Posts published in Day: September 9, 2019

There’s a buzz around Latvian honey in 2019

Monday, September 9, 2019

This year’s season in Latvian beekeeping has been fairly good, with an average of 25-30 kilograms of honey being collected from one bee colony, estimates the Latvian Beekeeping Society (LBB), according to LSM’s Latvian language service. Honey produced this year is generally delicious and distinguished by variety. However, for large honey producers exporting finished products, the situation has been complicated by the cheap flow of honey into Europe via Ukraine…

Lithuanian town offers to cover commute expenses to reduce unemployment

Monday, September 9, 2019

A town in southern Lithuania has been offering to cover commuting expenses to cut unemployment. The programme, which reimburses up to 70 euros per month, has helped to cut unemployment by one percentage point, according to officials of Alytus District. Daiva works in a restaurant in Alytus, but she lives in a village about 35 kilometres from the town. Before this job, she had been unemployed for nine months, because…

Environmental activists: No legal basis for establishing Northwestern Estonian wind farm

Monday, September 9, 2019

At a meeting with representatives of Estonian state-owned energy group Eesti Energia’s renewable energy subsidiary Enefit Green this week, environmental protection NGO Hiiu Tuul emphasized that there is no legal basis for establishing a Northwestern Estonian coastal waters wind farm. Enefit Green has submitted to public display an environmental impact assessment of a Northwestern Estonian coastal waters wind farm, according to which the company is planning an up to 1,100 megawatt…

Lithuanian and Polish MPs call for common historical narrative

Monday, September 9, 2019

Polish and Lithuanian MPs have called for the creation of a common history narrative during the first interparliamentary assembly held after a ten-year hiatus. Lithuanian MP Arūnas Gumuliauskas says that the Kremlin uses disagreements between Warsaw and Vilnius over historical memory in its disinformation campaigns. “Politicians shouldn’t get involved in the formation of the historical narrative,” said Gumuliauskas, “but should promote close and purposeful cooperation of historians of their countries…

Estonian President to visit UAE this week

Monday, September 9, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid is to visit the United Arab Emirates early next week, taking in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi and addressing the World Energy Congress, as well as preparing the ground for a new Estonian embassy in Abu Dhabi, Baltic News Service reports. The three-day working visit will also involve the Estonian head of state in a panel discussion on artificial intelligence, her office said. “The visit by the…

Lietuvos Energija becomes Ignitis Group

Monday, September 9, 2019

Energy group Lietuvos Energija which expands business into foreign markets is changing its name and brand and becomes an international energy company Ignitis Group. Other main companies of the group will change their names as well. There are three major reasons for this change. First of all, it will help to use funds more efficiently and to consolidate more than 14 brands into one recognisable brand in Lithuania and abroad.…

US V-22 flies over Tallinn

Monday, September 9, 2019

Readers out and about in central Tallinn a bit before 4 p.m. on Saturday may have already spotted this beast as it made a low flyover, but perhaps weren’t sure at the time what it was. The craft, a U.S.-made Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, is effectively a cross between a helicopter and a turboprop plane, which uses two Rolls-Royce Tiltrotor engines. In takeoff and landing, it usually operates more like…

Pensions to increase by eight percent in April 2020

Monday, September 9, 2019

Pensions will increase by an average of eight percent next year, it was announced at the summer economic forecast presentation on Monday. This increase will see the average pension increase to over €500. Pensions increase annually in April as a result of indexing, with the change coming into effect on the first day of the month. In the second quarter of this year (the months of April, May and June)…

Lithuania and Poland should lead Western effort to help Russia democratise, Lithuanian MEP says

Monday, September 9, 2019

Lithuania and Poland should create a long-term strategy for the West for the transformation of Russia into a democratic state, a Lithuanian MEP says. “We need to think not only about ways to defend ourselves from Russia’s aggressiveness, […] but also about smart ways to help it overcome its post-imperial complexes and transform,” Andrius Kubilius said at the Lithuanian parliament on Saturday. “Such a transformation is the only way to…

President Nausėda: We have to be Lithuanians first and Europeans later

Monday, September 9, 2019

State institutions should pay more attention to the promotion of historic memory, culture and the Lithuanian language, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda told BNS in an exclusive interview, and has also underlined the need to take the opinion of the Catholic Church into account. Nausėda also pointed to the threat of globalization-induced “temptations” to the Lithuanian identity, especially among young people. The head of state believes the recent sharp discussions on…