Posts published in Day: May 15, 2019

The 14 women who could take over the EU

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Donald Tusk said it might be ‘difficult’ to achieve gender parity at the top of the EU. Here are some potential candidates. If you’re hoping for a post-election Brussels elite that is less pale and male, don’t hold your breath. Last week, European Council President Donald Tusk promised to strive for geographic, demographic, political and gender balance among candidates for the EU’s top jobs. But gender parity among the most senior…

Lithuania’s ruling party wants Skvernelis to continue as Prime Minister

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Saulius Skvernelis, the Lithuanian head of government, who failed to reach the runoff in the Lithuanian Presidential election and had pledged to step down from office, has received the support of his Union of Farmers and Greens in a confidence vote. Lithuanian news portal Delfi.lt reported that on Tuesday, May 14, all 46 Seimas members representing the Lithuanian Union of Farmers and Greens expressed their support of Skvernelis as the…

Latvia is popular the most among tourists from Russia, Lithuania and Estonia

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A total of 460 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q1 2019, which is 1.3 % more than in Q1 2018. Compared to corresponding period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors in Latvia in 2019 has increased by 3 %, reaching 911.4 thousand. The average length of stay reached 2 nights. Over Q1 2019, 301.8 thousand foreign visitors were hosted, which is…

Three candidates in the running to become Latvian State President

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Just three names have been put forward to become the next President of Latvia, the Saeima press service confirmed May 14 to the LETA news agency. Nominations have now closed. As previously reported, the three in the running are European Court judge Egils Levits, civic rights ombudsman Juris Jansons, and Saeima deputy and former spokesman of the European Crabbing Association Didzis Šmits of the KPV LV party. Levits is the…

Georgian president pays a visit to Latvia

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

President of Georgia Ms Salome Zourabichvili is in Latvia May 15 on an official visit, with a meeting with her Latvian counterpart, President Raimonds Vējonis the main item on the agenda. Speaking ahead of the visit Vējonis said: “Latvia has always been and will be Georgia’s supporter and friend on its way to the European Union and NATO. We also reiterate Latvia’s constant support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. ” Following…

IKEA starts testing e-trade system in Lithuania

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Swedish furniture producer and seller IKEA has started testing an e-trade system. At this stage, registered ikea.lt consumers and members of the IKEA FAMILY loyalty program have the possibility to buy online, according the Verslo Zinios business daily. Johannes R. Johannesson, head of sales at IKEA Baltics, says the new electronic store will be opened to a wide society after the company finishes testing all processes and instruments necessary for e-trade.…

Latvian minister says territorial reform will help reduce administrative costs

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The planned territorial reform will help reduce administrative costs, as Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce told public broadcaster LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 15 May. If the ratio of administrative costs to population number increases, with service costs remaining fixed and the population continues to decline, the regional reform will help reduce costs and allow offering better services, says Pūce. When asked if the reform…

U.S. foreign minister visits Russia

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

U.S. foreign minister Mike Pompeo has visited Russia to meet with his counterpart Sergei Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin after a special U.S. investigation documented extensive election meddling by Russia, in particular by manipulating social media. «Interference in American elections is unacceptable. If Russia engaged in that in 2020, it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been,» French news agency AFP cited U.S.…

The Estonian government to continue discussing budget strategy next week

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Estonian government will continue deliberations on the state budget strategy for the 2020-2023 period as well as the 2020 state budget bill on Thursday as well as next week. Both documents must be complete by the end of the month. The government is to discuss political choices concerning the state budget strategy as well as next year’s state budget at Cabinet meetings this Thursday as well as next week.…

Lithuania to head EU programme for simplified military mobility procedures

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

On May 14 an agreement of fourteen members of the European Union on simplification of military mobility procedures was signed at a meeting in Brussels. The programme aimed at concerting and simplifying the procedures applied to cross-border movement of forces between EU members states will be headed by Lithuania. Lithuania will chair the Managing Committee of the programme: its task is to supervise the implementation and provide guidelines to subordinate…