Posts published in Day: May 2, 2019

Air detachments conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states will change over at a ceremony at Šiauliai Air Base

Thursday, May 2, 2019

On May 2 a hand over-take over ceremony will take place at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai for the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission units – the leaving Polish air Force Detachment will transfer the lead of the mission to the incoming Hungarian Air Force Detachment. Augmentation to the mission conducted from Lithuania will be sent in by the Spanish Air Force. It is a special rotation of…

Free travel passes to enable young people to discover Europe

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Young people can again register for free rail tickets from 2 May until 16 May, thanks to the Discover EU initiative, supported by the European Parliament. Thanks to backing by MEPs, 30,000 18-year-olds enjoyed the chance to travel in the EU for free in 2018. An additional 20,000 will now also be able to benefit from the Discover EU initiative, which was first proposed during Parliament’s European Youth Event (EYE)…

Latvia supports increased U.S. presence in Poland to help strengthen regional security

Thursday, May 2, 2019

During his working visit in Warsaw on Tuesday, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, and the Secretary of State for European Affairs at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Konrad Szymanski. The ministers discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries, regional cooperation, cooperation in international organisations, the situation in the region, as well as sharing views on security policy and EU-related…

We ourselves are responsible for our nation – Vejonis

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Convocation of the Constitutional Assembly on 1 May 1920 proclaimed the victory of the Latvian people in the War of Independence symbolically, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis said in a statement. ”The fight for independent Latvia in the Latvian War of Independence required the heroism and courage of the entire people. The historical events confirm that the courage to stand up for one’s country is necessary for both big and…

Still not clear what effect the new system of cadastral values will have on property taxes

Thursday, May 2, 2019

After a new system for calculating properties’ cadastral values is passed, cadastral values of many real estate properties will increase, which is why the new rules’ effect on property taxes will be thoroughly analyzed, the Justice Ministry’s deputy state secretary Laila Medina told a press conference today. Justice Minister Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party) said that the new methodology for calculation of cadastral values could only commence if ruling coalition…

Belarus rejects Lithuanian PM’s proposal on N-plant conversion to gas

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Belarus has rejected Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ proposal to convert its nearly-completed Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) to gas. Sergei Rumas said in his response letter of April 22 that the suggestion was not feasible. “As regards your proposal, outlined in the letter of March 7, on the construction of a gas power plant instead of the nuclear one, I’d like to inform you that the Belarusian NPP plant…

The EU mobilises additional €22 million in aid to Palestinians

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The European Union announced on 30th April over €22 million of additional humanitarian assistance in support of the most vulnerable people in Gaza and the West Bank. It will focus on emergency preparedness and response, health, food security and protection activities for the most vulnerable, and be implemented through the United Nations and international partners. This assistance comes from the overall 2019 budget in support to the Palestinians. Significant funds…

SSS: counter-intelligence efforts can help protect Latvia’s high-ranking officials

Thursday, May 2, 2019

More and more often protection of Latvia’s high-ranking officials also requires counter-intelligence measures, as explained by Latvia’s State Security Service in its last year’s report. Every day, SSS ensures protection for the Saeima speaker and the country’s prime minister. In the event of a sudden threat, however, SSS also offers protection to other state officials. SSS is also responsible for security of foreign and international organizations’ representatives during their visits…

Enough evidence, yet «Lembergs case» may still take years, says prosecutor

Thursday, May 2, 2019

«We, the public prosecution, can say with at least half-certainty that the proceedings will continue for a long time. We can see attempts to delay the criminal process – specifically during debates. Thus, the debates with the defence are not likely to end sooner than in 2020 and that is the best scenario. If this continues without more active involvement of the courts, the process may last several more years,»…

Latvian Saeima conceptually supports providing citizenship to children of non-citizens

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Deputies of Latvia’s Saeima have conceptually supported the legislative draft On Termination of Awarding Non-Citizen Status to Children, which provides for the abolishment of the practice to provide non-citizen status to children born after 1 January 2020, as reported by Saeima’s press-service. It is planned that Latvian citizenship will be provided to children if their parents do not decide on providing their children with citizenship of a different country. The…