Posts published in Day: January 13, 2020

Popular fashion brands Monton and Mosaic to be merged

Monday, January 13, 2020

Almost 20 years have passed since the company was established, and Maruta Ērgle, the CEO of Baltika Group in Latvia said the intended changes in the Baltic market are a logical step in the further development of the company. LSM.LV

Lithuania’s property market boom: €2m apartments and record sales

Monday, January 13, 2020

An impressive boom in Lithuania’s property market is like a Black Friday without discounts, observers say. 2019 broke records of real estate sales, but observers warn the boom may be unsustainable. The Centre of Registers reports that some 135,000 real estate deals – involving apartments, houses and land plots – were concluded in 2019, or seven percent more than the year before. Developers say purchases and reservations on properties in…

Landmark ‘Z-Towers’ move closer to opening

Monday, January 13, 2020

Official approval means that a number of tenants and companies intending to set up their offices in the high-rise building will soon be able to start their interior work, as well as renting and refurbishing apartments, the project’s developers said. More than EUR 250 million has already been invested in the 13-year construction process, said Andrey Neguliner, Commercial Director of Towers Construction Management. The deed issued by the Riga City…

‘Excessive’ and ‘counter to human rights’: Grybauskaitė slams proposed state security changes

Monday, January 13, 2020

The controversial proposals to increase state security powers were discussed previously, Lithuania’s former president, Dalia Grybauskaitė, admitted on Monday. However, some elements may end up violating human rights. “Especially those preventive conversations. Then and now I believe that it’s an excessive measure and it definitely runs counter to human rights,” Grybauskaitė told journalists at the parliament on Monday. She said that some elements of the Law on Intelligence, submitted by…

Former president Grybauskaitė weighs in on transport minister controversy: ‘tragicomic’

Monday, January 13, 2020

Lithuania’s former president, Dalia Grybauskaitė, says Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič, who has attracted criticism and calls to resign, should have not been appointed minister in the first place. “The situation is very bad. I believe such a minister should have not been appointed in the first place. The whole battle now seems tragicomic,” she told journalists at the parliament on Monday. Current President Gitanas Nausėda, who appointed Narkevič in August…

Cooperation among Baltic states on Rail Baltica project keeps improving

Monday, January 13, 2020

Cooperation among the Baltic states on implementation of the Rail Baltica project keeps improving, said Agnis Driksna, interim CEO of RB Rail, a company that has been set up to implement the Rail Baltica project in Latvia. He told LETA that compromises are needed because each of the countries has its own mentality, priorities, views. “It is important that local interest do not influence implementation of the project in general…

Estonian formin discusses tense security situation in Iraq with US secretary of state

Monday, January 13, 2020

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu in a phone conversation with United States’ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday discussed the tense security situation in Iraq. In light of tensions between Iran and the US, Reinsalu affirmed Estonia’s support to his counterpart and emphasized that the US is entitled to self-defense under the UN Charter, spokespeople for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. “I have called on Iran to stop…

Latvian mother faces extradition from Denmark to South Africa

Monday, January 13, 2020

Kristīne Misāne formerly had a South African partner with whom she had one of her two children. They became estranged and most of the time the children lived with her in Mozambique, though the father still had right of access to his child on a regular basis. However, Misāne alleges that her former partner was violent and that, fearing for the safety of herself and her children, she fled with them to Latvia in…

Lithuanian passport in world’s top 10 – survey

Monday, January 13, 2020

Lithuania, Hungary and Slovakia have the tenth most powerful passports in the world, according to Hanley Passport Index rating. The rating is based on how many countries the passport holders can visit visa-free. Japan topped the list with 191 countries, followed by Singapore with 190, and Germany and South Korea came third with 189 countries. Holders of Lithuanian passport can visit 181 countries without bureaucratic hassle. In 2006, Lithuania was…

Environmental officers named suspects in Alytus tire warehouse fire

Monday, January 13, 2020

Suspicions have been brought against two environmental protection officers over a tire recycling factory fire Alytus, southern Lithuania. The two environmental quality control specialists from Kaunas, Aušra Bružienė and Aušra Kričenienė, are suspected failing to carry out their duties. Suspicions against them were brought on Friday. “Both specialists refuse to cooperate with law enforcement institutions […] refuse to provide evidence and explain the incident’s circumstances,” Kaunas prosecutors said. Read more: …