Posts published in Baltic states

‘These missiles can reach Berlin,’ warns Lithuania’s foreign minister

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lithuania’s Linas Linkevicius tells DW that Russia has been violating the terms of the INF nuclear arms treaty. He says action is necessary to force all parties to comply with the agreement. DW: US President Donald Trump announced he was planning to quit the Intermediate-range Missile Force (IMF) Treaty. Is this the right move? Linas Linkevicius:  It is just an intention, it’s not yet a decision. Personally I think this…

Estonian bank: People changing jobs at record levels

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Approximately 7 percent of workers in Estonia in each quarter of 2018 have terminated their contract with their employer on their own accord and started working for someone else, Bank of Estonia said. “Broadly speaking, it means that in a year, every fourth employee leaves to seek better opportunities,” central bank economist Rasmus Kattai said in a press release, adding that this is the largest state-wide turnover of staff during…

Lithuanian watchdog strips SocDems of EUR 505,000 grant over election violations

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The opposition Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) will not receive a state grant for the second half of this year as a punishment for gross violations during the 2016 Seimas election campaign. Eleven members of the Central Electoral Commission, or VRK, on Tuesday voted not to provide the LSDP with a semi-annual grant of 505,000 euros and one member abstained. The money will go back into the government’s coffers. VRK…

Vilnius, Kaunas, Neringa, Klaipeda ranked as best Lithuanian municipalities to live in

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The municipalities of Vilnius, Kaunas, Neringa and Klaipeda ensure the best conditions for people living there, a study showed on Monday. Based on 2017 official statistics, Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis’ municipal welfare index measures Lithuanian municipalities on five criteria: social and physical security, viable economy, quality education and healthy demography. The cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Siauliai and Western Lithuanian municipalities perform better in physical security, and Vilnius, Kaunas…

NCP’s proposed pension and benefit changes will cost state budget several hundred million euros

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

New Conservative Party’s proposals on changes for pensions and benefits will cost the next Latvian government several hundred million euros, according to estimates from ministries. NCP detailed commitment to increase non-taxable minimum for pensions to EUR 500 in the next two years and establish the minimal pension in the country at EUR 200. LETA has received ministries’ estimates on the cost of multiple proposals included in NCP’s offered plan. If…

Hospital: 1st type sugar diabetes is diagnosed too late for children in Latvia

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Too often is 1st type sugar diabetes is diagnosed in late stages for children in Latvia. This is because parents and society in general are not well-informed of this disease, as confirmed by endocrinologists of Children’s Clinical University Hospital. 88.4% of children diagnosed with diabetes are hospitalized in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis, doctors say. «Every year 75-85 children in Latvia are diagnosed with sugar diabetes. If symptoms were identified sooner,…

NAF Commander: tensions on a rise in the world, but Latvia can sleep peacefully

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The political situation in the world develops in accordance with a sinusoidal principle – sometimes tensions increase, sometimes things calm down, said Commander of Latvian Armed Forces Leonīds Kalniņš in an interview to LNT. Kalniņš does stress, however, that there are currently no threats to Latvia even with active military drills in the east. «I feel safe in Latvia because I believe in our army’s capabilities and support from our…

R. Karoblis to discuss defence cooperation with Northern and Baltic counterparts in Oslo, to attend security forum in Canada

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

On November 13-14 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis is taking part in the Baltic-Northern Group Defence Ministers meeting in Oslo, Norway. The Baltic-Northern Defence Ministers will discuss the recently wrapped up NATO military exercise Trident Juncture 2018, security of the North-Eastern region, challenges coming from Russia, European security initiatives, and cooperation in enhancing Eastern partners’ capacity in security area. The Northern Group Defence Ministers’ meeting will focus on increasing…

We will only defend our independence with modern, battle capable and strong armed forces

Monday, November 12, 2018

In his greeting to the nation in Lacplesis Day today, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis said that Latvia will only be able to safeguard its independence with a modern, battle capable and strong armed forces. Vejonis said that November 11 is when Latvia honors its heroes – soldiers who gave their lives for the nation’s independence and freedom. ”Thanks to their bravery and love for their nation, they were able to…

Prime Minister in Germany presenting digital Estonia

Monday, November 12, 2018

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) is in Germany, where he has already presented an overview of the business landscape and prognosis to a group of German entrepreneurs considering, or already, investing in Estonia. Speaking at Monday’s summit, Mr Ratas stressed Germany’s industrial strength and orientation towards innovation, encouraging the audience to adopt yet further technological and innovation-intensive business models. “Estonia is the best place for testing, developing, and introducing new…