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Spotless reputation, Latvian citizenship and EUR 9 000 wage – chief wanted for FCMC

Friday, July 12, 2019

Latvia’s State Chancellery has announced the opening of application submission process for the post of chairman of Finance and Capital Market Commission (FCMC), according to the 12 July official publication in Latvian Herald. The main requirements for candidates include having a spotless reputation, no criminal record, and compliance with requirements of regulations in order to be provided with access to official secrets. Candidates have to be Latvian citizen with at…

Duda says they share conservative attitude to traditions with Lithuania’s Nauseda

Friday, July 12, 2019

Polish President Andrzej Duda says he and Lithuania’s incoming President Gitanas Nauseda share a conservative attitude to traditions, and the two countries share a similar historic heritage. Duda is set to welcome Nauseda in Warsaw next week after the new Lithuanian president decided to pay his first state visit to Poland, with Duda welcoming this sign of friendship. “As far as I know, our views on many things are similar,…

Baltic Security Foundation established to promote regional defense synchronization

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Baltic Security Foundation (BSF) was officially established this week with the goal to promote and foster Baltic regional defense and security, BSF representatives informed LETA. Olevs Nikers, president of the BSF, is an analyst at the Jamestown Foundation, and Otto Tabuns is the BSF director. The BSF has been established on the basis of the Baltic Security Strategy Project, which was led by Nikers and Tabuns. The objectives of…

Estonia transposes directive on protection of EU financial interests into national law

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Estonian government at a sitting on Thursday decided to amend the Penal Code and relating laws to transpose into national legislation two directives of the European Union — one on the protection of the Union’s financial interests and the other on the rights of minors who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings. By adopting the EU directives, investigating crimes with an adverse effect on the Union’s financial…

Baltic States protest against Moscow’s plans to celebrate Baltics’ «liberation» with fireworks

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Latvian, Lithuania and Estonian foreign ministries have summoned representatives of Russian embassies to issue protests against Moscow’s plans to celebrate with fireworks on 22 September Baltics’ «liberation» from German forces in 1944. Estonia’s Foreign Ministry summoned Russia’s ambassador on 10 June to issue a complaint in regards to Russia’s planned festivities. Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu believes the announcement on the planned festivities in the Russian Federation is «a provocative…

Baltic presidents meet and discuss climate change, digital era and security

Thursday, July 11, 2019

On his first official foreign visit, Latvia’s President Egils Levits met with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. The two discussed climate change, challenges of the digital age and security affairs. Leaders of the two countries agreed that Baltic and Nordic states should cooperate in climate change matters and agreed that climate change is a priority for Europe and the rest of the world. The two also stressed that Latvia and Estonia…

A new NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Vice Minister of National Defence has been hired as the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management. The position covers responsibilities for institutional NATO change management: human resources policy, budget planning, IT, relations with other organisations in the NATO structure (NSPA, NCIA, etc.), and daily operation of the NATO headquarters. This is going to be the first time of a representative of Lithuania working at the NATO headquarters. “The swiftly…

Foreign trade turnover changes in Latvia: exports drop and imports grow in May

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

In May 2019, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.5 billion, which at current prices was 3.5 % more than in May 2017, of which the exports value of goods was 2.6 % lower, but imports value of goods was 8.6 % higher. In May, Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 1.07 billion, but imported – in the amount of EUR 1.43 billion. Compared to…

Lithuania concerned over possible bread price increase following drought

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The drought observed in recent months has caused losses for Lithuanian farmers. According to Agriculture Minister Giedrius Surplys, the price of bread and other bakery goods could increase because of it, as reported by Lithuanian public media LRT. Kęstutis Nesavas, owner of a bakery in Šiauliai, says that although the increase from five to ten cents for baking flour may not seem like much, his company purchases flour in tonnes…

Estonian ForMin expresses protest to Russia over planned fireworks show

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its protest to the embassy of the Russian Federation in Estonia in relation to a fireworks show to be held in Moscow on the anniversary of the capture of Tallinn by Soviet forces in 1944. The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday summoned a representative of the Russian embassy and expressed protest in connection with the staging of a fireworks show…