Posts published in Day: November 15, 2019

Barriers that keep Latvian citizens from returning from abroad

Friday, November 15, 2019

Despite Latvia having more vacancies than people to fill them, there are several barriers that keep citizens from returning from abroad and entering the workforce. State institutions, employers, vacancy sites, as well as family and friends residing in Latvia need to work together to change the mindset and carry this news abroad, according to Latvian Radio. As previously reported, the Latvia Works (Latvija strādā) initiative aims to return at least 1,000…

U.S. Secretary of Defense pressed South Korea to pay more for stationing U.S. troops

Friday, November 15, 2019

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pressed South Korea on Friday to pay more for the cost of stationing U.S. troops in the country and to maintain an intelligence-sharing pact with its other Asian ally Japan that Seoul is about to let lapse. Speaking after a high-level defence policy meeting with his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo, Esper also said the two countries have to be flexible in modifying their…

Latvian Saeima finally approved the state budget for 2020

Friday, November 15, 2019

After two long days of parliamentary debate, the Latvian Saeima finally approved the state budget for 2020 late on November 14. Having started at 9 a.m. on November 13, the decisive vote was delivered at just before 8 p.m. on November 14 with 57 deputies backing the spending plans and none opposed after opposition deputies chose to boycott the vote. As the LTV video below shows, opposition deputies were not even in…

Lithuanian parliament does not agree with the President

Friday, November 15, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament overrode a presidential veto on its decision to add two road maintenance and construction companies, Problematika and Kelių Priežiūra (Road Maintenance), to the list of strategic enterprises. This is the second time that the Seimas has rejected President Gitanas Nausėda’s veto. The latest veto was overturned on Thursday in a vote of 81 to 26 with six abstentions. Members of parliament say the two companies need the…