Posts published in Day: February 7, 2020

Lithuanian man sends drug price list to UK police, gets arrested

Friday, February 7, 2020

A Lithuanian man was arrested at Leeds Festival in the UK after sending an advertisement for drugs to a police phone number. He was arrested in August 2018 after “security staff spotted him smoking cannabis and acting suspicious in the grime [music] tent,” Yorkshire Evening Post  reported   on Monday. Drugs worth 3,630 British pounds (around 4,200 euros) in street value were found in his rucksack. He also had business…

Latvia’s National Development Plan comes with 14.5 billion euro price tag

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Latvian government plans to spend EUR 14.5 billion on reaching the goals of the National Development Plan, 2021-2027 (NAP2027), the Cross-Sectoral Coordination Center’s director Peteris Vilks told journalists Friday, reported the LETA newswire. Explaining the purpose of NAP2027, he said that this is Latvia’s main medium-term development planning document, which is used in talks with the European Union (EU) on the amount of financing Latvia receives from EU funds. The…

Candidate for economy minister still awaits Lithuanian president’s decision

Friday, February 7, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda met with the proposed candidate for economy minister, Lukas Savickas. He has yet to decide whether to appoint the prime minister’s adviser to the position. “I personally stressed the importance of ensuring the continuity of started work, including strengthening the competitiveness of the business environment, continuing innovative reforms and continuing digitalisation work,” Savickas told reporters after the meeting. He said his other priorities would be promoting…

Baltic states ‘closer’ to joint boycott of electricity from Belarusian NPP

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Baltic countries are moving closer to a joint decision not to buy electricity from Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant, according to Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The three Baltic prime ministers met in Tallinn on Friday to discuss the development of the Baltic energy market. The Belarus plant, which is being built close to the Lithuanian border and deemed unsafe by Vilnius, was among the topics. Lithuania has decided…

Latvian traditions, fashion and reggae

Friday, February 7, 2020

The weekend is the Latvian pagan holiday called Metenis, so celebrate the beginning of the new year with events for all ages! Here are a few events both indoors and outdoors to help you kick off the new year with family, friends or loved ones.  Metenis at the Open-Air Museum The pagan holiday on February 9 coincides with the Christian pre-Lent season known as Shrovetide, which culminates with Mardi Gras.…

Russian Embassy: Lithuania’s national security report medical history

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Russian Embassy has slammed Lithuania’s recent intelligence report, saying its authors label “with manic persistence” anything that is linked to Russia a threat to national security. The annual National Threat Assessment, published by the State Security Department (VSD) and military intelligence (AOTD) this week, has warned about Russian intelligence  targeting tourists   and Russian energy companies  pushing to maintain   a grip on the Baltic energy markets. Read more: …

Latvia to trigger Supernova

Friday, February 7, 2020

The moment Eurovision aficionados have been waiting for finally arrives on Saturday 8 February when the ‘Supernova’ qualification contest will be broadcast live on LTV1  and LTV7 from 21:25 Rīga time (19:25 GMT). Scheduled to last nearly three hours, Supernova will see eight finalists battling it out to represent Latvia in the 2020 Eurovision semi-finals in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in May. The stage of destiny is currently having a final polish a…

Kariņš in Tallinn to talk with Baltic counterparts and EU Commissioner

Friday, February 7, 2020

Friday, 7 February sees Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas hosting Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis in Tallinn within the framework of the Baltic Council of Ministers. “The meeting will focus on Rail Baltic and other regional connections, as well as the EU multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027. Also participating in the meeting will be Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources,” said an Estonian government…

Israeli Holocaust centre apologises for historical ‘errors’

Friday, February 7, 2020

Israel’s Yad Vashem apologised for “a partial picture of the historical events” at a recent Holocaust commemoration event, but failed to clarify potential ties between the organisation and the Russian president, according to Israeli daily Haaretz. The World Holocaust Forum hosted by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on January 23 was heavily criticised for allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to deliver his narrative on history, especially as the right to speak…

Lithuania and other countries prepare to challenge EU’s Mobility Package in court

Friday, February 7, 2020

Lithuania and some other Central and Eastern European countries consider to turn to the Court of Justice of the European Union over the EU’s proposed Mobility Package, saying it will push hauler companies in peripheral countries out of business. The Mobility Package, which is awaiting a vote in the European Parliament, requires, among other things, that trucks return to their country of registration at least every eight weeks. Lithuania’s Transport…