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Baltic states working on further consular coordination

Friday, May 25, 2018

On 24 May 2018, the foreign services of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia met for consular consultations in Riga to discuss cooperation on consular issues, Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. “The consular officers agreed on the revision of the 1999 Agreement between the Governments of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia on consular cooperation and assistance to adapt the document to the current needs of travellers and the diaspora in line with…

Russian expert: NATO, Russia not preparing for real war in Europe

Friday, May 25, 2018

Despite the large scale military exercises held by Russia and the West recently, no one is getting ready for a real war in Europe, Sergey Utkin, researcher at Russia’s Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, has said. “What both Russia and NATO did in Europe lately in purely military terms is mostly symbolic. No one is getting ready for a real war, though exercises remain a…

Minister of National Defence R.Karoblis: „We should ensure the continued focus on the Alliance to the Baltic Region

Friday, May 25, 2018

“In the run-up to the NATO summit, the key task of the Baltic States is to ensure the continued focus of the Alliance to our region. From the Warsaw Summit NATO has done a lot to rebuild deterrence and security at the borders of the Eastern Alliance, but we must ensure the continuation of initiated security initiatives, “said Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis yesterday, on May 24, after the…

Expert: Estonia viable state, attack on it would be disastrous

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Baltic States have proved their worth as viable independent states and any attack on their sovereignty would constitute a major disaster; so says Sergey Utkin, researcher at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), an independent research institute based in Moscow. “The Baltic states have proved their vitality as nations, and states, which managed to find their way into the core group of the EU — the…

Audit office identifies gaps in Defence League training of wartime units

Thursday, May 24, 2018

According to an assessment recently published by the National Audit Office, the training of wartime units by the volunteer Estonian Defence League (EDL) from 2013-2017 as outlined in the national defence development programme was conducted mostly as planned, however this training was not conducted systematically due to insufficiently concrete goals. The national defence development programme implemented since 2013 has entrusted the EDL with concrete tasks in the context of both…

Lithuanian Motorised Infantry Brigade Griffin affiliated to the Danish Division

Thursday, May 24, 2018

On May 22 Lithuania and Denmark signed a Memorandum of Understanding on affiliation of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Griffin of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to the Royal Danish Army Division. It marks the beginning of regular participation of the staff and personnel of the MIB Griffin in Danish-arranged training and exercises. The document was signed by Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupšys and Denmark’s Chief of…

Baltic Defence Ministers to meet in Klaipėda

Thursday, May 24, 2018

On May 24 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, Minister of Defence of Latvia Jüri Luiku and Minister of Defence of Estonia Raimonds Bergmanis will meet at the Lithuanian Navy Headquarters in Klaipėda. Ministers are planned to discuss regional defence and security policy topicalities, Baltic cooperation in defence and security, preparations for the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in June, and the NATO Summit in July, and cooperation with strategic partners.…

IMF welcomes structural reforms planned by the Government

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission at the conclusion of its visit to Lithuania. The mission focused on the Government’s efforts to boost productivity in a systematic way and reduce social disparities. According to the IMF, a package of six reforms proposed by the Government is a step in the right direction. ‘Despite the fact that the year 2017 was successful to Lithuania’s…

Latvian State Audit: it is necessary to sort out retirement pension system

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Latvia should finally sort its sensitive retirement pension system, said State Auditor Elita Krūmiņa in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV. She says that the State Audit performs inspections in ministries and central institutions every year. Unfortunately, problematic matters continue surfacing time and time again. One such problem mentioned by Krūmiņa was the retirement pension – this matter has been stuck in legislative limbo for more than ten…

Lithuania to host summit of women political leaders

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Lithuania and its President Dalia Grybauskaitė will host the 2018 summit of the forum of Women Political Leaders, which is to take place in Vilnius from June 6 to 8. According to the forum’s web site, the moto of the high-level meeting will be: «It’s about time! 100 reasons to act!». It includes a reference to Lithuania celebrating this year the 100th anniversary since the Republic of Lithuania was established…