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Lithuania to fight tighter EU road transport rules

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The European Parliament (EP) has passed the so-called Mobility Package, a major reform of the road transport sector that is opposed by Lithuania and eight other EU member states. MEPs endorsed a compromise on the Mobility Package reached in December. “The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ driving times and rest periods and better enforcement of cabotage rules […] aim to put an end to distortion of competition in…

Comprehensive approach is necessary to fight money laundering in EU

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The European Commission has made a clear commitment to deliver a comprehensive approach to fighting money laundering and terrorism financing, to better protect the European Union economy and financial system in the future, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said at the European Parliament plenary debate on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing on July 8th. “The Commission fully shares the European Parliament’s view that it is high time…

Baltic ministers and EU commissioner discuss electricity trade

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Baltic ministers in charge of energy and EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson discussed electricity trade with third countries in Brussels on Tuesday as Lithuania continues efforts to convince its neighbors to joint its boycott of electricity from Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant. “A discussion with the commissioner took place. The negotiations are ongoing and consensus on trade with third countries is being sought,” Aurelija Vernickaite, an advisor to…

Georgia allows entry to citizens of Baltic states

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Georgian authorities have decided to allow entry in the country by plane to citizens of Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Irakly Chikovani, press speaker of the Georgian prime minister. Citizens of these countries can visit Georgia unimpededly, but only by plane, he said. Before visiting Georgia, people will be required to fill our special electronic questionnaires that will state specific data, history of trips in the past 14…

Lithuania sends €50,000-worth of coronavirus aid to Belarus

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Lithuania is sending a shipment of humanitarian aid to Belarus to help the neighbouring country combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said. In early June, the Lithuanian cabinet allocated 50,000 euros for aid to Belarus in response to Minsk’s request for international assistance. Previously, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko refused Lithuania’s support offer. “During the conversation, the [Belarusian] president just thanked for [the offer], but he did not express…

EU to help Baltics resolve dispute over Astravyets NPP

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The EU will present an offer to the Baltic states in an effort to find a common position in the ongoing dispute over Belarusian nuclear energy imports, according to Latvian Present Egils Levits. Lithuania is calling on the Baltic states to join its boycott of Belarusian electricity imports once the nuclear plant becomes operational later this year. However, Riga has so far refused to join the ban, saying trade with…

Lithuania committed to developing strategic partnership with Ukraine

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Lithuania is committed to developing a strategic partnership with Ukraine and will make efforts to consolidate international support for reforms. Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine Valdemaras Sarapinas said this at a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar on July 6, 2020, the Foreign Ministry’s press service reported. The interlocutors discussed preparations for a meeting of the Council of Presidents of Ukraine and Lithuania, which…

Baltic states, other countries call on MEPs to amend Mobility Package

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Cyprus and Malta have issued a joint letter to members of the European Parliament, urging them to amend the Mobility Package regulating the activity of truck drivers. The foreign ministers from the aforementioned countries are calling for the evaluation of consequences for the European Union’s common market and environmental protection, Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The existing provision will have negative impact…

EU opens borders to citizens of 15 countries

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The EU on Tuesday agreed to open its borders to 15 countries from where travelers can reach Europe from July 1, with the United States, where the coronavirus is still spreading, to remain excluded. The list of ‘safe countries’ includes Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China made it to the list,  but under the condition that Beijing do…

Syrian Military Accuses Israeli Forces of Attacking Army Positions in Hama Province

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Israeli air forces have attacked the positions of the Syrian armed forces in two cities in Hama province and the country’s air defence systems repelled the attacks, the command of the Syrian armed forces said on Wednesday. “At 00:45 a.m. [21:45 GMT on Tuesday], Israel carried out a new act of aggression from the air, attacking several of our facilities in Salamiyah and Sabburah in the province of Hama,” the…