Posts tagged as assistance

Awareness campaign for third-country nationals planned in Latvia

Monday, July 13, 2020

Third-country nationals in Latvia will continue to receive assistance from the association “Shelter Safe House” for the next two and a half years, according to the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, Latvian Radio reported on July 13. In 2016, with the support of the EU Fund, “Safe House” created an Information Center for arrivals, which aims to provide support to third-country nationals living in Latvia – not only for asylum…

Baltic states update mutual consular assistance agreement

Thursday, July 2, 2020

On 2 July 2020, a renewed Agreement on Consular Assistance and Co-operation between Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania comes into force. The document supersedes the agreement on consular assistance and co-operation between the Government of the Republic of Latvia, the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania signed in Vilnius on 5 February 1999, the provisions of which “can be considered outdated and had come into conflict with…

Dilemma for the Baltic States: prosperity or defence

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Jamestown Foundation, an influential US think tank, published a report in October – “How to defend the Baltic States” written by R.D. Hooker, Jr. The report examines NATO capability to defend its eastern flank – the Baltic States. It contains harsh criticisms towards the Baltic States which do less than they can to strengthen their security. It is stated that “stronger NATO ground forces in the Baltics do not…

Lithuania’s National Audit Office: social assistance system fails to meet minimal needs

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The social assistance system in Lithuania fails to meet the minimal consumption needs for poor residents, and a large share of those receiving social assistance become dependent, the country’s National Audit Office says. Following a recent review of the social assistance provided by local municipalities, the National Audit Office concluded that 86 percent of poor people or families did not have their minimal needed satisfied in the first half of…

Curious career zigzags. From shipping schemes to a warm seat in Latvian Railway

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Shadow of doubt over fraud worth five million euros. Career twists with Lembergs’ approval. Secret peace treaty following Uldis Augulis’ entry to Transport Ministry. Illegal state of monopoly in the industry. What hides behind Latvian Railway chief’s «spotless» reputation? Complaints, litigations and breached EU directive Edvīns Bērziņš because chairman of LDz at the end of February 2016. The main commitment and priority outlined at the time was the following – ensure full…

The Baltics with ships, but without electricity

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 18, 2019

It became known yesterday that Lithuania will acquire a rescue vessel for the naval forces worth about 40 million euros. “The contract with the winner of the tender for the construction of the vessel is planned to be signed in December of this year,” the ministry said. A preliminary cost – 39.4 million euros. Moreover, electricity in Lithuania went up by 23% to 47.4 euro per megawatt-hour last week. Prices…

Unity and prosperity of the EU is in the United States’ interest – Karins

Monday, July 15, 2019

The European Union is not a competitor to the United States, and the prosperity and unity of the EU helps the United States, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said at an Atlantic Council event in Washington, according to the Atlantic Council’s website. Karins said he was in Washington specifically to attract interest in the Latvian economy. “I want stronger Latvian-U.S. relationships through increased trade,” he said. “I am looking…

Rinkēvičs: Ukraine can count on the Baltic states

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

On 15 January 2019, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with his counterparts from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland visited Ukraine to pledge their support for Ukraine over Russia’s aggression and imposition of a blockade on the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. A planned visit to Mariupol had to be postponed due to bad weather conditions, but the ministers visited a military hospital in Dnipro instead, where they were able to speak to Mariupol by…

Significant capability in the armed forces – Polygon Safety Instructor

Friday, August 17, 2018

In order to successfully conduct military exercises, meeting safety requirements in a landfill is one of the basic conditions and it is assisted by the provision of specially trained soldiers – Range Controllers. This year, two of the soldiers of the National Armed Forces provided security at the Grayling Polygon during a joint training course called “Northern Strike”, proving that Latvian soldiers not only train in training, but also provide…

IMF welcomes structural reforms planned by the Government

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission at the conclusion of its visit to Lithuania. The mission focused on the Government’s efforts to boost productivity in a systematic way and reduce social disparities. According to the IMF, a package of six reforms proposed by the Government is a step in the right direction. ‘Despite the fact that the year 2017 was successful to Lithuania’s…