Posts tagged as risks

US Nukes can be redeployed from Germany to Poland

By Vitaliy Timoshuk on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

In Germany, consideration has begun on replacing Tornado aircraft capable of carrying American B61 nuclear warheads. Alternatively, the F-18 and Eurofighter are considered. Defense Secretary Annegret Crump-Carrenbauer (CDU) has previously agreed with Pentagon chief Mark Esper to purchase 30 Boeing F / A-18F aircraft. The acquisition of 93 Airbus Eurofighter is also planned. This gave rise to disputes in the ruling coalition of Germany over the redeployment of American nuclear…

Establishment of a nuclear power plant in Estonia entails significant risks

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Estonian Council of Environmental NGOs (EKO) finds that the establishment of a nuclear power plant in Estonia would entail significant risks. According to EKO, establishing a Generation III+ small reactor in Estonia would add to environmental problems, not help resolve them. The operation of a Generation III+ module reactor, which the company Fermi Energia is planning to establish here, would require Estonia to start depositing radioactive waste of life-threatening…

Lithuanian government checks the risks associated with Belarusian investments

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says his government controls the potential risks associated with Belarusian investments in the seaport of Klaipeda.  Lithuanian government has earlier this month greenlighted the investments in Klaipėda by the Belarusian fertilizer firm, Belaruskali, and Lithuanian national Igor Udovickij, who took part in funding Lithuania’s ruling party election campaign. Lithuanian Prime Minister Skvernelis says that the government cannot, based on “questionable assumptions,” take decisions that would…

Reforms in Latvia must result in stronger enforcement to tackle foreign bribery and subsequent money laundering risks

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Latvia has continued to improve its framework against bribery of foreign public officials and subsequent money laundering but the reforms need to translate into further effective enforcement, according to a new report by the OECD Working Group on Bribery. According to the Working Group, which is composed of 44 countries, Latvia’s enforcement results are still not commensurate with the country’s exposure to foreign bribery and subsequent money laundering. Since Latvia…

Latvian minister wants more responsibility for the state in children rights protection

Friday, July 19, 2019

The new children’s rights protection model will delegate more functions to the state, said Latvian Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča. Justice Ministry together with Welfare Minister are committed to developing a road map before the end of 2019 to suggest solutions in order to form a new institutional model for protection of children’s rights. On top of that, according to Petraviča, soon enough work will commence on the development of a…

South Korean political parties back Moon in Japan trade row

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Setting aside their usual bickering, South Korean liberal and conservative parties on Thursday vowed to cooperate to help the Seoul government prevail in an escalating trade row with Japan. After a meeting between the parties’ leaders and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Seoul’s presidential office, they announced plans to create a “pan-national” emergency body to respond to tighter Japanese trade controls on certain technology exports to South Korea. The…

Google flags U.S. national security risks from Huawei ban: FT

Friday, June 7, 2019

Alphabet Inc’s Google has warned if the U.S. administration moves ahead with sweeping ban on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, it risks compromising national security, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. Google’s move comes as the world’s two top economies ratchet up tariffs in a battle over what U.S. officials call China’s unfair trade practices. While the sanctions are expected to hurt Huawei in the short term, industry experts say it…

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…

Many EU member states realize possibility of external interference in European Parliament elections – StratCom chief

Monday, January 21, 2019

Many European Union (EU) member states realize that there might be attempts to interfere in the upcoming European Parliament elections from outside, Janis Sarts, director of the Riga-based NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence (NATO StratCom), told LETA. The possible risks are currently being analyzed on the European level, and countries have the ability to exchange information. “We see that there are domestic political players in some countries who are…

Candidate for welfare minister wants to increase wages for social workers

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Ramona Petravica (KPV LV), the candidate for the welfare minister, said that one of her primary tasks is to raise wages for social workers and EUR 6.4 million are necessary for this purpose. Petravica in an interview with the Latvian public radio today listed her priorities, and especially pay rise for social workers. “We have to find the necessary financing in this year’s budget, otherwise social workers may flow away…