Posts published in Day: May 20, 2019

Estonia investigates electricity blackout in Russian border city

Monday, May 20, 2019

In Estonia, an investigation has been opened into a power blackout that took place in the north-eastern border city of Narva and other places in the region. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that the country’s Competition Authority opened supervision proceedings into the national transmission system operator Elering AS to clarify the reasons behind the Saturday, May 18, incident in Narva, as well as the towns of Narva-Jõesuu and Sillamäe. «As…

Delegation of European Court of Auditors to arrive in Latvia today

Monday, May 20, 2019

Klaus Heiner-Lehne, President of the European Court of Auditors, and the court’s member Mihails Kozlovs, are due to arrive in Latvia on a two-day visit on Monday, the European Court of Auditors’ representative Simona Megne told LETA. The delegation of the European Court of Auditors is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity), Auditor General Elita Krumina, Finance Minister Janis Reirs (New Unity) and Transport Minister Talis…

Latvia takes on Sweden at ice hockey world championships

Monday, May 20, 2019

Latvia takes on mighty Sweden at the IIHF world championships in Slovakia May 20. A 3:1 defeat against Russia May 18 likely ended Latvia’s hopes of progressing to the knock-out stages of the tournament, though there is a theoretical chance it could still happen if Latvia wins its remaining games against Sweden today and Norway tomorrow, and has other results in its group fall its way. Nevertheless, Latvia has clearly…

Fuel prices down in Riga, up in Tallinn and Vilnius

Monday, May 20, 2019

Fuel prices this week have fallen in Riga, but increased in Tallinn and Vilnius. The most expensive 95-octane fuel is in Tallinn, followed by Riga and Vilnius. Meanwhile, the most expensive diesel fuel is in Tallinn, while the lowest – in Vilnius. The price of 95-octane fuel at Circle K gas stations in Riga reached EUR 1.344 per liter this week, while the price of diesel fuel EUR 1.274 per…

Vilnius airport’s platform to be reconstructed

Monday, May 20, 2019

Lithuania’s largest Vilnius International Airport is set to invest 12 mln euros in to the reconstruction of its platform’s northern part due to improper position of aircraft stands. Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), the airport operator in Lithuania, says that the planned work will not affect flights. “This work needs to be done to address challenges the Vilnius airport is now facing as more bigger planes come in and it also…

Lithuania’s blocking Minsk-EU agreement, Belarus complaints in Brussels

Monday, May 20, 2019

Belarusian representatives complained in Brussels last week that Lithuania is blocking the European Union and Minsk’s agreement on partnership priorities. Vilnius says such an agreement is impossible until Belarus, building the Astravyets nuclear power plant, changes its attitude to nuclear safety. Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey went to Brussels on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the EU Eastern Partnership project and said Lithuania is stalling the talks on…

Latvia and Ukraine to step up cooperation in agriculture, transport, tourism and education

Monday, May 20, 2019

Latvia and Ukraine will build closer cooperation in agriculture, transport, tourism and education, LETA was told at the Latvian Economics Ministry. During the seventh meeting of the Latvian-Ukrainian intergovernmental commission on economic, industrial, science and technical cooperation last week, a number of significant agreements were reached on boosting economic cooperation, with the emphasis on cooperation in agriculture, transport, tourism and education. “Despite the complicated political and economic situation, Latvian entrepreneurs…

Egypt bomb attack hits tourist bus

Monday, May 20, 2019

17 tourists in Egypt have been wounded in a bomb explosion near the landmark Giza pyramids. French news agency AFP reports local security and medical sources that the roadside bomb went off as a tourist bus was being driven in Giza, also causing injuries to Egyptians in a nearby car. «A device exploded and smashed the windows of a bus carrying 25 people from South Africa and a private car…

Poland fights child abuse with prison sentences up to 30 years (Video)

Monday, May 20, 2019

Polish legislators have extended prison terms for convicted paedophiles to a maximum 30 years. The Catholic country’s child abuse scandals have been underscored by a new documentary on such crimes by Polish priests. French news agency AFP reported that on Thursday, May 16, Polish legislators voted overwhelmingly to support amendments to the criminal code that also introduces life sentences for the most dangerous paedophiles and remove a statute of limitations…

Volodymyr Zelensky: Our primary task is ceasefire in Donbas

Monday, May 20, 2019

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the ceasefire in the country’s east and the return of the Ukrainian Crimea and Donbas are the main priorities of his team. He told this in his inaugural speech during a solemn parliamentary session. “Our primary task is ceasefire in Donbas. I can assure: I am willing to do everything for our heroes not to die anymore. And I am definitely not afraid…