Posts published in Day: March 20, 2019

The soldier died during the exercise: the KAM and the President mean compassion

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

“The leadership of the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense and Armed Forces expresses its deepest sympathy to Sergeant Sergeant Arvydas Burbe (born in 1966), who served in the Logistics Battalion of Grand Duke Vytenis, who died during the exercise, and friends of the service,” the report said. The soldier felt hard through field tactical training at the Gaižiūnii landfill and the company’s nurses were quickly taken to a hospital in…

Finland is joining the Lithuanian-led project for developing EU cyber response teams

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On March 20 Finland is planned to formally join the Lithuania-initiated project for developing the European Union Cyber Rapid Response Teams (CRRTs). The corresponding Declaration of Intent will be signed by Minister of Defence of Finland Jussi Niinistö while on a formal visit in Vilnius. Seven EU member states – Lithuania, Estonia, Spain, Croatia, Poland, Netherlands, and Romania, have signed such Declarations of Intent. In total, 13 member states are…

Japanese Olympic chief to quit amid corruption allegations scandal

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) has said he will resign amid allegations of corruption over Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Games. Tsunekazu Takeda, 71, who will also step down from the International Olympic Committee, has denied allegations of corruption since the Guardian revealed in May 2016 that the Tokyo Olympic bid team had made payments to a consultancy linked to the son of a disgraced IOC official during…

US rapid-deployment troops arrive in Berlin for maneuvers

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hundreds of U.S. soldiers have begun arriving in Germany in the first test of a rapid deployment strategy meant to bolster NATO’s presence in eastern Europe in the event of Russian aggression or other emergencies. U.S. Army Europe says 350 soldiers from the 1st Armored Division arrived in Berlin Tuesday as part of a group of 1,500 arriving this week. They’re heading to Poland, where they will link up with tanks…

Five persons detained in Latvia for fraud with EU funds

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The State Police has detained five persons on suspicion of defrauding EUR 4 million from the EU funds. The State Police is conducting searches in different parts of Latvia in a criminal procedure launched earlier on possible fraudulent actions in relation to programs of the Regional Development Funds and the Latvian Investment and Development Agency. So far the State Police has detained five persons on suspicion of fraud and possible…

Estonia to establish anti-money laundering centre for strategic analysis

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Anti-Money Laundering Government Committee decided on Monday to establish a centre for strategic analysis that would operate under the Financial Intelligence Unit. Minister of Finance Toomas Tõniste (Isamaa) said that the governmental committee discussed the proposals set forth by work groups on the basis of a report presented by the committee at the end of last year, spokespeople for the Ministry of Finance said. “One of the most important…

Lithuanian prosecutors ask for a well-known lawyer’s arrest to be extended

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Lithuanian Prosecutor General’s Office is asking a court to extend the arrest of Drasutis Zagreckas, a well-known lawyer detained in a large-scale judicial system corruption probe, for another two months. The Vilnius City District Court began to examine the prosecutors’ request on Tuesday. Sources have told BNS that Zagreckas may face the most charges among the 45 suspects in the case. New suspicions have been brought against him recently.…

Donald Trump says he wants Brazil to join NATO

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, described as the “Trump of the Tropics” has received warm praise from the US original, Donald. At a meeting in Washington, the two men announced a new, special relationship. After the two men exchanged soccer shirts, there was both praise and encouragement from President Donald Trump as he opened the door towards Brazil joining international organizations. He predicted a “fantastic working relationship” with President Jair Bolsonaro.…

‘Finalise all preparations for a no-deal scenario,’ says EU’s Barnier

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Tuesday that the bloc was prepared for a no-deal Brexit scenario. Barnier acknowledged that the UK’s House of Commons had voted against leaving the EU without a deal last week but cautioned: “Voting against a No Deal does not prevent it from happening.” His advice then followed: “Finalise all preparations for a no-deal scenario.” The negotiator said that the European Parliament and…

Latvia’s 2020 budget draft sent to the parliament for first viewing

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On Tuesday, 19 March, Latvian Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee conceptually supported this year’s state budget project and decided to submit it to the parliament for its first viewing. The committee decided to submit 14 additional legislative drafts associated with the budget, as reported by Saeima’s press-service. The committee has asked the parliament to view the budget project on 20 March, as confirmed by Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee’s chairman…