Posts published in Day: February 21, 2019

Belgian prime minister inspects his country’s NATO troops

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (Mouvement Réformateur) met with NATO troops from his country serving in Estonia, on Wednesday.The Belgian troops, which include personnel from the Chausseur Ardennais armoured infantry battalion, are serving as part of the NATO battle group at the Estonian Defence Forces’ (EDF) central training area. Mr Michel was accompanied by Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Isamaa), who noted Belgian commitment to NATO and the long-term defensive…

Lithuania to carry out the NATO Contact Point Embassy functions in Moldova, Defence Attaché position created

Thursday, February 21, 2019

On February 20 the Government approved the proposal of the Ministry of National Defence to establish the post of Defence Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Moldova which will function as a NATO Contact Point Embassy in 2019-2020. At the moment there is no Lithuanian Defence Attaché based in Moldova, our country’s military interest is represented by a Defence Attaché based in Kyiv. Lithuania actively supports…

Grid distributor Elering reports €0.6 million net profit rise

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Electricity and natural gas grid distributor Elering has announced a €0.6 million profit rise for Q4 2018, to a net profit of €12.2 million in the quarter.Elering earned a reported €12.7 million in operating profit during Q4 2018, the company announced in a press release. Elering also saw a year-on-year (y-o-y) groth in operating income of 9.5%, to €44.4 million in Q4 2018. The company saw a fall in reported…

Donbas war could be ended with U.N. peacekeepers, Ukraine believes

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A peacekeeping mission with the mandate of the U.N. to Eastern Ukraine could bring the Donbas war to an end, but first Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should send an assessment delegation to evaluate the possible options, stated Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. American news agency AP reports that on Wednesday, February 20, addressing the 193-member General Assembly that it may also be time for the international community «to put Russia in its…

Polish, Lithuanian presidents talk security, business

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Polish president’s chief of staff, Krzysztof Szczerski, said Duda and Lithuania’s Dalia Grybauskaite would issue a joint declaration pledging to cooperate on security issues. During her two-day trip to Poland, Grybauskaite was on Thursday also to meet the Speakers of the lower and upper houses of the Polish parliament. On Friday, Grybauskaite, whose term in office ends this year, was to hold talks with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Transport in the Baltic States’ cities: reducing air pollution

Thursday, February 21, 2019

EU legislative institutions (the Parliament and the Council) agreed on a stricter air pollution control in the cities. For the first time in the EU’s history, the states are forced to reduce CO2 emissions by 30%, compared with 2019 level. The states will make city’s air quality better excluding polluting transport in cities by 2030. Already during 2017, the EU institutions adopted several measure to reduce transport pollution, so-called “mobility…

EU-British talks «constructive», while May’s party shrinks in UK parliament

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Following three British MPs leaving the ruling Conservative Party amid Brexit impasse, British head of government held more talks with the European Union that were constructive according to both Pirme Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. American news agency AP reports that no breakthrough on United Kingdom’s demands over legally-binding changes to the so-called Irish backstop was announced from the dinner meeting at EU headquarters held on…

Estonia presents report on fulfillment of UN covenant in Geneva

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Officials of Estonian ministries on Tuesday and Wednesday presented Estonia’s third periodic report on the fulfillment of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva. The Estonian delegation gave the committee and overview of the developments in the areas relating to the pact in Estonia in the past few years. The committee was interested in further detail in…

Homeland Security, Democrats seem to find rare common ground after Central America trips

By Anne Flaherty on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen traveled to Central America this week where her message wasn’t all that different from several Democrats’.Their answer? More should be done to protect Central American families in the first place, so fewer seek refuge in the United States.The comments in recent days by Nielsen and Democratic lawmakers suggests there’s rare common groundon what’s mostly been an explosive and divisive political issue. It’s also in contrast to President Donald Trump’s past…

EU needs common anti-money laundering system

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The euro area and the European Union need a common money laundering prevention system, Lithuanian Finance Minister Vilius Sapoka said on Wednesday following Swedish media reports linking Swedbank to Danske Bank’s money laundering scandal.  “The prevention of money laundering in Lithuania is given very serious attention. I have stated on more than one occasion and told both MEPs and ministers of other countries that we must create a common money…