Posts published in Day: April 3, 2019

Google to provide payment services from Ireland

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

US internet giant Google, which has obtained an e-money license in Lithuania but is not offering payment services in the country yet, is relocating payment services from Britain to Ireland amid uncertainty due to Brexit. Google has informed its customers that starting April 4, payment services will be offered by Google Ireland Limited instead of UK-based Google Payment Limited. Google says the move is aimed at ensuring the consistency of services as British companies…

Latvian Healthcare Minister: ex-Minister should admit her mistake and apologize to residents

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Instead of making sharp remarks about health insurance reform, Latvia’s ex-Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša should simply apologize and admit that the health insurance system, which is put on hold until 1 July, is unfair and discriminating – it divides people based on their taxpayer status, said Latvia’s current Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele in an interview to BNN. «I apologize – this is the purest constitutional risk» Viņķele stresses that one…

Latvian president to visit Estonia next week

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

From 9-11 April, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis will be in Estonia for a state visit, during which he will meet with President Kersti Kaljulaid, the President of the Riigikogu and the Prime Minister, visit cyber defence exercise Locked Shields, as well as visit Tartu, Estonia’s second-largest city. The Latvian head of state will be accompanied on his visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Economics Ralfs Nemiro,…

Latvian government allocates EUR 47,530 for veterans

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

On Tuesday, 2 April, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers approved the order to allocate EUR 47,530 from Defence Ministry’s budget to finance projects of five non-government organizations, as confirmed by the ministry’s representative Aiva Kokoriša. Latvia’s National Partisans Union will be provided with EUR 12,000, Latvian Officers Association will be provided with EUR 9,750, and Latvian Riflemen Association will be provided with EUR 4,940. Latvia’s Reserve Officers Association will be provided…

Latvian Saeima deputy suggests renaming Victory Monument as Occupation Memorial

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Latvian Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimiņš from KPV LV political party proposes renaming the Victory Monument as the Latvian People’s Occupation Remembrance Memorial, BNN was told by the political party. «Blowing up, dismantling or employing other destructive tactics would only increase Russian-speaking residents’ hate towards the country. In the name of Latvia’s security, we need to look for other solutions. I propose renaming the entire complex of Soviet architecture as the…

Rail Baltica Global Forum to gather 700+ participants in Vilnius

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Rail Baltica Global Forum has been opened today in Vilnius. The two-day annual forum gathers more than 700 executives, decision makers, rail, logistics, economics experts and potential suppliers from across Europe to discuss the potential of Rail Baltica for the region and common transport infrastructure developments in Europe. Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, DG MOVE, European Commission will also address Forum participants in the opening session. In…

Lithuanian president appoints Mazeika as environment minister

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

President Dalia Grybauskaite has appointed MP Kestutis Mazeika of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) as the country’s environment minister, the president’s press service said. Grybauskaite signed the respective decree on Wednesday. The new minister is expected to be sworn in at the Seimas next Tuesday, Karolina Froloviene, spokeswoman for the speaker of the parliament, told BNS. Mazeika, 36, has a PhD in agricultural sciences from the Lithuanian Veterinary Academy.…

Kremlin green-lights President Kaljulaid meet

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Kremlin spokespersons confirmed on Wednesday that preparations are under way for a meeting between President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, BNS reports. President Kaljulaid is to attend the opening of the renovated Estonian embassy building in Moscow on 18 April. Following speculation whether a meet with the Russian leader whilst there would happen, her office issued a communiqué via the embassy in Moscow on…

173rd Airborne Brigade jumps into combat drills in Slovenia

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

U.S. paratroopers practiced jumping into combat scenarios and conducted live-fire drills during the Eagle Sokol exercise in Slovenia this past week. Approximately 500 soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade joined with their Slovenian counterparts for the exercise, which concluded Wednesday. The rapid deployment exercise tested the soldiers’ ability to assemble forces, get into a fight fast and maintain cohesive battlefield operations, officials said. The brigade is billed as the U.S.…

United States, Lithuania Sign Defense Cooperation Plan

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn Wheelbarger met with Lithuanian Policy Director Robertas Šapronas today at the Pentagon to sign the U.S.-Lithuania Defense Cooperation Strategic Roadmap. The roadmap identifies specific security cooperation priorities the United States and Lithuania agreed to focus on from 2019 to 2024. These areas include: • Strengthening existing defense cooperation in training, exercises, and exchanges; • Cooperating on deterrence and the security…