Posts published in Day: September 3, 2019

IT education returning to Estonian schools

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

When Teele Karro first started teaching informatics at the Pärnu Koidula High School three years ago, she was surprised by the limited computer skills of high school students. “I thought I was dealing with the IT generation that spends all its time online, but it turns out their practical skills are quite poor,” she said. The tiger’s paw prints in Estonian curricula have started to fade away following the end…

29th Economic Forum in Krynica begins on Tuesday

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The 29th Economic Forum kicks off on Tuesday in the mountain town of Krynica-Zdrój, an annual event attracting many important political and business figures especially from Central-Eastern Europe. The programme of the 2019 Economic Forum includes six plenary sessions, over 200 discussion panels, lectures and presentations. Economic, social, and political topics will dominate the forum. However, this year’s meeting will also be dedicated to innovation, cybersecurity, the media, and healthcare.…

The Trump-sized hole in Warsaw’s wartime commemoration

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump stirs passions. Mike Pence, not so much. The U.S. president’s last-minute decision to call off a two-day visit to Poland to concentrate on Hurricane Dorian, which is barreling toward Florida (with a possible direct hit on his treasured Mar-a-Lago resort), left his Polish hosts with a second-rank U.S. visit. That’s a problem for Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) which was hoping to bask in…

Ministries request additional EUR 953.5 million in 2020 budget

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Latvian ministries have required additional EUR 953.5 million for priority measures in the 2020 budget, EUR 1.82 billion in 2021, and EUR 2.14 billion in 2022, the Finance Ministry said in its informative report in the priority measures of ministries and other central government institutions for the coming three years. The Cabinet of Ministers will hear this report tomorrow. In total, 334 priority measures have been submitted for the coming…

Polish school in Vilnius hosts Lithuanian FM

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Lithuanian FM Linas Linkeviczius attended a school year opening ceremony at Vilnius’ Szymon Konarski Polish school that acquired second-tier status a week ago, thus expanding the number of Polish schools in the Lithuanian capital to seven. “I have never been at this school before,” said the Lithuanian FM, adding that he had been cheering on the school on its route to the acquisition of the second-tier status. “I have come…

Election of new LU rector might take place in November or December

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The election of a new University of Latvia (LU) rector might take place in November or December, said acting LU rector Gvido Straube. He said though that this will happen only if the process is not restricted by the court with some decisions. In line with the legislation, if the Cabiner of Ministers does not approve the elected rector, the university has to repeatedly organize elections in two months. Before…

Latvia concludes its presidency of the Arms Trade Treaty

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

On 30 August 2019, the annual week-long plenary meeting of the Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. The event saw the conclusion of the Latvian ATT presidency, which began on 24 August 2018. The presidency promoted the international visibility of Latvia in the matters of international security policy and brought Latvia’s contribution to controlling the export of conventional arms. In the course of…

Latvian state police seize 300 kilos of drugs

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The State Police in a large-scale operation on Monday seized 300 kilos of drugs and detained six persons, State Police chief Ints Kuzis said in an interview with commercial LNT television today citing LETA. He said that in a cargo arriving from Europe, three kinds of drugs were uncovered – methamphetamine, hashish and extasy pills. A bulk of this cargo had been meant for the Latvian market. Kuzis said that…

You cannot maintain national defense on a loan

By Kusti Salm on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Director of the National Defense Investments Center Kusti Salm explains why defense forces vehicles cannot use fuels with bio-additives and talks about the future of arms and wind farms disputes. Figurately speaking, every Estonian citizen gives you 180 euros a year for a total of €230 million to spend on national defense. How does that responsibility feel? It is larger than life. The goal is to have every cent bring…

Latvia: Despite rising wages the pay gap remains significant

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Wages continue to grow in Latvia, and the average monthly gross wage of employees reached 1083 euro in the second quarter of 2019. The pace of remuneration growth is decelerating, reflecting the general trend observed in economic development. Despite the decreasing share of low-wage earners, the considerable differences in wages between industries and regions, however, remain. The average remuneration rose by 7.8% in the second quarter of 2019 year-on-year, which equals…