Posts published in Day: February 4, 2020

Russia and China seek foothold in Lithuania via gas and tech

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Russia’s drive to maintain dominance in Baltic  energy   markets are among the key risks to Lithuania’s economic security, according to an intelligence report which also lists dubious investors in finance among potential threats. The annual National Threat Assessment, prepared by the State Security Department (VSD) and the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defence (AOTD), was published on Tuesday.  Deadlines over safety Belarus’ new nuclear power plant,…

Vilnius, the pride of… Italy? Venezuela? Ethiopia?

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A new campaign makes light of the relative obscurity of the Lithuanian capital, a previously self-declared G-spot of Europe. The campaign, Vilnius: Amazing Wherever You Think It Is, by the city’s tourism promotion agency Go Vilnius, asks Western Europeans to guess where the city is, while posters depict the Lithuanian capital as a fantasy world.  Read more:  Ad campaign declaring Vilnius the G-spot of Europe wins international award “Vilnius is…

Man arrested for inciting ethnic hatred via online fake news

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Authorities arrested Niks Endziņš, who has formerly been accused of spreading fake news, on February 2 for inciting national and ethnic hatred online, as well as for spreading fake news about the new Chinese coronavirus, according to the State Police on February 3. The police press announcement didn’t mention a name, but revealed that on January 31 the State Police Central Criminal Police Authority Criminal Investigation Unit 1st Department authorities…

Russia didn’t interfere in Lithuania’s presidential election – intelligence

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Russia did not try to influence the outcome of Lithuania’s 2019 presidential election, according to Lithuanian intelligence. However, Moscow did run slander campaigns and sought for loyal politicians to win in the local election. “Russia monitored the 2019 elections and other political processes in Lithuania, but there were no large-scale attempts to influence their outcome or manipulate public opinion,” the Lithuanian State Security Department and the Second Investigation Department under…

Coronavirus: Lithuanians ‘clearing out’ stocks of face masks

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Despite Lithuania not having a single case of coronavirus, the sale of face masks has gone up tenfold. The people are “clearing out face masks from the pharmacies,” director of BENU Vaistinė pharmacies, Rasa Marcinkevičienė, told LRT.lt. “Their sales rose ten-fold several days ago.” Other pharmacy chains reported similar results. Many of the buyers were foreign nationals who may have sent them to China, according to Laura Bielskė, the head…

Estonian MPs learn about priorities of new European Commission in Brussels

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Altogether 18 members of the Estonian parliament are in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with the European Commissioner for Energy, the Estonian members of the European Parliament and the Estonian officials to discuss the issues relating to the European Green Deal and the Fair Transition Fund as well as the European Union’s regional policy. The new multiannual financial framework of the EU, the spread of false information in Europe and…

Omniva says Brexit not to affect movement of parcels this year

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

During the transition period that follows Britain’s exit from the European Union effective Feb. 1 and lasts until Dec. 31, everything will remain the same for those in Estonia ordering and receiving postal parcels from Britain and parcels will be moving as usual, Estonian postal company Omniva said. It said that during the transition period there will be no changes to the functioning of e-commerce and the postal service between Britain and Estonia,…

Saeima committee endorses bill on dissolution of Riga City Council ahead of final reading in Saeima

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Saeima Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee today endorsed the bill on the dissolution of Riga City Council ahead of its final reading in Saeima. The parliamentary committee rejected all proposals submitted by the opposition, so no changes were made to the bill before it was sent for the second reading in Saeima. Coalition lawmakers took into consideration the Saeima legal office’s warnings about high constitutionality risks, as well as…

Defense Forces will spent €30 million on bulletproof jackets

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

On Monday, the Defense Investment Center announced a €30 million international tender for tactical body armor, bullet proof jackets and ballistic plates. Ivar Janson, Soldier Category Manager at the National Defense Investment Center: “This is a three-in-one system: a bulletproof, flak jacket and tactical vest. The new system provides ballistic protection and replaces the harness and tactical vest in the future. Modern warfare requires a high degree of mobility, so…

Estonia to open embassies in South Korea and Singapore

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

At its meeting on 30 January, the Estonian government approved the plan to open Estonian embassies in the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Singapore. “Opening an embassy in Seoul is important for bilateral relations with South Korea and the Asian region in general,” the Estonian foreign ministry said in a statement. “One of the main reasons for opening an embassy in Singapore is boosting business ties and supporting…