Posts published in Day: August 29, 2019

Lithuanian expatriates concerned about their future in Britain – ‘There’s a mist over London’

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Uncertainty about the terms of Brexit has forced some Lithuanians residing in the UK wonder if they will need visas to stay in the country, while some are even considering moving back to Lithuania. Foreign Minister Linkevičius, meanwhile, says there’s “a mist over London”. There are nearly 150,000 Lithuanians living in the UK, according to estimates of the Office for National Statistics. Many of them were alarmed by the British…

Latvia: Emergency Medical Service plans gradual transition to two-person ambulance crews

Thursday, August 29, 2019

A gradual transition to two-person ambulance crews by 2026 is one of the solutions proposed in the pre-hospital emergency medical service strategy 2020, Liene Cipule, director of the Emergency Medical Service, said LETA. The head of the Emergency Medical Service said that the service’s future plans had to be adjusted to trends in the labor market and Latvia’s demographic situation. Although there is no concrete time frame for the transition…

Latvia: EUR 300 mln should be allocated for road infrastructure in three years under the territorial reform

Thursday, August 29, 2019

IN order to successfully implement the territorial reform, EUR 300 million should be allocated for road infrastructure in the coming three years, according to the annotation on the bill on administrative territories prepared by the Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry for the state secretaries meeting, informed LETA. This sum should be invested in road infrastructure in a time period from 2021 to 2023. In 2020, EUR 1.11 mln are…

Lithuanian parlt speaker backs probe into Russia’s influence on Lithuanian politicians

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, backs a parliamentary investigation into Russia’s influence on the Lithuanian political system and individual politicians. “Discussions at the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defense (CNSD) on the need to investigate Russia’s influence on our political system and individual politicians are supported and, therefore, must be implemented,” he said in a statement on Thursday. According to the speaker, a competitive parliamentary investigation will help…

Pabriks: Latvian Army should become more environmentally-friendly

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The armed forces should become more environmentally-friendly and should adapt its functions to dealing with consequences of natural disasters, said Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development) who this week took par tin the informal meeting of the EU defense ministers. Pabriks said that one of the issues on the agenda of the meeting was impact of climate change on defense. “There is much the armed forces can to to…

Plant health laboratories of Nordic, Baltic countries exchanging experiences

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Workers from the plant health laboratories of the Nordic and Baltic countries and Poland are meeting at the Estonian Agricultural Research Center in Saku not far from Tallinn on Wednesday and Thursday to exchange experiences. The host of the once-yearly meeting is the Estonian Agricultural Research Center, which set off the tradition of such meetings 13 years ago. “Estonia is a participant in international trade, therefore we must take into…

Opinion: State hinting it’s time to cut corners on Estonia’s eastern border

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Even broken up across a period of several years, a total price tag of €320 million for a modern Estonian-Russian border seems to be too much for a government struggling with budget issues. And so now Estonia has to start looking for corners to cut from the original plans and lean on the EU for as much support as possible, writes journalist Toomas Sildam. The ministers of the Centre Party,…

Reinsalu meets with Turkish foreign minister in Tallinn

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) met with Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Tallinn on Wednesday, together with whom he discussed bilateral relations, security cooperation as well as relations between the EU and Turkey. “Turkey is our important partner in security policy issues, both bilaterally and in NATO,” Reinsalu said according to a ministry press release, highlighting Turkey’s membership in the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence…

Lithuania is expecting to sign an agreement with the U.S. on the purchase of armored tactical vehicles

Thursday, August 29, 2019

“With the U.S. Government lighting the green light for Lithuania to acquire 200 armored Joint Light Tactical Vehicles ( JLTV), we are moving to bilateral contract coordination. We intend to sign it before the end of this year, ”says Vice-Minister of the Ministry of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas. The U.S. Government has given permission to Lithuania to buy 500 JLTVs, but Lithuania plans to buy 200. A larger number of…

U.S. to deploy B-2 bomber in Europe

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, August 29, 2019

The U.S. Air Force has announced on Tuesday deployment of B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft to Europe. According to a statement released by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa, a Bomber Task Force deployment of B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft, Airmen and support equipment from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, have arrived in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility for a…