Posts published in Day: September 19, 2019

New Business Park in Latvia – an opportunity for foreign investors

Thursday, September 19, 2019

A new Business and Innovation Park Mežgarciems is being developed in Latvia, only 25 km from the capital Riga. The territory includes 11 building plots and eight of them will be auctioned by the Carnikava Municipality in October. The construction of infrastructure and necessary communications in the territory is planned to be completed before 2020. All of it is built anew – illuminated access roads, electricity, gas and water supply,…

Lithuania’s migrant centre criticized

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lithuania’s facilities housing detained migrants fail to meet some basic standards, an investigation has revealed – the staff do not speak foreign languages, families with children are held behind bars and some children do not attend school. These and other violations, such as failure to offer Muslims alternatives to meals with pork, were discovered in the Foreigners’ Registration Centre by the Seimas Ombudsmen’s Office. “The rights of detained foreigners are…

Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashes in France, pilot hits power line

Thursday, September 19, 2019

A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday in western France, damaging a house, setting a field ablaze and leaving a pilot suspended for two hours from a high-voltage electricity line after his parachute got caught, according to French authorities. Emergency workers extracted the pilot safely after cutting off power in the area, and he was been taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation, a spokesman for the regional administration told…

Military strike on Iran by Saudi or US will provoke ‘all out war’

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammed Zarif has warned Tehran is prepared for “all out war” if the US launches a military strike on the country. Speaking to CNN, Zarif made the threat over claims in Washington that Iran was responsible for an attack on Saudi oil facilities last week. Houthi rebels currently fighting Saudi Arabia in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, which caused massive fires at two of the nation’s…

Latvian tanker attacked, looted in West Africa

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Latvian product tanker Ance was attacked on September 16, while at anchor near West Africa, accroding Maritime and Crimean Shipping News portal inforation reported LETA. Four robbers armed with a gun and knives boarded an anchored tanker. They took hostage the crew. After looting the cabins, the robbers locked the crew in a cabin and escaped. Crew personal belongings, cash and ship’s properties were stolen. Tanker in recent months is…

Foreign investors in talks with the Latvian PM highlight necessary improvements to attract foreign investment

Thursday, September 19, 2019

On September 18, during the business luncheon with the Prime Minister of Latvia Mr Krišjānis Kariņš, foreign investors pointed out a number of critical issues, which directly influence foreign investors’ desire to invest in Latvia. Among the main questions asked where about government’s take on fighting corruption, addressing the labour force shortage, raising quality of education, and dealing with the unintended side effects of reforms in Latvia’s finance sector, such…

Lithuanian employers dodge new rule to disclose salary in job ads

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Since late July, Lithuanian employers looking to hire must indicate the offered pay in job ads. The new law is aimed at giving a better negotiating position for potential employees, but employers find ways to eschew the rule. Rūta from Vilnius recently finished studying and, for the last several months, has been looking for a full-time job. She started scanning job ads at the time when a new law requires…

Majority of Estonian pension savers favor voluntary second pillar

Thursday, September 19, 2019

68 percent of Estonian pension savers support the government coalition’s plan to reform the pension system and make the second pension pillar voluntary, it appears from a survey commissioned by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and conducted by Turu-uuringute AS. The survey was conducted in early September and included over 900 people who have joined the second pillar fund but are currently unable to withdraw their money…

Belarus reveals alleged weapon smuggling operation from Ukraine to Russia via Lithuania

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Belarusian customs and the State Security Committee (KGB) have revealed an alleged weapon-smuggling operation from Ukraine to Russia via Lithuania and Belarus. “Together with the state security committee we investigated information that weapon parts were shipped from Ukraine to Lithuania, and in higher quantities from there to Russia,” customs official, Yury Senko, told Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at a briefing aired on Belarus 1 television. “The whole arsenal,” consisting of…

As EU bans flavoured cigarettes, Lithuanian MP wants to go further

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The European Union is banning cigarettes with added flavours as of next year, but a Lithuanian lawmaker want to go a step further. A bill in the parliament, Seimas, proposes to ban flavoured e-cigarettes as well. Conservative MP Mykolas Majauskas, who drafted the bill, says the aim is to discourage children and teenagers from smoking. The law would allow selling only tobacco-flavoured liquids used with e-cigarettes. He quotes data suggesting…