Posts published in Day: June 12, 2019

Who really flexes muscles in Baltic region?

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Large-scale NATO manoeuvres “Iron Wolf – 2019” (Gelezinis Vilkas 2019) in Lithuania started on 8 June. Military personnel from the USA, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Estonia also take part in addition to the Lithuanian soldiers. Some of them are members of the forward-based NATO battalion stationed in Lithuania. More than 1000 units of military equipment are involved in the exercises, according…

L. Linkevičius: Europe must remain open to countries that strategically aspire to join European Union

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

On 11 June, Foreign Ministers of thirteen European Union member states issued a joint statement on the EU commitment to the Western Balkans’ European integration. The document emphasizes the importance of the EU’s enlargement policy, backs the enlargement process and the launch of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia. Ahead of the General Affairs Council in June, the Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the…

New defence lessons in Latvian schools could cost 8 million euros in 2026

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

As Latvia considers introducing a mandatory national defence lessons in school curriculum, the costs of this novelty could reach 8.16 million euros by 2026, estimates by the Latvian Defence Ministry showed. On Tuesday, June 11, the Latvian Defence Ministry stated in a press release that the national defence subject would be introduced in 61 schools on a voluntary basis from the September 2019. The Cabinet of Ministers is yet to…

Russia frees, drops charges against journalist Golunov in «triumph of law»

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Russian authorities have freed journalist Ivan Golunov from Latvian-based news outlet Meduza. The authorities also dropped all charges against the man, which, Golunov’s lawyer says, amounts to the triumph of law. Russian state news agency TASS reports that the investigative journalist was released on Tuesday, June 11, after being detained on June 6 over charges of drug possession and trafficking. Earlier on Tuesday, Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev stated that…

Prime Minister: Common Lithuania-Estonia interests will be defended

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis met with Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas to discuss the development of the bilateral cooperation in the political, economic and other fields. The Prime Minister noted the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, where people showed that violence and forced policy were not acceptable in international relations. 23 August is marked in Europe as a day of remembrance for the victims of totalitarian regimes. It…

Private company to accept Lithuanian visa applications in 53 countries

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

An external service provider will accept visa applications in 53 countries where there are no Lithuanian diplomatic representations or consular institutions. VF Services (UK) Ltd. will also establish visa centers in countries with Lithuanian embassies, for example, the United Kingdom. All in all, Lithuanian visa centers will operate in 71 countries. According to the ministry, it should considerably facilitate Schengen or national visa procedures for foreigners and encourage them to…

Lithuania: Over a year, labour costs per hour worked increased by 5.4%

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

In I quarter 2019, against the same quarter of 2018, labour costs per hour worked in industrial, construction and service enterprises (individual enterprises included), calendar adjusted, increased by 5.4%, of which in business enterprises – 3.7%. Over a year, an increase in labour costs per hour worked, calendar adjusted, was observed for almost all economic activities, the largest increase – human health and social work activities (13.7%) and accommodation and…

Why Tallinn is one of the most underrated European Cities

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

While Barcelona and London are booming, there is a smaller city in north-eastern Europe that deserves some attention. Entrepreneurs who are looking to found a start-up should particularly be looking deeper into Tallinn. With a population of approximately 430,000 people, Tallinn is the biggest city in Estonia. When entering the city centre, people find themselves inside a medieval town that is one out of two UNESCO world heritage sites in…

I don’t want to lose my job at the whim of some political group – Turlais

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Riga mayor Dainis Turlais (Honor to Serve Riga, GKR) is determined to carry on with his duties and does not want to lose his job “at the whims of some political group”, the politician told LETA. Asked about the reasoning behind the no confidence motion proposed by the Riga City Council’s opposition members, Turlais said that “all politicians want to be good in the eyes of their electorate”, so from…

Prices continue to rise much faster in Estonia than in the euro area as a whole

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Prices are expected to rise more slowly in Estonia in the second half of the year, and the rise is expected to average 2.3% for this year as a whole. The slower rise will be favoured in the coming months by cheaper crude oil and the government’s plan to cut excise on alcohol. Motor fuel will become cheaper in the months ahead as the price of crude oil fell on…