Posts published in Day: January 24, 2020

Latvia extends Iraq operation

Friday, January 24, 2020

A majority in Saeima voted to extend the participation of the National Armed Forces (NBS) in the international military anti-terrorism operation against Daesh, according to the Parliamentary Press Service on January 23. On January 14, 2016 Saiema voted to send NBS soldiers to participate in the Iraq operation through February 1, 2018. Afterward Saeima voted once again to extend the operation through February 1, 2020 on December 7, 2017. Daesh continues to…

Skvernelis has urged to refrain from attempts to reinterpret the consequences of World War II

Friday, January 24, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has urged to refrain from attempts to reinterpret the consequences of World War II, especially regarding the sufferings and losses of the Jewish nation. “I call on everyone to refrain from any attempt to reinterpret the brutal consequences of World War II and the occupation regimes on the Lithuanian state and its citizens. It is particularly important to bear in mind as we speak about…

New Latvian folk dance collection created

Friday, January 24, 2020

An online “Golden Foundation of Dance” has been created to catalogue 55 of the most important Latvian folk dances created from 1933 – 2008, according to Latvian Television’s cultural news broadcast “Kultūras ziņas” on January 23. Folk songs and folk dancing have long been a significant part of Latvian historical culture. So much so that the song and dance celebrations of the Baltic countries, which go back to 1873 in Latvia and…

Polish PM cancels private visit to Lithuania

Friday, January 24, 2020

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has cancelled his private visit to Lithuania, planned on Friday, the spokesman for Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has confirmed. “The visit has been canceled due to busy agenda and important votes in the country’s parliament,” Tomas Beržinskas told BNS. Read more:  Polish and Lithuanian PMs to watch a basketball game together The Polish prime minister last visited Lithuania in late November 2019 to attend…

The fight against climate change

Friday, January 24, 2020

The fight against climate change was high on the agenda of the January plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which hosted a debate on COP25 and the European Green Deal. Urgent measures need to be taken to make climate protection and sustainable development happen, and the European Union must take the lead, the European Commission announced in a press release. At the debate held in Brussels…

Good news: Japan interested in Rail Baltica

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) is interested in providing financing for the Rail Baltic European-gauge railway project and the Baltic power grids’ synchronization with the Western European system, an adviser to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said. Nauseda and JBIC governor Tadashi Maeda discussed such possibilities during their meeting in Davos, according to adviser Simonas Krepsta. “They [JBIC] are closely watching the Rail Baltic and synchronization projects and are ready to finance them on…

Drink-driving laws in Estonia to be tighten up

Friday, January 24, 2020

Government ministers have put forward suggestions for harsher drink-driving laws in the aftermath of a fatal collision earlier this month which killed three people, including a baby. Interior minister Mart Helme (EKRE) and justice minister Raivo Aeg (Isamaa) propose a minimum sentence of a year’s jail time for first-time offenders, with Helme also suggesting equating drink driving fatalities with murder, punishable by prison sentences stretching up to 15 years. Raivo…

European Commission, Council presidents sign Brexit deal

Friday, January 24, 2020

‘Things will inevitably change but our friendship will remain,’ Charles Michel said. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel this morning signed the agreement on the withdrawal of the U.K. from the EU. In a tweet announcing the move, Michel said: “Things will inevitably change but our friendship will remain. We start a new chapter as partners and allies.” He added, in French, that…

Snowless winter affects Lithuanian businesses

Friday, January 24, 2020

This year’s unusually warm winter in Lithuania has forced businesses to adapt to changing customer behaviour. Instead of skiing, they spend January gardening. The skiing tracks in Liepkalnis are probably the only place in Vilnius – or, in fact, Lithuania – where one can see outdoor snow this winter. Even here, only two out of ten tracks – sprayed by snow machines – are open, even though January is the…

Estonia to build a nuclear power plant

Friday, January 24, 2020

Site selection for Estonia’s first nuclear power plant is underway, the boss of Fermi Energia OÜ told ETV on Friday, but no decision has been made yet. Despite rumors a site has been chosen in Kunda, Fermi Energia OÜ boss Sandor Liive told interviewer Liisu Lass on morning show “Terevisioon” nothing is confirmed. “We have not chosen Kunda, but the Viru-Nigula local government is interested in it,” Liive said. “It could…