Posts published in Day: February 11, 2020

Bringing experience with UK financial regulator back to Latvia

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The economic policy specialist currently works as a consultant for various projects, and her office is located in the Inspired media agency office space. She shares the space with the social innovation foundation “Plecs” (“Shoulder”), where her twin brother Jānis Erts is director of strategy. Studies abroad – logical continuation After graduating with an International Baccalaureate from the Riga State Gymnasium No.1, Dambe considered studies abroad a logical next step, and…

Lithuania joins Trump’s religious freedom alliance

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Lithuania became one of 27 countries to join the International Religious Freedom Alliance spearheaded by the US President Donald Trump. The Trump administration launched the IRF Alliance on the eve of the National Prayer Breakfast on Februrary 5,  according   to the Voice of America. The State Department described as “the first time in history an international coalition has come together at a national leadership level to push the issue…

Dozens get whistleblower status in Lithuania, none rewarded

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Thirty-six people were granted whistleblower status in Lithuania in the first year since the respective legislation took effect, according to prosecutors. However, none of them received a financial reward for the information they provided. The Law on the Protection of Whistleblowers was passed by the Lithuanian parliament in 2017 to protect individuals reporting on corruption or other wrongdoing. The law came into force in January 2019. “We didn’t think employers…

Dairy confusion: “Trikata” vs. “Trikātas piens”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Trikata butter, which is owned by the Jelgava-based company Latvijas Piens (Latvian Milk), is currently being produced in Germany, while a new company has been producing organic dairy products in the Trikāta dairy plant for three years, according to a Latvian Television broadcast on February 9. “Latvijas Piens inherited the Trikata brand from the historical LLC Trikātas Siers (Trikāta Cheese), which merged with two other farms in 2012 and built…

Trump Lawyer Giuliani makes Latvian money-laundering allegations

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The personal lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump has repeated public allegations that he has evidence about money laundering between Latvia and Ukraine, with indirect links to a relative of one of his client’s political rivals. Speaking on the Trump-supporting  Fox News channel  , former New York mayor Rudy W. Giuliani claimed to be in possession of a document issued some years ago by Latvia’s anti-money laundering agency, one of two claimed “smoking gun…

Darling in Lithuania and Poland, NATO is loosing support in Germany and France

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Trust in NATO has risen significantly in Lithuania over the last decade, but dropped in countries like Germany and France, according to the Pew Research Center. A study published this week shows that 77 percent of people surveyed in Lithuania had a favourable view of the military alliance in 2019, up from 59 percent in 2007. The reverse has happened in Germany and France: trust in NATO has dropped from…

Latvian Defense Minister wades into Danish-South African extradition row

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

With the Latvian Foreign Ministry and Justice Ministry already deeply involved in negotiations with Denmark over the controversial extradition of a Latvian citizen to South Africa, a minister without any obvious brief to get involved in extradition cases has also charged into the fray. Defense Minister Artis Pabriks has published an open letter “to politicians and the public in the Kingdom of Denmark on the case of Kristīne Misāne” in which he…

Estonian PM, business delegation off to Japan to intensify economic ties

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas is on an official working visit to Japan from Monday to Thursday to intensify bilateral relations and expand economic cooperation between the two countries, the government’s communication office said. The prime minister is accompanied on the trip by a business delegation made up of executives from 17 Estonian businesses. The premier is also accompanied by Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps and MP and…

Coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Hardest-hit Hubei province reported another 103 deaths, the highest single-day toll since the virus began to spread. Meanwhile, Xi Jinping has appeared at a frontline hospital. The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China topped 1,000 on Tuesday, as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the human race must not let the epidemic get out of control. Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported another 103 deaths, while…

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister meets new U.S. Ambassador

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

On 6 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the new Ambassador of the United States of America to Lithuania Robert S. Gilchrist. The Foreign Minister congratulated the new U.S. Ambassador on assuming his duties in Lithuania, discussed the strengthening of transatlantic cooperation, the close bilateral relationship between Lithuania and the U.S., welcomed economic ties and presented regional security threats, also the fight against disinformation…