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Football: Poland thrash Lithuania 4-0 in World Cup warm-up

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Poland’s national football squad on Tuesday notched up a comfortable 4-0 victory against Lithuania in their last friendly fixture ahead of the World Cup in Russia. Poland captain Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a clinical shot from inside the box at the National Stadium in Warsaw. The Polish goal machine found the net again from a set piece to put his team 2-0 ahead in…

Police chief warns of war of words during Baltic Pride

Friday, June 8, 2018

Verbal altercations are inevitable during the Baltic Pride parade taking place June 9 in Rīga. Nevertheless, law enforcement officers will work to prevent any physical confrontation, Ints Ķuzis, chief of the State Police, said in an interview with LNT commercial TV channel June 8. The police chief recalled the first pride parade in Rīga and admitted that the police were unprepared to deal with the situation when anti-gay protests turned…

Free bus transport available in ten Estonian counties starting 1 July

Friday, June 8, 2018

While not all counties in Estonia have agreed to begin offering free public bus transport, the Estonian Road Administration has officially set the price of bus tickets in ten requesting counties to €0 beginning 1 July. As of 1 July, public bus transport will be free in Valga, Võru, Põlva, Järva, Jõgeva, Tartu, Ida-Viru, Hiiu and Saare Counties as well as on routes operated by the nonprofit Põhja-Eesti Ühistranspordikeskus in…

Lithuanian Airports to transfer record dividends to the state budget

Thursday, June 7, 2018

In 2017, Lithuanian Airports enjoyed record numbers of passengers and this year they will submit the largest contribution to the state budget in the company’s history. It amounts to 3.4 million EUR, which is 1.7 million EUR more compared to the year before. According to Tomas Krakauskas, Chairperson of the Board of Lithuanian Airports, the company’s performance is improving with each year, thus creating benefit for the state. It also…

Plan to allow Latvian-only election campaigning rejected in Saeima

Thursday, June 7, 2018

With the Latvian parliamentary election in October coming nearer, a proposal to allow campaigning only in the state language has been discussed in the Saeima, where it was rejected by the Committee of State Administration and Local Governments on Tuesday, June 5. The amendments to the Law on Pre-election Campaigning submitted by the national conservative National Alliance in March had envisaged introducing a fine for campaigning in a language other…

ECJ ruling will allow gay couples to get Lithuanian residency – NGOs

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Nongovernmental organizations hope the European Court of Justice’s Tuesday ruling will pave the way for homosexuals from third countries, married to EU citizens, to get residency in Lithuania. The ECJ ruled on Tuesday that gay couples have the right to residency in any EU member state even if it does not recognize gay marriages. The ruling followed the assessment of EU legal provisions regarding foreigners’ residency in EU member states.…

Future CEO of Ignalina NPP: Nukem will not be able to vie for new orders

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Audrius Kamienas who is currently acting managing director of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant but has just won the competition for the top job at the facility, carrying out decommissioning projects worth hundreds of millions of euros, says transparency will be his main priority. In his words, the nuclear facility is facing challenges related to the implementation of two major projects – the construction of a radioactive waste repository and the…

Maxima Latvia to invest EUR 23 mln in the expansion and customer service upgrades

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

In 2018, Maxima Latvija is planning to invest EUR 23 million in retail chain expansion, reconstruction of stores and customer service upgrades, as the company’s representatives informed. Of this amount, EUR 22 million will be invested in retail network expansion and store reconstruction. In addition, more than EUR 1.2 million will go to improving customer convenience through the development of self-service checkouts, and around EUR 200,000 will be invested in…

Swedbank, Kalev, Facebook are the most popular brands in Baltics

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Swedbank is the most popular brand in Latvia, writes LETA, according to a survey conducted by Kantar Emor. Estonia’s most popular brand is Kalev, and Lithuania’s – Facebook. In Latvia, further down the list is Samsung, Google, Nike, Maxima, Apple, Youtube, Neste, Audi and Tele2. In Estonia Kalev was followed by Youtube, ERR, Selver, Google, Swedbank, Farmi Piimatoostus, Telia, Maxima and Facebook. In Lithuania, meanwhile, Facebook was followed by Lidl,…

Problem of plastic waste in the Baltic on the rise

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Plastic waste is polluting the Baltic sea and is a problem there just as much as it is in the rest of the world, needing to be addressed by politicians and industry chiefs alike, according to speakers at the recent EU Baltic Sea strategy meeting in Tallinn. Speaking to ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne Kamera’, Harmen Spek, innovation manager at plastic pollution awareness body ‘Plastic Soup’, said that the problem of…