Posts published in Day: February 18, 2019

Latvia should do everything possible not to be included in Moneyval’s grey list

Monday, February 18, 2019

Latvia should do everything possible in order not to get included in the so-called grey list of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (Moneyval), said Kerli Gabrilovica, the head of the Latvian branch of Luminor Bank, in an interview with LETA. She said that there is a risk that Latvia might not be able to complete all…

Estonian Minister of Defense highlights Baltic states’ defense issues at Munich Security Conference

Monday, February 18, 2019

Estonian Minister of Defense Juri Luik is participating in the Munich Security Conference this weekend, during which several bilateral meetings have been held to discuss current issues relating to security and defense. At a meeting with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Luik thanked the general for his dedicated and effective work in planning the military defense of Estonia and the eastern flank of NATO, spokespeople for…

L.Linkevičius: NATO must continue to strengthen its deterrence and defense posture

Monday, February 18, 2019

On 16 February in Munich, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a discussion dedicated to the strengthening of security in the Baltic states. According to the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, we mark the second anniversary of the deployment of NATO’s enhanced forward presence battalion in Lithuania this month, which is testimony of the NATO ability to respond quickly to changes in the security environment and shows…

Lithuania’s CEC set to finish registering participants of presidential election campaign

Monday, February 18, 2019

Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission is on Monday finishing the registration of participants of the presidential election’s political campaign. Those failing to register will not be able to submit their application documents to stand for election. Up until now, 14 representatives have been registered participants of the political campaign, and only MP Ausra Maldeikiene early announced her decision to withdraw from the election. The participants will be officially registered presidential candidates…

German defence minister: We will stay in Lithuania as long as WE want

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, February 18, 2019

On February, 16 in the Republic of Lithuania the celebrations on the occasion of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania were held. The State Restoration Day reminds of the declaration of Lithuania’s independence from Germany in 1918. However, today this holiday has lost its relevance, due to the fact that Lithuania again loses its independence. So, on the eve of the Restoration of the State Day the Germany promised to…

Estonia: Number of families in need increasing

Monday, February 18, 2019

Although average wages in Estonia have recently grown at a steady pace, the number of people who depend on charity for food is on the increase as well, ERR’s Aktuaalne kaamera newscast reported on Sunday. People from all over Tallinn come to the Salvation Army’s Paljassaare meal centre—an increasing number of families with children among them. The Salvation Army’s Paljassaare rehabilitation centre is currently housing some 20 people. One of…

Ex-KNAB chief’s criminal case develops – lawyer and ex-KNAB worker detained

Monday, February 18, 2019

Latvian police suspect ex-Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s chief Normunds Vilnītis, ex-KNAB worker Andrejs Vasiļevičs and lawyer Ieva Ramiņa of taking bribes, TV3 programme Nekā personīga. According to TV3, some Poland-based company had paid Vilnītis’ owned firm EUR 135,000 for assistance in acquiring a transaction-processing institution’s license. It never got the license in the end, however. Latvia’s Finance and Capital Market Commission refused providing a license. The money provided by…

Facebook needs independent ethical oversight, U.K. lawmakers say

Monday, February 18, 2019

Facebook and other big tech companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news, the abuse of users’ data and the bullying of smaller firms, British lawmakers said on Monday. In a damning report that singled out Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg for what it said was a failure of leadership and personal responsibility, the U.K. parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and…

Latvian municipalities given until September to submit school network development plans

Monday, February 18, 2019

Latvian municipal administrations have been given time until September to compile and submit to the Education and Science Ministry their vision for the development of the country’s school network, says minister Ilga Šuplinska. She says that municipalities have been ordered to decide which education institutions in 2020 will function as secondary schools, which – as state gymnasiums and which will be reorganized as primary schools. This is necessary so that…

Objects of infrastructure developed on U.S. funds transferred to the Lithuanian Armed Forces

Monday, February 18, 2019

Objects of infrastructure – target positions for tracked combat vehicles, fire adjustment range for tracked combat vehicles and tanks, air target positions, firing range HQ, munitions storage area, warehouse – developed for the needs of Lithuania and our allies on United States funding were officially handed over to the Lithuanian Armed Forces at the Gen Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė (Švenčionys region). The infrastructure development in the Training Area…