Posts published in Day: September 24, 2019

Latvian MEPs explain their priorities in European Parliament committees

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

European Parliament (EP) office in Latvia has compiled the priorities of Latvian MEPs in their posts in EP committees. Eight deputies from Latvia were elected to the European Parliament in May 2019. MEPs work in 20 standing EP committees. Similarly to committees in Latvia’s Saeima, they work on legislative proposals in their respective sectors, submit amendments for review in plenary meetings and organize talks with experts, says EP press-secretary in…

Prime Minister says Santa Purgaile will help further finance sector’s «repairs»

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Approval of Citadele Bank’s board member Santa Purgaile as the head of Finance and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) will help conclude one of the government’s launched «repair stages» in the country’s finance sector, said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš after meeting with her. He says the government had previously proposed performing so-called «capital repairs» in the finance sector. Together with Purgaile’s approval it will help conclude an important stage of this…

Trump’s attorney Giuliani mentions Latvia while accusing Biden and his son in corruption

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Former New York mayor, now US President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, has mentioned Latvia while accusing former US vice president Jo Biden and his son in possible corruption, according to US journal National Review internet website. Giuliani said in a Twitter post that Biden’s sun earned millions, being in the council of one of Ukraine’s most corrupted companies. He also implied that this company had laundered USD 3 million,…

Russian ambassador summoned after aircraft breaches Estonian airspace

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

On Monday evening a Russian Air Force fighter plane entered Estonian airspace over the island of Vaindloo without permission, the Defense Forces said. ERR reported that the Defense Forces said an Sukhoi Su-34 was in Estonian airspace above the Gulf of Finland for less than a minute. The plane’s transponder was turned off and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft had no radio contact with the Estonian Air Traffic Control.…

After three USS George H.W. Bush sailor suicides in one week, commander calls for prevention ideas

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Three sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush took their own lives last week, commanding officer Capt. Sean Bailey said in a post on the ship’s official Facebook page Tuesday morning. The deaths follow a rising number of suicides in the Navy since 2015. Bailey said the deaths “mark the third, fourth and fifth crew-member suicides in the last two years” on the Norfolk, Va.-based ship alone. The…

Franco’s body can be moved from burial site, says Spain’s top court

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Spain’s supreme court has ruled in favour of moving the remains of the former dictator Francisco Franco away from the state mausoleum in which he was buried when he died in 1975, possibly putting an end to decades of controversy over his burial place. This should allow the government of the Socialist Pedro Sánchez to go ahead with its plans to move the remains from the Valley of the Fallen…

NATO jets scrambled six times last week by Russian aircraft violations

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

NATO’s fighter jets policing Baltic airspace were scrambled six times last week to identify and escort Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday. On Monday, Sept. 16, a Beriev A-50 reconnaissance aircraft and two Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets were intercepted en route from mainland Russia to the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad. On Tuesday, Sept, 17, the alliance’s aircraft intercepted two Tupolev Tu-160 bombers…

One of the biggest tourism operators in the world goes bankrupt

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

British tourism company Thomas Cook, which is one of the largest and oldest tourism operators in the world declared bankruptcy on Monday, 23 September. This means cancellation of all bookings made with Thomas Cook’s mediation. British government is doing all it can to ensure approximately 150 000 Thomas Cook clients, who are currently abroad, are delivered home safely. To ensure this, the British government has hired several dozen aircraft. Some…

It is essential that the 5G infrastructure networks in the EU be resilient and fully secure – Rinkevics

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

On September 23, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics together with John Rood, the United States Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, took part in a discussion about China’s relationship with Europe at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) Forum in Washington, D.C. LETA learned from the ministry. The Latvian Foreign Minister drew attention to the fact that China aims to play a greater international role and its involvement and…

Lithuanian-owned City Service gears up to export its e-Housing app abroad

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Lithuanian-owned property administration and maintenance group City Service is combining its digital services into a single company named City Service Digital as part of plans to export its e-Bustas (e-Housing) mobile app and other digital projects implemented in Lithuania to foreign markets. “This to prepare for the export of the products we have in Lithuania to the countries where the group operates — Poland, Spain and neighboring Latvia,” City Service…