Posts published in Baltic states

Dalia Grybauaskaitė congratulated the Taoiseach of Ireland on his birthday anniversary

Friday, January 18, 2019

President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations to Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland, on his birthday anniversary. According to the President, the Prime Minister celebrates his personal jubilee as he performs the important and responsible duties of Taoiseach, deeply committed to his country at a time of extraordinary challenges. Mr. Varadkar is a highly inspiring and proactive politician – a model example of a young statesman who has earned the trust and…

Estonian, Polish ministers of culture and sport discuss fight against doping

Friday, January 18, 2019

Estonia’s Minister of Culture Indrek Saar and Poland’s Minister of Sport and Tourism Witold Banka discussed cooperation between the two countries in sports at their meeting in Tallinn on Thursday, focusing on the topic of fight against  doping. “Poland has carried our several major reforms in the field of combating doping in recent years. Poland has evolved as an important  partner in this internationally. Close international cooperation is of utmost…

Belgian contingent arrives in Estonia, joins NATO battle group

Friday, January 18, 2019

A contingent of the Belgian Armed Forces joined the British-led NATO battle group in Tapa. The Belgians are replacing a Danish contingent and will remain in Estonia for the next four months. Three convoys of vehicles, troops and materiel moved from Latvia to Estonia on Thursday, altogether some 100 vehicles, ERR’s online news reported (see gallery). The core of the Belgian contingent is made up of soldiers of the Chasseurs…

We’re not Russia, opponents respond to Lithuanian PM’s “appointed successors” comment

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ rivals in the upcoming presidential election tell him “this country is not Russia” after he described them as being “appointed successors” of President Dalia Grybauskaite. “I would have only one comment to Mr. Skvernelis: despite regular attempts by his coalition of political groups to chop the branches of democracy, this country is still neither Russia nor Belarus, and I do believe it never will be,”…

Foreign Minister Klimkin to visit Lithuania

Friday, January 18, 2019

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will pay a working visit to the Republic of Lithuania on January 10-11, the ministry’s press service reports. “The purpose of the visit is to participate in the annual discussion club Snow Meeting that is a platform to discuss topical issues related to current challenges to European and world security,” the report says. The topics of the current Snow Meeting will be the strengthening of…

Dismissal of Nils Ušakovs alone would not change a thing in Riga

Friday, January 18, 2019

«No change will come without dismissal of Riga City Council and its subsequent re-election. Activities that point towards the possibility of corruption did not appear solely during the term of the current team at Riga City Council. Its roots date a long way to the past. This means cleaning and general disinfection efforts should be very thorough. Dismissing Nils Ušakovs alone would not help change a thing. Ušakovs both maintains…

Latvia supports engagement in Crimea of Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Friday, January 18, 2019

On January 17 in Geneva, Switzerland, the Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Janis Mazeiks, together with his counterparts from EU Member States, met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, LETA learned from the Latvian Foreign Ministry. Janis Mazeiks pledged Latvia’s support for the High Commissioner’s mandate and the UN Human Rights Council as the leading international human rights body. The…

Progress of the joint EU Cyber Rapid Response Teams development to be discussed in Amsterdam

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Amsterdam, January 17-18 – Progress and future developments of Lithuanian-led EU Cyber Rapid Response Teams (CRRT) and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security project to be discussed at the annual conference in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). “We have achieved significant progress on the path of developing the EU cyber response force along with other participating countries and strategic partners of the project over the past year. Actions taken prove that we can…

Estonian PM says possibility of achieving Brexit deal remains

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The result of the no-confidence vote against British Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons on Wednesday indicates that there is still a possibility of achieving a Brexit deal, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said. “We are now waiting for proposals from the United Kingdom regarding moving forward with their withdrawal from the European Union. The next steps are for Prime Minister May to decide. I commend her…

Narva power station closures to cost 150 jobs

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Power company Eesti Energia is to close part of its operations at the Narva power plants in eastern Estonia, leading to around 150 job losses. Some older electricity generation blocks have to be decommissioned in line with requirements of the EU Industrial Emissions Directive. The move also means the proportion of electricity generated from oil shale burning will fall, and with it oil shale mining activities. The Narva power plants…