Posts published in Day: December 18, 2019

What’s on offer at Vilnius’ Christmas markets – photos

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Compared to the largest European capitals, Christmas markets in Vilnius’ Katedros Square and in front of the Town Hall are still very recent, but have already become a part of the festive capital  culture  , with their own traditions and a distinctive outlook. “This is where time simply flies by. Everyone is in a good, festive mood,” says Kamilė, selling handmade soaps and cosmetics at the fair. Christmas is also…

Lithuania experiences warmest mid-December day on record

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wednesday was the warmest December 18 in Lithuania on record. Meteorologists reported that the mercury hit 10.5 degrees centigrade in the northwestern town of Naujoji Akmenė at noon, breaking the day’s previous record of 9.9 degrees which was set in 2015 in Kybartai. Teresė Kaunienė of the Hydrometeorological Service noted, however, that temperatures kept rising in other parts of the country, too. “I’m sure records are going to be broken…

Swedish regulator considers sanctioning SEB over money laundering in Baltics

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Sweden’s financial regulator decided to open a sanctions probe into SEB over money laundering allegations in the bank’s subsidiaries in the Baltic states. The watchdog, FI, is investigating SEB’s governance and control of measures to combat money laundering in cooperation with regulators of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, it said on Wednesday, and expects to produce a report in April. “FI considers there to be sufficient grounds for assessing whether the…

Lithuania’s budget explained – booing, key battles and divisions

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Following four hours of debate in parliament and months of government proposals and counter-proposals, Lithuania adopted its public spending bill on Tuesday. With less than a year before the next general election, politicians missed no opportunity to trumpet the budget as the best in years or completely inadequate – depending on where they stand on the power divide. Here’s a look at the key contentions between the ruling bloc and…

Residents’ voice has not been heard in Latvia again

By Viktors Domburs on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A significant for Latvian democracy event took place last week. This event reflects very clearly the state of affairs in the country where political interests are above common sense and the welfare of citizens. Some times ago a petition to postpone increasing funding for political parties was created on a public petition portal Manabalss.lv (in English – My voice). Manabalss.lv is a popular public petition portal in Latvia where citizens…

Lithuanian president admits fandom for boy band Pikaso – ‘it’s about family and love’

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

During a meeting between the Baltic states’ presidents in Riga, the trio were asked to pick a song to be played on radio for charity. While Latvia’s Egils Levits chose a 1989 rock song and Estonia’s Kersti Kaljulaid went for a classical piece, Gitanas Nausėda revealed his sympathy for PIKASO, a Lithuanian boy band founded in 2000. When choosing the 2010 song ‘Europos Vidury’ (‘In the middle of Europe’), Nausėda…

Latvia: Procedure of excluding someone from list of US sanctions is slow and heavy

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The procedure of excluding someone from the list of US sanctions is slow and heavy, but the Latvian government will do everything possible so that Ventspils port may continue operations, said Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) in an interview with the Latvian public television today. He reminded that the government has already made the first steps so that the Ventspils port could be deleted from the list of sanctions,…

Estonia, Latvia, Finland sign memorandum on developing armored wheeled vehicle platform

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Finland, Estonia and Latvia on Tuesday signed a letter of intent concerning the development of an armored wheeled vehicle platform. The letter of intent was signed by the defense ministers of Estonia and Latvia and the permanent secretary of the Finnish Ministry of Defense. In the letter of intent, the defense ministries of Estonia, Latvia and Finland express their intention to engage in common consultations, exploring the possibility to establish…

Latvia leads Baltic states in elected women politicians

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A new online publication provides some fascinating insights into gender differences and similarities in the Baltic States, and wider issues of social and political interest such as demographic data. Things get off in a suitably eye-opening manner with this striking set of statistics: “In the past twenty-five years, the population declined in each country. In Latvia and Lithuania, population decreased the most – respectively by 25.7% and 24.4%. In Estonia, population…