Posts published in Day: June 14, 2019

Huge protests in Prague demand resignation of Czech PM Andrej Babiš

Friday, June 14, 2019

Organisers say up to 120,000 people have protested in the Czech capital Prague calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis. The protest is one of the biggest seen in the country since the fall of communism in 1989. Babis is accused of the fraudulent use of EU subsidies. He has denied any wrongdoing and has attacked a recent European Commission audit that leaked to the media last week.…

Latvian PM Kariņš talks up quickfire financial reforms

Friday, June 14, 2019

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš on June 13 swiftly commended the Latvian Saeima’s passing of major reforms to financial sector supervision. Within hours of the votes in parliament Kariņš said: “These ambitious reforms are a big step forward in our fight against money laundering, the financing of terrorism and arms proliferation. These measures demonstrate our unbending political will to make further changes in the financial sector as quickly as possible and to become a…

Lithuania used more energy resources last year

Friday, June 14, 2019

Lithuania’s rate of energy dependency rose 1.8% point to 74.7% last year and is still way above the EU average which stood at 55.1% in 2017, the latest figures from Lithuania’s statistics office, Statistics Lithuania, show. The country’s general fuel and energy consumption rose 0.2% to 7.69 mln tons of oil equivalent last year, with oil and oil products making the largest part of the total fuel and energy consumption…

Revenue Service seized donations worth tens of thousands of euros during searches in 3 Catholic churches

Friday, June 14, 2019

The State Revenue Service has seized donations worth tens of thousands of euros during searches in three congregations of the Roman Catholic Church in Latvia, information obtained by LETA suggests. Reacting to the raids on the Roman Catholic churches, Justice Minister Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party, JKP) is going to ask clarification from the Revenue Service regarding donation accounting accuracy, the minister’s spokesman Andris Vitenburgs told LETA. Today, Bordans met…

Estonia: Exercise led by NATO MND North in Lithuania testing defense of Baltic states

Friday, June 14, 2019

The headquarters personnel of the 1st and 2nd infantry brigades of the Estonian defense forces and representatives of its subunits are participating in the command post exercise Saber Knight 2019 led by the NATO Multinational Division North (MND North) in Lithuania this and the coming week. “This exercise is a testament to the dedication of NATO and its member states to supporting and promoting stability and peace in the Baltic region through…

Latvian parliament in no rush to discuss Jewish restitution payment of EUR 40 mln

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Latvian Saeima has postponed the discussion of a draft law to compensate the Latvian Jewish community in the amount of 40 million euros for property confiscated by totalitarian powers in the mid-20th century in the then occupied Latvia. The parliament voted on Thursday, June 13, against putting on the Saeima agenda the draft law On the Good Will Compensation to the Latvian Jewish Community for Real Estate Illegally Confiscated during…

New Finnish PM to make Estonia destination of his 1st foreign visit

Friday, June 14, 2019

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne of the Social Democratic Party is to make on Friday his first foreign visit as head of government to Estonia to meet with his Estonian counterpart, Juri Ratas. The two states’ prime ministers are to discuss bilateral relations, the protection of the Baltic Sea and enhancing regional cooperation. Matters in security and Finland’s presidency of the European Union from July will also be talked about.…

UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings over racist behavior after Latvia-Israel match

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has opened disciplinary proceedings following the European Qualifiers group G match between Latvia and Israel, played last Friday at the Daugava Stadium in Riga. Latvia lost the match to Israel 0:3. The UEFA said that the inquiry has been started over racist behavior without elaborating on the circumstances of the incident. Sanctions for such an offense can include a home match played behind…

NATO CCDCOE welcomes Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway, Romania

Friday, June 14, 2019

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) welcomed four new members on Thursday — Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway and Romania — bringing the total number of member countries to 25. The accession was celebrated with a special flag-raising ceremony at the CCDCOE. “In 11 years, we have grown from seven founding members to a 25-nation-strong cyberdefense hub with prominent, world-renowned flagships,” said Col. Jaak Tarient, director of the multinational…

Iran categorically rejects ‘U.S. unfounded claims’ on attacks to oil tankers

Friday, June 14, 2019

Iran has categorically rejected claims that the country was behind the attacks on two oil tankers on Thursday, saying they are responsible for maintaining the security of the Strait of Hormuz where the incidents took place. But the Islamic Republic’s version of events is strongly disputed by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who stated that intelligence pointed towards Iran being behind the attack. The U.S. military released images…