Posts tagged as funding

Latvia’s scientists will get individual funding for the first time

Thursday, November 12, 2020

For the first time, Latvia’s best scientists will receive funding for individual research projects, the Education and Science Ministry (IZM) said November 12. The contest for individuals in fundamental and applied research (FLP) will fund 107 projects in all scientific sector groups for a total amount of €10.74 million. Each of the 107 scientists will receive €100 389 for their research, according to information from the Latvian Council of Science…

Constitutional Court upholds LRT’s funding independence

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The funding mode of Lithuania’s national public broadcaster, LRT, does not violate the constitution, the country’s Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday. The LRT budget, which is calculated automatically as a fixed percentage the state’s tax revenue and cannot be revised by the government every year, is a way to shield it from political pressures, according to the court. “The legal regulation gives protection to the institutional and editorial independence of…

Annual funding increase for higher education in Latvia found unconstitutional

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Constitutional Court has found unconstitutional the provision of the Law on Higher Education which provides for an annual increase in funding for higher education and science by 0.25% of gross domestic product (GDP), Latvian Radio reported October 29. Annual funding growth for higher education institution should be no less than 0.25% of GDP until total funding reaches 2% of GDP. This rule has been in the law since 2013, but…

Brussels approves ‘unprecedented’ funding for Baltic energy security

Friday, October 2, 2020

The European Commission has approved “unprecedented” funding for the Baltic states to unplug their power grids from the Moscow-controlled network, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said on Friday. The Commission has allocated 720 million euros for the second stage of the project that will see the Baltic states synchronise their grids with those of continental Europe. Lithuania will receive 300 million euros for the project. The application filed by the…

Estonia allocates less funding for tourism sector

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Support for the beleaguered tourism sector has been included in the state budget although the figure, at €5.8 million, was considerably less than businesses had reportedly hoped for. “The total amount of tourism subsidies was decided on at €5.8 million euros. The exact distribution means will be discussed by the government in the near future,” said Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) on ETV news show “Aktuaalne…

Poland to give money to ‘LGBT free’ towns denied EU funding

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Poland’s government announced on Tuesday that towns whose applications for European Union funding were denied because they’ve declared themselves “LGBT free” would receive money from the state instead. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, the leader of the right-wing, Catholic-nationalist United Poland party, handed over a symbolic cheque of 250,000 zloty (€57,000) to the mayor of Tuchow at a ceremony on Tuesday. Tuchow, located some 100 km east of Krakow, was one…

Vital Rail Baltica funding approved by European Union

Friday, July 17, 2020

The massive Rail Baltica infrastructure project has won approval for access to crucial European Union funds, the joint venture overseeing the project said July 16. “By the 16 July 2020 vote of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Committee, the Rail Baltica Global project in the Baltic States has been granted additional EUR 184 million CEF financing to be invested in the Project implementation until 2024,” a statement from RB Rail…

Lithuania Proposes Additional Crisis Funding for Culture

Saturday, April 11, 2020

The Lithuanian Parliament approved an additional 5 m EUR in assistance to artists, culture professionals and cultural organisations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis on 8 April 2020. The film sector will receive 2 m EUR. The Lithuanian Government has put in place the Economic and Financial Action Plan to provide resources for the health and public security systems; for jobs and personal income protection, including an extension of the provisions…

EU funding dramatically changing innovation in Latvia

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

At the University of Latvia in Riga, the face of innovation is drastically changing. Experts from the Institute’s Solid State Physics department (ISSP UL) are revolutionising the way in which the field of solid-state physics is carried out and applied. Not only has it just been upgraded to what their managers claim is the “most advanced” Centre of Excellence for education, research, innovation and technology transfer in the Baltic States, but it…

US to develop Baltic air defences, allocates millions in funding

Friday, December 27, 2019

The US will allocate 175 million US dollars for  Baltic states  ’  defence  , including 50 million for the development of air defences. Regional air defence is considered a weak spot in the Baltic states, and NATO has been engaged in air policing mission since 2004. However, Baltic and US officials have proposed shifting the mission to an air defence mandate, a move that is yet to be endorsed by…