Posts published in Day: March 22, 2019

Is there a recipe for happiness?

Friday, March 22, 2019

20th of March is the International Day of Happiness. United Nations General Assembly resolution, published in 2012, notes that one of the inherent human rights is the right to be happy. So a natural question arises – what does it mean to be happy? What makes us feel happy? Is there a universal recipe for happiness? This time we have invited a lecturer from the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius…

Baltic countries to discuss compensation for damage of Soviet occupation

Friday, March 22, 2019

Lithuanian Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius left for Riga on Thursday to discuss how to demand compensation for damage caused by the Soviet occupation of the three Baltic countries. Research on damage caused to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia during the occupation period will be presented in a conference in the Latvian capital, the Lithuanian Justice Ministry said. “It will be discussed what legal means should be used in seeking compensation for the identified losses,” it…

Brexit: EU leaders agree Article 50 delay plan

Friday, March 22, 2019

EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the Article 50 process, postponing Brexit beyond 29 March. The UK will be offered a delay until 22 May, if MPs approve the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU next week. If they do not, the EU will back a shorter delay until 12 April, allowing the UK time to get the deal through or to “indicate a way forward”. Mrs…

Trump says China trade deal ‘will probably happen’

Friday, March 22, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said trade negotiations with China were progressing and a final agreement “will probably happen,” adding that his call for tariffs to remain on Chinese imported good for some time did not mean talks were in trouble. Trump, in a television interview aired on Friday, also said he expected to keep a 25 percent tariff on the European automobile sector amid separate ongoing trade talks with the…

France to deploy military anti-terror force at Gilets Jaunes march

Friday, March 22, 2019

The French government is to deploy its military anti-terror force as reinforcement during Act 19 of Saturday’s Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protests, President Emmanuel Macron decided on Wednesday. “The president has requested emergency measures to toughen the security by the armed forces”, Benjamin Griveaux, the spokesperson for the French Elysee Palace, said on Wednesday. The yellow vests, he said, “are not protesters, but rioters”. Alongside the deployment of the French…

Tallinn to ban single-use plastic dishes, utensils at public events

Friday, March 22, 2019

Beginning 1 October, the City of Tallinn is banning the serving of food and drinks in single-use plastic dishes and the use of plastic utensils. The use of dishes and cutlery made of compostable, biodegradable plastic will still be permitted if the which are certified as meeting the EVS-EN 13432 or equivalent standard, according to a press release. Public event organisers in Tallinn will also be required to ensure the…

Estonia could borrow up to EUR 200 mln a year

Friday, March 22, 2019

After changing the State Budget Act, the Estonian state could borrow up to 200 million euros every year, but the economy doesn’t need that money now, Sven Kirsipuu, head of the fiscal policy department at the Ministry of Finance. “The borrowing capability of the Estonian state is very big, but the budget rules that constrain us speak not of the loan burden but of deficit or surplus of the budget.…

Lithuania’s Vilniaus Duona sets eyes on Polish exports

Friday, March 22, 2019

Lithuania’s bread producer Vilniaus Duona (Vilnius Bread) hopes to start exporting to Poland, according its director of commerce Arturas Kokoskinas told the Verslo Zinios business daily. “The Polish retail market is very complex and it’s hard for us, such small companies, to enter the neighboring country’s major retail chains. If not on our own, then through Lithuanian retail chains entering Poland,” he said. Lithuania’s Maxima Grupe (Maxima Group), the largest…

Situation on Latvian roads this year is the worst one in past five or ten years

Friday, March 22, 2019

The situation on Latvia roads is the worst one in the past five or ten years, said non-risk insurer Balta, citing the company’s data on damages to cars due to poor quality roads. The company said that by March 19, Balta received 248 claims, at the same time, the aggregate amount of indemnities reached EUR 100,000, which is almost the same as in a whole years in the past five years. “Latvian…