Posts published in Day: December 27, 2019

Lower gas and electricity bills predicted for 2020 in Latvia

Friday, December 27, 2019

Depending on usage, natural gas tariffs are expected to decrease by anywhere from 7% to more than 10%. The fall in global gas prices is partially responsible for the decreased tariffs, as well as the agreement between Latvia, Estonia and Finland on creating single gas transmission tariff zone. According to Conexus Baltic Grid, the  single natural gas market   is a single natural gas transmission entry/exit tariff area, which means…

Hitman confesses murdering Belarus opposition figures

Friday, December 27, 2019

Twenty years ago, some leading Belarusian opposition politicians disappeared without a trace. In an exclusive interview with DW, a key witness tells how he assisted a special unit in committing abduction and murder. In early September, a man named Yuri Garavski contacted DW’s Russian Service. The 41-year-old is living as an asylum-seeker in a German-speaking region in the Alps. Yuri asked us not to reveal which country he is in.…

Gobzems nominated for PM

Friday, December 27, 2019

Gobzems has been given two weeks to put together a viable coalition, as well as name his desired ministers and cabinet priorities. Following news of his nomination, Gobzems told the press that “for all the rest of my life, I will do all I can so that the Latvian people live in prosperity, in peace and so that Latvia blooms.” Gobzems’ rival, the Development/For! nominee Artis Pabriks congratulated him with the…

Lithuania’s Boxer IFV deliveries delayed due to faults

Friday, December 27, 2019

The delivery of German Boxer infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Lithuania is running behind schedule due to faults identified during the quality control process.   The first two Boxers were delivered to Lithuania last June. Another 15 IFVs were due to arrive by the end of 2019. However, the vehicles have not reached Lithuania yet. “Some of the Boxer IFVs that Lithuania planned to receive in 2019 have not been…

Turkish construction workers at Kaunas stadium protest unpaid wages

Friday, December 27, 2019

Turkish workers constructing a stadium in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-biggest city, have gone on strike, saying they have not been paid for over six months, 15min.lt reports. Over 50 workers with posters gathered at the construction site of Darius and Girėnas Stadium on Friday morning. The workers say that Kayi Construction, the Turkish construction contractor, has not paid their full wages for over six months. According to the workers, they had…

Dod Pieci! charity marathon raised 438,197 euros

Friday, December 27, 2019

The Dod Pieci! charity marathon was held from December 17-23. This year’s marathon also saw a record number of donated songs, which shows the broad popularity of the event. “We can see everyone gathering at the glass studio – students with teachers, families with children, youth and seniors – and in a sense it’s not surprising,” said studio DJ Toms Grēviņš. “We’re aware that this topic affects each of us,…

After Brexit: civil law becomes a dominant legal system in the EU

By Eugene Eteris on Friday, December 27, 2019

For about 50 years, the EU legal system, which is predominantly of a civil law character, has been affected by a rather different legal structure, the British common law system. After the UK joined the EU in 1973 the two systems have been accommodating to each other, with some pros and cons. Now, after Brexit, the “dichotomy” will be over and the EU would have a unified continental civil law…

Area of Estonian forests turns out to be greater when measured by alternative method

Friday, December 27, 2019

Forest researchers of the Estonian University of Life Sciences used an alternative method for determining the types of trees, reserve and age of Estonian forests for the international Bioatlas portal and discovered that the area of forests is approximately 90,000 hectares greater than the assessments carried out so far. While until now, the area of forests has been calculated on the basis of statistical forest inventory (SMI) or a network…

Lithuanian PM protects embattled minister to undermine president

Friday, December 27, 2019

By shielding the embattled transport minister, the Lithuanian PM is protecting himself and other ministers from any future no-confidence motion by the president, leader of the largest opposition party in the Seimas says. “The key thing is to take the presidential no-confidence instrument away,” said Gabrielius Landsbergis, leader of the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats. The “battle” could set a precedent for the future if the president…

21 people from Venezuela to relocate to Lithuania in 2020

Friday, December 27, 2019

Lithuanian Foreign Ministry is in contact with 21 Venezuelan Lithuanians interested in relocating away form the crisis-hit country, the ministry told BNS. A law established in Lithuania earlier this year allows Lithuanians in crisis-hit regions to request financial support and other assistance to relocate back home. Out of the total 187 Lithuanian citizens in Venezuela, around 50 expressed interest in the scheme, according to the foreign ministry.So far, only one…