Posts published in Day: May 10, 2019

Why U.S. is silent about exercises in Baltics

By Viktors Domburs on Friday, May 10, 2019

The Baltic States are in the anticipation of the annual large scale military exercise Saber Strike. The well-known annual international exercise held since 2010 by the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) is focused on the Baltic States. These countries consider this event as a key element of participants’ training on command and control as well as interoperability with regional partners. The Saber Strike exercise aims to facilitate cooperation amongst the…

Electricity price in Estonia up 5.19% in April

Friday, May 10, 2019

After the two previous months, the price of electricity increased slightly in all Nord Pool bidding areas in April, with the price in Estonia rising 5.19 % month over month to 42.18 euros per megawatt-hour, informed LETA/BNS. The price of electricity in Finland moved up 3.57% on month to 41.44 euros per megawatt-hour, the price in Latvia was up 8.61% at 43.52 euros per megawatt-hour and the price in Lithuania rose…

French expert: Establishing US base in Poland bilaterally would be bad for Europe

Friday, May 10, 2019

Russia would view the establishment of a US military base in Poland on a bilateral basis as a sign of fragility of the US commitment in Europe, well-known French strategic thinker Francois Heisbourg said in an interview with BNS. “‘Fort Trump’ is at heart a destabilizing notion,” Heisbourg, one of the speakers at the international Lennart Meri Conference to be held in Tallinn later this month, said in reference to…

Iran to move away from its nuclear deal commitments, if deal not transformed

Friday, May 10, 2019

Tehran warned on Wednesday it would restart higher enrichment of uranium in 60 days if other signatories of the Iran nuclear deal do not agree on «a surgery» of the deal. The U.S. left the deal one year ago and imposed sanctions on Iran. American news agency AP reports that President Hassan Rouhani also said that Iran would stop exporting excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, two…

Leaders discuss the future of the EU in Romania

Friday, May 10, 2019

On Europe Day, European leaders held the first debate on the EU’s next strategic agenda for the period 2019-2024 at their meeting in Sibiu, Romania, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council. Twenty seven heads of state or government also adopted a joint political declaration highlighting the importance of unity ahead of the European Parliament elections. President Dalia Grybauskaitė emphasized that Europe, which has to deal with both internal…

Warm days to mix with cool days in Latvia in the near future

Friday, May 10, 2019

The end of the week in Latvia will be cloudy. Rain is expected mainly in the country’s eastern portion. Nevertheless, air temperature at night will not drop below +4° C and daytime air temperature will range between +17° C… +20° C, according to State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. Cold snap and mist are also expected in certain regions. Weather will become sunny again next week. However, colder masses of…

Latvian citizen fined for trading Russian military goods

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Riga Vidzeme District Court on May fined Latvian citizen Pavels Gubskis for illegal trading with Russian military goods, according to the Latvijas Avize daily reported LETA. Prosecutor Ando Skalbe had pressed charges against Gubskis based on Section 84 of the Criminal Law – for violation of sanctions imposed by international organizations and the Republic of Latvia. Gubskis had ignored the decision of the European Council of 2014 to ban…

Lithuania to sign agreement with CERN on incubators in Vilnius, Kaunas

Friday, May 10, 2019

Lithuania is due to sign an agreement with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on the establishment of incubators in Vilnius and Kaunas, the only in Central and Eastern Europe. The Lithuanian government on Wednesday authorized Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevicius to sign the agreement. It should be signed in May or June and startups at these incubators should start operating as early as this year. Lithuania became…

Can you afford to pay all your bills?

Friday, May 10, 2019

In 2018, 6.2 % of the population or around 31 million people in the European Union (EU) were severely materially deprived, informed Eurostat. This means that they cannot afford at least four of the following items, which are considered by most people to be desirable or necessary to lead an adequate life: pay their bills on time; keep their home adequately warm; face unexpected expenses; eat meat (or fish or the vegetarian…

President of Georgia to visit Estonia next week

Friday, May 10, 2019

Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili will be in Estonia for an official visit next Thursday and Friday, during which she will meet with President Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) as well as speak at the opening panel of the Lennart Meri Conference. On Thursday, May 16, Zourabichvili will meet with Kaljulaid in Kadriorg, after which the heads of state will give a press…