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Tallinn Digital Summit 2019 to focus on future of AI

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Tallinn Digital Summit 2019, which is to be held in the Estonian capital on Sept. 16-17, will feature experts and ministers of 20 countries and focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on the future. According to Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, the digital summit is becoming a cooperation platform for digitally advanced and like-minded countries that jointly shape policies and the legal space for the development of the digital…

Lithuanian president calls Latvia’s decision to buy Astravyets electricity ‘regrettable’

Thursday, August 15, 2019

President Gitanas Nauseda says Latvia’s decision to buy electricity generated by Belarus’ Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), under construction close to the Lithuanian border, is “regrettable” but “not very surprising”. According to Nauseda, the Latvian government decided to purchase Belarusian electricity without completing consultations with the Lithuanian Energy Ministry. “The Latvian decision is a political decision. As far as I know, consultations with the Lithuanian Energy Ministry took place, but the…

Estonia: Ministry’s food audit results delayed by safety claims

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Completion of a food safety audit ordered by the rural affairs ministry has been postponed following criticisms of food safety issued by the National Audit Office (Riigikontroll), Baltic News Service reports. The audit, requested by rural affairs minister Mart Järvik (EKRE) in mid-June, has been put back from its original deadline of Aug. 20, to Oct. 1, according to daily Postimees. The delay follows a damning report by the audit…

Baltic Film Days to offer free screenings of Latvian, Lithuanian films

Thursday, August 15, 2019

For the third year in a row, Baltic Film Days are returning to Cinema Artis, this time in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way. On Aug. 21-22, the Tallinn movie theater will be screening the best of recent Latvian and Lithuanian movies as well as offering moviegoers a chance to meet with the filmmakers. All screenings are free. The event’s opening screening on Aug. 21 will bring…

Russian bear “attacked” Estonia

Thursday, August 15, 2019

One of two bears thought to have crossed into Estonia over the border with Russia in late June has been found. The two bears, named Prosha and Polya, were being sought by authorities in the Russian Federation since they were reintroduced into the wild there, having been cared for in captivity after being orphaned as cubs. They are thought to have traveled from the Pskov region, which abuts Estonia’s southeastern…

Lithuanian intelligence names Russian-led Orthodox forum a foreign policy tool

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The participation of politicians in the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy is a risk factor, Vaidotas Mažeika, deputy director of Lithuania’s State Security Department (VSD) said on Wednesday. “It’s a parliamentary forum which, we believe, is used for foreign policy goals. In our opinion, the participation of lawmakers in such a format constitutes a risk factor,” Mazeika told journalists on Wednesday. The head of the VSD presented information on the orthodox…

Security expert: US troops should expect more South Pacific missions

By SETH ROBSON on Thursday, August 15, 2019

Concerns about Chinese efforts to build influence in the South Pacific will likely spur more exercises like one involving the U.S. Army in Fiji this month, according to a regional security expert. One hundred and fifty troops from Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment wrapped up two weeks of training alongside the Republic of Fiji Military Forces’ 3rd Infantry Regiment on Monday. Exercise Cartwheel was the first time that…

Visit of Vice President to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (August 17-21, 2019)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

August 14, 2019 Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia from 17th-21st August 2019. The Vice President will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State for HRD, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Smt. Ranee Narah, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha , Shri Manas Ranjan Bhunia, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member…

Cepelinai squeeze: price of potatoes rises sharply in Lithuania

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The price of Lithuania’s staple food – potatoes – rose the most among produce sold in the country. The key ingredient behind the likes of Cepelinai, Vėdarai, and Kugelis cost on average 70 cents per kilogram, rising by 66.1 percent since last year, according to a survey carried out by pricer.lt. Bananas came second, rising by 50.50 percent to 95 cents per kilogram, and tomatoes – by 39.6 percent, at…

Merkel and Nausėda exchange promises of support on security and sharing refugees

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

After the first meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Lithuania’s new President Gitanas Nausėda, both leaders spoke about close and friendly relations between the two countries, skirting around points of potential disagreement. Nausėda, who addressed reporters at the joint media conference in German, said that the country where he spent two years while studying in the early 1990s was his “second fatherland” and that his meeting with Merkel was…