Posts published in Day: October 22, 2019

Lithuanian 2020 budget package send to Seimas

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Lithuanian 2020 state budget bill and draft budgets for the national social insurance fund Sodra and the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund are to be tabled in the parliament, Seimas, for debate on Tuesday. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis describes the state’s revenue and expenditure plan as “balanced”, saying most of the spending will go toward social needs. According to Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka, next year’s budget will encourage a more…

MODs of Ukraine and Estonia discussed defense cooperation

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

On October 21, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andrii Zagorodniuk held a meeting with the Estonian delegation headed by the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Estonia Jüri Luik. During the meeting, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine expressed words of gratitude to the Estonian side for the consistent and ongoing support of the territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine as well as for the considerable assistance provided…

Lithuanian delegation is scheduled to leave for China

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A Lithuanian delegation of government and business representatives, led by Government Chancellor Algirdas Stoncaitis, is scheduled to leave for China in early November to attend the Second International China Import Expo and discuss Lithuanian-Chinese cooperation. The government chancellor will attend the exhibition in Shanghai on Nov 3-9 at China’s invitation. Last year, Lithuania was represented by President Dalia Grybauskaite, and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis had been invited this year but…

US is opting for rotational forces rather than permanent presence

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The deployment of a US battalion to Lithuania sends the message that Lithuanians can rely on Americans to meet their commitments to NATO despite Washington’s controversial decision to withdraw from Syria, Ben Hodges, the former US Army commander in Europe, has said. “Nobody, including the Russians, should be confused by the Americans’ commitment to NATO despite what was I think a mistake of pulling out of Syria,” the retired US…

Funny work joke

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A guy goes in for a job interview and sits down with the boss. The boss asks him, “What do you think is your worst quality?” The man says “I’m probably too honest.” The boss says, “That’s not a bad thing, I think being honest is a good quality.” The man replies, “I don’t care about what you think!”

Russian Railways increases discount on transit of coal

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Russian Railways (RZD) has increased its discount on the transit of Kazakh coal through Russia for shipment from ports in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia or across the Belarusian-Polish border, as well as the return of empty wagons. The board’s management took this decision on October 15, with immediate effect. The decision, which has been published on RZD’s site, amends the company’s tariff policy for railways in Commonwealth of Independent States…

Media Enterprises want digital tax in Estonia by 2021

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Estonian Association of Media Enterprises says it is necessary to introduce a digital tax in Estonia as soon as possible, which would be by 2021. The manager of the Estonian Association of Media Enterprises, Mart Raudsaar, said their proposal is aimed towards enforcing equal treatment of market participants, as currently media companies pay 4.5 times more in taxes than international internet giants. “This situation is unfair not only to Estonian media…

Moscow wants to force Metropolitan Alexander of the Latvian Orthodox Church to retire

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Moscow Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church may be attempting to force Metropolitan Alexander (Aleksandrs Kudrjašovs) of the Latvian Orthodox Church (LPB) to retire and replace him with a more someone more acceptable to the Russian side, Baltic News Network quotes LTV’s programme De Facto. Earlier in October, the LPB council decided to reinstate a clause in its rules, reaffirming the independence of the Latvian church from Moscow. The request…

Latvia contributes language data for eTranslation

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

During a formal ceremony at the second European Language Resources Coordination Activities (ELRC) seminar in Latvia, the parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Eva Juhņēviča, contributed the open language data generated by the Latvian state administration language technology platform Hugo.lv to the representative of the European Commission, Ainārs Freimanis. Seminar was held on September 26. This contribution demonstrates the successful cooperation between Latvia and the European Commission in the development of…

UK military equipment is moving from Germany to Estonia

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Heavy military equipment from the United Kingdom which will participate in the Tractable exercise is moving from Germany to Estonia. The machinery arrived in Germany at Emden port city over the weekend and starts moving by rail and road through Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia to Estonia. During the exercise, approximately 200 units of equipment and 800 soldiers will arrive in Estonia, replacing the UK contingent of the Allied Battle Group.…