Posts published in Day: October 25, 2019

Baltic Ministers of Defence signed an agreement on strengthening joint airspace surveillance

Friday, October 25, 2019

As soon as next year security in the Baltic airspace will be ensured by three control and reporting centres, triple the amount of the current capability. It has been laid out in an agreement of the three Baltic Defence Ministers signed in Brussels on the new configuration of the Baltic Air Surveillance Network and Control System, BALTNET, earlier today.   BALTNET is fully integrated into the NATO Integrated Air and…

Latvian Trade union announces teachers’ protest in March

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Council of the Latvian Trade Union of Educational and Science Employees (LIZDA) decided today to organize teachers’ protest in March 2020 unless the government provides guarantees by that time that the teachers will get the promised pay rise, the union’s leader Inga Vanaga told. Earlier Vanaga said that the LIZDA Council would decide on the form of the protest, but today the council decided that if there is still…

Lithuanian PM supports early elections to end ‘chaos’ in parliament

Friday, October 25, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says early general election may be the only option to end “chaos” in the parliament. His comment follows a bumpy week in the Seimas where ruling bloc MPs tried unsuccessfully to fire the speaker, twice. “I think that the lessons may be finally learned. If they are learned, the Seimas still has a year to focus on the most important issues and on resolving them,”…

Estonian Judges protest justice ministry court information inspection

Friday, October 25, 2019

Judges in Estonia have complained about interference from the Ministry of Justice in relation to checks conducted on the court’s information system by the ministry earlier this year. The ministry conducted the investigation over summer, into whether, and to what extent, judges had access documents in the court information system regarding cases which they themselves are not presiding over. However, judges consider this a violation of judicial independence, according to…

Crisis investigators propose establishing commercial state bank in Lithuania

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament’s Committee on Budget and Finance, which has investigated the circumstances surrounding the 2009 financial crisis, is proposing to the government to consider a possibility to establish a commercial state bank. The committee voted for such recommendations on Thursday when it endorsed its investigation’s final conclusion that needs to be put before the Seimas by the end of October. The crisis investigators have worked for 18 months. “As…

Poland ready to halt import of Russian gas

Friday, October 25, 2019

Poland is ready to ensure its energy supplies without importing gas from Russia, said Piotr Woźniak, the CEO of Poland’s state gas and oil company PGNiG, according to Emerging Europe. Speaking in an interview with Polish daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, the PGNiG CEO said that the company had “done its homework” when it comes to diversifying gas imports, noting that PGNiG has signed contracts with US suppliers to buy LNG at a…

Latvian diplomat becomes EC diplomatic advisor

Friday, October 25, 2019

Current European Union (EU) Ambassador to Canada Pēteris Ustubs has joined European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s cabinet as diplomatic advisor. The new cabinet will begin their work in November. Ustubs began his position in Canada in September of 2017. He previously worked in the office of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini as senior advisor on the Americas. Ustubs was also the deputy head of…

Russia moves to pardon Norwegian involved in spy swap with Lithuania

Friday, October 25, 2019

Former Norwegian border guard Frode Berg, imprisoned in Russia on spying charges, has been recommended for a presidential pardon, the Interfax news agency reports. Berg was recently named in media reports as potentially being involved in spy swap involving Lithuania, Russia and Norway. In the deal, Lithuania will release an FSB agent detained in the country, and Moscow will send back the Norwegian ex-border guard and two Lithuanians that the…

Defense tech hackathon kicking off aboard Navy ship

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Delta Navy hackathon, a defense technology creative camp, is getting underway aboard the Lithuanian Navy ship Jotvingis in Klaipeda on Friday. The 48-hour event brings together 50 scientists, start-ups and warfare experts to develop innovative solutions in the field of defense and for the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The participants will be advised by Lithuanian and foreign experts in laser technologies, unmanned aerial vehicles, electronics, engineering programming and other fields,…

Estonia paid €210.2 million to the European Union budget and received €759.4 million

Friday, October 25, 2019

European Commission data shows that last year Estonia paid €210.2 million to the European Union budget and received €759.4 million. As a result, Estonia received €500 million more than it paid into the budget, ERR reported on Friday. Although Estonia’s contributions to the European Union’s budget will increase each year as the country’s wealth grows, Estonia will continue to receive more from the European Union in the next budget period than it…