Posts published in Day: October 23, 2019

Levits in Japan stresses role of Japanese embassy after 1940 occupation

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

President Egils Levits, who is currently in Japan on a working visit, praised close diplomatic and political relations between the two countries and stressed the significant role of the Japanese embassy in Riga after Latvia’s occupation by the Soviet Union in 1940. Yesterday, Levits and First Lady Andra Levite met with representatives of Japan’s Latvian community, Japan’s mixed choir Gaisma and students of the Latvian language. In his address, President…

Lithuania: Agreements with teachers not fully implemented in 2020 budget

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The existing agreements with teachers’ trade unions are not fully implemented in the next year’s budget bill, Lithuanian Education Minister Algirdas Monkevicius admits. He told the parliamentary Committee on Education and Science on Wednesday it happened after the government decided to allocate more money for social needs. “The budget is growing but the focus is not on the social policy,” the minister said. “That does not allow us to implement…

Karins’ government has been working constructively, responsibly and professionally

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The government of Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) has been working constructively, responsibly and professionally during the first year in office, according to the prime minister’s report approved by the government on Tuesday, which will now be reviewed by Saeima. The report lists the most important tasks accomplished in each area since January 23, as well as further actions planned to ensure implementation of the government’s priorities and objectives…

Latvia: Medical students to be taught military medicine basics

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) is in talks with higher education institutions to include the basics of military medicine in medical study programs. As the ministry’s parliamentary secretary Martins Stakis (For Development) told the Saeima Budget and Finance Committee today, the defense budget will increase next year taking into account economic growth and while at the same time maintaining a level of 2% of GDP. Regarding the defense sector’s relationship with the…

Japan is getting involved in Baltic synchronization project

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Baltic states, which are gearing up for the synchronization of their power networks with those of continental Europe, will carry out a feasibility study with Japan on how renewable energy could contribute to the system’s stability beyond 2025, Lithuanian Minister of Energy Zygimantas Vaiciunas. “The power transmission operators from all Baltic states are starting cooperation with Japan’s operator Tepco and plan to carry out an analysis on the Baltic…

Estonian Ministry of Education: Free studies have improved accessibility of higher education

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Estonian Ministry of Education and Research said that the higher education reform has to a great extent fulfilled its purpose as access to higher educations has improved and admittance to several specialities, the specialists of which are lacking on the labor market, has increased. Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps said that more students are studying in free student places than before the reform. “We can also see…

Lithuanian Minister of Defence R.Karoblis: There’s no threat to Belarus from West

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

As Belarus voices plans to take countermeasures in response to the deployment of US troops in Lithuania, Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis says there’s no threat to Belarus from the West. “Lithuania has a direct interest in securing the independence and territorial integrity of Belarus, as well as in extending the economic cooperation. Therefore I can say for certain that the sovereignty of Belarus is not under military or…

Estonian President met robots and Emperor Naruhito in Japan

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is on an official visit to Japan this week, shook hands with Emperor Naruhito at his coronation ceremony and met robots. “While yesterday in Japan was declared a public holiday due to the coronation celebration, today we had different encounters with humans and robots,” Kaljulaid wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. Kaljulaid will also meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and discuss bilateral co-operation on…

Lithuania and Japan strive for closer cooperation in energy and IT

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Lithuania and Japan have signed two cooperation memoranda, for energy and IT, during a bilateral business forum in Tokyo, the Lithuanian president’s office said on Wednesday. The Energy Memorandum speaks about promoting energy security and diversification. Lithuania and Japan seek to share best practices on decommissioning and dismantling nuclear power plants, engage in joint projects in LNG supply, trade and renewable energy. Japan may also offer support in implementing the Baltic synchronization…

Alexander Lukashenko to respond to US armour deployment in Lithuania

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has ordered to draw up plans in response to US troops deploying in Lithuania, the Belarusian state-owned news agency reported on Tuesday. “We don’t want that. It is up to Lithuania to decide whether it needs these additional tensions between our friendly nations,” said Secretary of Belarus’ Security Council Stanislav Zas. American armour arrived in Lithuania on Monday for a rotational deployment as part of US Army Europe…