Posts published in Baltic states

Lithuania’s government budget compliant with eurozone rules, EC says

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lithuania’s government budget for 2020 complies with the European Commission’s fiscal discipline rules, the country’s Ministry of Finance has said. “Lithuania’s has, for the third year in a row, received a positive assessment from the European Commission [which said] that its draft budget plans comply with the fiscal discipline rules applicable to eurozone members,” Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka was quoted in a statement on Wednesday. The European Commission projects that…

China is subverting media in Eastern Europe, Baltics

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

China is successfully manipulating and subverting media in Central and Eastern Europe, including the Baltic states, according to The Diplomat magazine in Japan. China employs content-sharing strategies, as well as outright acquisition of outlets that could spread a positive image of Beijing and attack democracy movements in Hong Kong, according to Ivana Karásková, an expert on EU and Chinese relations at Charles University in Prague. According to the author, “references…

Latvia’s broadcast watchdog bans nine Russian TV channels

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Latvia’s broadcasting watchdog has suspended nine Russian TV channels owned by Yuri Kovalchuk, a Russian oligarch under EU sanctions for his role in Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Similarly as in Lithuania, Russian channels were previously banned in Latvia due to their content, but it’s the first time a decision was made in connection to EU sanctions. The channels to be blocked are ‘Vremya: dalekoye i blizkoye’, ‘Bobjor’, ‘Dom Kino’, ‘Dom…

Tenth of Lithuanians make do without flush toilet

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A tenth of people in Lithuania do not have access to flush toilet, according to Eurostat, five times more than the European Union average. On World Toilet Day, the United Nations has reported that more than half of the world’s population do not have access to safely managed sanitation, leading to estimated 432,000 diarrheal deaths every year. While the problem is most acute in the world’s least developed countries, it…

Transport minister under fire for ‘chaotic performance’

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has criticised Jaroslav Narkevič’s performance as transport and communications minister, adding that he expects the prime minister to take a “principled” stand on the matter. “[My opinion is] negative. I think the minister has started his work in a chaotic way,” the president told LRT TV on Tuesday. “I do hope he’ll manage to get the situation under control in the near future, because otherwise adequate…

Lithuanian MEP and party leader to be questioned in Russia ties investigation

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lithuanian MP Irina Rozova and MEP Valdemar Tomaševski, the leader of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania–Christian Families Alliance (LLRA-KŠS), are to testify on Wednesday before the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence (NSGK) that is probing Rozova’s alleged ties with Russian diplomats. “We are inviting MP Rozova and Tomaševski to attend the hearing on Wednesday. They will have to answer questions both from the position and the…

President does not have specific opinion on signature drive demanding emergency Saeima elections

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

President Egils Levits does not have a specific opinion in regards to the signature drive launched demanding emergency Saeima elections. Levits told Latvian Television this morning that he understands the dissatisfaction of Latvian residents, but added that if emergency Saeima elections are held there would not be a substantial change in the makeup of parliament, as the same parties would most likely be elected. As reported, the Central Election Commission…

Estonian design companies given opportunity to introduce themselves in Japan

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

With the support of the creative industries’ development measure, 23 Estonian design companies have been given the opportunity to showcase themselves in Japan. First, the companies will take part in the Interior Lifestyle Living fair to be held in Tokyo from Wednesday to Friday, the Estonian Ministry of Culture told BNS. However, events showcasing Estonian design and lifestyle will be held in Yokohama this weekend. Additionally, the Estonian Design House will be…

Estonia feels safe in NATO

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid defended NATO in her remarks to Reuters on Tuesday after French President Emmanuel Macron branded it “brain dead,” saying Estonia felt safe in a military alliance that has been fortifying its eastern flank as a shield against Russia. “NATO is clearly functional,” said Kaljulaid. “Let’s face it — it [NATO] has a 100 percent success record. No NATO ally has ever been attacked. So we trust…

Lithuania and Poland to tackle contentious minority education issues

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lithuanian  Education   Minister Algirdas Monkevičius is leaving for Warsaw on Wednesday to meet with his Polish counterpart, Dariusz Piontkowski, to discuss minority  education   issues. “These include [improving] learning conditions for ethnic Lithuanian students in Poland and ethnic Polish students in Lithuania, providing national minorities’ schools with textbooks in their native languages,” Barbara Stankevič, the minister’s spokeswoman, told BNS in a comment. As Lithuania pivots towards improving relations with Poland,…