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Riigikogu speaker: Estonia will continue to support Georgia

Monday, May 28, 2018

President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor (SDE) attended events celebrating the centennial of Georgia on Saturday. Nestor stressed Estonia’s support for the country, its territorial integrity, and its close ties with the European Union. Nestor said that relations between Georgia and Estonia are very good and close. “We appreciate the achievements of Georgia highly, and wish the 100-year-old state prosperity and success on its way to the European Union,” Nestor…

Plaque to Lithuanian 1918 independence act signatories to be unveiled in Latvia’s Liepaja

Monday, May 28, 2018

A commemorative plaque to honor three signatories of Lithuania’s 1918 Act of Independence is to be unveiled in a ceremony in the western Latvian town of Liepaja today, the Lithuanian Embassy in Riga said. The granite plaque was created by sculptor Marijonas Slektavicius at the initiative of Lithuania’s embassy in Riga and with support from the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry. The plaque will commemorate Stanislovas Narutavicius, Aleksandras Stulginskis and Jonas Smilgevicius,…

Estonian PM encourages Canadian entrepreneurs to invest in Estonia

Monday, May 28, 2018

Prime Minister Juri Ratas along with an Estonian business delegation met with Canadian entrepreneurs, to whom the possibilities of the Estonian digital society and business environment were introduced, with the government leader encouraging the Canadian companies to invest in Estonia, informs LETA/BNS. “There is some room for growth in the trade between Estonia and Canada. Last year, Canada was the 29th trade partner to Estonia and direct investments were modest.…

Strasbourg court to issue ruling on suspected CIA prison in Lithuania this week

Monday, May 28, 2018

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is planning to issue its ruling regarding suspicions that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operated a secret prison for terror suspects in Lithuania between 2005 and 2006. The Strasbourg court is scheduled to deliver its judgement at a public hearing at 11 a.m. Vilnius time next Thursday, May 31. The complaint against Lithuania was brought by Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian born in…

Prime Minister: our structural reforms fully correspond with EC recommendations

Saturday, May 26, 2018

On Wednesday, the European Commission (EC) issued its regular country-specific recommendations, including for Lithuania, on strengthening the economy. The recommendations for Lithuania cover actions for 2018-2019 in the fields of taxation and pensions, education, health and social protection and increased productivity. Saulius Skvernelis, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, pointed out that the package of six structural reforms covering the areas of taxation, pensions, the informal economy, education,…

Baltic states working on further consular coordination

Friday, May 25, 2018

On 24 May 2018, the foreign services of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia met for consular consultations in Riga to discuss cooperation on consular issues, Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. “The consular officers agreed on the revision of the 1999 Agreement between the Governments of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia on consular cooperation and assistance to adapt the document to the current needs of travellers and the diaspora in line with…

Russian expert: NATO, Russia not preparing for real war in Europe

Friday, May 25, 2018

Despite the large scale military exercises held by Russia and the West recently, no one is getting ready for a real war in Europe, Sergey Utkin, researcher at Russia’s Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, has said. “What both Russia and NATO did in Europe lately in purely military terms is mostly symbolic. No one is getting ready for a real war, though exercises remain a…

Minister of National Defence R.Karoblis: „We should ensure the continued focus on the Alliance to the Baltic Region

Friday, May 25, 2018

“In the run-up to the NATO summit, the key task of the Baltic States is to ensure the continued focus of the Alliance to our region. From the Warsaw Summit NATO has done a lot to rebuild deterrence and security at the borders of the Eastern Alliance, but we must ensure the continuation of initiated security initiatives, “said Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis yesterday, on May 24, after the…

Expert: Estonia viable state, attack on it would be disastrous

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Baltic States have proved their worth as viable independent states and any attack on their sovereignty would constitute a major disaster; so says Sergey Utkin, researcher at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), an independent research institute based in Moscow. “The Baltic states have proved their vitality as nations, and states, which managed to find their way into the core group of the EU — the…

Audit office identifies gaps in Defence League training of wartime units

Thursday, May 24, 2018

According to an assessment recently published by the National Audit Office, the training of wartime units by the volunteer Estonian Defence League (EDL) from 2013-2017 as outlined in the national defence development programme was conducted mostly as planned, however this training was not conducted systematically due to insufficiently concrete goals. The national defence development programme implemented since 2013 has entrusted the EDL with concrete tasks in the context of both…