Posts published in Baltic states

New rotation of Lithuanian instructors off to Ukraine

Monday, April 9, 2018

Troops of the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birute Uhlan Battalion are replaced in Ukraine by the National Defense Volunteer Force, the Defense Ministry said. A ceremony to see off the troops took place on Friday before they embark on Lithuania’s third shift of the military training operation in Ukraine. According to the press release, the 12 instructors will serve in Ukraine until the end of June, training Ukrainian troops, including staff…

To counter Russia and back Baltic states, America must fortify NATO

Monday, April 9, 2018

Last week, President Trump welcomed the leaders of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to the White House to address ongoing tensions with Russia. The three presidents — Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia and Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania — met with President Trump to urge the United States to bolster its defense of Baltic countries against Russian aggression. Despite the magnitude of the occasion for the…

Facebook confirms to Latvian president willingness to cooperate, ensure transparency of election process

Monday, April 9, 2018

After the meeting with the Facebook management the Latvian president said that Facebook had confirmed their willingness to cooperate with the Latvian authorities, mass media and NGOs. “In the changing modern world we have to find a balance between democratic freedoms and Internet security. We must defend the values important for the Latvian society and to make all efforts to prevent potential threat to those values,” Vejonis said. Afterwards the…

The Estonian government to begin planning state budget strategy this week

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Estonian government will on Thursday travel to Sagadi in Lääne-Viru County, where it will dedicate two days to discussing the state budget strategy. “The government will on Thursday conduct its regular meeting and press conference, after which they will travel to Sagadi Manor, where they will begin discussing the state budget strategy,” Director for Government Communication Urmas Seaver told ERR’s online news portal. The discussion to take place at…

LCCI invites businessmen to develop cooperation with countries part of New Silk Road

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Latvia’s Chamber for Commerce and Industry invites businessmen to use the opportunities provided by China’s New Silk Road initiative and commence exporting goods to China. Transport channels have already been established to ensure this. Intergovernmental cooperation agreements have also been signed in relation to investments and other important matters. «Latvia is one of the most active participants of the project. LCCI also contributes to establishing cooperation with the eastern country.…

Estonian EU presidency cost EUR 68.1 mln

Saturday, April 7, 2018

“We can say today that the organization of the EU presidency cost 68.1 million euros and 10.7 million euros was saved compared with the initial budget,” Piret Lillevali, head of the Estonian EU presidency organizing team, said in a press release. The planned budget of the presidency for 2014-2019 was 74.8 million euros, not including an additional 4 million euros for the organization of a summit. Lillevali said that a noticeable…

The President will make a working visit to France

Saturday, April 7, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė is going on a working visit to Paris where she will meet with President Emmanuel Macron of France for bilateral talks at the Élysée Palace. The President of Lithuania will also attend a meeting between the three Presidents of the Baltic states and the President of France. In the evening, the Presidents will open an exposition dedicated to Baltic Symbolism at the Musee d’Orsay. Dalia Grybauskaitė will…

Ignalina NPP receives a visit by a delegation from the EP’s Committee on Budgetary Control

Saturday, April 7, 2018

On April 5, Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) received a visit by a delegation from the Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament (EP). The purpose of the visit of the delegation was to assess the progress in INPP decommissioning and efficiency of the use of financial support from the European Union (EU). According to Lina Sabaitienė, Vice Minister of Energy, the visit is an important opportunity for Lithuania…