Posts published in Day: December 16, 2019

1,000 speak Lithuanian in Estonia

Monday, December 16, 2019

In Estonia, a country of 1.3 million people, over 200 languages are spoken. Over two-thirds of the population are native Estonian-speakers, according to data published by the TV channel ETV , but around 1,000 speak Lithuanian, making it the ninth most-spoken language in Estonia. Vaidas Matulaitis, the president of the Lithuanian community in Estonia, says the figure is the closest indication of how big the community is. “Up until now,…

Greece calls on EU states to take in more asylum seekers

Monday, December 16, 2019

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called on EU states to take in migrants and asylum seekers from the Greek islands, which are currently overcrowded. “We need to develop a European asylum and migration pact, like what the [European] Commission promised, we need more burden sharing,” he said in an interview with the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that some asylum applications should be processed in other countries.

Lithuania tops emerging Europe in Climate Change Performance Index

Monday, December 16, 2019

Lithuania has been ranked highest among the countries of emerging Europe in the 2020 edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), an annual ranking by Germanwatch, the New Climate Institute and the Climate Action Network (CAN). In a list of 57 countries, Lithuania was ranked eighth globally, down from the sixth place last year, with a score of 66.22. Ranked second best performing country in the region, Latvia fell…

Vilnius plans to build monument for Jew savers

Monday, December 16, 2019

A monument to Jew savers is planned to be built in Vilnius over the next couple of years. Lithuanian Culture Minister Mindaugas Kvietkauskas has set up a working group to consider the concept of such a monument and set conditions for a creative idea tender. “We have been planning for a couple of years now to build a very important monument for the memory of our state and nation. A…

Maltese singers classify first at Latvia song contest

Monday, December 16, 2019

A group of six Maltese singers achieved success during their participation in the Riga Talent 2019 contest in Latvia, with two of the singers classified first in their category. The Maltese singers, aged between 6 and 15, competed with over 175 world-wide participants, including Colombia, Russia, Italy, USA and Kazakhstan. With her interpretation of the song Warrior, Chanel Monsigneur won first place in her category among 62 singers, and was…

Lithuanian Prime Minister’s popularity dropped

Monday, December 16, 2019

The popularity of Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has nosedived by 8 percentage points, a new public survey has revealed. 42.9 percent expressed a favorable opinion about the prime minister during the December survey by Vilmorus for the Lietuvos Rytas daily, down from 50.7 percent a month earlier. Vladas Gaidys, director of Vilmorus, says the drop might be related to the paving of a street in Vilnius District close to…

Political efficacy is low in Southern and Eastern and Central European countries

Monday, December 16, 2019

According to the findings of the research team of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanity, political efficacy is lower in Southern and Eastern and Central European countries. This means that people in these countries tend to be less active in politics, they trust the government less, and they do not believe that their actions can have an effect on governance. These results were obtained…

Ukraine’s Sentsov arrives in Latvia to undergo rehabilitation

Monday, December 16, 2019

Former political prisoner Oleh Sentsov will undergo rehabilitation at Jūrmala-based National Rehabilitation Centre “Vaivari.” Ukrainian film director and one of the Kremlin’s former political prisoners Oleh Sentsov has arrived in Latvia to undergo rehabilitation at the invitation of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Oleh Sentsov arrived in Latvia at the invitation of the Latvian side. Under-Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Atis Lots and Ambassador of Ukraine…

Pharmacy reform threatens on-site medicine in Estonia

Monday, December 16, 2019

Changes to the law on pharmacies will make access to medicines more difficult in provincial Estonia away from the larger population centres, according to a report on ETV current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera. Opening hours in these areas do not meet the 40-hour-per-week minimum which is the case in the largest settlements (large here constituting anywhere with over 20,000 inhabitants) of Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Pärnu and Kohtla-Järve. Away from these…

Polish soldier dies in Latvia during a running exercise

Monday, December 16, 2019

A Polish soldier in Latvia as part of NATO’s defensive presence has died at the Ādaži military base near Rīga, Latvia’s Defense Ministry said in an announcement December 15. The fatality occured on December 14 when the unnamed serviceman “had been engaged in sports during his free time and died during a running exercise,” according to the statement. “At this sad time, our thoughts are with the family and service members of the Polish soldier who…