Posts published in Baltic states

Estonian cyber security company among the winners of the NATO Defence Innovation Challenge

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Estonian cyber security company, CybExer Technologies, has been selected as one of the winners of the NATO Defence Innovation Challenge. In its third annual iteration, the NATO agency’s contest highlights new technologies that strengthen the alliance’s cyber capabilities and serve as a reference point for defence companies around the world. Small and medium-sized businesses as well as academics from 29 NATO member states participated in this year’s contest that…

Saeima bans Latvian children’s participation in paramilitary camps in Russia

Friday, May 4, 2018

Amendments to the Law on the Protection of Children’s Rights, proposed by MP Karlis Serzants (Greens/Farmers) to ban Latvian children from participating in paramilitary camps in Russia and a few other countries, were passed in the final reading by Saeima today. The legislation stipulates that children from Latvia may not participate in military activities or events in other countries, except in Latvia’s partner countries – NATO and European Union members.…

Brussels proposes EUR 552 mln for Lithuanian N-plant closure in new EU budget

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The European Commission proposes to allocate 552 million euros at current prices in the EU’s 2021-2027 budget for the decommissioning of Lithuania’s Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP). The amount is envisaged in the Commission’s multi-annual budget proposal unveiled on Wednesday. In line with its pre-accession commitments to the European Union, Lithuania shut down the first unit of the Soviet-era facility in late 2004 and closed the second unit at the…

Have the efforts to save the Baltic Sea failed? The new survey will tell us

Thursday, May 3, 2018

At the Annual Forum of the Baltic Sea Strategy held in Tallinn in June the Spatial Foresight centre of policy studies presents its EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region after 2020 study, which analyses and provides guidance on how to improve the policies of the Baltic Sea Region to achieve goals, such as a decrease in the level of pollution to such an extent as to achieve a clean…

Snap exercise for 223 reservists announced as part of Siil exercise

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The government of Estonia decided on Thursday to call up 223 reservists to participate in the ongoing large-scale Siil exercise. The snap exercise is running from Thursday to Sunday this week, while Siil still continues until May 14. The government followed the proposal of commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras to mobilize 223 members of the reserve units of the 92nd Air Surveillance Wing. The snap exercise, like previous ones…

France to take over Baltic air policing duties at Ämari airbase

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Italian Air Force handed over to their French colleagues at a ceremony at the Ämari airbase on Thursday. This is the first time that French Air Force fighters participating in the mission are based in Estonia. The French Air Force previously deployed its fighter jets and personnel to the Baltic air policing mission on six occasions. On five of them, the French Air Force’s units were stationed at the…

Is it possible for Estonian hedgehog to defeat Russian bear?

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

This year’s Siil (“hedgehog”) exercise will include up to 15,000 members of the Estonian Defence Forces, the Defence League, the Women’s Voluntary Defence Organization, the Police and Border Guard, the Rescue Board, and NATO allied personnel. The exercise starts today Wednesday and ends on May 14. Commander of the EDF Gen. Riho Terras explained that Siil is primarily a territorial defense exercise, in which the volunteers of Defence League play…

Canadian military train in Peterborough before deployment to Latvia

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

More than 200 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, of the Royal Canadian Regiment visit Peterboroug. It was quite the sight as a convoy of massive green army trucks and towering eight-wheeled light infantry vehicles rolled along the city streets with downtown traffic on Tuesday afternoon. Heads turned and some stopped in their tracks at the shear and unusual sight of the military presence in Peterborough. A large crowd gathered in…

Russia’s behavior sets limits to communication with it

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser has assumed an indirectly opposing stance to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, commenting on the latter’s pro-Russia statement by saying that the behavior of the current leadership of Russia is setting limits to communication with Moscow. “The strength of the European Union lies in respecting democracy, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms. The fact that the leaders of today’s Russia do not share the…

Latvia’s GDP might have risen 3.1-4.5% in Q1

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Latvia’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of this year might have increased by 3.1-4.5% from the respective period last year, the banking analysts said, cites LETA. Swedbank senior economist Agnese Buceniece told LETA that GDP growth in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of last year might have been at 3.1%, according to seasonally non-adjusted data, while the growth compared to the…