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National Alliance and New Unity lead political polls ahead of EP elections

Friday, May 24, 2019

According to the latest political polls carried out by Factum, the National Alliance, New Unity and Harmony are the most popular parties ahead of tomorrow’s European Parliament elections. According to the poll, the National Alliance is in first place with 17.1 percent of the vote, which would give it two seats in the next EP. In second place is New Unity with 16.1 percent support, which would give it one…

Heads of Latvian Railway lose Latvian State Railway Administration’s trust

Friday, May 24, 2019

Latvia’s State Railway Administration (SRA) has sent a letter to Transport Ministry and Latvian Railways (LDz). In it they ask the government to «evaluate behaviour of LDz leading officials – Edvīns Bērziņš and Aivara Strakšas – in writing an application containing false information and thereby organizing a discrediting campaign against State Railway Administration». According to SRA director Juris Iesalnieks, the administration has turned against LDz for distorting the market. This…

Former prime minister: cutting border investment ‘very foolish’

Friday, May 24, 2019

Former prime minister and European parliamentary candidate Taavi Rõivas (Reform) has dismissed as “very foolish” a suggestion made by minister of finance Martin Helme, that investment in the construction of the Estonian-Russian border facilities should be reduced. “Saving money on Estonia’s security is a very foolish thing to do. Moreover, because a secure eastern border is a profitable investment, reduction in smuggling will bring tax money into the state budget,”…

Study: 50.6% of enterprises view Latvia’s business-related legislative environment negatively

Friday, May 24, 2019

Latvia’s business-related legislation is poor to very poor, according to 50.6% of interviewed entrepreneurs. Only 19.2% view legislation as either very good or more or less good, according to Turība University’s Business Index. Companies with 250 or more employees seem the most positive about Latvia’s business legislation, whereas companies with 10 to 49 employees are the most negative, results show. Analysing results in different sectors it was concluded that the…

Lithuania: Changes To Eurovision National Selection To Be Considered For 2020

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Head of Delegation for Lithuania has stated that the broadcaster will investigate changes to its selection for Eurovision 2020. Speaking to 15min.lt, the Lithuanian Head of Delegation and Selection Producer have confirmed that LRT will be considering changes to its selection process for Eurovision 2020. Following comments from the selections producer, a number of suggestions have been made regarding potential changes. These include fewer shows, a more transparent jury…

Lithuanian ex-minister faces political novice for presidency

Friday, May 24, 2019

Lithuanians choose a new president on Sunday in a tight runoff between two centre-right rivals, an ex-finance minister and a political newcomer, in a race dominated by concerns over economic inequality in the Baltic eurozone state. Conservative-backed independent Ingrida Simonyte – who oversaw biting austerity cuts during the global financial crisis – narrowly won round one on May 12 with 31.13 percent of the vote compared to 30.95 for fellow…

Estonian foreign minister discusses security council ambitions with UN delegation

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) met with a delegation of United Nations ambassadors, currently on a visit to Estonia, and discussed cooperation between states and the challenges that the organization faces. “When it comes to security, Estonia sees the rules-based world order as essential. Relying on international law creates a strong foundation for the peaceful coexistence of all states,” Reinsalu said, according to a foreign ministry press release. “We are…

EUR 130 mln to be invested into Vilnius Airport over 4 years

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Around 130 mln euros will be invested into the expansion and reconstruction of Lithuania’s largest Vilnius Airport over the next four years, until 2022, and annual revenue of Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports, LOU), the sate-run operator of three airports in Lithuania, is set to grow by around 43% to 63 mln euros. The company’s EBITDA margin is forecast to increase by 45-56% in 2019-2022, from 40 percent last year,…

Border construction project needs to be scaled back

Thursday, May 23, 2019

According to Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE), one possible area of savings in the state budget would involve scaling back the current construction project for Estonia’s eastern border. “The border needs to be done for cheaper,” Helme said at Thursday’s government press conference. “Without all the bells and whistles. There are more rational solutions.” The minister added that planned construction of public sector buildings can be canceled as well.…

Lithuania: Nausėda and Šimonytė set to square off in Sunday’s runoff election

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Linas Jegelevičius The nail-biter presidential election will produce late Sunday a new host of the presidential palace in Vilnius’ Daukantas square for next five years, but which of two candidates will be there, now only God knows. Will money talk in Šimonytė‘s case? If money really talks, then Ingrida Šimonytė, the presidential hopeful of the conservative Homeland Union- Lithuanian Christian Democrats (HU-LCD), should prevail – she possessed a significantly larger…