Posts published in Day: October 8, 2019

Lithuanian president to look closely at who backs his initiatives in Seimas

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda will pay particular attention to who will support his initiatives during parliamentary debates on next year’s budget, which may have an impact on his contacts with political parties after the next general election, his chief advisor said on Tuesday. “A lot will come to light during the budget debates in which a considerable part of the president’s initiatives will or will not materialize,” Povilas Maciulis told…

Lithuanian Railways’ track-building arm expects to keep most orders

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Gelezinkelio Tiesimo Centras (GTC), the railway track construction, repair and maintenance subsidiary of Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways), says competition will affect its performance results, but it still expects to win a large part of contracts, according to the business daily Verslo Zinios reported LETA/BNS. “We are planning to have 60% of all railway repairs orders,” Vytautas Radzevicius, CEO of GTC, told the paper. According to him, 2019 is the first year that…

Latvian PM urges to heed teenage activist Greta Thunberg’s concerns

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Speaking at the international gas market conference Eurogas, which took place in Riga on Tuesday, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) called on representatives of energy companies and experts to heed the concerns raised by Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg. As he opened the conference on the future of the Baltic gas market, the Latvian premier spoke about the change necessary in the energy market, namely, Europe’s goal to…

Latvian animal rights activists hold peaceful vigil

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A group of animal rights activists yesterday held a peaceful vigil of compassion by a slaughterhouse outside Riga, the event’s organizer Sandris Adminis told LETA. He said that around 30 animal rights activists participated in the peaceful event, organized by the Riga Animal Save NGO. Participants gathered at the gates of the slaughterhouse in Vidzeme to get closer to the cattle, sheep and other animals that were transported by trucks…

EU approves EUR 4.9 mln for Lithuanian-Latvian gas pipeline

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lithuania and Latvian will receive almost 4.9 mln euros in EU funding for enhancing the capacity of the natural gas interconnection between the two neighboring countries, informed LETA/BNS. Some 2.1 mln euros will go to Lithuania and 2.75 mln euros to Latvia, accounting for 50% of each country’s eligible project costs, Lithuania’s natural gas transmission system operator Amber Grid said on Monday. The Innovation and Networks Executive Agencies (INEA) under the European Commission approved…

Top October 2019 events in Kaunas

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

After a very successful and intense cultural warmup in September, the second month of Autumn promises little to zero chance to get bored in Kaunas, writes visit.kaunas.lt. After a very successful and intense cultural warmup in September, the second month of Autumn promises little to zero chance to get bored in Kaunas. Here’s what the event calendar has to offer in October. DANCE DANCE The International dance festival AURA29 will…

Saulius Skvernelis says he’ll decide on political future after recovery

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, who has blood cancer, says he’s considering all options regarding his political future but we’ll make decisions after getting well. “When I fully recover, and that will happen, then I will have to think what to do next. We still have time and finishing the key tasks of the parliament’s fall session is now the most important thing,” the prime minister told the Lietuvos Rytas…

Ukrainian President to pay official visit to Latvia soon

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will pay an official visit to the Republic of Latvia in the near future. Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko stated this during a joint press conference with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, an Ukrinform correspondent reported “We are planning a visit of the President of Ukraine to Riga soon, I think it will take place next week,” he said. According to him, today’s meeting of the foreign…

Estonia unveils €96.9 million Olympic swimming pool tender

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Tallinn City Government has announced a €96.9 million procurement for an Olympic-size swimming pool in the residential district of Lasnamäe, Baltic News Service reports. The procurement covers the design, construction and public operation by the tender winner, for a 50-year term. The proposed location is at 14a Varraku street, next to the Tondiraba Ice Hall, with a car park included next door. Should a suitable tender be found, construction at…

Turkey says Syria operation preparations complete, Trump issues threat

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Turkey said on Tuesday it had completed preparations for a military operation in northeast Syria after the United States began pulling back troops, opening the way for a Turkish attack on Kurdish-led forces long allied to Washington. But U.S. President Donald Trump warned he would “obliterate” the NATO ally’s economy if it took action in Syria that he considered “off limits” following his decision on Sunday to pull 50 American special forces…