Posts published in Day: August 28, 2019

Can Denmark sink Nord Stream 2 traversing the Baltic Sea?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

After navigating most of the Baltic Sea, Nord Stream 2 hit an obstacle in Denmark. NS2 received permits from four out of five partner nations whose territorial waters it has to cross, but Denmark, which will host up to 175 kilometers of the pipeline, is asking for an additional environmental impact assessment that could delay NS2 construction by months. The delay can also affect Russia’s negotiations with Ukraine on a…

Kadri Simson offered potential EU commission portfolio in economic area

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Incoming European Commissioner from Estonia Kadri Simson (Centre) met new commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday, and was offered a potential portfolio. While Simson was unable to disclose the exact title of the portfolio, she said it was in an area related to economics. “I was offered a specific portfolio and I can say that this was an economic portfolio,” Samson told ERR’s online news in Estonian after…

Estonian pharmaceutical wholesales accusing Ministry of Social Affairs of manipulation

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Estonian Pharmacies’ Association and the Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers said that a survey published by the Ministry of Social Affairs is nothing but an attempt to manipulate public opinion. “They are trying to distract people’s attention from the fact that there aren’t enough pharmacists in Estonia to fill the gap that is about to replace the current pharmacies,” member of the board of the Pharmacies’ Association Timo Danilov said in the…

Lithuanian appointed as first non-Italian head of administration at Vatican’s Secretariat of State

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Lithuanian monsignor Rolandas Makrickas has been appointed the head of administration of the Vatican Secretariat of State. He has confirmed to LRT TV that he started in the position on August 10. The office handles Vatican’s economic and administrative policies. Makrickas is the first non-Italian appointed to the post. Monsignor Alberto Perlasca headed the administration of the Secretariat of State for a decade before being appointed deputy Promotor of Justice…

Latvian National Library to celebrate centenary

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Celebrations are in preparation among the bookshelves as the Latvian National Library prepares to mark one hundred years of existence on Saturday, August 31. Just a year younger than the Latvian state, it was founded on 29 August 1919 as the State Library of Latvia. Stationed at dozens of addresses since then and having had to endure the heavy hand of occupation, the library has experienced a colorful hundred years. In…

Tartu named European Capital of Culture 2024

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Tartu has won the bid to be Estonia’s European Capital of Culture in 2024. The winning bid was revealed at a press conference at the Ministry of Culture on Wednesday afternoon. The two cities competing for the bid were Tartu, Estonia’s second largest city, and Narva. The results of the two-year competition were assessed and the decision announced by Beatriz Garcia, the chair of an international expert committee, Keit Kasemets, the…

Coach names Lithuanian squad for FIBA World Cup – ‘the decision is always disgusting’

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Lithuanian men’s basketball team has finished its preparations for FIBA World Cup, and following the final prep game in Seoul, head coach Dainius Adomaitis has named the final 12 to go to China. Martinas Gebenas and Žygimantas Janavičius, however, will be going home. “The decision is always disgusting, and we took it after long deliberations with the [other] coaches,” said Adomaitis. “We thanked Žygis and Martinas for their work and wished them…

Riga Food 2019 brings together food professionals from 60 countries

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

From 4 to 7 September, the Baltic’s most important food industry event, Riga Food 2019, will bring together industry professionals from all over the world –700 companies from 30 countries will attend the exhibition and professional visitors from 60 countries have registered to visit this event. With Riga Food becoming more and more interesting to foreign professionals every year, both the programme of events and the exhibition’s B2B capabilities are…

Levits: Finland’s EU Presidency can count on Latvia’s support for its priorities

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

During a meeting with Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki today, President Egils Levits assured him that as the current holder of the European Union’s rotating presidency, Finland can count of Latvia’s support for its priorities, LETA was told at the president’s office. “We need to stand by our common European values, such as an effective, nondiscriminatory rule of law. Like Finland, we believe that there is a clear necessity…