Posts tagged as Baltic

Baltic presidents meet and discuss climate change, digital era and security

Thursday, July 11, 2019

On his first official foreign visit, Latvia’s President Egils Levits met with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. The two discussed climate change, challenges of the digital age and security affairs. Leaders of the two countries agreed that Baltic and Nordic states should cooperate in climate change matters and agreed that climate change is a priority for Europe and the rest of the world. The two also stressed that Latvia and Estonia…

Baltic power synchronization is one of key projects for Europe

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The disconnection of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian power systems from the Moscow-controlled BRELL ring and their synchronization with the electricity network of continental Europe is a priority project, Dominique Ristori, director general of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy, says. Awarded for merits to Lithuania by President Dalia Grybauskaite on Saturday, Ristori told BNS Lithuania that very important steps had been made as part of the synchronization project…

NATO air policing exercises begin in Baltic airspace

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The alliance’s annual Ramstein Alloy exercise is underway in the airspace of the three Baltic states, with allied air forces practising air policing and airspace control as well as the cooperation of allied and local units. According to the Lithuanian defense ministry, some 20 aircraft are participating this year. Specific situations played through in the course of the exercise include refuelling while airborne, loss of contact, and search and rescue…

Implementation roadmap for Baltic grid synchronization project signed Thursday

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The state and government leaders of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as well as the president of the European Commission on Thursday signed the implementation roadmap of the Baltic power grids’ synchronization with the continental European system. Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas signed a political agreement with the state and government leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as well as the president of the European Commission to affirm continued support…

Who really flexes muscles in Baltic region?

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Large-scale NATO manoeuvres “Iron Wolf – 2019” (Gelezinis Vilkas 2019) in Lithuania started on 8 June. Military personnel from the USA, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Estonia also take part in addition to the Lithuanian soldiers. Some of them are members of the forward-based NATO battalion stationed in Lithuania. More than 1000 units of military equipment are involved in the exercises, according…

Baltic countries can collapse like the USSR

By Vairis Godmanis on Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Baltic countries are intensively increasing their military power. This is evidenced by information from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). At the end of 2018 Lithuania and Latvia were in the top ten countries in the world which demonstrate the highest rates of defence spending. “The rise in defence spending in Central and Eastern Europe is largely due to the growing perception of the threat from Russia,” said…

Calls for Emergency Halt to Baltic Fishing

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Responding to scientific advice that a number of important Baltic fish populations are in a state of crisis and cannot be fished sustainably, four non-governmental organisations have demanded a halt to fishing for western Baltic herring and eastern Baltic cod for 2020 – and to end overfishing, as is required by EU law. Coalition Clean Baltic, Oceana, Our Fish and WWF today called on the European Commission – which is…

Baltic businessmen are less optimistic about economic growth now

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Compared to last year, Baltic companies were more cautious and less optimistic when answering the question «How would you compare your country’s economic perspective in comparison to the previous year?», according to results of German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce’s survey on entrepreneurship and investment environment. The number of entrepreneurs who expect 2019 to be better than the last has declined by more than 20 percentage points in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.…

Scandinavia, Baltic Set to Become China’s Newest Playground

Monday, April 22, 2019

On a map, they appear so close together: Helsinki and Tallinn, the capitals of Finland and Estonia, sit just 50 miles from each other across the Gulf of Finland. Yet in practice, they couldn’t seem farther apart, especially given their close cultural, linguistic and, increasingly, economic ties. On a good day, it takes about two hours by ferry to cross the often choppy waters. But not for long, if an ambitious…

Baltic, Nordic, Visegrad formins to meet in Palanga to discuss security

Monday, April 1, 2019

The foreign ministers of the Baltic, Nordic and Visegrad countries are meeting in Lithuania’s western resort town of Palanga for their annual meeting on Monday. The ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary will discuss the security situation, international tendencies and challenges, Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The working lunch will focus on the European agenda. It’s the seventh…