Posts published in Day: January 22, 2020

Lithuania introduces ‘exit tax’ as haulage firms threaten to move business to Poland

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Lithuania is introducing an “exit tax” on businesses relocating out of the country to another European Union member state. The measure has been recommended in an EU directive and may hit logistics companies that are moving their businesses to Poland. Under the new rule, companies relocating or taking their profit-making assets abroad will be treated as selling the business. The value, as revenue, will be subject to property sales tax.…

Lithuania to raise visa application fees

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday agreed to raise fees for obtaining Schengen and national visas. The consular fee for processing applications for the national visa will double from 60 to 120 euros. The increase is in line with the time a consular officer needs to accept and process applications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said after submitting the bills. According to the ministry, processing one application takes 2-3 hours on…

Lithuanian parliamentary speaker: Auschwitz is best place to pay homage to Holocaust victims

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Auschwitz is the best place to pay homage to victims of the Nazi death camp, the Lithuanian parliamentary speaker, who is going to a major Holocaust commemoration event in Jerusalem instead of President Gitanas Nauseda, said on Wednesday. “We are building bridges between these countries as well, representing (Lithuania) both Israel and in Auschwitz-Birkenau,” Viktoras Pranckietis told the Ziniu Radijas radio station. “It should probably be noted that the Nazi camp in Poland’s…

Army’s biggest exercise in Europe for 25 years begins at US motor pools

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The largest exercise in Europe for U.S. forces in 25 years will kick off Thursday at motor pools in the U.S., where soldiers will begin loading tanks and other gear for transport to the Continent, the Army said. About 20,000 pieces of military equipment must be deployed from the U.S. for Defender-Europe 20, which will involve large-scale combat drills and test the military’s ability to rapidly move large numbers of…

Latvia: 2020 Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook launched

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) on January 22 launched the publication of the  annual Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook 2020. “Latvia’s foreign policy environment is and will continue to be constantly changing. Therefore, it is necessary to regularly update and evaluate Latvia’s foreign and security situation and its diplomatic capabilities. The Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook is an annual publication in which the Latvian Institute of…

2020: From the Middle East to the Baltics: Geopolitical forecasts in light of US-Iran conflict

By Augusts Augustiņš on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Political experts are divided in their geopolitical forecasts for 2020, with opinions differing on the direction and dynamism: from a global nuclear war to Belarus becoming part of the Russian-initiated Union State. But one thing the majority of experts can agree on is that this will be an eventful year. With experts I mean mainly those Russian political experts and bloggers who were forced to emigrate to escape repressions and…

Latvian snail mail facing office closures and layoffs

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The non-profit state joint-stock postal services company Latvijas Pasts plans on minimizing the number of employees and closing post office branches in the regional areas of Latvia, Latvijas Pasts Board Chair Mārcis Vilcāns said in an interview on Latvian Radio’s “Krustpuntā” broadcast on January 22. He admits that post offices are integral to everyday life, so they are working with local municipalities to find compromises. There are criteria for the minimum amount of…

Is Lithuania catching up with Europe?

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Lithuania is fast approaching the income level of the European Union, but statistics may be hiding as much as showing. Lithuania’s GDP per capita has reached 81 percent of the EU average, the country’s central bank jubilantly shared at a press event on Tuesday. Overall, the Baltic states have enjoyed the fastest convergence in the EU since they joined in 2004. Over the last quarter-century, Lithuania cut the gap by…

Hopes for new Rīga park dashed by spooks’ secret plans

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A campaign to transform an abandoned former Rīga cycle track into a public park have been thwarted after Latvia’s intelliegence service announced it had hitherto secret plans would build a new headquarters on the site. Rather than the tweeting of birds and the scrabbling of squirrels, it will be the whispering of secret agents and the restrained swish of classified files being passed from trenchcoat to briefcase that will be…

Lithuanian Transport minister breached the law by accepting lunch

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Lithuanian Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič has breached the law when he allowed enterprises under his ministry’s control to pay for his lunch in Minsk and Abu Dhabi, the Chief Official Ethics Commission (VTEK) ruled on Wednesday. Narkevič says the violation is minor and will consider contesting the ethics watchdog’s decision in court. According to the commission, Narkevič placed himself in a conflict of interest situation last year when his lunch…