Posts published in Baltic states

Litvak Nazi camp survivor recalls horrors in trial against former guard

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

A Lithuanian-born Israeli witness who survived the Nazi death camp at Stutthof has described how SS guards staged sadistic “shows” to torture prisoners. His testimony is part of a court case against a 93-year-old former guard. Holocaust survivor Abraham Koryski gave evidence in court on Monday, detailing the horrors he and other inmates endured at the Stutthoff concentration camp in the final years of World War Two, according to  Deutsche…

Lithuania needs to spend €14bn on climate change over next decade, president says

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Lithuania will need to spend 14 billion euros over the next decade to meet its climate change commitments, according to President Gitanas Nausėda. Some of the costs has to be covered from the EU budget, the president said on Wednesday. “For Lithuania to meet its commitments in 2030, additional measures may require as much as 14 billion euros, of which almost 10 billion euros will have to be allocated from…

Trump has to join Latvia’s ‘loser table’ in US comedy sketch

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Saturday Night Live, a popular comedy sketch show in the US, took a dig at the American president by turning the NATO summit into a cafeteria and having Donald Trump sit at a “loser table” with Latvia. After a  video   emerged from the NATO summit earlier in December that saw the leaders of Canada, the United Kingdom, and France mock Trump, several US comedy shows took a dig at…

US puts Latvian mayor under sanctions

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The United States has put the mayor of Ventspils, Aivars Lembergs, under sanctions on December 9, according to the Latvian public broadcaster LSM. Lembergs has served as the mayor of Ventspils since 1988 and is an influential figure within the Greens and Farmers Alliance political group, and has been on trial for corruption for over a decade,  LSM   reported on December 9, The American sanctions enacted under Magnitsky laws…

Riga remains most affordable of Baltic capitals for apartments

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Riga remains the most affordable of the Baltic capital cities for an apartment, but there is a big difference between getting a cheap Soviet-era apartment and something more modern, according to the latest Swedbank Housing Affordability Index, released December 10. The housing affordability index (HAI) is calculated for a family whose income is equal to 1.5 of average net wages with an average-sized apartment of 55 square meters. The HAI…

Lithuania needs to spend EUR 14 b on climate change

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Lithuania will need to spend 14 billion euros over ten years to meet its climate change commitments, President Gitanas Nauseda said on Wednesday. A part of these costs has to be covered from the EU budget, according to the president. “For Lithuania to meet its commitments in 2030, additional measures may require as much as 14 billion euros, of which almost 10 billion euros will have to be allocated from the state budget,”…

New company to be established to take over Riga and Ventspils ports

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Cabinet of Ministers decided at an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday to call on the parliament to urgently adopt the amendments to the Law on Ports, providing that the state takes over the ports of Riga and Ventspils. A new company will be established to manage the Riga and Ventspils ports in the future. The share capital of the new company will be EUR 35,000 and these expenses will be…

Lithuania has among the highest mortality rates

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Even though life expectancy has increased in recent years in Lithuania, it remains among the lowest in Europe and is more than five years below the EU average, a new report shows. The  State of Health in the EU report, presented by the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, points out that “Lithuania has among the…

Company in Lithuania’s largest corruption case wins reputation lawsuit against MP

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

MG Baltic, a business group embroiled in Lithuania’s biggest corruption case, won a reputation case against MP Vytautas Bakas who likened to corporation to an organised criminal group and said it caused damage to the state. Although Bakas’ statements made last year are viewed as an opinion, the “information on certain events, provided to the public, must be correct and based on facts,” the court ruling reads. Bakas also tried…

Lithuanian PM’s brand application spurs controversy

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Lithuania’s brand database has received an application to register the brand ‘Tėvynės labui’ (‘For the Fatherland’), a slogan linked to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The application was filed on December 2 in the name of the prime minister, the tv3.lt news website reports. The application was submitted by lawyer Dominykas Vanhara, and the goods and services associated with the registered brand are identified as “the organization of political gatherings”. Skirmantas…