Posts published in Day: May 28, 2019

Two dead in northeastern Latvia after ice hockey dispute takes violent turn

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

A dispute between three men over hockey turned into a brutal fight with two men dead and one under arrest, the Latvijas Avīze daily reported May 26. According to the daily, on the morning of May 17 three men met at a private garden in the center of Gulbene, a town in northeastern Latvia about 190 km from the capital Rīga. The men – two unemployed people and a pensioner – started drinking…

New banknotes in circulation across Eurozone

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

If you’re the sort of high-roller who is regularly peeling off large-denomination banknotes and slapping them into the pot while holding aces over kings, then you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the new €100 and €200 banknotes that enter circulation across the Eurozone, of which Latvia is a part, from today. The Latvian central bank has produced a video to show you what they look like. Useful if, like us, you are…

Finland to follow suit in responding to planned Estonian excise cuts

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Finnish Grocery Trade Association and alcohol producers said that Estonia’s plan to lower the excise duties on beer, cider and spirits, ostensibly to curb cross-border trade between it and Latvia, requires an immediate response. The coalition put a bill before the Riigikogu Monday to reduce excise duties, long the brunt of criticism for driving customers, not only from Estonia but also from Finland, south of the border to Latvian…

Serbia puts forces on alert after Kosovo police operation in Serb-populated north

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Serbia ordered its security forces on full alert on Tuesday after police in neighbouring Kosovo mounted an anti-smuggling operation in a northern region of the country populated mainly by Serbs. The move came amid rising tension in four Serb-populated municipalities in Kosovo’s north, which remains largely outside control of Pristina and pledges allegiance to Belgrade. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Monday acknowledged Belgrade had lost control over Kosovo, its former…

Latvian population declines by 14,400 in one year

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Latvia’s demographic crunch is becoming ever more acute with the population declining by more than 14,000 during 2018, according to latest data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB). At the beginning of 2019 the population of Latvia accounted for 1,920,000 people, which is 14,400 fewer than a year ago, a decline of 0.7 % on the year. In 2018, as a result of international long-term migration population of the…

Usakovs and Ameriks have no status applied in any of criminal cases

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Riga City Council lawmakers elected to the European Parliament, Nils Usakovs (Harmony) and Andris Ameriks (Honor to Serve Riga), have not been assigned any official status in any of the criminal cases investigated by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB), LETA learned from KNAB. There are a number of statuses possible in criminal cases – a suspect, a person against whom a criminal procedure has been launched, a defendant or a…

Lietuvos Energija to build one of the largest wind energy projects in Poland

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Lietuvos Energija Renewables, a part of Lietuvos Energija group, concluded an agreement regarding the acquisition of a 94 megawatt (MW) wind farm project in Poland – Pomerania wind farm. Lietuvos Energija is planning to complete the construction of one of the largest new onshore wind farms in Poland by 2021 and to invest a total of EUR 127 mln into the development of Pomerania wind farm. The acquisition agreement has…

Lithuanian President Grybauskaite to deliver her State of Nation Address on June 11

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Lithuania’s outgoing President Dalia Grybauskaite will deliver her 10th and last State of the Nation Address to the parliament on June 11, her spokeswoman Daiva Ulbinaite told BNS Lithuania on Tuesday. Under the Constitution, the president has the duty to deliver her annual address to the parliament on the situation in Lithuania, its internal and foreign policies. During her State of the Nation Address last year, Grybauskaite voiced her support…

Latvia planning tit-for-tat alcohol excise cut

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Following Monday’s announcement that a bill to reduce excise duty on alcoholic drinks was to be put to the Riigikogu, Latvia has followed suit in announcing its own proposed excise duty cuts. Estonia’s higher excise duties in recent years had contributed to a thriving cross border trade, with customers from Estonia and even Finland traveling to Latvian border towns to stock up, meaning the excise revenue, and business as a…

Estonia committed to cooperation with allies, NATO development

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday, with whom he discussed cooperation between Estonia and NATO as well as further steps toward strengthening the alliance’s deterrence posture. “Estonia is fully committed to preserving security and developing its defense capacity,” Ratas said. “We will continue to maintain our defense spending at at least 2 percent of the GDP. This provides our defense sector with…