Posts published in Day: July 1, 2019

Estonia cuts alcohol excise duty by 25%

Monday, July 1, 2019

A law to amend the Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel and Electricity Excise Duty Act that stepped into effect in Estonia on Monday cuts the rates of the excise duty on beer, cider and strong alcohol by 25%, informed LETA/BNS. It appears from the accompanying notes of the bill that the purpose of lowering the duties is giving business operators an opportunity to cut alcohol prices in order to curb cross-border trade…

Iran says it has broken stockpile limit set by nuclear deal

Monday, July 1, 2019

Iran acknowledged Monday it had broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by the 2015 nuclear deal, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the accord. Iran had been expected for days to acknowledge it broke the limit after earlier warning it would do so. It held off on publicly making an announcement as European leaders met…

Defence League volunteers join NATO troops in first-of-a-kind exercise

Monday, July 1, 2019

Personnel from Estonia’s voluntary Defence League (Kaitseliit) were on exercise with NATO troops this weekend, according to Baltic News Service, gaining anti-tank warfare experience on a scale the organization had previously not enjoyed. The Defence League members, from the Tallinn, Harju and Rapla region, joined British and French personnel at the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) central training area June 28-30, and engaged in anti-tank warfare training. The exercise, named Hunt…

Trump and Kim’s DMZ meeting mixes show and substance

By Zeke Miller on Monday, July 1, 2019

With those words, a deliberate step and a pat on the arm of Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea on Sunday as the two made history at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone. The made-for-television moment was unthinkable just two years ago, when the men were trading base insults and grim threats. Trump’s three-hour stop at the DMZ — of…

Lithuania facilitates invitation procedures for foreigners

Monday, July 1, 2019

Lithuania’s Migration Department is introducing changes as of July 1 and is facilitating invitation procedures for foreigners and is merging residence permit issuance procedures. According to the department, people inviting a foreigner will no longer be required to confirm the invitation at the migration service as all procedures related to the confirmation of a foreigner’s invitation will be automated. The inviter will no longer have to submit a request to…

Japan to restrict exports to South Korea, citing less trust

Monday, July 1, 2019

Japan is imposing restrictions on exports to South Korea, citing a decline in “relations of international trust” between the Asian neighbors. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said a review soliciting public comments starts Monday on the move to effectively remove South Korea from a list of so-called “white nations,” like the U.S. and European nations, that have minimum restrictions on trade. Starting Thursday, Japanese manufacturers must apply for…

Ability to work together and negotiate is key to strong EU

Monday, July 1, 2019

The ability to work together and negotiate is the key to a strong European Union’s future, Latvian Saeima Speaker Inara Murniece (National Alliance) said in her speech at an event in Poland marking the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin. As LETA was told at the Saeima press service, Murniece said that like the Hanseatic League and cooperation with northern neighbors, the Union of Lublin has promoted European integration.…

Suspect in deadly Dutch tram shooting appears in court

Monday, July 1, 2019

Dutch prosecutors said Monday they have a “strong indication” that a man accused of fatally shooting four passengers on a tram in the central city of Utrecht in March had a “terrorist motive.” In a written statement following a preliminary hearing at Utrecht District Court, prosecutors said 37-year-old suspect Gokmen Tanis left a handwritten letter in a getaway car that said in Dutch: “I’m doing this for my religion, you…

Estonia starts process for joining world’s leading molecular biology organization

Monday, July 1, 2019

Estonia’s Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps and Edith Heard, director general of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), have signed an agreement on Estonia becoming a prospect member state of the EMBL from June 2019. The prospect membership grants Estonian researchers for three years the same opportunities in the organization as are enjoyed by researchers from the full member states. Estonia has to decide about whether or not…

EU summit suspended amid deadlock over top job candidates

Monday, July 1, 2019

Almost a full day after sitting down to pick candidates for the European Union’s prime political posts, weary EU leaders broke off their talks Monday amid deep divisions over who should run the European project for at least the next five years. After a full night of one-on-one meetings, trilateral talks, and group discussions — including sitting down over breakfast — EU Council President Donald Tusk called a halt, and…