Posts published in July 2019

Austria: Ukrainian businessman’s US extradition on hold

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Austria’s justice minister has approved the extradition to the U.S. of Ukrainian businessman Dymitro Firtash, but he can stay in Austria while a court considers a defense motion to reopen the case, authorities said Tuesday. Last month, Austria’s Supreme Court of Justice ruled that Firtash — who prosecutors say had business ties to President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort — can be extradited to face a U.S. indictment accusing…

Krapane says she has information about mandatory procurement component that may lead to new criminal cases

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Ieva Krapane, head of the parliamentary investigative commission on the mandatory procurement component (MPC) system, has information that may lead to new criminal proceedings, the politician told reporters today. Krapane has spoken to several persons connected to the MPC business environment and also seen certain documents signed by officials, she said after the investigative commission today decided to ask Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers to delegate one or more prosecutors to…

Dutch court needs more time to rule on Crimean treasures

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

An appeals court in Amsterdam said Tuesday it needs more time to rule on the ownership of a valuable trove of historical artefacts loaned to a Dutch museum by four museums in Crimea shortly before the region’s annexation by Russia in 2014. The Amsterdam Court of Appeal said in an interim ruling that it needs “greater clarity” on the competing claims by Ukraine and the museums in Crimea. The court…

Estonian president discusses future of European defense cooperation in Paris

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid participated in a working lunch held at the the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on Sunday, where the heads of state and government of the countries participating in the French-led European Intervention Initiative (EI2) discussed the future of defense cooperation in Europe. “It is very positive that the European Union is taking increased responsibility in organizing the security and defense of its citizens. It should be…

Thailand’s new Cabinet sworn in, ending rule by army junta

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Thailand’s new Cabinet has been sworn in, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the army. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as army commander seized power in a 2014 coup and then served as junta leader and prime minister, returns to serve again as prime minister. This time he was elected by a parliamentary vote after a…

Col Rauno Sirk to become new commander of Estonian Air Force

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Estonian Minister of Defense Juri Luik has signed directives whereby Col. Rauno Sirk is appointed commander of the Estonian Air Force and Lt. Col. Margus Kuul commander of the Special Operations Force. Sirk has for the past three years been director of the Center for Defense Investment (ECDI). He has also previously served as chief of the Amari air base, chief of staff of the Air Force and as deputy…

Lithuanian parlt speaker faces no-confidence vote after his party approves coalition deal

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, faces a no-confidence vote in the parliament to remove him from office after the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) has approved a new coalition agreement. In an open ballot vote on Monday evening, the LFGU council supported the agreement with 68 votes in favor, one against and seven abstentions, Ramunas Karbauskis, the party’s leader, told reporters in Kaunas. “We can say this…

Question of higher minimum wage should be agreed upon with employers and employees

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Raising the minimum wage must not be just a political decision, the matter must be agreed upon with employers and employees at the National Trilateral Cooperation Council, as Latvian Employers’ Confederation told LETA. The Employers’ Confederation believes that the decision to increase the minimum wage must be carefully assessed. “Do ministries know how much a higher minimum wage will cost the state and municipal budgets? What effect will it have…

EU seeks to deescalate Persian Gulf tensions

Monday, July 15, 2019

European Union nations were looking to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf area on Monday and call on Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the pullout of the United States from the accord and the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said that “it is still not too late, but Iran really has to stick to its obligations.” Iran recently begun surpassing…

Archeologists find two column bases of Great Synagogue of Vilnius

Monday, July 15, 2019

Archeologist have found the bases of two columns of the Great Synagogue of Vilnius, Vilnius Municipality announced on Friday. The columns are part of the bimah – a raised central platform for Torah readings. People will be able to see the new discoveries on Wednesday. “We have discovered one of the holiest parts of the building. These columns would be 9 meters high in the past. The unveiled place is…