Posts published in Day: April 8, 2019

Vilnius mayor calls smashing of Noreika plague hooliganism, but doesn’t plan to restore it

Monday, April 8, 2019

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius described the smashing of a controversial plaque to Jonas Noreika, a Lithuanian military officer known as Generolas Vetra (General Storm), as “hooligan behavior”, but he does not plan to restore the memorial sign. Stanislovas Tomas, who expects to run for a European Parliament seat in next month’s elections, smashed the plaque, placed on the facade of the Wroblewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, into…

Western Europe wants to grow at our expense, Polish PM tells Lithuania

Monday, April 8, 2019

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called for unity while discussing the future EU budget during his recent visit to Lithuania, and also said that Western Europe wants to grow at the expense of its eastern neighbors. According to the prime minister, it is reflected in the future multiannual EU budget bill which is now being considered. Morawiecki believes that Central and Eastern European countries should not see cohesion funds allocated…

Lithuania plans to step up virtual currency control

Monday, April 8, 2019

Lithuania plans to step up control of activity of ICO (Initial Coin Offering) companies, virtual currency exchanges and depository wallet operators, and also plans to introduce requirements for them to ensure effective prevention of money-laundering and terrorism funding. “We want to create a transparent legal environment for virtual currency exchanges, depository wallet operators and ICO initiators. We also want to contribute to ensuring better consumer protection,” Sigitas Mitkus, director of…

Latvia’s roads still among Europe’s deadliest

Monday, April 8, 2019

Despite some progress in the long term, Latvia’s road remain among the most deadly in Europe, according to latest statistics from Eurostat. In 2018, there were around 25 100 fatalities in road accidents in the EU 28. This is a decrease of 21% compared to 2010, and 1% compared to 2017. With an average of 49 road deaths per one million inhabitants, European roads are overall the safest in the world. However, Latvia’s…

Estonian formin to meet with EU counterparts

Monday, April 8, 2019

Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser is to attend the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Monday. The EU ministers will discuss the situation in Afghanistan, focusing on recent developments in peace negotiations and efforts to find a lasting political solution to the conflict, spokespeople for the Ministry of Forteign Affairs said. The High Representative Federica Mogherini will brief the ministers on her March 26 visit to Afghanistan. Ministers will discuss the…

“Iron Spear” tank exercises start in Latvia

Monday, April 8, 2019

April 8 sees the start of the latest military exercises to take place on Latvian territory. Dubbed “Iron Spear 2019” the drills will involve the troops stationed in Latvia as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) and will take place at the Adāži military ranges just outside Rīga. with center stage taken by 14 tanks. Spanish Leopard, British Challenger and Polish PT-91 battle tanks will all be involved, and it…

Estonia: 9 parties, 7 independent candidates to stand in Europarliament elections

Monday, April 8, 2019

The deadline for nominating candidates for the  set for Saturday, April 6, saw documents submitted by seven independent candidates and nine parties — in total, the Estonian National Electoral Committee received applications from 68 candidates. On Saturday, nine candidates were submitted by both the Estonian Social Democratic Party (SDE) and the Center Party, three candidates each by the Richness of Life party and the Estonian Greens and one candidate by the Estonian…

Estonia: Prisma stores to start accepting returns of bottles without deposit labels

Monday, April 8, 2019

The bottle deposit-refund machines of retailer Prisma Peremarket in Estonia will start accepting for free all metal and plastic drink packaging the characteristics of which have been taught to the machine so it will be able to also recognize and accept bottles that do not have deposit labels on them. “Millions of plastic bottles and metal cans that do not have a valid deposit label reach Estonia every year and tend…

Law enforcement authorities asked to look into Usakovs’ possible criminal offenses

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry has sent information on dismissed Riga mayor Nils Usakovs’ (Harmony) possible criminal offenses to the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB), Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce (For Development/For) said in an interview with LNT TV channel this morning. Puce said that the two law enforcement authorities were asked to probe Usakovs for fraud and omissions that have…

Polish PM promises Orlen’s expansion in Lithuania

Monday, April 8, 2019

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, currently on a visit to Lithuania, has pledged that Polish oil giant Orlen will expand its operations in Lithuania. After inspecting the Orlen-owned Orlen Lietuva oil refiner in Mazeikiai, the Polish prime minister, however, refrained from providing details on the plans yet but assured that the plans are expansion-oriented, including further investment into the Lithuanian refiner. “Our plans are quite expansionary, they are aimed at…