Posts published in Day: October 28, 2019

Lithuania: Current budget bill ‘insufficient’ for welfare state

Monday, October 28, 2019

The budget bill the Lithuanian government has put before the country’s parliament is an insufficient step towards a welfare state, President Gitanas Nausėda said in an interview with the business daily Verslo Žinios. “In its existing form, I consider the next year’s budget bill an important, though insufficient, step for Lithuania moving towards a welfare state,” he said. Nausėda underlined that raising pensions, child benefits and wages were “a necessity,”…

Rail Baltic CEO announces resignation due to personal reasons

Monday, October 28, 2019

Timo Riihimaki, RB Rail AS chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of the management board, on Monday announced his resignation due to personal reasons. Riihimaki will carry out his duties until Dec. 19, 2019, RB Rail AS said in a press release. Karolis Sankovski, chairman of the RB Rail AS supervisory board said: “We are saddened that Timo Riihimaki has resigned, but we respect his decision. On behalf of the supervisory board, I would…

Ott Tänak becomes the first Estonian WRC champion

Monday, October 28, 2019

Rally driver Ott Tänak, driving for Toyota, has become the first Estonian to win the World Rally Championship, after successfully completing the Rally de Catalunya in Spain. Having won Rally Sweden, Rally Chile, Rally de Portugal, Rally Finland, ADAC Rallye Deutschland and Wales Rally GB earlier in the year, Ott Tänak and his co-driver, Martin Järveoja, were confirmed winners of the WRC drivers’ championship 2019, after becoming second at the…

New direct flights to be launched from Vilnius to destinations in Ukraine, Norway and Israel

Monday, October 28, 2019

New direct fights from Vilnius to Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, were launched on Sunday. With the number of travelers from Ukraine rising, air interconnection with the country is becoming the best it has ever been, Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), the airport operator in Lithuania, says. Irish low-cost airline Ryanair is operating two weekly flights to Kharkiv, on Sundays and Wednesdays, the company has confirmed to BNS. It already flies…

Denmark approves Baltic Pipe, but not Nord Stream 2

Monday, October 28, 2019

The consortium behind the Baltic Pipe, a project which will allow the transport of gas from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets, as well as to end-users in neighbouring countries, has been given the go ahead to pass through Denmark’s territorial waters. “The Danish Energy Agency finds that the offshore pipeline project can be constructed and operated without unacceptable impact on the environment and safety,” the group behind the…

Nordica stops own-brand flights but subsidiary to expand

Monday, October 28, 2019

Estonian carrier Nordica has suspended operations carried out from Tallinn under its own brand, owing to cost pressures. The carrier is blaming competition and overcapacity on Tallinn routes for its decision. Nordica says the situation is preventing the carrier from operating profitably. It stopped its own-brand services on 27 October. But it states that it will remain active in air transport, turning its attention to charter flights and participation in public tenders. The airline…

Riga Airport Offers Six New Destinations for the Winter Season

Monday, October 28, 2019

With the changeover to the winter time schedule on Sunday, 27 October, Riga Airport will start a new autumn/winter flight schedule, offering passengers six new winter destinations. During the winter season, 17 airlines will operate flights to 76 destinations; among them is Laudamotion Austrian low-cost airline, which will start its service from Riga Airport to the Austrian capital of Vienna and will offer four flights weekly (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays).…

Lithuanian military buys 11,400 helmets for €2.3m

Monday, October 28, 2019

Lithuanian military is buying up to 11,400 helmets for around 2.3 million euros, Sigitas Dzekunskas, director of the country’s Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of Defence, told BNS. The helmet-acquisition tender, called in March, saw bids from Spain, the UK, Croatia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Lithuania. The contract with Croatia’s Sestan-Bush and Lithuania’s Army Supply, acting under a joint activity agreement, was signed on October 18 for a period of three years. The…

Baltic defense ministers agree on new BALTNET configuration

Monday, October 28, 2019

The defense ministers of the Baltic states on Thursday signed an agreement on the launch of a new configuration of the Baltic Air Surveillance Network and Control System (BALTNET), Roberts Skraucs, a representative of the Latvian Defense Ministry, informed LETA. The agreement was signed by Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For), Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis and Estonian Defense Minister Juri Luik. After signing the document, Pabrik noted that…