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Lithuania to fully reimburse medications for elderly

Friday, October 18, 2019

Lithuania’s parliament adopted on Thursday amendments to the Law on Health Insurance, which will guarantee full reimbursement for medication and medical supplies to elderly and low-income people in the country. The new rule will be applied to medicines which are currently partially reimbursed by the state. The amendments provide that medications will be 100 percent reimbursed to all persons aged 75 and over. Free medications will also be available to…

Estonia made first piece of asphalt from plastic

Friday, October 18, 2019

Estonia’s first piece of asphalt made from plastic was laid on Wednesday in Tallinn, and innovation that was made in Scotland but inspired by a trip to India. A trial section 75 meters long and 3 meters wide has been laid on the Narva mnt on the sidewalk in front of the Chinese Embassy, as part of the Reidi tee development. It is the first of its kind in Northern…

Discord over support for LGBT association in Estonia

Friday, October 18, 2019

Minister of the Interior and chairman of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) Mart Helme said on Thursday that discord over the allocation of support to the Estonian LGBT Association will not split up the coalition. Speaking at Thursday’s government press conference, Helme said that this issue has been an important one for EKRE “since the very beginning,” adding that they were the ones who raised the subject. “It…

Ostapenko reaches quarter-final of Luxembourg Open

Friday, October 18, 2019

Latvia’s second-ranked women’s tennis player Alona Ostapenko today defeated top-seed Elise Mertens 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarter finals of the Luxembourg Open, reported LETA. Ostapenko, currently 63rd in the WTA ranking, is playing as a wildcard entrant at the WTA tournament, while Mertens is 19th in the WTA ranking. Ostapenko earned 60 WTA points for getting to the quarter-finals where he will face the winner of the match between two Germans – Antonia…

Lithuanian teachers threaten to strike

Friday, October 18, 2019

A Lithuanian teachers’ union is calling for a strike, saying that the government is not living up to the promises laid out in a collective agreement. The Lithuanian Education and Teachers’ Union (LŠMPS) has voted on Thursday to call a strike, even though the exact date of the action has not been set. The union’s leader, Egidijus Milešinas, says the action has been provoked by the government’s state budget proposal…

Parties’ defense spending deal in Lithuania not being implemented

Friday, October 18, 2019

An agreement that Lithuania’s parliamentary parties signed a year ago to set out the country’s defense policy for the next decade is not being implemented, the leader of the biggest opposition party said on Thursday. Gabrielius Landsbergis, the leader of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, spoke to reporters after a meeting between his party’s MPs and Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis. “The minister confirmed that the defense (policy) agreement that…

Lithuanian president leaves for his 1st EU summit to discuss Brexit, budget

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is leaving on Thursday for his first EU summit that will focus on Brexit and the bloc’s next budget. In the last scheduled European Council before the UK’s October 31 departure day, EU leaders plan to discuss negotiations on the terms of Britain’s divorce from the bloc. The key stumbling block has been how to prevent the return of a physical border between Northern Ireland and…

Foreign Minister of Egypt to arrive in Latvia for official visit

Thursday, October 17, 2019

On October 17, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, who will be in Latvia on an official visit, LETA learned from the Latvian Foreign Ministry. The Ministers shall be discussing bilateral relations between Latvia and Egypt and developments in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as signing an agreement on a mutual visa exemption for the holders…

Lithuanian parliament starts debating ‘spy swap’ amendment

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament has started debating a draft amendment to the Criminal Code that would detail the president’s right to pardon persons convicted of espionage, reported LETA/BNS. “And now you propose to restrict that privilege. Don’t you think that this proposal is superfluous and that if there are Lithuanian citizens who need Lithuania’s help, it just needs to be given?” he said. Gaizauskas said no one was questioning the presidential pardon…

Defence Forces introduce mandatory Estonian classes for conscripts

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) have introduced mandatory Estonian language classes to teach recruits who need to improve their speaking and grammar skills. It is estimated that about 300 recruits each year will need to undergo language classes, ERR reported. Classes are taught two days a week and in the conscripts free time. Conscripts will learn military vocabulary and Estonian grammar from A2 level upwards. Major Arvo Jõesalu, chief of…