Posts published in Day: March 16, 2019

Estonian Cyber Command to hold Defense Makeathon

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Cyber Command of the Estonian defense forces is to hold together with the IT students’ organization of the Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) and the cyber defense unit of the Kaitseliit (Defense League) volunteer corps an event titled “K48 Defense Makeathon”, informed LETA/BNS. “K48 Defence Makeathon” is an open event bringing together students, experts in defense industries and young engineers, who will turn ideas into functioning products in 48…

Planning for a US base in Poland gains momentum

By John Vandiver on Saturday, March 16, 2019

Discussions about a permanent U.S. military base in Poland are moving forward, with a top Pentagon official arriving in Warsaw this week to hammer out details on expanding the American military presence in the country, officials said. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood is meeting with his Polish counterparts to work on the plan, a top Pentagon official told lawmakers Wednesday. While it could take about six months…

Lithuanian formin expects London to approve Brexit deal next week

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius expects that the British parliament will approve Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement next week and the country will not have to ask for a longer extension of the Brexit deadline. The minister’s comment came after British MPs voted to ask the EU for an extension of the Brexit date beyond March 29 and confirmed intentions to hold another vote on the divorce deal next…

EDA Military Airworthiness Conference 2019 supported by Lithuania

Saturday, March 16, 2019

On 9-10 October 2019, the annual EDA Military Airworthiness Conference will be held in Lithuania. The conference will bring together key stakeholders from national military airworthiness authorities, industry, European agencies and international organisations to discuss the latest developments in the cooperation between National Military Airworthiness Authorities (NMAAs). Initiated by the Ministers of Defence in 2008, EDA participating Member States started this cooperation with the establishment of the Military Airworthiness Authorities Forum…

Ukraine Elections: Too Close To Call – Analysis

By Sergei Souglobine on Saturday, March 16, 2019

On March 31, Ukraine will be going to polls to elect a head of state for a new five-year term. For a country where presidents traditionally perform real rather than formal or symbolic functions, the importance of such an election is always hard to overestimate. But the upcoming race looks particularly crucial. At stake is the fate of the current pro-western political administration brought about by the 2014 revolution and,…

‘Deep Tech’ conference coming to Rīga in April

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) has announced it will organize a second international Magnetic Latvia Technology conference Deep Tech Atelier in Riga from April 12th-13th. For anyone wondering exactly what an “atelier” is, the dictionary defines it as “a workshop or studio, especially one used by an artist or designer.” “The event will include an extensive practical and educational program, gathering together science-based startups, research organisations, entrepreneurs, industry…

North Korea may suspend nuclear talks with ‘gangster-like’ U.S.: diplomat

Saturday, March 16, 2019

North Korea is considering suspending talks with the United States and may rethink a ban on missile and nuclear tests unless Washington makes concessions, news reports from the North’s capital on Friday quoted a senior diplomat as saying. Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui blamed top U.S. officials for the breakdown of last month’s summit in Hanoi between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Russia’s…

2019 state budget bill forwarded to Saeima committees

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saeima forwarded to committees the 2019 state budget bill package. Besides the budget bill, the package also includes fifteen accompanying legislative documents. Saeima is planning to pass the budget bill in the first reading on March 20 and in the final reading on April 3. If budget debates take longer than planned, Saeima will also convene for an extraordinary meeting on April 4. Saeima Budget and Finance Committee is responsible…