Posts published in Day: February 10, 2020

Judiciary seeks to speed up longer cases

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Council for the Judiciary plans to identify problem factors and discussed ways to minimize issues with lengthy court proceedings in a February 10 meeting, according to Latvian Radio. “In the meeting we plan to discuss how to explore this topic in depth, coming around to a reason, identification and also possible solutions,” said Head of the Secretariat Solvita Harbaceviča. She said that on average the length of Latvian court…

LRT English presents a new fact-checking project LRT FACTS

Monday, February 10, 2020

LRT English is pairing up with colleagues from LRT.lt to bring you  LRT FACTS   – a fact-checking platform in cooperation with Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).  LRT FACTS deconstructs suspicious information that gains traction among the Lithuanian public. Topics include coronavirus, anti-vaccination, various forms of Russian disinformation, sex education, ant many others. This week we’re starting with the claim by Fox News that Lithuanian cities are the…

New right-wing party in Lithuania to champion family values and oppose ‘liberal worldview’

Monday, February 10, 2020

A group of Lithuanian MPs and politicians have founded a new party, pledging to run in this year’s general election on a platform of conservative family values and opposition to the EU’s liberal approach to gender. The founding convention of the new party, the Christian Union, was held in Vilnius on Saturday. “If the new Seimas is dominated by a liberal worldview, we’ll hardly be able to talk about about…

Group of the Lithuanian military “disappeared” into the local forests

Monday, February 10, 2020

NATO exercises have resulted in a resonant disappearance –  a group of the Lithuanian military “disappeared” into the local forests. Five soldiers serving in a reconnaissance unit were declared missing during a military exercise on February 4–6. Believing the drill was still in progress, they evaded all forces sent to find them. Lithuanian Military spokesperson Laimis Bratikas told that during a graduation exam for reconaissance troops in central Lithuania, five…

Lithuania to give big business tax breaks to attract large investments

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Lithuanian government plans to exempt local and foreign-capital firms from corporate tax, if they invest at least 30 million euros and create 200 new jobs. The Government approved the proposal by the Economy and Innovation Ministry on January 5, according to the ministry’s press release.  Read more:  Fitch upgrades Lithuania’s credit rating for first time in 6 years    “We hope that these amendments will [create] around 2,000 new…

Rīga mayor suspends construction board director

Monday, February 10, 2020

Rīga Mayor Oļegs Burovs (Honor to Serve Rīga) has suspended Rīga City Construction Board Director Inguss Vircavs for up to three months, Burovs told Latvian Television on February 10. The mayor said that his motivation for suspending Vircavs included letters from Construction Board employees regarding the director’s management style. The letters have been handed over to the  Rīga City Council   Ethics Committee. As previously  reported  , November 5, 2019…

Cold siege against Kaliningrad

By Lucas Leiroz on Monday, February 10, 2020

The announcement of the Defender-Europe 2020 gave the world, but especially Russia, a new and strange perspective on the future of international security. The drills seem to be the largest military exercises in Europe in 25 years. The countries elected to be the theater of the activities are those closest to the Russian border, causing great reactions in Russian media and their military forces. Basically, as well known, the program…

Minimum wage in Latvia is 430 euros per month

Monday, February 10, 2020

Latvia has the second lowest minimum wage in Europe after Bulgaria, according to data published by Eurostat on February 3. The  Welfare Ministry   said there are currently discussions around possibly raising the minimum wage to 500 euros per month in the future, which is 70 euros more than the current minimum wage of 430 euros per month. At the same time the European Commission is also discussing a minimum…

Danish ambassador summoned to Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Monday, February 10, 2020

On 10 February, Danish Ambassador Flemming Stender was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Secretary of State Andris Pelšs where he was presented with a “démarche” – a diplomatic term used to denote a formal representation of one government’s official position, views, or wishes on a given subject to the envoy of another government. The démarche was presented in connection with the planned extradition of the Latvian national, Kristine…

Trump’s first offer was a better deal for Palestine – and Israel

By Thomas L. Knapp on Monday, February 10, 2020

In early 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump  pronounced himself “neutral” in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. He also expressed pessimism that a deal between the two sides was even possible: “I have friends of mine that are tremendous businesspeople, that are really great negotiators, [and] they say it’s not doable.” It didn’t take Trump long to reverse himself — when it was explained to him that $100 million in…