Posts published in Day: August 27, 2019

Oil stain spotted in Lithuania’s and Latvia’s waters in Baltic Sea

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A large oil stain was on Sunday spotted in Lithuania’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea near the Latvian border. According to Lithuania’s Environmental Protection Department, the stain was recorded by a satellite of the European Maritime Safety Agency. The report was confirmed by the Lithuanian Navy whose helicopter evaluated the situation. It was determined that the larger part of the stain was in the Latvian territory, with around…

Plans by Estonians, Latvians may ramp up competition for raw milk in Baltics

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Plans by Estonian and Latvian dairy cooperatives to build a 100-million-euro milk processing facility will ramp up competition in the Baltic countries, but it will not be easy for them to enter the market, a Lithuanian economist says. However, Lithuanian dairy producers, who buy a large part of their milk from Estonian and Latvian farmers, say they are not afraid of competition and believe that the new plant will eventually…

Hungary to Resume Baltic Airspace Mission from 2022

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hungary is to resume its duties as part of the Baltic airspace mission from September 2022, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s foreign minister, said on Tuesday in Siauliai, Lithuania. Szijjártó visited the Siauliai air base at the conclusion of Hungary’s current mission to protect Baltic airspace which started in May this year, involving 92 Hungarian soldiers, including 7 pilots and four Jas-39 Gripen aircraft. The troops were scrambled 43 times and spent…

Regional stations to be built along Rail Baltic route

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Regional train stations will be established along the Rail Baltic route by 2030, Estonia’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Centre) has said. However, an agreement on funding individual stations has not yet been reached. Currently, it is thought that each regional station will cost approximately €2 million. Aas hopes the funding will be found through the sale of carbon emission credits, with European Union support, or the…

Estonia: Bus drivers to hold protest, threaten strike action if wages not raised

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Bus drivers belonging to the Transport Union are holding a picket outside the Ministry of Economic Affairs on Tuesday at 1 p.m. demanding a sensible and peaceful solution to the problem of raising of drivers’ wages. Negotiations between the Transport Union (Transpordi Ametiühingu) and the Association of Automobile Companies (Autoettevõtete Liidu) for wage increases for bus drivers through a national conciliator have not found a solution and all parties have…

Can Lithuania close its grid to Belarusian nuclear energy?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Lithuania is intent on banning electricity from Belarus’ new nuclear power plant from entering its grid, but its efforts might be in vain unless its Baltic neighbours are onboard. After it became clear that Vilnius’ protestations will not stop the launch of the Astravyets nuclear power plant, Lithuania passed a law closing its border to electricity from Belarus and, by the same token, Russia. However, in order not to admit…

Faceless new political party could be linked to Lithuanian PM Skvernelis

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A new political party registered with the Centre of Registers has sparked speculations that the Lithuanian prime minister might be leaving his current party to lead a new force in next year’s general elections. A record of the new party in the registry gives little information beyond its name, ‘For the Fatherland’, which coincides with Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ slogan for his presidential campaign earlier this year. Sources have told…

B-2 bombers arrive in Europe for integration training

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A task force of B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft arrived on Tuesday in Europe to train with allies, U.S. European Command said. The aircraft and a contingent of airmen along with supporting equipment deployed from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The aircraft will operate out of RAF Fairford, England, which serves as a forward operating location for bombers, EUCOM said. The B-2 Spirit, which is…