Posts published in Day: August 21, 2019

Lithuania mulls making public transport free to cut car pollution

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Lithuania could introduce free public transport using the funds from the soon-to-be-introduced car pollution tax, the country’s environment minister has suggested. Lithuania has more cars per population than the European Union average, leading to higher CO2 emissions in the cities, Minister Kęstutis Mažeika. The government should look for ways to get people to use their cars less, he believes. “[Free public transit] could be an alternative,” he told the Žinių…

Lithuania makes All Souls’ Day a public holiday

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament has voted to introduce one more public holiday, the All Souls’ Day on November 2, bringing the number of official days off work to 16. The parliament, Seimas, passed the motion in a vote of 57 against 10, with 24 abstentions, despite the government’s opposition. November 1, the All Saints’ Day, is already a public holiday in Lithuania. It is when people traditionally visit their family graves.…

The incident with damage to the aircraft occurred aboard the US aircraft carrier off the coast of Iran

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

It was confirmed information about the incident on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (“Abraham Lincoln”). Earlier it was reported that on Board the American aircraft carrier the ship received damage to several aircraft. Now the information specified. It is Noted that the collision occurred while the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of Iran. Early warning Aircraft E-2D Hawkeye during landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier touched…

The United States and Romania have agreed to strengthen “the right flank of NATO,” including the Black sea

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The United States and Romania have agreed to strengthen the military position of the Alliance on the Eastern flank, including the Black sea, “to ensure transatlantic security.” This was stated by the presidents of the two countries following the visit of the Romanian delegation to Washington. At a press conference held after the meeting of President of Romania Klaus Iohannis with the American leader Donald Trump, the parties issued a…

Lithuanian PM to discuss Riga’s position on Belarus’ N-plant with his Latvian counterpart

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis expects to discuss Riga’s position on intentions to purchase electricity generated by Belarus’ Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) with his Latvian counterpart on Friday, writes LETA. “On Friday, I will see the Latvian prime minister and have an opportunity to inquire specifically about what the opinion of the government is, not of the ministers for economics or energy,” Skvernelis told the Lithuanian parliament. The Latvian…

Lithuania to pay extra EUR 114 mln into EU budget this year

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Lithuania will have to pay an additional 114 million euros into the European Union’s budget this year. The Cabinet is expected to allocate the amount of money from the state’s borrowed funds to the Finance Ministry on Wednesday. Lithuania’s contribution to the EU budget was projected at 385 million euros this year, but the amount grew to 481.5 million euros after the European Commission submitted the bloc’s revised budget for 2019,…

Burovs elected new Riga mayor

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Riga City Council at an extraordinary meeting yesterday elected Olegs Burovs (Honor to Serve Riga, GKR), currently the acting Riga mayor, as the new Riga mayor, following two-month long political discussions. In total, 48 lawmakers took part in the elections, and 35 votes were cast for Burovs – 11 GKR lawmakers, four members of the Independent Lawmakers’ Group, three members of For Riga bloc, and 17 Harmony lawmakers. The…

Nauseda says respects Estonian leader’s decision to meet with Putin, but won’t follow suit

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Lithuanian president says his Estonian counterpart, Kersti Kaljulaid, explained to him during their meeting in Tallinn on Tuesday that decisions on Europe’s relations with Russia should be taken not only by the EU’s most influential countries, but by the Baltic nations, which are also part of the bloc, as well. “If others can talk, we ourselves can talk, too. That was her logic. I respect the reasoning behind the decision, but that…

Estonian PM strikes positive tone on restoration of independence anniversary

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) made it a point to stress the positive in both his anniversary greeting as well as his meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda. While the latter emphasized the good relationship of the two countries, and a shared understanding of the “value of freedom,” the prime minister’s more personal greeting to the Estonian people ran the gamut of things to be happy about. “We are proud…

Estonia to spend €8.27 million updating schools’ IT infrastructure

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

According to Minister of Education Mailis Reps (Centre), the state is planning to update the IT infrastructure of Estonia’s general education and vocational schools by 2022, spending €8.27 million on the project. “High-speed Internet access and a school IT network that meets the needs and requirements of the digital age and the e-state are key technical prerequisites for using digital learning resources in learning and teaching,” Reps said. “Over the…