with the FATF Recommendations.…

Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office

By Lisa Damour on Saturday, February 9, 2019

Hard work and discipline help girls outperform boys in class, but that advantage disappears in the work force. Is school the problem? From elementary school through college, girls are more disciplinedabout their schoolwork than boys; they study harder and get better grades. Girls consistently outperform boys academically. And yet, men nonetheless hold a staggering 95 percent of the top positions in the largest public companies. What if those same habits that propel girls to the top of their…

Take-off: France & Germany begin project to build new fighter jets

Saturday, February 9, 2019

France and Germany have announced a €65 million contract to design a next-generation stealth fighter jet. The new design will combine manned jet fighters with a swarm of cloud-connected drones, Dassault said in a release. It is the first act of a joint programme that will see the building of a combat aircraft and associated weapons, such as drones. The project, plans for which were first announced in 2017, has…