Posts published in Day: January 21, 2020

Estonian president retraces 200-year-old expedition to Antarctica

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid landed in Antarctica on Tuesday, joining an expedition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the continent’s discovery by a Saaremaa-born explorer. Kaljulaid is to visit several science stations on the King George Island, Deception Island, Port Lockroy, according to the Estonian public broadcaster ERR. The president will also join commemorations for the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica. An expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen…

Vilnius part of global initiative to improve digital innovation

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The 21 European capital cities, including Vilnius, were selected to receive tutoring and funding to improve services for residents using digital innovation, according to a press release. “European capital cities are already among the world’s leaders when it comes to digitising government services to deliver better results for residents,” said Andrea Coleman of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the founders and sponsors of the two-year programme. “We hope to see these cities take…

Lithuanian inspectors to check 50 companies’ water treatment facilities in wake of pollution scandal

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Lithuania’s Environmental Protection Department plans to inspect water treatment facilities at 50 companies. The inspection follows suspicions that the Klaipėda-based cardboard maker Grigeo Klaipėda released untreated wastewater into the Curonian Lagoon. The department says 20 companies will undergo immediate inspection, but will not name them. “We plan to check 50 companies in total, and the list is not final, but can be updated if needed. During the first stage, we…

Police free Polish national kidnapped for ransom in Lithuania

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Lithuanian police have freed a Polish national who was abducted for ransom. His Lithuanian kidnappers were detained, the Criminal Police said on Tuesday. The Polish national arrived in Lithuania for business on January 4 and went missing soon afterwards. The Polish police’s Central Bureau of Investigation turned to the Lithuanian police for assistance on January 7. Investigators found that the Pole had been forcefully abducted. His kidnappers were demanding 20,000…

Latvia supports effective cross-border coordination of measures against financial crime at EU level – Rinkevics

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Till now, cooperation and institutional framework at the European Union level have proved insufficient. Therefore, Latvia will continue to advocate better cross-border coordination of measures against financial crime, as well as strengthening supervisory and control authorities at the European Union level, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) said today at the 2020 Nordic and Baltic Regional Information-Sharing Symposium. The minister expressed his satisfaction that a public-private information sharing platform…

Coronavirus: shares in Asia Pacific fall sharply as fears mount

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Memories of 2003’s Sars outbreak cause jitters on financial markets, with Hong Kong worst hit, as death toll rises to four Shares have fallen across Asia Pacific amid mounting concerns about a new strain of coronavirus in China that has left at least four people dead and spread to at least four countries. With the economic damage done by the devastating 2003 Sars virus still fresh in the mind of…

U.S. impeachment court begins against Donald Trump

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

In the Senate of the U.S. Congress, the impeachment court is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 21, aimed at establishing whether or not U.S. President Donald Trump (Republican Party) is guilty in charges related to his foreign policy on Ukraine. First several days of the proceedings are now almost certain to be tangled in procedural motions playing out on the Senate floor or, more likely, behind closed doors, since…

Ministers of Defence of Lithuania and Latvia discussed regional security

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

On January 16 Minister of National Defence of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis and Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister of Latvia Artis Pabriks discussed over a working lunch topical aspects of security from bilateral and regional point of view, and their countries’ objective to ensure constant exchange of information concerning changes in the security situation. “Latvia is our important partner in security and defence. The recent deterioration in the security…

EIB opens Baltic office in Vilnius

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The European Investment Bank’s office for the Baltic states has been opened in Vilnius on Thursday. The EIB hopes the new office will bring it closer to this market, provide greater capability and ensure closer cooperation with national government institutions. “The opening of our office for the Baltic states is very timely and necessary. It will ensure further cooperation and will help to deal with both local and global challenges…

Kariņš: coalition objects lowered requirements for State Police chief candidates

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The ruling coalition in Latvia objects against lowered requirements for candidates who want to become the next chief of State Police, not the organization of a selection process, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš after a coalition meeting on Monday, 20 January. Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens told journalists on Monday, 20 January, that the coalition did not support his proposal for picking a new State Police chief through a…