Posts tagged as plans

Minister: Nordica key lifeline for Estonia, no plans to privatize

Friday, October 9, 2020

Economics affairs minister Taavi Aas (Center) says there are no plans to privatize state-owned airline Nordica. “I can’t say we have a plan today [for privatization]. Our first plan today is for Nordica to survive as an airline,” Aas said, responding to media reports that privatization would be a necessary alternative to a European Commission requirement to pay back state aid granted as relief from the effects of the coronavirus…

Lithuania plans human chain from Vilnius to Belarusian border to show solidarity

Friday, August 14, 2020

Lithuania’s public figures are calling for a human chain, reminiscent of the 1989 Baltic Way that stretched from Vilnius to Tallinn, to show support to Belarusians facing repressions. Andrius Tapinas, a public figure and TV host who is behind the initiative, says several tens of thousand of people for a human chain to be formed from the Cathedral in central Vilnius to the Belarusian border. “We estimate that we will…

Vilnius welcomes updated NATO plans

Thursday, July 2, 2020

As NATO finally endorsed updated defence plans for Poland and the Baltic states, Lithuanian officials say the step is crucial for regional security. “Today we have a coordinated regional NATO defence plan for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland,” Darius Kuliešius, the president’s adviser on national security, told reporters on Wednesday. “This plan is very important, as it boosts regional security, boosts deterrence and means that Lithuania and the Baltic states…

Latvia plans repatriation flights

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Upon request from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is processing repatriation requests submitted through Latvian consular services, the Ministry of Transport has granted Latvian national airline airBaltic special permission to schedule additional repatriation flights back to Rīga International Airport from Vienna, Frankfurt and Amsterdam over the next month, according to the airline on April 22. Fights to and from Vienna are scheduled for April 29. Flights to and from…

US company NBC Security plans to open production facility in Lithuania

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Headquartered in Great Falls, Virginia, NBC Security has subsidiaries in Europe and Eastern Europe, and serves a wide range of customers in the military, law enforcement and defense agencies across the US, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa. Announcing NBC Security’s decision, Nacer Benzekri, CEO, NBC Security  revealed he was interested in Lithuania since visiting the country for the first time in 2004. “After Lithuania joined the EU, I started watching the…

Turkey holds Baltic NATO plans hostage over Syria – ‘it’s not the first time’

By Andrius Balčiūnas on Thursday, November 28, 2019

When the media revealed Turkey’s move to block NATO  defence   plans for the Baltic states and Poland over Syria, online comment sections in Lithuania filled with calls to boycott Turkish goods and holiday destinations. Yet, it wasn’t the first time the Baltics became hostage to Ankara. “Turkey has used this tactic before,” Sven Sakkov, director of Estonia’s International Centre for Defence and Security, told LRT.lt. “I don’t think it’s…

Defying Headwinds From Baltic Scandals, Estonian Bank Plans IPO

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

An Estonian lender is planning an initial public offering in what may offer a rare bright spot in the Baltic financial sector reeling from laundering scandals. Coop Pank AS, with a 2% share of the Estonian market, has reported a record surge in clients after Danske Bank A/S was ordered in February to leave the country. The controversy has also engulfed the local unit of Swedbank AB, Estonia’s largest lender,…

Belarus to increase troop presence on Lithuanian border, adjust military plans with Russia

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Minsk will deploy additional troops to the Lithuanian border and adjust plans of the Russian-Belarusian regional military taskforce, Belarus’  Defence   Minister Andrei Ravkov told reporters on Tuesday. This comes in response to additional defence measures in the Baltic states and Poland, according to Andrei Ravkov quoted by the Russian state-owned news agency TASS. “It is understandable it is neither aggression nor a direct military threat. But the growing military…

Zelensky plans to visit Lithuania in November

Friday, November 1, 2019

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky plans to pay an official visit to Lithuania in November 2019, the press service of the head of state has reported. This was discussed during a meeting of Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva with Chief Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Lithuania Asta Skaisgirytė on Thursday, October 31. “Special attention was paid to the content of the…

Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s currency plans before Congress

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endured hours of prickly questioning from lawmakers Wednesday as he defended the company’s new globally ambitious project to create a digital currency while also dealing with widening scrutiny from U.S. regulators. Representatives also grilled Zuckerberg on Facebook’s track record on civil rights, hate speech, privacy and misinformation — not surprising given the litany of scandals Facebook has been dealing with over the past two years. The…