Posts published in Day: October 3, 2019

Weekend Plans

Thursday, October 3, 2019

My friend asked me, “What are your plans for the weekend?” I said, “I’m going to buy glasses.” She said, “And then what?” I replied, “Then I’ll see.”

Breakthrough in Ukraine-Russia peace talks as Kyiv agrees to Donbass elections

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has agreed to special status for Donbass and to hold elections in the separatist-controlled eastern region — a breakthrough in talks to end the five-year conflict. The Kremlin said on Wednesday that it dropped its opposition to the move, according to the RIA news agency, It opens the way to the first international summit in three years being convened on ending fighting in east Ukraine. “Today,…

Over half of citizens in Estonia oppose easing language laws for service staff

Thursday, October 3, 2019

More than half of Estonian citizens are opposed to easing language skills requirements for service staff, including waiters, taxi drivers and food couriers, the results of a recent survey show. The survey, conducted by pollsters Norstat on behalf of the Institute for Social Research (MTÜ Ühiskonnauuringute Instituud), found that 63 percent of respondents would not be in favor of relaxing requirements. Current the law states that customer-facing employees should have…

Latvian ombudsman wants his neutrality enshrined in constitution

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Latvian Ombudsman Juris Jansons has suggested enshrining the political neutrality of his office in the Baltic country’s constitution, his representative informed. The ombudsman came up with this proposal during a meeting with Latvian President Egils Levits on Wednesday. Although Latvia’s current legislation already stipulates the ombudsman’s neutrality, Jansons argued that if the principle is written in the constitution, the ombudsman would be more resilient to various political influences during times…

Estonian FinMin, municipalities launch EUR 800,000 pilot to tackle empty apartment houses

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Representatives of the Estonian Ministry of Finance and the municipalities of Valga, Luganuse and Kohtla-Jarve on Wednesday signed a 800,000-euro pilot project for finding ways to solve the problem of abandoned and half-abandoned apartment houses in regions that have suffered rapid population decline, informed LETA/BNS. In the course of the project, one or two half-abandoned apartment houses will be chosen in the city of Kohtla-Jarve and in the  municipalities of Valga…

Strong public service media is a cornerstone of democracy in Latvia

Thursday, October 3, 2019

President of Latvia Egils Levits and Noel Curran, Director-General of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), met in the Riga Castle today to discuss the EU legal framework and EC’s audio-visual service initiatives, role of public service media in democratic systems and current global media landscape, the existing public service media framework in Latvia and progress in the adoption of changes in Latvia’s legal framework. Both President Levits and Director-General Curran…

Two-Faced Lithuanian Politics

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, October 3, 2019

Lithuania continues attempts to support the image of a democratic state and at the same time not to lose foreign military support. On September 26, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda made his first address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In his speech he said that threat to Russia’s neighbouring countries remains strong and Moscow is attempting to further destabilise neighbouring states. Such a statement can be regarded…

Latvian Red Cross raises awareness on migration issues with regional training

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Latvian Red Cross, in cooperation with the UN Refugee Agency`s Regional Representation for Northern Europe (UNHCR), has organized 5 regional trainings with the title “Work for the integration of refugees and immigrants: intercultural interaction, good practice and experience.” The training aims to build capacity and expertise of more than one hundred service providers, public authorities and representatives of local communities. Organized in five different regions across Latvia – Rezekne, Puikule,…

Lithuanian Chief of Defence on a visit in the United States

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Chief of Defence of Lithuania Maj Gen Valdemaras Rupšys is on a visit in the United States of America attending various events and meetings this week. Chief of Defence has already attended the swearing-in ceremony of the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Mark A. Milley who replaced General Joseph Dunford. “I thank General Joseph Dunford for the active cooperation of the U.S. and the…

U.S. hits Scotch whisky, Italian cheese, French wine with 25% tariffs

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Trump administration slapped 25% tariffs on a slew of European goods including French wine, Italian cheese and single-malt Scotch whisky late Wednesday in retaliation for EU subsidies on aircraft. It came after the United States Trade Representative won approval to impose import tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European goods over the subsidies, handed to Airbus. The move threatens to trigger a tit-for-tat transatlantic trade war as the global…