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Lithuanian, Polish operators ask for EU support for submarine Harmony Link cable

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Lithuanian and Polish power transmission companies Litgrid and PSE have asked the EU for financial support to carry out feasibility studies for a new Baltic submarine cable. The companies hope to receive the maximum amount of 50 percent, or 10 million euros, for the studies valued at around 20 million euros. Poland’s share would be 12 million euros, and 8 million euros for Lithuania. Thus, they could get 6 and…

Latvia’s prime minister not prepared to increase country’s budget deficit

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš is not prepared to increase budget deficit to satisfy growing budget requests from ministries. The prime minister says every ministry has provided arguments in favour of increasing funding for their respective sectors from the 2020 state budget. However, it is already clear it will not be possible to satisfy all requests. «An additional EUR 600 million is requested from the country’s 2020 budget. Funding requests…

Latvia’s Sigulda will not host part of 2026 Winter Olympic Games

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The 2026 Winter Olympic Games will take place in Italy’s Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, which have won in the competition for the right to host Olympic Games with Sweden, which planned to delegate certain ice sports to Latvia’s Sigulda. This means Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo will also host the Winter Paralympic Games in 2026. The location for the next Winter Olympic Games was picked through a vote of members of…

Kaljulaid on Estonian Victory Day: Natural calamity more likely than warfare

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid has said in a speech on Estonia’s Victory Day remembering the hundred-year-old War of Independence that despite natural calamities being more likely than warfare in the country, everyone should be informed and prepared to help ensure Estonian. Here’s the speech of Sunday, June 23, in full as published on the President’s web site. «Once, I saw a peasant with a big beard standing by the Elva…

Latvia holds third highest growth rate in Europe’s innovation rating

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Latvia is reported to have the third highest growth rate in the European Union, growing by 17.7 percentage points in the rating, according to outlooks of Europe’s Innovation Result and Regional Innovation Result. Latvia is added to the «average innovators» group of countries whose contribution to innovations is 50 to 90% of the average level across the EU. Latvia is put on 24th place among 28 countries, maintaining its position…

Eight British soldiers are arrested over ‘drunken brawl in Lithuanian seaside resort’

Monday, June 24, 2019

A group British soldiers have been arrested in Lithuania over an alleged drunken brawl in a seaside resort. Local media reported that eight soldiers had been detained after a ‘massive fight’ broke out in the early hours of Sunday in the town of Palanga on the country’s Baltic coast. According to local news site 15min, some of the soldiers, all aged in their 20s, were arrested for being ‘intoxicated’ while others…

Poland and Baltic States Reduce Reliance on Russian Energy

Monday, June 24, 2019

Europe’s dependency on Russian energy has long been viewed as a threat to national security, particularly in Eastern European countries like the Baltic states and Poland. Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have all expressed concerns that their dependence on the Russian power grid network increases their exposure to Russian interference in their internal affairs and presents a grave threat to their sovereignty and national security. As Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite…

President on Victory Day: Defense starts with everyone

Monday, June 24, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid addressed Sunday’s Victory Day parade, noting the scope everyone in Estonian society has in contributing to the country’s sense of security. “We are also preparing our defense forces and defense league for situations that are unlikely, but still possible,” Kersti Kaljulaid said in her speech at the parade in Tartu, according to a press release from the president’s office. “Similarly, we might all be prepared for other…

National energy and climate plan calls for developing climate neutral economy

Monday, June 24, 2019

In Latvia’s national energy and climate plan 2021-2030, proposed by the Economics Ministry, the emphasis is on developing a climate neutral economy, according to the draft document. The national energy and climate plan, 2021-2030, is a document for a long-time planning of Latvia’s energy and climate policies, setting forth the basic principles, goals and directions of national energy and climate policies for the coming decade. Each European Union (EU) member…

Former head of Ventbunkers Ciniņa dismissed for severe violations; court rejects dismissal benefit claim

Saturday, June 22, 2019

A court in Latvia has rejected the claim by the ex-head of petroleum product transhipment terminal company Ventbunkers, Eva Ciniņa, to exact from the firm a dismissal benefit of 86 400 euros as she has been dismissed from the post for gross violations of her duties. According to information stated by representatives of Ventbunkers in the Kurzeme district court, Ciniņa was dismissed from the post after it was found that by…