Posts published in Day: April 11, 2019

Karins does not doubt stability of his government

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) does not doubt stability of his government, he said in an interview with the Latvian public radio. Saeima today is expected to make confidence vote in Karins as demanded by the opposition party. The vote is related with Saeima’s call on the government to phase out the mandatory purchase component on electricity (MPC), and the opposition believes that this task has not been…

If citizenship referendum fails, “plan B” is to prepare for new one, Lithuania’s formin says

Thursday, April 11, 2019

If the attempt to amend the Constitution regarding dual citizenship during the May 12 referendum fails, Lithuania should prepare for a new one, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said during a sitting of the Commission of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and the Lithuanian World Community today. The minister underlined that a majority of people are in favor of expanding dual citizenship but that support is insufficient…

Estonian PM’s plane turns back to Brussels for technical reasons

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The aircraft carrying Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas and the delegation accompanying him, who were returning from an extraordinary meeting of the heads of state and government leaders of the European Union in Brussels, had to discontinue its journey back to Estonia for technical reasons and turn back to Brussels. The prime minister will be back in Estonia after midday and will therefore be unable to take part in the…

Lithuanian parliament passes children’s rights protection amendments

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament adopted on Thursday amendments to the Law on the Fundamentals of Protection of the Rights of the Child. All 71 lawmakers present voted in favor of the amendments. Seventy-one is the minimum quorum for passing a bill. Those voting in favor were lawmakers of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labor Party (LSDLP), the Order and Justice Party, and the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families…

Lithuanian defense minister visiting Ukraine

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis is starting a two-day official visit to Ukraine on Thursday. Karoblis is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, to participate in the Kiev Security Forum and to meet with Lithuanian troops taking part in a military training operation in the Desna and Berdychiv training centers, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said. At the Kiev Security Forum, Karoblis will speak in a panel discussion on “Joining Forces…

Lithuanian president calls on London to use Brexit extension ‘in constructive way’

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has called on the United Kingdom to use the extension of the Brexit deadline to make “decisions of key importance for the future of all British people”. “According to the president, it is essential that the UK should use this extension in a constructive way to reach decisions of key importance for the future of all British people,” her press service said in a press release issued…

Riigikogu speaker meets with visiting Latvian president

Thursday, April 11, 2019

President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) on Wednesday met with Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis, who is currently on a three-day state visit to Estonia, his last as the Latvian head of state. At their meeting, Mr Põlluaas and Mr Vējonis’ discussion focussed on regional cooperation and the excellent relations between Estonia and Latvia, according to a Riigikogu press release. According to Mr Põlluaas, Estonia and Latvia are good partners…

Lithuania is taking part in international cyber defence Exercise Locked Shields

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Lithuania is taking part in one of the largest international live-fire cyber defence exercise Locked Shields 2018 on April 8–12 with a joint team of specialists from the National Cyber Security Centre and the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Just like in the past, the Lithuanian team will include partners from the U.S. and Georgia. “We are taking part in the exercise this year with the Lithuanian Armed Forces, our team is…

Woman involved in chat scandal with general shares her story

Thursday, April 11, 2019

An Italian media personality married to a U.S. paratrooper has gone public in a book about her online relationship with a former U.S. Army Africa commander, whose career ended after the military deemed multiple chat messages improper. Michela Morellato, 32, who went unnamed in reports about the 2017 texting scandal that forced former Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington into retirement as a brigadier general, is revisiting the incident in her recently…