Posts published in Day: February 26, 2019

Survey: one-third of Latvian residents use mobile internet at home

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

More and more Latvian residents use mobile internet as the main form of internet for their homes – around 80% of residents who have mobile internet use it as their main. Considering accessibility, this kind of internet connection is more often used in the countryside and Pieriga, according to results of a market survey by Tele2 and RAIT Custom Research Baltic. 33% of households in Latvia already use mobile internet…

Latvian Minister: it is necessary to improve cooperation between Europe and Arab League

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, representing Latvia in the first EU – League of Arab States summit in Sharm el Sheikh, stressed the need to improve cooperation between EU and the League of Arab States to overcome challenges together. «Nowadays we face such global challenges like climate change, uncontrolled migration, violations of human rights, unequal approach to development, radicalization and violent extremism. Countries should not oppose these challenges alone…

Ukraine must apply for EU membership, get NATO MAP no later than 2023

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Ukraine’s strategic goal is to apply for EU membership and receive an Action Plan for NATO membership no later than 2023, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said. “I set a strategic goal for myself and the whole state: to apply for membership in the European Union and get an Action Plan for NATO membership no later than 2023,” Poroshenko said at the youth forum titled “Youth opinion is important. Prospects…

EU gathers momentum in cyber security legislation and cooperation

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The past two years have seen a step-change in the rate at which the European Union is putting legislation in place to support improved cyber security standards, collaboration and sharing of resources, says digital commissioner’s representative. There has been significant progress in cyber security-related legislation in the European Union (EU) in the past two years, according to Carl-Christian Buhr, deputy head of cabinet for Mariya Gabriel, European commissioner for digital…

Jurijus Veklenko to represent Lithuania at this year’s Eurovision

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Jurijus Veklenko, 28, will represent Lithuania at this year’s Eurovision in Tel Aviv with his song Run with the Lions after winning the national selection on Saturday. The winner was selected by a public vote and a commission. The Eurovision Song Contest will take lace in Tel Aviv this year, with Lithuania performing in the second semi-final on May 16. The final will be held on May 18. Last year,…

Polish opposition parties unite against ruling conservatives

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Five Polish opposition parties have formed a coalition for the European elections in May, accusing the ruling conservatives of having an anti-European platform. “We will make it impossible for anyone to take Poland out of the European Union,” said a joint statement by the main opposition Civic Platform, the Peasants’ Party, the Liberals, the Social Democrats and the Greens. The coalition’s statement also declared their aim to move Poland’s political…

Turks start getting asylum in Lithuania

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Turkish citizen have started getting political asylum in Lithuania following the failed coup in Turkey, the Lietuvos Zinios daily writes on Monday. There were no Turkish citizens granted political asylum in 2015 but the next year saw two applicants granted it and their number rose to 12 in 2017 and to 13 last year. “I have always considered the word “opposition” to be a bad one. It seemed to me…

Vaidere turns to State Security Service over Zdanoka’s statements during an EP discussion

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

European Parliament member Inese Vaidere (New Unity) has turned to the State Security Service over former MEP Tatjana Zdanoka’s utterances made during a discussion about “political persecution” in the Baltic countries, organized at the EP by the Latvian Russian Union, as Girts Salmgriezis, spokesman for the European People’s Party Group, told LETA. According to Salmgriezis, Zdanoka said during the discussion that Russians and Russian-speakers in Latvia were in the same…