Posts published in Day: September 27, 2019

New Era of Anti-Russian Policy Begins In EU

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, September 27, 2019

Valdis Dombrovskis, former Prime Minister of Latvia, has become a Vice President of the European Commission for Economic Affairs after the redistribution of authorities in EU structures this week. He will control the preservation of sanctions against Russia. This situation is a dream of politicians from the Baltic States. Alas, politicians do not care about the fact that the Baltic countries count losses due to the deliberate destruction of relations…

Latvian Foreign Minister underlines the importance of mediation in zones of conflict

Friday, September 27, 2019

On Thursday, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics addressed the 10th Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Group of Friends of Mediation at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, which focused on questions of mediation in conflict zones. This year’s theme was “New Technologies for Peace and Mediation as Tools for Inclusion”, the Foreign Ministry informs. Addressing those gathered, the Latvian Foreign Minister expressed support for the goals of…

Landsbergis: Chirac was a supporter of Lithuania’s independence

Friday, September 27, 2019

Former French President Jacques Chirac, who died at the age of 86 on Thursday, was a supporter of Lithuania’s independence from the Soviet Union, Lithuania’s first post-independence leader Vytautas Landsbergis said. “When I met him in Paris, he knew enough and was on our side. We have to remember him that way. He was a supporter (…) of Lithuanian independence. That really helped us,” he told BNS. Landsbergis recalls that…

Useful Nordic airspace info not shared with Estonia

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Nordics share airspace and marine surveillance information with each other. While Estonia would benefit from such information, the country is not involved in Nordic cooperation. Estonia is pursuing corresponding cooperation with Latvia and Lithuania. ERR asked head of the International Center for Defense Studies Sven Sakkov why we don’t share in Nordic surveillance. Why hasn’t Estonia joined the Nordic surveillance system? Is it politics, money? First of all, it…

Rīgas satiksme evaluates corruption in 406 posts. Board members and managers at risk

Friday, September 27, 2019

The biggest corruption risks are found for board members, managers of structure units and other high-rank posts of public transport company SIA Rīgas satiksme, as the work group created by the company concluded after assessing 406 posts. According to the company’s representative Viktors Zaķis, to increase corruption risk prevention, the temporary board of Rīgas satiksme formed a work group to assess which of the company’s posts and processes have the…

Lithuania to play out Astravets NPP disaster scenario in radiation safety exercise

Friday, September 27, 2019

In October 2019, Lithuania will organize radiation safety exercises. As part of them, state and municipal workers will train reaction to a possible disaster at Astravets nuclear power plant, which is currently under construction in Belarus not far from the country’s border with Lithuania. Exercises that will also simulate evaluation of people from Lithuania’s south-east parts will be attended by observers from Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Britain. Representatives from Vilnius…

Albanian president on official visit to Estonia next week

Friday, September 27, 2019

President of Albania Ilir Meta is on an official visit to Estonia next week. President Meta arrives on Monday evening, and is to be welcomed by President Kersti Kaljulaid on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Kadriorg Palace. He will also meet Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and speaker of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE). The Albanian president’s itinerary also includes a trip to the e-Estonia showroon, NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre…

Kremlin admits disappointment by Belarus’ refusal to host army base

Friday, September 27, 2019

«An unpleasant episode,» said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looking back at the refusal by close neighbour Belarus to allow the building of a Russian military base in its territory. Belgian news portal EurActiv reports that the Kremlin mounted a bid to set up the air base in Belarus in 2015 and hoped it would host Su-27 fighter jets, but the member of the Commonwealth of Independent Sates (CIS) and…

Facebook tries out turning off «likes» to curb user competition for reactions

Friday, September 27, 2019

Not to show the number of thumbs-up and other reactions on posts – such is the novelty introduced as a test on Friday, September 27, in Australia by Facebook with the declared aim of easing competition among users. French news agency AFP reports that account holders across the country will also be blocked from viewing the number of reactions and video views on other people’s posts from Friday, but will…

Latvian Saeima supports idea to automatically give children citizenship

Friday, September 27, 2019

In the second reading, Latvia’s Saeima supported the legislative draft On Provision of Citizen’s Status to Children of Non-Citizens. It states that children born after 1 January 2020 will no longer be provided with non-citizen status, as reported by Saeima’s press-service. «In spite of discussions that took place during the meeting about widening or narrowing the range of children to whom the legislative draft will apply, we decided to preserve…