Posts published in Baltic states

Estonia to build a nuclear power plant

Friday, January 24, 2020

Site selection for Estonia’s first nuclear power plant is underway, the boss of Fermi Energia OÜ told ETV on Friday, but no decision has been made yet. Despite rumors a site has been chosen in Kunda, Fermi Energia OÜ boss Sandor Liive told interviewer Liisu Lass on morning show “Terevisioon” nothing is confirmed. “We have not chosen Kunda, but the Viru-Nigula local government is interested in it,” Liive said. “It could…

Edgars Rinkevics: Latvia must behave like and adult

Friday, January 24, 2020

During  foreign policy debates at Saeima, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) emphasized that the financial sector turmoil witnessed in 2018 implies that if Latvia wants to be seen as a mature country, it must behave like and adult and not an adolescent and understand that nobody else will clean its house. The whole world is a big tear, quoting writer and poet Janis Poruks, said the politician, stressing that…

Ban on Ukrainian poultry imports won’t affect Lithuanian market

Friday, January 24, 2020

The European Commission’s ban on imports of Ukrainian poultry meat and poultry products will have no major effect on Lithuania, a food control official said. “Lithuania imports practically no fresh poultry meat or poultry products from Ukraine directly through its border veterinary posts,” Daiva Visockiene of the Border Food and Veterinary Control Department at the Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service told. “Imports from Ukraine to Lithuania take place via other countries’ border…

Latvia’s goal is to remain the Baltic leader by port cargo turnover

Friday, January 24, 2020

Latvia’s goal is to remain the Baltic leader by port cargo turnover, Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party, JKP) told journalists Thursday. The minister indicated that the Latvian ports reloaded 62.379 million tons of cargo in 2019, which is more than in the two other Baltic states. “Latvia is still the leader in terms of cargo. Our goal and ambition is to keep that position,” the transport minister said.…

Lithuania must investigate online homophobic hate speech

Friday, January 24, 2020

In its first judgment to directly consider the issue, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the State authorities’ failure to investigate online hate speech against a gay couple violated the couple’s rights to private and family life and constituted discrimination on sexual orientation grounds under the European Convention on Human Rights. [ECtHR Press Release] In the case of Beizaras and Levickas v. Lithuania, a same-sex couple posted a…

‘Klaipėda package’ of new environmental protection rules aims to fix ‘rotten’ system

Friday, January 24, 2020

In the wake of several high-profile industrial pollution scandals, the Lithuanian parliament began hearings on a package of environmental protection laws meant to fix the “rotten” system. Environment Minister Kęstutis Mažeika, who presented the so-called Klaipėda Package – after the site of one of the pollution incidents – says companies will risk losing their operation permits after three violations. Also, inspectors will be allowed to conduct inspections and take samples…

Saeima completes annual foreign policy debate

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (New Unity) started proceedings, noting that it is exactly one year since the government of Prime Minister Krisjānis Kariņš took power. “The purpose of Latvia’s foreign policy has not changed: to strengthen Latvia’s security and prosperity by making use of the proximity of the European Union and the stability, security and predictability of this important region.” Following him to the podium was Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rihards…

‘Share your story!’ says anti-bullying campaign in Latvia

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Bullying is emotional or physical abuse that is deliberate and enduring. The campaign hopes that sharing stories will help decrease instances of bullying. Cases of bullying are found as early as kindergarten, and the consequences can be very serious, even leading to suicide, if it continues throught school and beyond, said campaign organizers. The campaign has also developed suggestions for teachers, parents and children to follow: Recognize  – behavioral changes…

AS Meridian Trade Bank has changed its name to Industra Bank

Thursday, January 23, 2020

“The joint stock company AS Meridian Trade Bank has changed its name to Industra Bank (Industra). The new name reflects a change in the bank’s business strategy, following which the bank will be further on focusing on the cooperation with small and middle-sized companies in Latvia and other Baltic States and on the provision of services necessary for a successful business development to these companies,” the bank said in a statement. The brand Industra is planned to…

New deaths in fires in Latvia

Thursday, January 23, 2020

At 12:27 p.m. VUGD was called to a smoking house in Ludza. Upon arrival at the one-story wooden house, it was established that 40m2 of the bedroom was on fire and one person was found dead. The fire was put out at 3:38 p.m. and it was found that the home did not have a smoke detector or fire extinguisher. At 4:21 p.m. firefighters were called to a burning abandoned…