Posts tagged as region

Why 5G will be important for the Baltic Sea Region

Saturday, October 26, 2019

For the second year in a row, the 5G Techritory Forum will be held in Riga, Latvia, bringing together the leading individuals and organizations responsible for 5G deployment in the Baltic Sea Region. Latvia has played a decisive role in laying the foundations for successful 5G implementation throughout the region through initiating 5G Techritory, a joint platform for cross-border, cross-level, and cross-sectoral collaboration. Ahead of the event, ITU News caught up with…

Trump’s ‘success’ in Syria cedes region to Russia

By Robert Burns on Thursday, October 24, 2019

President Donald Trump declared success in Syria on Wednesday and created a bumper-sticker moment to illustrate his campaign promise to put a stop to American involvement in “endless wars.” But with his abrupt withdrawal from what he called “bloodstained sand,” the president ceded American influence over a huge swath of the region to rivals and may have spun the Middle East into a new season of uncertainty. In remarks at the White…

U.S. Says It Has Plans to ‘Take Down’ Western Russian Region’s Air Defenses

Friday, September 20, 2019

The United States military has a secret blueprint targeting the air defense system protecting Russia’s westernmost territory of Kaliningrad, according to the U.S. Air Force’s top commander in Europe. NATO members perceive Russia’s missile deployments in Kaliningrad as a threat at a time when tensions between Russia and its Western neighbors are running high over Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Kaliningrad is a Baltic exclave bordered by Poland…

Apartment prices in Riga’s residential neighborhoods down 1% in August

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

In August 2019, prices on the secondary apartment market in Riga’s residential neighborhoods dropped 1 percent from July, according to the housing market price indicator drawn up by the Latvian Real Estate Association (LANIDA). Prices dropped 1.5% on the secondary apartment market in downtown Riga and declined 3% in Riga Region. Apartment prices in new residential projects declined 2% in downtown Riga and 3% in the city’s residential neighborhoods, and…

Regional reform: three municipalities in Latvia proposed to be united in one

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry’s developed map of Latvian municipalities will include Ulbroka municipalities, which will consist of Stopiņi, Garkalne and Ropaži municipalities, as well as the city of Vangaži, the ministry reports. After consulting with 114 municipalities, the ministry developed and sent for approval a conceptual report on administrative territorial reform. Looking at dynamics of population growth, mobility and service habits, as well as looking at alternative…

EU seeks to deescalate Persian Gulf tensions

Monday, July 15, 2019

European Union nations were looking to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf area on Monday and call on Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the pullout of the United States from the accord and the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said that “it is still not too late, but Iran really has to stick to its obligations.” Iran recently begun surpassing…

Russia to issue free e-visas to Lithuanians, other foreigners visiting Kaliningrad region

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tatyana Novozhilova, head of the Consular Section at Russia’s embassy to Lithuania, confirmed to journalists on Wednesday that the new e-visa system for foreigners visiting Kaliningrad will be introduced on July 1, adding that citizens of 53 countries, including all EU member states, will be eligible.  “I think the facilitated procedure will allow people to travel for private purposes and to meet with their relatives who live in the territory of Russia more often,” the diplomat…

Ministry turns to intelligence body over rail contracts with Latvia’s Sigmen

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Lithuanian Transport and Communications Ministry has asked the State Security Department (VSD) for cooperation in assessing potential threats and risks following a media report that Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LG) has awarded millions of euros’ worth of contracts to a Latvian company linked, via former KGB officers and agents, to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and Russian oligarchs subject to US sanctions. Sigmen is one of the major…

How to advance European security against Russia

By Stephen Blank on Monday, June 3, 2019

European security is much in the news today. Brexit, EU parliamentary elections, unresolved issues in the Balkans, Russia’s unremitting war on European integration and democracy, and Ukraine make it easy to surrender to pessimism about Europe. But this despair is unwarranted and antithetical to U.S. and European interests in democracy, integration and security. Moreover, there are mechanisms available through which European governments, institutions and the U.S. can advance their shared…

Baltic Sea region: attention to mobility and sustainability

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Several main issues were discussed during this year’s Baltic Sea Region Forum of Finland concerning regional future challenges, organised by the Centrum Balticum, including the labour mobility and sustainability, with some circular economy issues included. Over 300 hundred participants and 27 outstanding speakers from all walks of political, academic and business communities in countries around the Baltic Sea took part in the forum. Baltic Sea Region Forum of Finland (BSRF)…