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Lithuania elected as member of UNICEF Executive Board

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lithuania has been elected as a member of the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for the next three-year term, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday.  Other states elected to the 2019-2021 Executive Board are Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Djibouti, Cameroon, Canada, Luxembourg, Morocco, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan and France. Lithuania has contributed 284,000 euros to support UNICEF’s life-saving work in 2014 to 2018, the ministry said…

Amateur Archaeologists Find Hundreds Of Viking Artifacts In Baltics

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Two amateur archaeologists’ find led to the discovery of hundreds of Viking artifacts in the Baltics, according to officials Monday. Amateur archaeologists Rene Schoen and Luca Malaschnitschenko,13, discovered an ancient coin through use of a metal detector in January. This find led to an archaeologist excavation of hundreds of Viking era silver coins and jewelry over the weekend, according to the New York Post. The artifacts are approximately 1,000 years old from the…

Barbara Bush dead at 92: Husband George H.W ‘held her hand until the very end’

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bush was the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush. The Bush family had announced in a statement on April 15 that she was in failing health and had decided not to seek further medical treatment. She reportedly had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart problems in recent years. “He held her hand all day today and was…

Air passengers in Latvia – the most passive in Baltics in terms of complaint submission

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Latvia is behind Estonia and Lithuania when it comes to the number of compensation requests, as reported by Skycop flight compensation processing company. Data compiled by the company shows that there had been a rapid climb of the number of compensations submitted in Baltic States in Q4 2017. «In 2017, Baltic residents became more educated about their rights as airline passengers. As problems with flights become an everyday occurrence, more…

Croatia ratifies convention on women’s rights despite protests

Monday, April 16, 2018

Croatian lawmakers have backed a treaty safeguarding women and girls in the face of right-wing and Catholic opposition. Critics of the Istanbul Convention argue that it will indirectly legalize gay marriage. Croatia’s parliament on Friday voted 110-30 in favor of ratifying the Istanbul Convention, the world’s first binding treaty on preventing and fighting violence against women. The convention, agreed in 2011, has now been ratified by 29 countries, including 18…

Skvernelis: Lithuania’s government has no plans of liberalizing immigration policies

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Lithuania’s government has no plans of liberalizing the migration policies, says Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, adding it was currently well-balanced. The prime minister spoke in comment of a request by the Lithuanian Industrialists’ Confederation, which includes the country’s biggest industrial companies, that the government should improve the immigration procedures to facilitate the employment of citizens of third countries in Lithuania. “We plan no free, uncontrolled and chaotic bringing in of…

Corruption watchdog: Bank of Latvia governor’s case may be sent to prosecutor soon

Friday, April 13, 2018

The criminal case involving the governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmārs Rimšēvičs may be sent to the prosecutor’s office within the next couple of months, said Chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau Jēkabs Straume. He said the investigation is going as planned and there are no signs of any hiccups along the way. «The investigator handling the case and the supervisory prosecutor have said this case will make…

Estonian parliament expands possibilities for helping EU citizens outside Europe

Friday, April 13, 2018

The aim of the directive is to specify when and how EU citizens in trouble in a country outside the EU have the right to receive aid from the embassies or consulates of other EU member states, parliament spokespeople said. The bill specifies that the citizens of an unrepresented EU member state in the future will receive consular aid from a foreign mission of Estonia under the same conditions as…

Estonian Defence League to have four territorial defense districts

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Riigikogu on Wednesday passed with 77 votes a bill of amendments to the Estonian Defence League Act and the Income Tax Act which included the proposal of the National Defence Committee of the Riigikogu to fom four territorial defense districts beginning in 2019. According to a Riigikogu press release, during the second reading of the bill, several amendments were incorporated on the motion of the National Defence Committee, most…