Posts published in Day: September 12, 2019

Critics of Sinkevicius’ position don’t realize Brussels’ agenda

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Critics of the European Commission portfolio offered to Lithuania’s delegated candidate Virginijus Sinkevicius do not realize Brussels’ agenda and the priorities of the future EC president, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says. Ursula von der Leyen, the president-elect of the European Commission, which is set to start working in November, has proposed to put the Lithuanian candidate in charge of environment and oceans. Critics say Sinkevicius, Lithuania’s economy and innovation…

The Brief: Migration and Europe’s way of life

By Meabh McMahon, Bryan Carter, Sandor Zsiros on Thursday, September 12, 2019

Migration remains a politically toxic topic in the European Union in recent years. Euronews spoke with outgoing EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos who warns that “Europe should never become a fortress”. “The very first time this term was used was in the year 1933 by Hitler. We don’t want this kind of Europe, but at the same time, we have to protect our borders.” But the division between EU countries…

Latvia: Petravica says money has been found to compensate for higher cost of pension delivery

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Welfare Ministry has found money to compensate for the rise in pension delivery tariffs, Welfare Minister Ramona Petravica (KPV LV) said at a Saeima meeting today. “The Ministry of Welfare has done its best to find a way to compensate for the increased cost of pension delivery service to all those who have opted to use the postal service for pension delivery,” said Petravica. She explained that the Welfare…

Hungarian Gripens showcase new capabilities in NATO Baltic Air Policing mission

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hungarian Air Force (HuAF) Saab JAS 39C Gripens returned home on 2 September following a four-month deployment to Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania, during which airmen found the Litening targeting pod and new data links to be especially valuable. As part of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing commitment, four Gripens armed with two Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-120C5 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) and two shorter-range AIM-9L Sidewinder AAMs stood on a…

Political consultations held between the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Palestine

Thursday, September 12, 2019

On 11 September 2019 in Riga, political consultations were held between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Palestine. They were co-chaired by Jānis Mažeiks, Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, and Dr Amal Jadou, Deputy Foreign Minister of Palestine. The consultations addressed the current bilateral cooperation issues and developments in the Middle East. The Latvian side confirmed its firm support for a two-state solution in…

Czech president wants to revoke recognition of Kosovo

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Czech President Milos Zeman has caused outrage after saying he wants to revoke his country’s recognition of Kosovo as an independent state. The 74-year-old, who is known for his inflammatory remarks, made the comment during his second day of an official visit to Serbia on Wednesday. “I am not a dictator,” Zeman told Serbian President Alexander Vucic, indicating that he would not act unilaterally. “But what I can do –…

Levits: More US troops in Poland ‘good news’ for Baltic states

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The planned deployment of more US troops to Poland is “good news” for the Baltic states, Latvia’s president has said. Speaking in Warsaw on Wednesday, Egils Levits said that “each new American soldier in the Baltic Sea area, in Poland, and on NATO’s eastern flank in general, strengthens the security of the entire region,” public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported. The new Latvian leader was in Warsaw for talks on bilateral ties and…

Lithuania to help expats relocate from Venezuela

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Lithuania will provide assistance to Lithuanians living in Venezuela to relocate because of the escalating situation in the South American country. On Wednesday, the Lithuanian government backed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ proposal which it says will be important for around 50 Lithuanian citizens and people of Lithuanian descent who might consider relocating to Lithuania. Applications from Venezuela’s Lithuanians for the status of a relocated person would be accepted by…

Levits pays tribute to Polish troops while in Warsaw

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Latvian President Egils Levits concluded a working visit to Poland September 11, using the occasion to pay particular tribute to the role Polish fighters played in helping to secure Latvian independence one hundred years ago, according to an account released by his chancellery. During a meeting with the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, Levits and his Polish counterpart discussed bilateral relations between Latvia and Poland, European Union (EU) agenda,…

Lithuanian appeal court opens case of two former troops convicted for spying for Russia

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Court of Appeal of Lithuania on Wednesday started hearing the case of two former troops found guilty of spying for Russia. The appeal was lodged by one of the convicts, asking the court for a softer punishment. “We are appealing that there was no organized group and the sentence should be reduced accordingly,” Adomas Liutvinskas, the lawyer for one of the convicts, told BNS Lithuania. In his words, if…