Posts published in Day: April 17, 2019

Lithuania loses economically without good ties with neighbors

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Lithuania is losing economically without normal relationship with its eastern neighbors, a MEP and a candidate for the Lithuanian presidency, Valdemar Tomasevski, told ELTA news agency on Tuesday. “Due to the absence of good relations with our eastern neighbors we are losing a lot economically,” said Tomasevski, the leader of the parliamentary political party Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance. If elected as Lithuania’s president in…

Latvian government has resolved to prepare new tax policy guidelines until May 2020

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The government has resolved to develop new tax policy guidelines until May 2020, according to the action plan prepared by Krisjanis Karins’ (New Unity) government, writes LETA. The document says that the government will ensure a predictable tax policy that helps to reach the state strategic goals and meets the state fiscal needs. “By actively engaging social and cooperation partners, we will in due time prepare and approve the next…

Donald Trump vetoes bid to end US aid for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen war

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Many in Washington want Mr Trump to distance himself from Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Donald Trump has vetoed a motion that would have stopped the US providing military aid to Saudi Arabia for their ongoing war in Yemen. Congress had passed a never-before-used war powers resolution in a bid to change White House policy on the conflict, which has raged for four years. Many in…

Notre Dame will be rebuilt in five years

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

France’s president Emmanuel Macron has told France, Notre Dame cathedral will be rebuilt, and it must be rebuilt within five years. In a live televised presidential address to the nation, Macron vowed the cathedral would be even more beautiful than it was before. It comes after more than €700 million in donations flooded in on Tuesday to help rebuild the Catholic landmark, which was catastrophically damaged by a fire on…

President Kaljulaid tasks Ratas with forming government

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is currently on a state visit to Portugal, digitally signed an order early on Tuesday evening tasking Centre Party chairman and acting Prime Minister Jüri Ratas with forming a government. The Estonian head of state has met with the leaders of all parliamentary groups, and based on these consultations, she has decided to task Mr Ratas with forming a government, the Office of the President announced.…

Some 100 allied tanks, armoured vehicles expected in Estonia by late April

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Including the Estonian Defence Forces’ own resources as well as allied equipment currently in the area, there are currently some 300 tanks and armoured vehicles in Estonia, the Ministry of Defence told ERR. As a result of measures taken as part of NATO’s enhanced forward presence, there are currently some 300 armoured vehicles in Estonia, including 20 tanks of allied forces, ERR’s Estonian online news wrote on Wednesday. The total…

Latvia’s long-term unemployed need more help

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Existing employment promotion programs in Latvia need to be improved, with a special emphasis on returning the long-term unemployed to the labor market according to conclusions expressed by experts from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) at a conference in Rīga April 16. The OECD experts presented their conclusions based on a study covering a period of five years and using information from the State Social Insurance Agency, the State Employment Agency and…

U.S. think-tank offers Baltic defense thoughts

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

U.S. defense think-tank the Rand Corporation has produced a new report titled Deterring Russian Aggression in the Baltic States. The report says: “These three countries are vulnerable to low-level, hybrid, and full-scale attacks by Russian special operations and regular military forces deployed close to their borders” and that there is an “imbalance between Russian and NATO conventional forces deployed in the Baltic region.” It then posits various acronym-heavy remedies, many involving the concept…

The President of Latvia will present the highest state awards of Latvia

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

On 3 May 2019, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis will present the highest state awards of Latvia, namely the Order of the Three Stars, the Order of Viesturs, and the Cross of Recognition, at the solemn ceremony in the Riga Castle. The highest state awards will be bestowed on the individuals both for the outstanding individual merits in the profession and for life-long contribution and successful activity. All the medalled…

Lithuania’s population to shrink to 2.5 mln by 2025: demographic study

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

In the upcoming six years, the number of residents in Lithuania may decrease to 2.5 million people, while by 2030 the country’s population may shrink to 2.4 million, a new survey showed on Tuesday. The demographic projections were presented at a conference on Lithuania’s demographic policy held by Lithuania’s Employment Service (UZT) and Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK). “In fact, we observe the two main trends: total population decline and…