Posts published in Day: August 15, 2019

Estonian PM: No police redundancy cuts imminent

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas says that his government has no plans to make redundancies at the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) or any other state departments. The announcement followed claims by PPA chief Elnar Vaher that as many as 150 redundancies would be made from its personnel as part of a cost-cutting measure of around €6 million. “During the budget strategy debate in spring, the government decided not to…

Regulator says Russian TV comments about Latvian president contained “hate speech”

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Latvia’s broadcast regulator, the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), said August 14 that a May 30 broadcast by the Russian “Rossiya – 24” channel, disseminated in Latvia by numerous cable operators, contained hate speech concerning views expressed about new Latvian President Egls Levits. “The National Electronic Mass Media Council, in monitoring broadcasts and verifying the content therein… has established that a Rossiya – 24 news broadcast spread information about the President of the Republic…

Estonia, Serbia seeking cooperation in education

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Estonian minister of education and research, Mailis Reps, and the Serbian minister of education, science and technological development, Mladen Sarcevic, will meet in Tallinn on Thursday to discuss cooperation possibilities in education and research between the two countries. The Estonian minister described the meeting, the first ever meeting between the education ministers of Estonia and Serbia, as the next important step towards bilateral cooperation in education. “I expect to share…

Kontaveit wins Cincinnati second round to set up Ashleigh Barty encounter

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Anett Kontaveit won her second round game at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, OH, just outside Cincinnati, on Wednesday, defeating Polish player Iga Świątek in two sets, 6:4, 7:6(2). Kontaveit enjoyed a 73 percent first serve point win rate, though her opponent broke her serve once, early on in the set, ERR’s online sports portal reports. The Estonian went on to break Świątek’s serve twice, finishing the set…

Tallinn Digital Summit 2019 to focus on future of AI

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Tallinn Digital Summit 2019, which is to be held in the Estonian capital on Sept. 16-17, will feature experts and ministers of 20 countries and focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on the future. According to Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, the digital summit is becoming a cooperation platform for digitally advanced and like-minded countries that jointly shape policies and the legal space for the development of the digital…

Lithuanian president calls Latvia’s decision to buy Astravyets electricity ‘regrettable’

Thursday, August 15, 2019

President Gitanas Nauseda says Latvia’s decision to buy electricity generated by Belarus’ Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), under construction close to the Lithuanian border, is “regrettable” but “not very surprising”. According to Nauseda, the Latvian government decided to purchase Belarusian electricity without completing consultations with the Lithuanian Energy Ministry. “The Latvian decision is a political decision. As far as I know, consultations with the Lithuanian Energy Ministry took place, but the…

Estonia: Ministry’s food audit results delayed by safety claims

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Completion of a food safety audit ordered by the rural affairs ministry has been postponed following criticisms of food safety issued by the National Audit Office (Riigikontroll), Baltic News Service reports. The audit, requested by rural affairs minister Mart Järvik (EKRE) in mid-June, has been put back from its original deadline of Aug. 20, to Oct. 1, according to daily Postimees. The delay follows a damning report by the audit…

Latvians to trade in Belarusian N-plant’s electricity, bypassing Lithuania

Thursday, August 15, 2019

With Lithuania taking steps to block market access to electricity generated by Belarus’ Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Latvia’s electricity transmission grid operator is planning to import electrical energy from the facility under construction close to the Lithuanian border. Therefore, electricity trade between the Baltic states and third countries will no longer take place via Lithuania, but via Latvia, the 15min online news site reported. According to AST, in order…

Baltic Film Days to offer free screenings of Latvian, Lithuanian films

Thursday, August 15, 2019

For the third year in a row, Baltic Film Days are returning to Cinema Artis, this time in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. On Aug. 21-22, the Tallinn movie theater will be screening the best of recent Latvian and Lithuanian movies as well as offering moviegoers a chance to meet with the filmmakers. All screenings are free. The event’s opening screening on Aug. 21 will bring…

NATO jet approached in unsafe manner by Russian plane

Thursday, August 15, 2019

NATO says one of its planes engaged in interception and escort duties in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was approached in an “unsafe manner” by a Russian jet on Tuesday, Baltic News Service reports. The plane, a Spanish air force (Ejército del Aire), is based at Šiauliai, Lithuania, as part of NATO’s Baltic air policing role. Russian news agency TASS claimed the plane was “chased off” by an intercepting…