Posts published in Baltic states

Traditional Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2018” is opened

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Ministry of National Defence opens the traditional, already 14th Tadas Dambrauskas Photography Contest “Lithuanian Armed Forces in Photography 2018”, in memory of combat photographer and cameraman Tadas Dambrauskas. All professional and amateur photographers who had the chance to take photographs of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and NATO soldiers in Lithuania are invited to look through the pictures taken this year and in the end of last year, choose the…

Estonia: Parnu to run for European Capital of Culture 2024 together with Tartu, Viljandi

Friday, September 7, 2018

The city council of Estonian resort city Parnu has supported the city government’s proposal to vie for the status of European Capital of Culture 2024 together with Tartu and Viljandi. “All three cities want to have an interesting, creative and environmentally aware living environment, attach value to local culture and wish to diversify it. By offering support to one another and taking advantage of one another’s strengths can we offer…

British Army football final to be played in Tallinn

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Saturday, 8 September sees the annual British Army Super Cup football final, which pits the two best teams from the UK’s land forces regular and reserve units against each other. This time, and for the first time ever, it will be held outside of the UK, at the Lasnamäe Sports Centre in Tallinn. The Army Super Cup is the annual match between the British Army Football Association Regular Team winners…

ISS: Security clearance cannot completely rule out traitors

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Deputy director-general of the Internal Security Service (ISS), Martin Arpo said on ERR’s Esimene Stuudio (“First Studio”) talk show on Wednesday that an official’s security clearance that allows access to sensitive information can’t completely rule out that someone might pass on state secrets. Arpo pointed out that Estonian law states very clearly the conditions which rule out security clearance being granted to an individual. The ISS also has discretionary power…

Why did corruption watchdog chief lie about the information leak?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau chief Jēkabs Straume explains that when journalists had initially asked him about the possible information leak in relation to the criminal case involving Saeima deputy Askolds Kļaviņš he said he knew nothing because he had no idea information from the report to the prosecutor general had ended up in the hands of the press. Straume also said that no head of a state institution would…

Study: Latvian residents want to reach average EU welfare level

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In the latest Baltic International Bank’s Latvian Barometer study, Latvian residents were asked to look back at the past decade and voice predictions about the next decade. The most notable event of the past decade respondents seem the happiest about is Latvian basketball player Kristaps Porziņģis’ addition to the NBA league. The saddest event of the past decade, according to respondents, was the tragedy in Zolitude. When asked to assess…

The Pope’s state visit: important message for the people of Lithuania

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Pope Francis will make a state and apostolic visit to Lithuania on September 22-23 at the invitation of President Dalia Grybauskaitė, the Catholic Church and the people of Lithuania. He will be the second pope to travel to Lithuania throughout the history of its independence. According to the President, it is a very special message and gift to Lithuania, celebrating its centennial this year, as well as an exceptional sign…

12th Saeima to open its last session

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The 12th Saeima today opens its last fall session. Saeima will have its first meeting on September 6, while today and tomorrow Saeima committees will meet, and the Saeima presidium has a meeting today. The fall session of the 12th Saeima will last for about two months – until November 6, when the new Saeima will convene for its first meeting. The Saeima elections will take place on October 6.…

Human Rights Committee unanimously supports amendments on president’s open election

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

On Tuesday, 4 September, Saeima’s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee unanimously supported amendments submitted by Latvian Association of Regions to ensure the State President is elected by the parliament through an open vote. Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee has also supported proposed amendments. It is expected that Latvia’s Saeima will decide on conceptual support for amendments 6 September. As previously reported, Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee will try to pull through…

German air force chief: People in Baltics count on us

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

In remarks released on the occasion of the takeover of the NATO Baltic air policing duties by a German contingent, alongside a contingent of the air force of Belgium, commander of the German Air Force Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz said that residents of the Baltic countries count on the German Air Force and NATO protection. “Taking over responsibility for the safety of the Baltic airspace for yet another time, the…