Posts published in Day: November 29, 2019

‘Don’t trust Putin’: Oleg Sentsov picks up EU’s top human rights prize

Friday, November 29, 2019

A year after his release from a Russian prison, the filmmaker and activist Oleg Sentsov has finally picked up his 2018 Sakharov Prize. Talking to DW, Sentsov described Vladimir Putin as his “sole enemy” and a war criminal. The Ukrainian filmmaker and activist finally accepted the prestigious Sakharov Prize on Tuesday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, after being freed in a high-profile prison swap between Russia and Ukraine in…

Festival of Lights to illuminate darkest winter nights in Vilnius

Friday, November 29, 2019

Vilnius Festival of Lights returns to the Lithuanian capital following popular demand, according to a press release. Held during Vilnius’ birthday on January 24-26, nearly 30 installations will light up courtyards across the capital.“We will continue the mission of Gediminas started 697 years ago – he invited guests to the capital in his letters, while we will invite them using lights,” Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius is quoted in the press…

There’s ‘growing understanding’ of Astravyets NPP problem among Baltics, Lithuania’s Linkevičius says

Friday, November 29, 2019

There is a growing understanding among the Baltic states that the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus is a problem, Lithuania’s foreign minister said after his meeting with Latvian and Estonians lawmakers and foreign ministers in Riga on Friday. “There’s a growing understanding, as previously there was not even any wish to have an in-depth discussion on the matter, to be honest. Now it’s clearly stated in the…

Lithuanian education minister pledges to resign if no deal is reached over teachers’ demands

Friday, November 29, 2019

Lithuanian  Education   Minister Algirdas Monkevičius says he is ready to resign if he fails to reach an agreement with teachers on their demands to increase funding. Teachers staged a two-hour warning strike on Thursday, demanding more funding for education. “If I fail to reach this agreement, I am ready to accept responsibility for that and resign, if necessary,” the minister told journalists on Friday after a joint meeting of…

Lithuanian president promises new environmental protection measures

Friday, November 29, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has promised to force public authorities to assess the environmental impact of their decisions, as he calls on the population, the government and businesses to join forces in fighting climate change. “I will initiate amendments to the Law on Legislative Framework to provide for mandatory assessment of initiatives in terms of environmental impact, including climate change,” Nausėda said at the Climate Week conference at the Presidential…

Over a thousand Defence League and other personnel in weekend exercise in Estonia

Friday, November 29, 2019

Around a thousand volunteer Defence League (Kaitseliit) personnel are taking part in a training exercise over the weekend. Exercise Orkaan (Hurricane) is being organized by the West Estonia defense district, BNS reports, and will also bring personnel from the Kalev Infantry Battalion, Naiskodukaitse, the women’s arm of the Defence League, volunteers from the Latvian volunteer corps Zemessardze, the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA). “Protecting our family and our home…

Estonia to become presiding country of Baltic Assembly

Friday, November 29, 2019

The Estonian delegation to the Baltic Assembly (BA) is going to the 38th session of the assembly in Riga on Thursday, where Estonia will become the BA presidency country for the next year. The Baltic Assembly presidency is held on the principle of rotation. President of the Riigikogu Henn Polluaas said that the three Baltic states were more interconnected globally than ever before. “Our contribution to the national, regional and…

MEPs call on Russia to stop illegitimate prosecution of Lithuanian judges

Friday, November 29, 2019

The European Parliament has passed a resolution, where it calls on Russia to stop illegitimately prosecuting Lithuanian judges and EU countries should refuse any legal assistance. In the text adopted by 493 votes in favour, 43 against and 86 abstentions on Thursday, November 28, MEPs call on Russia to end the politically motivated prosecution of Lithuanian judges and prosecutors who found 67 Russian, Belarussian and Ukrainian citizens guilty of war…

Latvian monetary financial institutions profit drops 41%

Friday, November 29, 2019

In October 2019, the monetary financial institutions generated EUR 46.4 mln in aggregate profit. As at October 31, 2019, the aggregate assets of the Latvian monetary financial institutions stood at EUR 21.633 bn, up 2.7% or EUR 567.7 mln from the end of October 2018 when their aggregate assets were worth EUR 21.065 bn. The balance of loans issued to residents by the Latvian monetary financial institutions was EUR 12.058…

Lithuania’s Delano invests EUR 1 mln in expansion in 2020

Friday, November 29, 2019

Delano, the operator of over 50 food service outlets, plans to open five new cafes and three restaurants in 2020 and aims to grow revenue by more than 8% next year, informed LETA/BNS according to the business daily Verslo Zinios. Delano Managing Director Gintaras Rutkauskas says the company spent a total of 1 mln euros on expansion this year, and plans to open five Caif Cafe cafes, two 12 self-service restaurants and…