Posts published in Baltic states

6 performers advance to Lithuania’s Eurovision semifinal

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Lithuanian televoters and jury selected six songs that will continue to compete for a place in the Eurovision Song Contest. In all, 36 performers and bands are competing to represent Lithuania in the Eurovision Song Contest final in Rotterdam on May 12–16. The winner will be selected during Lithuania’s national Eurovision finale on February 15. On Saturday, the second competition event broadcast by LRT, six of 12 performers with the…

Corruption on decline in Lithuania, survey suggests

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Corruption in Lithuania continued to go down last year, according a survey by the Special Investigation Service (STT) which published its latest corruption map. Ten percent of ordinary people, five percent of business representatives and two percent of civil servants said they paid a bribe last year, compared to 12, eight and four percent, respectively, a year ago. Most of the situations for ordinary people occurred at hospitals, but prevalence…

Estonian PM to meet with Swedish colleague in Stockholm

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas is about to visit Sweden on Friday, where he will meet with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven, have lunch with members of the business community, meetings with banks and members of the local Estonian community. “I am making my first foreign visit this year to Sweden, which is our close partner and an important market for our entrepreneurs. In addition, the country has one of…

Vilna Gaon: the central figure who made Vilnius the ‘Jerusalem of the North’

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Vilna Gaon, the 18-century sage from ‘Jerusalem of the North’, has left a significant  legacy   of Jewish scholarship as well as many legends about his erudition and idiosyncratic devotion to study of religious texts. Lithuania has designated 2020 the year of the History of Jews of Lithuania, which is also the 300th anniversary of the Vilna Gaon. Lara Lempertienė, a historian and the head of the Judaic Department at…

The Estonian security company ESC will conduct mine clearance operations in the Polish waters

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Estonian maritime security company ESC Global Security has won a Polish tender worth 4 million euros for clearance of approximately 100 hectares of the sea bottom on the route between ports of Świnoujście and Szczecin from mines. According to CEO of ESC Global Security Jaanus Rahumägi, this mine clearance project is the biggest one of its kind that has ever been executed as one operation by a private company…

Bordans sees potential candidates for next Supreme Court chair and prosecutor general

Saturday, January 18, 2020

I see people who might be able to change the work standards of the Prosecutors General’s Office and the Supreme Court, Justice Minister Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party, JKP) said in an interview with TV3 channel when asked about potential candidates for heading said institutions. The minister added though that these people should be allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to run for these posts. “I will always…

Liquidation of ABLV bank continues with EUR 22 million recovered in December

Friday, January 17, 2020

“In December 2019, the recovery of assets continued, as well as verification of their buyers, and the Company continued providing information and answers to requests of various state institutions in accordance with the procedures provided by the law,” an update reported. In December 2019, there EUR 22.8 million was recovered, bringing the total since the commencement of the liquidation process to EUR 749.2 million recovered. “Currently there are EUR 1.71 billion available to…

Rīga shipyard fined, told to file accounts immediately

Friday, January 17, 2020

“The said penalty is imposed because JSC “Rīgas kuģu būvētava” has not complied with the requirements of the Financial Instruments Market Law to file audited financial statements for 2018 and interim financial statements for the first nine months of 2019, in violation of Section 56, Paragraph five, Section 57, Paragraph one, and Section 57², Paragraph one of the Financial Instruments Market Act. The fine was decided on January 14 and shall be transferred to the…

Belarusian ‘platform’ for China’s Belt and Road invites Latvia to take part

Friday, January 17, 2020

Head of China-Belarus industrial park near Minsk has proposed expanding Beijing’s Silk and Road into Latvia. “The park is interesting for Latvia primarily thanks to its transit potential. We are actually a nodal platform of the Silk Road,” said Alexander Yaroshenko, head of administration of the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone, according to state-owned news agency BelTA. During the visit of Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Rumas and his Latvian counterpart…

Transgender woman, athletes and party leader’s son on Lithuania’s military draft list

Friday, January 17, 2020

A UK-based transgender woman, whom Lithuania regards as a man, has been included among potential draftees who may be called up for military service this year. The lists, published this week, also include five players of Lithuania’s two top basketball teams, two members of the national football team, and the son a ruling party leader. Only a small share of the people on the lists will actually be called up…