Posts published in Day: October 1, 2019

Who actually manages the money of the Lithuanian army?

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In Lithuania, the theme of corruption is actual every week – firstamong the ruling elite, then among the officials of lower rank. The topic of the fight against corruption which is spoken by politicians, economists, law enforcement officers and experts, arises regularly. Prerequisites for the emergence of corruption always come from the state itself. The work of the state apparatus requires deputies, advisers, representatives, ministers. These managers are vested with…

North Korea says it will resume nuclear talks with the US this weekend

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

North Korea and the United States will resume nuclear negotiations this weekend, Pyongyang said Tuesday, a move that would break a seven-month long diplomatic deadlock. The two sides have been teasing plans to restart working-level talks since President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met on the Korean border on June 30. But efforts remained stalled after the leaders failed to reach agreement in their previous summit…

KNAB detains road maintenance company Latvijas valsts ceļi board member

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

On Tuesday, 1 October, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) detained road maintenance company Latvijas valsts ceļi (LVC) board member Edgars Strods, according to information from LETA. KNAB officers also performed a search at Strods’ home and office. LVC representative Anna Kononova confirmed that KNAB officers have been to LVC office. «You should ask KNAB about Strods’ detainment, as we have no information about that,» added Kononova. LVC manages Latvia’s…

NATO jets scrambled eight times in Estonian, Lithuanian airspace

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

NATO Air Policing jets were scrambled eight times between Sept. 23 and 29 to identify and escort aircraft in the airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence reported. Missions were mostly to escort planes flying between Kaliningrad and the Russian mainland. Many of the aircraft did not file flight plans before flying through Baltic airspace, had their transponders turned off, or did not communicate by radio when…

Tallinn TV stopped broadcasting on Oct. 1

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tallinn Television (TTV) stopped broadcasting on Tuesday following Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart’s announcement on Thursday, Sept. 26. In the future, city news and broadcasts will be aired on other TV channels and the company will still produce some programs. Eight people were made redundant from the 30 person crew, including two presenters. Kõlvart said: “Maintaining a TV channel is costly and at the same time not very effective because people’s media…

Latvian historian: Possible to declassify MS Estonia documents earlier

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Classified documents related to the sinking of the MS Estonia ferry in 1994 could be made available ahead of their time limit according to a Latvian historian, Latvian public broadcaster LSM’s English language portal reported. LSM reported that the comments of Kārlis Kangeris, who worked at the Swedish State Archives at the time of the disaster. Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of the disaster, which took the lives of 852…

Estonian formin not sure about linking EU budget to rule of law

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Estonia is yet to decide about its final position regarding the proposal to link the European Union’s financial framework to observance of the principles of the rule of law in member states, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said according to the English-language news portal of public broadcaster ERR. Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Sunday that not a single EU member state, including Hungary and Poland, are directly opposed to…

New board of Estonian air navigation services provider starts work

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The new three-strong management board of the Estonian state-owned air navigation services provider Lennuliiklusteeninduse AS, chaired by Ivar Vark as CEO, took office on Tuesday. Alongside Vark, Jaanus Jakimenko will lead the company’s communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) arm and Ullar Salumae will continue as board member responsible for air traffic services. As chairman of the management board of Lennuliiklusteeninduse AS, Vark intends to continue the development…

Lithuanian president defends formin amid opposition’s criticism over Belarus’ N-plant

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has expressed his support for Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius who is facing the opposition’s criticism for his allegedly insufficient efforts regarding Belarus’ Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant. Nauseda said in a statement on Monday that the minister properly represents Lithuania’s national interests in seeking a broader dialog with Minsk. The conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats has said recently that the almost completed nuclear power plant “is being…

Foreign Ministry Parliamentary Secretary to take part in discussions on international trade issues in Brussels

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

On October 1, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica, will take part in an informal meeting of Trade Ministers of the European Union (EU) Member States in Brussels, Belgium, LETA learned from the ministry. A topic high on the world trade and EU agenda and in ministerial discussions is the process of reform and modernization of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), where a solution to preserve…