Posts published in Day: March 28, 2019

Tampere healthcare managers looking at services offered to elderly in Tartu

Thursday, March 28, 2019

An 18-strong delegation from the Finnish city of Tampere is visiting Tartu to look at the organization of social and healthcare services in Estonia’s second biggest city. The Finnish specialists are keen to learn about the organization of first contact healthcare, first and foremost the services offered to the elderly, spokespeople for the Tartu city government said. On Thursday morning, people from the social and healthcare services department of the…

New head of Latvian Television named

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Latvia’s broadcast regulator, the National Electronic Media Council (NEPLP) announced March 28 it had decided to approve Einars Giels as the new Chairman of the Board of the Latvian Television (LTV), and Eva Juhņēviča as the board member responsible for Digital Development and Content. The new board members will take up their positions on April 15. Giels is a business consultant with no previous direct media experience who has been a lecturer at Turība Business School and the Latvian…

Lithuania has never been so secure as today, president says

Thursday, March 28, 2019

As Lithuania celebrates the 15th anniversary of its NATO membership, President Dalia Grybauskaite says the country has never been so safe and secure as it is today. “It can be stated that Lithuania has never been so safe and secure as it is now,” Grybauskaite said in an audio recording released by her press service on Thursday. “NATO membership enables us to live in peace and to build our state…

Cost of renovation of Estonian embassy in Moscow to be opened in April totals EUR 20 mln

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The final cost of the renovation of the Estonian embassy in Moscow, which is to be opened mid-April, was 20 million euros, that is two million euros less than initially planned. “Approximately 22 million euros had been initially planned for the project, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs carried some work out on a smaller scale and at a lower cost,” ministry spokespeople told BNS. In November, the government decided…

Lithuanian parliament marks 15th anniversary of NATO membership

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament is marking on Thursday 15 years since the country joined NATO. NATO member states’ ambassadors and defense attaches and representatives of Lithuania’s Defense Ministry and its Armed Forces have been invited to attend the events to mark the anniversary, the Seimas said. The parliament will hold a discussion on the Alliance’s significance to Lithuania’s statehood, with speakers including NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Tacan Ildem…

Step towards greener life – EP approves ban on single-use plastic after 2021

Thursday, March 28, 2019

At the end of March the European Parliament approved a ban on single-use plastic kitchen utensils, straws and cotton sticks, as confirmed by European Parliament representative in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota. The agreement was supported by 560 MEPs, 35 voted against and 28 MEPs abstained. The vote means that single-use utensils (forks, knives, spoons, etc.), plastic plates, plastic straws, cotton sticks and polystyrene drink glasses have to be taken from store…

European Parliament supports reducing CO2 emission reduction by 37.5% in next ten years

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Members of the European Parliament have approved the agreement with EU ministers that provide for reducing the volume of greenhouse gas emissions from light vehicles and shuttle-buses by 2030, as reported by European Parliament representative in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota. The agreement approved on Wednesday, 27 March, provides for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 37.5% by 2030. European Commission initially proposed a 30% reduction. The approved rules provide for reducing CO2…

Latvian teachers’ trade union starts procedure of strike

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The council of the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) today decided to launch the procedure of strike because it has not feel confident that the government this year will follow the agreed timetable on raising teachers’ wages. It means that in the nearest weeks LIZDA regional organization will decide on support to strike, the possible format and time. The next LIZDA council meeting will be held…

Latvia awarded long-delayed Olympic gold

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Justice was very belatedly done March 27 with confirmation that Latvia’s gold medal bobsleigh team are winners of Olympic gold. Five years after the Sochi Olympics, the team led by Oskars Melbārdis and also consisting of Daumants Dreiškens, Jānis Strenga un Arvis Vilkaste were confirmed as the true champions after a lengthy appeals process by the cheating Russian team led by Alexander Zubkov was finally rejected by Olympic officials. Consequently the Latvian team will go into…

Why do pensioners live in poverty and hospital beds remain empty?

By Vaidotas Tuzikas on Thursday, March 28, 2019

Lithuania’s expenditure on general public services is one of the lowest in the European Union (EU). Looking beyond the notable differences in the level of expenditure, what stands in marked contrast to other EU countries is also the untapped potential for more efficient allocation of funds. The share of funds allocated to social security in Lithuania is lower than in other EU Member States, which is one of the root…