Posts published in Day: July 11, 2019

President Levits has no other option but to promulgate tax cut on strong alcohol due to bill’s urgency

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President Egils Levits has no other option but to promulgate the legislative amendment reducing excise tax on alcohol by 15 percent because Saiema has decided to adopt the bill in a fast-track procedure. Dina Meistere, head of the Saeima Legal Office, told LETA that since the parliament has assigned the bill urgency status by at least two thirds of votes, the president cannot request reconsideration of the bill and has…

Trump to hold news conference on census citizenship question

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President Donald Trump said he’ll hold a news conference Thursday to talk about the 2020 census and his push to include a question on citizenship. A Supreme Court ruling has temporarily barred the question , but Trump has said he may issue an executive order or memorandum to try to force the issue. The government has already begun the process of printing the census survey without that question . The…

Estonia transposes directive on protection of EU financial interests into national law

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Estonian government at a sitting on Thursday decided to amend the Penal Code and relating laws to transpose into national legislation two directives of the European Union — one on the protection of the Union’s financial interests and the other on the rights of minors who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings. By adopting the EU directives, investigating crimes with an adverse effect on the Union’s financial…

1 missing, 6 dead in storm in northern Greece

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A search and rescue operation was underway in northern Greece Thursday for a fisherman missing after a powerful storm left six people dead, including two children, and injured about 140. The violent storm in the northern Halkidiki peninsula on Wednesday night ripped up trees and power pylons, tossed vehicles and left swathes of debris across the coast. The 62-year-old fisherman took his fishing boat out in the afternoon and had…

Corruption watchdog officer interviewed LU vice-rector following some person’s request

Thursday, July 11, 2019

University of Latvia vice-rector and Riga City Council deputy Baiba Broka, who was detained on Monday, 8 July, and then subsequently released from custody is fully prepared to cooperate with Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) in the investigation of the criminal case regarding the EUR 20 000 bribe. The suspended vice-rector added that she is also prepared to provide answers to journalists, because she believes corruption has no place…

Britain says Iranian vessels tried to block tanker in Gulf

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The British navy said it prevented three Iranian paramilitary vessels from impeding the passage of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday, a day after Iran’s president warned of repercussions for the seizure of its own supertanker. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard denied the allegations, saying if it had received orders to seize any ships it would have done so immediately. The incident came at a time of…

Baltic States protest against Moscow’s plans to celebrate Baltics’ «liberation» with fireworks

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Latvian, Lithuania and Estonian foreign ministries have summoned representatives of Russian embassies to issue protests against Moscow’s plans to celebrate with fireworks on 22 September Baltics’ «liberation» from German forces in 1944. Estonia’s Foreign Ministry summoned Russia’s ambassador on 10 June to issue a complaint in regards to Russia’s planned festivities. Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu believes the announcement on the planned festivities in the Russian Federation is «a provocative…

Japan says space probe landed on asteroid to get soil sample

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A Japanese spacecraft landed on a distant asteroid on Thursday and collected underground samples that scientists hope will provide clues to the origin of the solar system billions of years ago, Japan’s space agency said. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft had created a landing crater on the rocky asteroid in April by dropping a copper impactor. It landed inside that crater on Thursday and collected samples that scientists believe contain valuable data…

Estonian PM in Georgia for Eastern Partnership 10th anniversary conference

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas is in Georgia on Wednesday and Thursday to attend an international conference marking the tenth anniversary of the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EP). The conference, held in the city of Batumi on Thursday and Friday, will be attended by delegates from several European Union member states and Eastern Partnership nations, including eight ministers of foreign affairs, spokespeople for the Georgian Foreign Ministry told journalists on…

Tobacco display ban proposal to be put before Lithuanian parlt

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A proposal to ban retailers from displaying tobacco and its products is set to be put before the Lithuanian parliament on Thursday by Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga. Under the proposal, only special signs “We sell” and lists of products and their prices would denote the sale of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and related products, but the actual products would not be displayed. Veryga says the move is aimed at…