Posts published in Baltic states

We agitate, but «ethically». Ministerial influence on Saeima election

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Government ministers in Latvia can openly voice support their political party, also during the campaigning period of the parliamentary election. Ministers take part in advertisements, events, give interviews to media, which will not be counted in the regulated limit of party spending, but only in case if such campaigning does not breach the norms of ethics. In Latvian law, the role of a government minister during the election campaigning period…

Lithuanian govt to appeal ECHR ruling over CIA prison

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Lithuanian government has changed its position and decided to appeal against the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling that the country hosted a secret CIA detention site. “We have to be consistent and stick to the position that was formed (…). We’ll turn to the Grand Chamber,” Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis told reporters on Wednesday. The Justice Ministry said last week that Lithuania would not appeal the ruling as there was no…

Estonian Navy clears aerial bomb found on route of undersea gas pipeline

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mine divers of the Estonian Navy removed a bomb found on the route of the Balticconnector undersea gas pipeline. The 50-kg aerial bomb was detonated at a depth of some 40 m. An object resembling a mine was initially detected north of Lahepere Bay during a route study carried out by subcontracting partners of transmission system operator Elering, spokespeople at the headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) said. According…

Large families in Latvia to receive large discounts in public transport

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pupils and students in Latvia, who are from families of three or more children, will from September 1 receive a 90% discount from the price of a ticket for a trip with a regional-route bus or train. The Latvian Road Transport Direction stated this week that the other members of a large family will be eligible to a 50% discount from the price of one ticket and pay 40% less…

Prime Minister: all four countries share regional security challenges

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis took part in the meeting of the Prime Ministers of three Baltic States and the Prime Minister of the State of Israel. During the meeting the participants discussed topical issues of the region, transatlantic relations, relations with Russia, situation in the Middle East, joint actions to combat terrorism, strengthening of cybersecurity and information security. The discussions also covered the issue of cooperation in the field…

Cabinet supports Latvian-Belarus agreement on international rail traffic

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday supported the agreement between the Latvian and Belarus governments on international rail traffic that provides for signing a new bilateral cooperation agreement on cooperation in rail transport sector, BC learned at the press center of the Minitry of Transport and Communication. At present, the cooperation is based on the agreement signed by both governments on May 18, 1995. Transport Ministries of both countries agreed…

Is your country expensive?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Price levels for consumer goods and services differ widely among EU Member States. Denmark and Luxembourg had the highest price levels in 2017 (both 41 % above the EU average), followed by Sweden (35 % above), Ireland (28 % above), Finland (23 % above) and the United Kingdom (17 % above), informed Eurostat. The lowest price levels were recorded in Bulgaria (56 % below the EU average), Romania (52 %…

Nord Stream 2 project can become collision point in transatlantic relations – Rinkevics

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline can become a collision point in transatlantic relations, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) believes. While participating in a roundtable of an energy security conference organized by the Munich Security Conference and the ONS (Offshore Northern Seas Foundation) in Stavanger, Norway, Rinkevics expressed concern about the Nord Stream 2 project, which threatens to increase dependence on one dominant supplier and delivery route, which…

At least 10% of jobs in State Police are vacant in Latvia

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

At least 10 percent of jobs in the police are vacant, said State Police chief Ints Kuzis in an interview with Latvian daily Diena. Kuzis did not reveal the number of vacancies, saying that it is restricted information. The situation differs by regions. For example, there is a sufficient number of policemen in the eastern Latgale region, but there are more vacancies in Riga ans the western Kurzeme region. This…

Merkel expected to visit Lithuania in mid-September

Monday, August 27, 2018

Zygimantas Pavilionis, a member of the parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, said during an event in Kaunas on Saturday that Merkel was expected to visit Lithuania on September 14. The Lithuanian president’s office has confirmed that a visit by the German chancellor is being arranged. “I can confirm that such a visit is being arranged. We will provide more information after the details have been finalized,” Daiva Ulbinaite, an aide to President of Lithuania.