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Estonian govt to discuss lowering electricity excise duty in fall

Friday, July 6, 2018

According to Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, the government has not yet discussed possibly lowering the electricity excise duty, but will probably discuss it in the fall. According to Ratas, the government can make decisions regarding the electricity excise duty in the framework of the state budget strategy or the state budget, and this would be discussed in August or September, Ratas said at the government press conference on Thursday.…

EP approves new registration system for non-EU citizens who do not need visa to enter EU

Friday, July 6, 2018

On July 5th, the European Parliament has given its final agreement to establish the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and to strengthen the mandate of eu-LISA, the EU Agency for the operational management of large scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, the European Commission informsLETA. The legislative proposals for ETIAS and eu-LISA, put forward by the Commission in November 2016 and June 2017…

Lithuania marks State Day – Coronation of King Mindaugas

Friday, July 6, 2018

Lithuania marks State Day – the Coronation of King Mindaugas on Friday. Festive events will start with an award ceremony at the Presidential palace where President Dalia Grybauskaite will award over 50 Lithuanian and foreign citizens for the merits to the State of Lithuania. Later on, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flags of the three Baltic states will take place in Daukantas Square outside the Presidential Palace. The Day…

Lithuania, other Baltic states may contribute to easing U.S.-EU tensions – Grybauskaite

Friday, July 6, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Tuesday that Lithuania and other Baltic states may contribute to easing tensions between the European Union and the United States. “We know that there is a certain tension in these international and transatlantic relations now. In the framework of that tension, we, the Baltic countries, Lithuania, have to find our place and perhaps even be a link that would try to look for ways to…

The state is created by its people – let us honourably continue the work started by Mindaugas, Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says

Thursday, July 5, 2018

“A state is created by its people, therefore we are celebrating the input of all of us to the prosperity of Lithuania on Coronation of King Mindaugas – State Day. No state or democracy has a potential nor freedom is lasting if its citizens are passive and indifferent, so let us honourably continue the work started by Mindaugas,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis says ahead of attending the State…

Estonian, Latvian Wikipedia protest against EU digital copyright directive

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Estonian and Latvian versions of the Wikipedia free online encyclopedia have been closed by the communities as they voice their opposition to European Union’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports on Wednesday, July 4, that the virtual protest of Estonia’s Wikipedia authors and editors started in the early morning of 4 July following a similar move in Italy. The protest is also…

The President of Italy is coming to Lithuania on a state visit

Thursday, July 5, 2018

At the invitation of President Dalia Grybauskaitė, President Sergio Mattarella of Italy is coming to Lithuania on a state visit on July 5-6. The leaders will focus on enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between Lithuania and Italy in the EU and NATO. At the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, the presidents will open an international exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque Florence. On July 6, they will attend a…

Lithuania stands for maintaining a strong EU defence cooperation with the United Kingdom, R. Karoblis says

Thursday, July 5, 2018

“Lithuania consistently supports maintenance of a strong and wide security and defence cooperation of the European Union and the United Kingdom , and we hope that Brexit negotiations will bring results that satisfy both sides,” Minister Raimundas Karoblis said at a meeting with chief EU negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier on July 4. Minister stressed at the meeting the crucial contribution of the United Kingdom to the security in our…

Ministry: Construction, maintenance of Estonia’s eastern border to cost EUR 320 mln

Thursday, July 5, 2018

According to the Interior Ministry, building the infrastructure and surveillance system of the border between Estonia and Russia is to cost around 250.3 million euros in 11 years, to which maintenance costs of 70 million euros until 2026 would be added. At present the available sources for covering the building and maintenance costs of Estonia’s eastern border total 96.8 million euros. According to estimations, the necessary sum is 320.3 million…

Justin Trudeau to visit Canadian troops in Latvia ahead of NATO summit

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Canadian troops in Latvia before attending the NATO summit in Brussels next week. The visit will be an opportunity for Trudeau to reaffirm Canada’s commitment to the NATO alliance and Euro-Atlantic security, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement Tuesday. The Canadian-led multinational NATO battle group was established in Latvia as the alliance’s response to Russia’s surprise annexation of Crimea in 2014 and…