Posts published in Day: February 22, 2019

Press statement by H.E. President of Latvia Mr Raimonds Vējonis

Friday, February 22, 2019

I have the honour to pay a state visit to Germany. This visit is a testimony to the friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation between Latvia and Germany. I would like to extend my gratitude to His Excellency Federal President of Germany for the valuable exchange of ideas during our meeting today. We had the opportunity to discuss not only the bilateral relations between Latvia and Germany, but also the issues…

Study: Latvian residents worried the most about traffic accidents when travelling

Friday, February 22, 2019

When travelling abroad, Latvian residents are afraid the most of ending up in a traffic accident (56%), fall ill (54%) or become injured (53%), according to results of a study performed by If Insurance. Only 7% of all travellers admit not being afraid of anything. Men and women are worried more or less about the same things. However, women are worried more than men about losing their luggage or getting…

Support from U.S. congressmen is a positive signal for closer cooperation between NATO and EU – Kalnins

Friday, February 22, 2019

A delegation of U.S. congressmen led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Brussels expressed support for closer cooperation between NATO and the European Union, and that this is a positive signal, the head of the Latvian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Ojars Eriks Kalnins (New Unity) said. ”This once again shows that NATO is fulfilling its commitments, and proves the role of parliamentary diplomacy in strengthening relations,” Kalnins told…

US Navy Rear Admiral visit highlights commitment to NATO in the Baltics

Friday, February 22, 2019

Rear Adm Stephen C. Evans, commander of the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 2, has met key leaders in Estonia, reaffirming US commitment to NATO and the importance of strengthening interoperability with its allies and partners at all levels. “We train together to enhance our relationships and improve overall coordination with our allies and partners during both peace and times of conflict,” said Rear Adm Evans, according to a US…

Flu decreases in intensity, but has claimed 11 more lives last week

Friday, February 22, 2019

Last week flu intensity in Latvia dropped by 25.8 percent, still it claimed lives of 11 more people in a week, according to data from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Altogether, 48 people have died of flu since the beginning of the flue season. The average age of the flu victims is 65 and they all suffered from chronic illnesses. While the vaccination status of six flu victims…

Fixed-fee rides to city center to be introduced for airport taxis starting May

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Transport Ministry has proposed introducing a fixed fee for taxi rides from the Rīga International Aiport to the city center, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) told Latvian Radio February 21. The regulations would also see quality requirements put to taxi drivers working at airports, bus stations, ports and train stations. To work at these locations, drivers would have to have a license. Linkaits said that carriers will…

26 persons detained in Lithuania due to suspected corruption in judicial system

Friday, February 22, 2019

A total of 26 persons, including eight judges and five lawyers, were detained in Lithuania on February 20 due to suspected corruption in the country’s judicial system, said Lithuanian Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis. “The detainees are suspected of having committed serious crimes related to acting in organized groups. It is suspected that bribes ranging from 1,000 to 100,000 euros were promised and paid in return for various favorable judges’ decisions,”…

Implementation of Rail Baltica project to take at least two years longer – Linkaits

Friday, February 22, 2019

Implementation of the Rail Baltica railroad project will take at least two years longer than currently planned, Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) said in an interview with Latvian Radio today. The Rail Baltica project has fallen behind schedule and experts believe that implementation of the project will take about 2.5 years longer, said Linkaits. It means that several individual construction projects that are part of Rail Baltica and…

Maduro will close Venezuela’s border with Brazil, considering closing Colombian border

Friday, February 22, 2019

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced he will close the border with Brazil and is considering closing the border with Colombia, ahead of opposition plans to bring in humanitarian aid despite his objection. Maduro said on TV that the stockpiling of aid for Venezuela in the Colombian border town of Cucuta was a “provocation” and denounced the opposition’s plans as a cheap show to undermine his government. After the Brazilian…

Lithuania receives additional missiles for Javelin anti-tank weapon systems

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Ministry of the National Defense Republic of Lithuania has announced that additional missiles for the Javelin anti-tank weapon systems procured by the Defence Materiel Agency have been delivered to Lithuania. According to a statement, the worth of the procurement is over $20 million, $5 million of which is financial support of the United States of America. The additional systems will be provided to units of the Lithuanian Land Force in…