Posts published in Day: December 3, 2019

Turkey summons Lithuanian ambassador after Nausėda’s Armenian genocide comments

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Lithuanian Ambassador to Turkey was summoned by Ankara following Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda’s statement that “Turkey carried out the genocide of Armenians”. Nausėda said “Lithuania recognises” that “Turkey is a NATO ally that carried out the genocide of Armenians” during an interview with the Lithuanian news website delfi.lt. However, Turkey did not lodge a formal protest. The Lithuanian president said “the US Congress has recently recognised [the genocide] as…

Lithuanian president to meet Turkish counterpart over Baltic defence plan

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Having arrived to the NATO summit in London, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda plans to meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to convince him not to block NATO’s  defence   plan for the Baltic states and Poland. “Arrangements are now being made to hold the meeting today or tomorrow,” the Lithuanian president told BNS on Tuesday. “Until it’s not endorsed, we feel that the job is not done completely.” Turkey is…

Former Tsar-era prison in Vilnius to host Christmas celebrations

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Lukiškės prison – a century-old building that once was a maximum-security facility in Vilnius – will open for public this Christmas.  The prison, built by Russian tsars and also used by the Germans, the Soviets, the Nazis, the Polish, as well as Lithuanian, will welcome visitors with light installations, a Christmas tree made of water and other objects of experimental art, according to the Vilnius Municipality press release. The Alternative…

Latvians among top 10 spenders in EU on communications

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Latvians spend more than Estonians, Lithuanians and Finns, and are only just behind Swedes, in terms of how much of their income is spent on communications, according to new data from Eurostat published December 3. Latvia is in ninth place on communcations spending among European Union member states during 2018. Of all the main items of household expenditure, communications was the item that saw the most significant decrease in spending over the last decade…

Estonian defmin: We should focus on real security threats

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Commenting on French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for increased dialogue with Russia, Estonian Minister of Defense Juri Luik said on the “Valisilm” foreign affairs program of public broadcaster ERR on Monday that Estonia is skeptical about it. “Having been [Estonia’s] ambassador to Russia, I imagine that this dialogue does not carry much added value for the Russians. They want to get something out of it. What the Russians want to have, we…

Lithuanian ruling party’s leader expects ‘child’s money’ to be raised as planned

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union expects the so-called “child’s money” to be raised in January as planned, saying the government’s decision to postpone the planned increase in the universal child benefit until July is a hedge in case its proposed tax changes fail to pass the parliament. “We are aware of this. This does not surprise me. However, we will adopt the tax changes in the Seimas…

Nausėda invites London’s financial companies to Lithuania

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

During the visit in London for the NATO summit, President Gitanas Nausėda on Tuesday invited City’s financial companies to develop their business in Lithuania. According to the president, Lithuania already is a leading fintech hub in Europe. “We are very advanced in cybersecurity and anti-money laundering, so we really have something to offer the UK market,” Nausėda said in a press release after meeting with Catherine McGuinness, chairwoman of the…

Cohesion funding for Latvia in EU’s next budget may shrink by EUR 1 billion

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

In the European Union’s next multiannual budget, cohesion funding for Latvia could shrink by 22 percent or EUR 1 billion, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said at a meeting of the National Trilateral Cooperation Council on Tuesday. The government and social partners heard the Cross-Sectoral Coordination Center’s report on work on the National Development Plan until 2027, and trade unions voiced concerns about the development plan’s funding and support…

Lithuanian parliament backs home-schooling as of September

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, has allowed families to choose home-schooling as an option for their children. The law states that a child can be home-schooled if the family signs a contract with a chosen schoold, and the education received at home is equivalent to the one received at school. The adopted changes makes it mandatory for schools to check the education conditions in a family.The changes will come into force…

Estonia to pay additional EUR 200,000 into NATO collective budget under reform

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Under the NATO collective budget reform, as part of which the contribution of the United States will be reduced and that of the other allies increased, Estonia’s share, too, will grow by 200,000 euros, the online news portal of public broadcaster ERR reports. “Previously, Estonia’s cost share was 0.116 percent of the budget of NATO, from now on, however, it will be 0.125 percent. Estonia’s contribution to the NATO collective budget totals 2.5…