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Latvians to trade in Belarusian N-plant’s electricity, bypassing Lithuania

Thursday, August 15, 2019

With Lithuania taking steps to block market access to electricity generated by Belarus’ Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Latvia’s electricity transmission grid operator is planning to import electrical energy from the facility under construction close to the Lithuanian border. Therefore, electricity trade between the Baltic states and third countries will no longer take place via Lithuania, but via Latvia, the 15min online news site reported. According to AST, in order…

Russian bear “attacked” Estonia

Thursday, August 15, 2019

One of two bears thought to have crossed into Estonia over the border with Russia in late June has been found. The two bears, named Prosha and Polya, were being sought by authorities in the Russian Federation since they were reintroduced into the wild there, having been cared for in captivity after being orphaned as cubs. They are thought to have traveled from the Pskov region, which abuts Estonia’s southeastern…

Lithuanian intelligence names Russian-led Orthodox forum a foreign policy tool

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The participation of politicians in the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy is a risk factor, Vaidotas Mažeika, deputy director of Lithuania’s State Security Department (VSD) said on Wednesday. “It’s a parliamentary forum which, we believe, is used for foreign policy goals. In our opinion, the participation of lawmakers in such a format constitutes a risk factor,” Mazeika told journalists on Wednesday. The head of the VSD presented information on the orthodox…

Visit of Vice President to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (August 17-21, 2019)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

August 14, 2019 Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia from 17th-21st August 2019. The Vice President will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State for HRD, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Smt. Ranee Narah, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha , Shri Manas Ranjan Bhunia, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member…

Cepelinai squeeze: price of potatoes rises sharply in Lithuania

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The price of Lithuania’s staple food – potatoes – rose the most among produce sold in the country. The key ingredient behind the likes of Cepelinai, Vėdarai, and Kugelis cost on average 70 cents per kilogram, rising by 66.1 percent since last year, according to a survey carried out by pricer.lt. Bananas came second, rising by 50.50 percent to 95 cents per kilogram, and tomatoes – by 39.6 percent, at…

Merkel and Nausėda exchange promises of support on security and sharing refugees

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

After the first meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Lithuania’s new President Gitanas Nausėda, both leaders spoke about close and friendly relations between the two countries, skirting around points of potential disagreement. Nausėda, who addressed reporters at the joint media conference in German, said that the country where he spent two years while studying in the early 1990s was his “second fatherland” and that his meeting with Merkel was…

58 more people take Latvian citizenship

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Cabinet of Ministers on August 13 approved citizenship for 58 individuals who have gone though the naturalization process, including two children who gain citizenship alongside parents. Of the 56 applicants, two thirds were of Russian background, 16% were Ukrainian, 5% Belarusian and Lithuanian, Polish and other ethnicities were also represented. One third of the new citizens have higher education, according to information supplied by the Ministry of Interior. The…

Latvia’s 2020 budget will be its largest yet

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Next year Latvia’s budget will be as large as never before and exceed EUR 10 bn, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said today in an interview with the Morning Panorama program of Latvian Television. Thanks to economic growth, the budget’s “net increase” is expected to exceed EUR 500 mln in 2020, the prime minister said. “The economy is growing, which means that activity continues to grow and tax payments…

Latvian hospitals, Emergency Medical Service short of more than 1,000 medics, nurses

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Latvian hospitals and Emergency Medical Service are short of more than 1,000 medic, nurses and other health care professionals, according to the information presented at the Saeima social and labor affairs committee meeting today. Emergency Medical Service head Liene Cipule reported that the service has 587 vacancies or 20 percent of all jobs. 460 of the vacancies are medical professionals, which means that the service is short of 51 brigades.…

Estonia’s Apollo Group opens 1st new concept KFC restaurant in Riga

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Estonia’s leading entertainment provider Apollo Group OU opened its first new concept Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in the Latvian capital Riga on Aug. 8. In Tallinn, the first KFC restaurant will be opened in October. If the first KFC in Latvia opened its doors already back in 2015, the restaurant that now welcomes clients at the Akropole shopping center in Riga has an entirely new concept, offering fresh decor,…