Posts published in Day: January 14, 2020

Seimas fails to overturn president’s veto on election rule change

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament has failed to overturn the president’s veto on electoral rules change. The bill on lowering electoral threshold from 5 to 3 percent was passed in December, but President Gitanas Nausėda refused to sign it into law. On Tuesday, the parliament, Seimas, moved to reject the president’s veto, but came one vote short. Seventy MPs supported the bill, 51 opposed and two abstained. However, 71 votes is needed…

Latvia: Wine producers demand additional tax breaks

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture indicated that the proposal needs to be discussed further to make sure the industry isn’t being given privileged treatment. The  Finance Ministry   (FM) also expresses apprehension that the tax reductions would decrease the shadow economy. “The Finance Ministry is cautious in considering the expansion for this regime for several reasons – previously evaluated regimes haven’t reached their defined results,” said FM Direct Taxation Department Director…

Diplomat from Estonia – 10th most influential person in Montenegro

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

An Estonian diplomat who heads the European Union’s representation in Montenegro has been named as the tenth most influential person in the country. Aivo Orav was selected as part of the ranking by the political editor of local  publication “Vijesti”. Orav has been in the role in Podgorica since September 2016. “Such a mention is a great honor, especially since this list usually only includes Montenegrin citizens, such as politicians,…

Lithuania’s population grows for 1st time in 28 years

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Lithuania’s population has grown for the first time in 28 years due to migration trends, the country’s statistics office said on Tuesday. It released preliminary data showing that the resident population of Lithuania reached 2,794,300 on January 1, 2020, which is 145 people more than a year ago. An increase in Lithuania’s resident population had been last registered in 1991, according to the statistics office. It attributed the population growth to…

Veber family returns from UK for the children’s sake

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Veber family can’t complain about life in England – they have their own apartment, main breadwinner Dimitriy has a good job as a driver, though he is an economist by education. While Inesa has an architectural technologist degree from the  Riga Building College   she has already closed and sold her Latvian goods store in Spalding. The family is raising two children, which is one of the reasons for…

Baltic states abandon their armed forces

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

There are too many contradictions inside NATO, because the alliance has already turned into a commercial project. Trump is trying to force Europe to abandon its own war industry in favor of the US. However, this is not only business and lobbying for the interests of the American military-industrial complex. In the future, this will lead to the absolute defenselessness of Europe to the outside world and complete dependence on…

Human rights court rules that police discriminated against Lithuanian gay couple

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Tuesday that Lithuania’s law enforcement discriminated against a gay couple when they refused to investigate hate speech on social media. Five years ago, the male couple posted a photo on Facebook of themselves kissing. The post received dozens of comments, including calls for the two gay men to be “thrown into gas chambers”, “exterminated”, “burned” and “killed”. Prosecutors in Klaipėda, western…

Levits says new public service media law vital for quality of democracy

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The new law on public service media and their management is vital for the quality of democracy, President Egils Levits believes. LETA was told at the president’s office that Levits made his opinion about the draft legislation known to the Saeima Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee which is readying the bill for the second reading in parliament. Commenting on the draft law on public service media and their management,…

Estonia’s Kaamos Kinnisvara to invest EUR 8.5 mln in residential project in Riga

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Estonian developer Kaamos Kinnisvara is set to invest 8.5 mln euros in Divi Krasti, a residential project being developed on Kengaraga Street near Dienvidu Bridge in Riga. As part of the project, two five-story buildings with 132 apartments will be erected, the company’s representative Zane Taurina informed. Construction of the Divi Krasti project started at the end of last year. The first apartment house is scheduled for completion at the end of…

European Commission Vice-President Suica to visit Latvia on Friday

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The European Commission’s Vice-President for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Suica is scheduled to make a visit to Latvia this Friday, LETA was told at the EU Commission’s Representation in Latvia. During her visit, Suica will meet with President Egils Levits and Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity). The EU commissioner also plans to meet with representatives of the Demographic Affairs Center and participate in an event dedicated to the opening…