Posts published in Day: September 26, 2019

We can save the planet with the help of technological solutions – Levits

Thursday, September 26, 2019

In his address at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Latvian President Egils Levits said that technologies have the potential to save the planet. ”The climate, too, is global. Climate change must be tackled at international, state and individual levels. We must collaborate across borders to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. Empowerment of youth can play an important role in climate action, as we recently witnessed in…

Latvia: Insurance premiums grow 2%, claims up 34% in H1

Thursday, September 26, 2019

In the first half of this year, Latvian insurers and the Latvian branches of foreign insurance companies raised gross premiums 2% against the respective period in 2018, while gross insurance claims rose 34% y-o-y, according to the data released by the Finance and Capital Market Commission (FCMC) informed LETA. In the first half of 2019, the Latvian insurers and the Latvian branches of foreign insurance companies together grossed EUR 393.32…

Estonia joins 56 countries in UN high-level womens’ health meeting

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Estonia joined 56 other nations in a high-level World Health Organization (WHO) meeting on health, which included statements on access to health services connected with women’s and girls’ sexual health and reproductive rights, ERR’s online news in Estonian reports. The meeting took place on Monday, during the UN’s General Assembly running this week, which has brought President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre), foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) and…

Estonian education ministry drops plan for mandatory kindergarten

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps proposed making kindergarten mandatory for children from a certain age last year. The plan has now been dropped, partly because of how much it would cost. Reps introduced a plan for mandatory preschool education in 2018 that would have seen parents who want to leave their children at home obligated to register them as being homeschooled and appear in kindergarten from time to…

Lithuanian PM: Astravyets remains key issue in ties with Belarus

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Ensuring safety at Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction close to the Lithuanian border remains the key issue as Vilnius seeks a more open dialog with Minsk, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis told the Ziniu Radijas radio station. “Speaking about that melting of ice (in ties) with Belarus, we have no right to lose sight of the main focus – the problem regarding the Astravyets nuclear power plant,” Skvernelis said. “This is…

Lithuanian PM says his cabinet would ‘back in principle’ tax on bank assets

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says his Cabinet would “approve in principle” a move to tax commercial banks’ assets. “In principle, we are inclined to support, but (we need to discuss) the details and what real benefit it would have,” he told the Ziniu Radijas radio station on Thursday. The Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families Alliance, which has tabled such a proposal, says the measure would bring in…

Latvia invites Belarus to look at opportunities offered by Latvia’s transit corridor

Thursday, September 26, 2019

On September 25, during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey for a discussion on bilateral relations, business and trade links in particular, cooperation in international organisations, and security policy issues, LETA learned from the Latvian Foreign Ministry. During the meeting, Rinkevics expressed satisfaction with the active political dialogue between Latvia and…

President: Trump interested in Estonia’s digital development

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is currently on a working visit in New York to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly, also met with US President Donald Trump at a lunch reception, during which the two heads of state discussed security issues, the “Aktuaalne kaamera” evening news program of public broadcaster ERR reports. “Americans have always financially contributed and are still contributing to developing Estonia’s infrastructure and this cooperation…

Karins to meet with Kyrgyzstan’s First Deputy Prime Minister today

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) today will meet with Kyrgyzstan’s First Deputy Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, LETA learned from the prime minister’s office. As reported, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkevics, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, Chingiz Aidarbekov, to discuss bilateral cooperation between Latvia and Kyrgyzstan, the relationship between…

Lithuanian president, in his UN speech, warns against Russia’s continued aggression

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Russia is attempting to further destabilize neighboring countries and has been continuing its “appalling” military action against Ukraine for five years now, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said before the United Nations in New York last night. In his first address to the UN General Assembly, the Lithuanian president said that “determination to adhere to international law is often the last barrier separating our countries from unpredictable and therefore dangerous disorder”.…