Posts published in Day: January 16, 2020

Lithuania and Poland to jointly counter Russia’s attempts to ‘rewrite history’

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lithuania and Poland are cooperating to counter Russia’s attempts to “rewrite history” of World War Two, the two countries’ foreign ministers said in Vilnius. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said on several occasions that Poland is responsible for the outbreak of World War Two.  Read more:  Poland and Putin in war over World War Two    “We’ll certainly not allow history to be falsified so easily,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas…

Poland wants election threshold in Lithuania lowered to favour minorities

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Poland hopes Lithuania will reconsider lower election threshold, which would favour Polish-minority party in the country and help it rid of Russian influence. “We hope this issue will be raised once again in the future,” Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told reporters on Thursday. “[The Lithuanian foreign] minister assured me it has nothing to do with minorities but with internal democratic procedures in Lithuania.” The Lithuanian parliament  failed   on…

Study shows digital tax could yield 17-30 million euros per year

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Consumption of television, newspapers and other traditional media is increasingly declining, while mobile device use is increasing.  Latvian Advertising Association   Chair Baiba Liepiņa points out that companies such as Facebook and Google use their technological advantages to reach audiences everywhere while using Latvian resources, or the people who live here. “It would only be fair if they had to pay some sort of tax for the advertising they attract…

Lithuania: Karoblis and Mercado discussed defence cooperation

Thursday, January 16, 2020

On January 16 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karbolis met with Assistant Secretary of Defence for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities Victorino G. Mercado visiting Lithuania. The officials discussed bilateral defence cooperation, absorption of the U.S. security assistance for developing the Baltic states’ defence capabilities, cooperation of acquisitions. Minister underscored that Lithuanian and U.S. defence cooperation has never had the current intensity before. “The U.S. military presence in Lithuania, support in…

Lithuanian officer in Holocaust controversy saved Jews – does evidence stack up?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lithuania’s Resistance and Genocide Centre (LGGRTC) breathed fresh controversy into the case surrounding Jonas Noreika, a World War Two-era officer accused of being complicit in the Holocaust. Despite signing orders establishing a Jewish ghetto and expropriating their property, Noreika also organised “a Jew rescue network” as the head of Šiauliai County during Nazi occupation in 1941, the state-funded research centre said in December 2019. However, historians have criticised the centre’s…

Indian PM proposes bringing together talented young Estonians, Indians

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi while attending the Raisina Dialogue conference in New Delhi, at the Indian premier’s proposal, the two discussed ideas for bringing talented young Estonians and Indians together through hackathons. Reinsalu said that Estonia is willing to pursue the idea. “It’s an initiative that would take cooperation between Estonia and India to the next level and give us a chance to…

European Commission Vice-President Suica to visit Latvia on Friday

Thursday, January 16, 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…

Estonian parliament adopts EU-Singapore investment protection accord

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Estonian parliament on Thursday adopted the free trade and investment protection agreement between the European Union and Singapore aiming to improve the investment climate between the EU and Singapore. The agreement will ensure high-level investment protection in Singapore, while leaving parties to the agreement the right to regulate the field and impose legal norms, Riigikogu spokespeople said. Under the agreement a two-tier investment adjudication system would be created, aimed at…

National Defence representatives to take part in the Snow Meeting

Thursday, January 16, 2020

On January 16–17 the Lithuanian and foreign security policy experts forum, Snow Meeting, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will take place in Trakai. The 13th edition of the meeting will address security challenges to the transatlantic community and response to them. The meeting will be attended by Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas. This year the focus will be on…

Lithuania offered €97m from EU’s Just Transition Fund for carbon neutrality

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The European Commission is offering 97 million euros to Lithuania to help it transition toward a climate-neutral economy, sources have confirmed to BNS. The money should be allocated to Lithuania under the so-called Just Transition Fund proposal unveiled in Brussels this week. All EU member countries except Poland have committed to achieving climate-neutral economy by 2050, which will require drastically reducing carbon emissions. The Commission says the fund will help…