Posts published in Day: December 6, 2019

Finland’s budget proposal means steeper EU funding cuts for Lithuania

Friday, December 6, 2019

A long-term budget proposal by Finland, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, may significantly reduce support for Lithuania and is even more unfavorable than the previous plan from the European Commission, the Delfi.lt online news site reported on Thursday. “All our sores and problems remain,” it quoted Darius Trakelis, director of the EU and International Affairs Department at the Finance Ministry, as saying. “Under the Commission’s proposal, we would have…

IT sector makes significant contribution to Latvian economy – Karins

Friday, December 6, 2019

Information technology is a major contributor to Latvia’s economy, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said at an annual conference of the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA) on Thursday. He emphasized that information technology and the digital sector are playing an increasingly important role in the global economy. “Modern technologies are becoming comprehensive, creating new challenges and opportunities. The Latvian economy is no exception – the field of…

Twenty people infected with Listeria bacteria in 2019, says health board

Friday, December 6, 2019

About 20 people have contracted Listeriosis in Estonia this year, according to the Health Board (Terviseamet), though the source of their Listeria infection is not clear. The board held a meeting on Thursday to discuss possible solutions to the problem in the wake of a Listeria scandal linked to a fish-packing company based near Tallinn, according to a report on Thursday’s ETV current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera. The strain identified…

Brazil at risk of losing vote in UN General Assembly

Friday, December 6, 2019

There are risks that because of failure to pay its debts to the United Nations Organization, Brazil could lose its voting rights in the UN General Assembly, Reuters reports. Brazil has the second biggest debt to the UN after USA – its debt is USD 415.8 million. The country needs to pay USD 126.6 million before the end of 2019 or it may lose its voting rights in the UN.…

Australia fires: five blazes merge north of Sydney as conditions forecast to worsen

Friday, December 6, 2019

Five fires burning to the north of Sydney joined up into one huge conflagration on Friday, with out-of-control blazes threatening homes and lives. On a day that brought choking smog to Sydney, the premier of New South Wales said the entire coastline of the state was on fire. Six people have died, and more than 680 homes have already been lost to bushfires in NSW this fire season, and on…

Estonian Foreign minister: Occupation and human rights violations must end

Friday, December 6, 2019

Violation of international law and continued international crises threatened the security of the OSCE region and are harmful to mutual trust, foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu said on Thursday while talking about Georgia and Ukraine. Reinsalu was speaking at the 26th meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bratislava, Slovakia. “Estonia completely supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia,” Reinsalu…

Germany’s Merkel to visit Auschwitz Holocaust camp for first time

Friday, December 6, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has headed the German government since 2005, will on Friday, December 6, visit the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. British public broadcaster BBC reports that Merkel will take part in a ceremony alongside a camp survivor and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Her visit comes amid a rise in German anti-Semitism and ahead of the 75th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. During World War Two,…

France braces for intense protests over Macron’s intended pension reform

Friday, December 6, 2019

France shaken by this decade’s biggest protests in which trade unions urge other residents to oppose French President Emmanuel Macron’s intended pension reform. During protests on Thursday, 5 December, public transport operations slowed to a halt, schools closed down and waste management ceased. Only one out of ten flights operate. Eurostar and Thalys have cancelled at least half their flights connecting Paris with London and Brussels. The French government has…

Ignitis Group is rewarded for the largest Lithuanian investment in Poland

Friday, December 6, 2019

Ignitis Group, an international energy company and one of the largest energy groups in the Baltic region, was awarded in the Polish Business Awards, which aims to distinguish Polish and Lithuanian companies developing mutual economic relations. Ignitis Group received an award in the category “The largest Lithuanian investment in Poland 2019” for the construction of the Pomerania wind farm. The 8th edition of the competition took place on the 4…

Estonia raises teachers’ minimum monthly salary to EUR 1,315

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Estonian government on Thursday increased the minimum monthly salary of basic and upper secondary school teachers working full time by 65 euros to a total of 1,315 euros, effective from Jan. 1, 2020. The present minimum salary of teachers totals 1,250 euros; however, the government’s action program sets an objective to see teachers’ salary growth continued and their work appreciated. Cities, rural municipalities and owners of private general education schools…