Posts published in Day: November 5, 2019

UK arms giant is not in a hurry to make use of Latvian business capacity

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

When Latvia began realizing one its most ambitious army plans a few years ago – further mechanization of the Land Force Mechanized Infantry Brigade – at the same time it set another goal to involve more local suppliers in defense procurement contracts. Plans even specified that around one third of the contract volume must be based on the capabilities of Latvian companies. However, in reality it seems a UK arms industry giant with a…

EU court finds Poland’s reform unlawful

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The EU’s Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that elements of controversial judicial reforms undertaken in Poland in 2017 were unlawful. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party had lowered its retirement ages for judges and public prosecutors to 60 years for women and 65 years for men — down from 67 years for both sexes. This reform, in turn, gave the Polish minister of justice the power to decide whether…

Crisis command headquarters to be built by the end of next year in Tartu

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The City of Tartu is building a crisis command headquarters in its city center by the end of next year which will allow the city’s crisis team to work even in the event of a power and communications outage. The headquarters will be established for the city’s crisis response team, which convenes in the event of a crisis or the threat thereof in order to help solve problems and organize…

Klaipėda court found Titov guilty of defaming the memory of a deceased person

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Viačeslav Titov, a council member of Lithuania’s third- biggest city, Klaipėda, has had his mandate revoked after court found him guilty of defaming a leader of the Lithuanian post-war anti-Soviet resistance. The Central Electoral Commission (VRK) decided on Tuesday to discontinue Titov’s powers as a council member before the expiration of his term of office. Under the Law on Elections to Municipal Councils, a municipal councilor loses his or her…

Lithuanian police chief plans to leave for London

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Lithuania’s outgoing Police Commissioner General Linas Pernavas plans to leave for London to work as the country’s special police attaché to the United Kingdom after his term of office ends later this month. “I had some time last weekend and talked to my family, and (…) I’ll most probably opt for the special attaché position in the UK,” he said in a video interview aired on the Tv3.lt news website…

Lithuanian reserchers conducted emission tests on cars with petrol and diesel engines

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

New diesel-powered passenger vehicles are not only more fuel efficient, but also emit less CO2 than similar vehicles with petrol engines, a Lithuanian study suggests. Researchers of the Faculty of Transport Engineering at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) conducted emission tests on cars with petrol and diesel engines made in 2019, according to a VGTU press release. Measurements were taken at three different speeds: 50 km/h, 90 km/h and 120…

A very different exercise from the sort of exercise took place in Estonia

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Nothing like the recently concluded exercise Tractable has been organized by the British Army since the 1980s, Commander of the British Field Army Lt. Gen. Ivan Jones told ETV news broadcast Aktuaalne kaamera after inspecting the results of the exercise in Estonia. Tractable moved approximately 800 troops and 200 pieces of equipment to Estonia via sea, land and air, including via Estonia’s largest ever para drop on Friday. Jones said…

Tallinn kindergartens will start offering free meals from 2020

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tallinn kindergartens will start offering free meals from 2020, covered by the city government’s budget. The city government had already announced the move in its draft budget, in October, noting that this would include meals at private kindergartens. Speaking on Coffee+, ETV’s Russian-language magazine show, on Monday morning, Tallinn Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart confirmed the move. “It used to be the case that there was a choice between free meals and…

Carrying an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public in Latvia allowed

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

As a result of reforms in the justice sector, people will no longer be banned from carrying open containers of an alcoholic beverage in public in several Latvian cities as of January 1, 2020. The Justice Ministry told the LETA newswire that it was decided already back in 2014, when work on reforming the administrative laws commenced, that carrying an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place would no longer be…

Vilnius attracts international filmmakers

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A former prison complex in central Vilnius is catching the attention of filmmakers and may attract even more international film and TV projects to Lithuania. Vilnius Film Office plans to present the Lukiškės Prison in global industry events. The Lukiškės complex, which includes a hospital and an Orthodox church, was built in the early 20th century and used as a prison until this year. The state enterprise Turto Bankas (Property…