Posts published in Day: March 4, 2020

Lithuanian PM vows to merge two ministries after president rejects cabinet nominee

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says he will not nominate a new economy minister candidate, opting instead to merge the Ministry of Economy and Innovation with the Ministry of Energy by next autumn. Skvernelis’ recent nominee for the post was rejected by the president last month, with observers interpreting the move as a sign of friction between the two.  Read more:  Lithuanian president refuses to appoint PM’s adviser as economy…

Lithuanian president warns against spreading ‘unsubstantiated’ claims about intelligence services

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has assured he trusts the country’s intelligence services, following reports that the State Security Department (VSD) investigated his team during last year’s election. An unnamed whistleblower has alleged that the service illegitimately collected information about several presidential candidates and their teams in order influence the election. Law enforcement institutions have allegedly refused to investigate the claims in the report.  Read more:  Whistleblower claims Lithuania’s intelligence investigated…

Protests against regional reforms could cause transport trouble Thursday

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Planned protests against regional administrative reform on March 5 could result in tail-backs and congestion on several roads, reported LTV on March 4. Demonstrators are set to vent their opposition to the restructuring of local government, which will in many cases see existing municipalities combined into larger units, by blocking roads and driving tractors and other farm machinery around. The main road through the small northern Latvian town of Strenči will…

Protests against regional reforms could cause transport trouble Thursday

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Planned protests against regional administrative reform on March 5 could  result in tail-backs and congestion on several roads, reported LTV on March 4. Demonstrators are set to vent their opposition to the restructuring of local government, which will in many cases see existing municipalities combined into larger units, by blocking roads and driving tractors and other farm machinery around. The main road through the small northern Latvian town of Strenči…

Estonian Defense Forces have been boosted by its involvement in international operations

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) have been boosted by its involvement in international operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere, according to high-ranking office Lt. Col. Eero Kinnunen. Lt. Col. Kinnunen, who has been with the EDF on three overseas missions Estonia has been involved in – in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan – also said that veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan might also be recognized in some way. He also…

The Health Board confirmed the second case of COVID-19 in Estonia

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Health Board confirmed the second case of COVID-19 in Estonia yesterday. The patient flew from Bergamo to Riga and drove a personal vehicle from there to Tallinn on February 29. They have mild symptoms and are under observation at home. The board is looking for people who might have had contact with the patient to contact them and relay its recommendations. The health of people who have been in…

Number of crimes registered in Latvia decreased

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Last year, the number of crimes registered in Latvia decreased as compared to 2018, and this trend has continued since 2014, according to information provided by the prosecutor’s office to Saeima Defense, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee. According to the prosecutor office’s data, Latvia’s crime rate has been decreasing since 2014. A total of 39,906 crimes were registered in Latvia, which is 7.8 percent less than in 2018 when…

Venckienė’s case reaches court in Lithuania

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Panevėžys Regional Court is on Monday starting hearing the case of Neringa Venckienė, a former Lithuanian judge and lawmaker who was extradited from the United States last year. Jolita Gudelienė, the court’s spokeswoman, told BNS that no requests to postpone the opening of the trial had been submitted as of Tuesday morning.  Read more:  Moral panic of the decade: former judge’s extradition rekindles 10-year-old story The case will be heard…

The Colosseum in Rome is to be lit in the colours of the Lithuanian flag

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Colosseum in Rome is to be lit in the colours of the Lithuanian flag as the country’s embassy in Italy is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Lithuania’s independence. Next Tuesday, on the eve of the March 11 celebrations, the ancient Roman monument we be part of a programme of events organised by the Lithuanian embassy in Rome, including performances by the Niko orchestra and the choir Langas, according to…

Housing costs in Latvia almost do not change

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2019 housing costs on average constituted EUR 151 per household in Latvia monthly, which is just one euro more than a year ago. Indeed the share of housing costs in the total household expenditure declined – last year households spent on average 12.2 % of their disposable income on housing costs  as opposed to 13.4 % in 2018. Monthly housing costs and share…