Posts published in Day: October 1, 2019

Court to ponder early release of 81-y-o convicted of planting bombs in Tallinn

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Viru County Court is about on Tuesday to handle an appeal for the early release of Mart Ringmaa, sentenced by a court in Tallinn to 15 years in jail in 2009 for planting two bombs in 2001 and 2003 which never exploded, due to his poor state of health. The court earlier this year obligated Viru Prison to immediately provide a health assessment on Ringmaa, now 81, in order…

Estonia to ease requirements imposed on electricity producers

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Estonia plans to render entry into market easier for electricity producers as it also affects the state’s objective to increase the share of renewable energy in the sector. Chancellor of Justice Ulle Madise said that the 31,950 euro minimum share capital and licensing requirements imposed on producers of electricity unduly restrict the freedom to conduct a business and should therefore be abolished. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications said…

Half of Lithuanian delegation boycotts PACE session

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Two members of Lithuania’s four-strong delegation have opted to boycott the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) session that is getting underway in Strasbourg on Monday. Emanuelis Zingeris of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats and Simonas Gentvilas of the Liberal Movement say they are thus protesting Russia’s return to PACE. In June, PACE voted in favor of restoring Russia’s voting rights which had been restricted in the…

Big Cleanup organizer proposes new waste tax, free-of-charge waste collection

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Vita Jaunzeme, the chief organizer of Latvia’s Big Cleanup movement, proposes including a new waste tax in the prices of goods, which might serve as a “solution to environmental pollution”, PR specialist Gita Sauka, who previously has released information on behalf of waste management companies Eco Baltia Vide and Latvijas Zalais Punkts, informed LETA. In Jaunzeme’s words, the annual cleanup campaigns that have been held in Latvia for the past…

Estonian insurers want to give funded pensions portfolio to the state

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Estonian Insurance Association finds that when mandatory accumulation of money into a pension fund, dubbed as second pillar of the pension system, is made voluntary, insurers should be entitled to demand the handover of their portfolio of such contracts to the state, which would take over the servicing of clients. “According to information available to us, plans are for the law to be amended in such way that insurers…

Foreign Minister meets with his Ukrainian counterpart, discusses future prospects for bilateral cooperation

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

On 26 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister on the margins of the United Nations High-Level Week. In the meeting, L. Linkevičius reassured his counterpart about Lithuania’s support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. In addition, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister promised to attend the Donors’ Conference in Mariupol in October and to visit conflict-affected areas. The meeting also discussed…

Lithuanian watchdog decides to block access to 9 online TV sites

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) decided on Wednesday to block access to nine online sites broadcasting TV programs. The nine sites – www.online-television.net, www.pr2pr.net, www.trefoil.tv, www.sunduk-tv.com, www.sunduk.tv, www.videomore.ru, www.viaway.com, www.rus24.tv and www.lapti.tv – will be inaccessible for users in Lithuania, the authority said. The owners of the sites failed to notify the radio and TV watchdog, as required by law, of the launch of their television program distribution…

Danske Bank’s Estonian branch enters into liquidation

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Estonian branch of Danske Bank on Tuesday entered into liquidation and has presently essentially exited its banking activities, reported LETA/BNS. In February 2019, the Estonian Financial Supervision Authority issued a precept prohibiting Danske Bank from operating in Estonia as a result of the case concerning the bank’s non-resident portfolio in Estonia in the period from 2007 to 2015, Danske Bank said. In this connection, Danske Bank’s branch in Estonia…

Astravyets accident response exercise kicks off in Lithuania amid sounding sirens

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Blaring emergency sirens across Lithuania marked the start of a four-day civil protection exercise aimed at testing the authorities’ readiness to respond to a potential nuclear accident at Belarus’ Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant., informed LETA/BNS. Alert messages were sent out to inform people about the exercise and advise them to turn on LRT Television and Radio for further information about what to do in a nuclear or radiation emergency. “In the…

CityBee to launch car-sharing services in Latvia

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

CityBee ride-sharing company starting from October 1 will expand its operations in Latvia and start car-sharing services in Riga, the company representatives informed. Initially the car park will consist of 300 cars, but gradually their number will increase. CityBee entered the Latvian market in spring with rent of Fiat Ducato cargo cars. In summer it launched 500 electric scooter rent in Riga and Jurmala. And now the company will offer…