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Lithuanian police to wear uniforms modeled on those of Estonians

Friday, February 24, 2017 10:21
Stop Police
Policijos departamentas
Lithuanian police will at the end of this year start wearing new uniforms modeled on those worn by their counterparts in Estonia, the Police Department said.

Estonia invites Lithuania to begin consultations on communist crimes tribunal

Friday, February 24, 2017 09:49
Lithuanian Justice Ministry has received a proposal from the Estonian Justice Ministry to begin consultations on the establishment of an international body to investigate crimes perpetrated by communist regimes, the daily Lietuvos Žinios reported on Friday.

Minister of Energy to ask about Latvian stance on Astravyets

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:05
Building site of the Astravyets Nuclear site
Ramūnas Bogdanas
Amid the discussions in Lithuania on ways to halt the construction of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) in Belarus, Lithuania's Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas is addressing the issue in Latvia on Wednesday.

Latvia's reluctance to block Belarus' N-plant may be due to economic reasons - MP

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:50
Ventspils port
G.Katino nuotr.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that economic reasons could be behind Latvia's apparent reluctance to take a tougher stance toward the Astravyets nuclear power plant that Belarus is building close to its border with Lithuania.

Baltic countries agree to facilitate movement of NATO troops (1)

Friday, February 17, 2017 10:49
NATO HQ
Organizatorių archyvas
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia agreed on Wednesday to facilitate the movement of allied forces in the region as NATO's multinational battalions are being deployed to the Baltic countries, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said.

Geopolitical situation may affect Rail Baltica funding (1)

Friday, February 3, 2017 10:59
Baiba Rubesa
Bendrovės nuotr.
Tense geopolitical situation in the European Union over Brexit, refugee crisis and security matters may after 2020 reduce the European support to the European-gauge railway project Rail Baltica estimated at billions of euros, Baiba Rubesa, board chairperson of the joint Baltic enterprise, has said in Vilnius.

Baltic PMs don't fear lower Rail Baltica funding

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 16:25
Rail Baltica
E.Digrytės nuotr.
After signing the agreement on development of the European-gauge Rail Baltica railway in Tallinn on Tuesday, prime ministers of the three Baltic states do not fear that the European Union (EU) may slash support to the project after 2020.

Baltic PMs sign agreement on Rail Baltica

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 14:34
Baltic PMs in Tallinn signed an agreement on the development of the railway Rail Baltica
Facebook nuotr.
The three Baltic prime ministers signed in Tallinn on Tuesday an agreement on the development of the European standard-gauge railway Rail Baltica, expressing their political to implement the project by 2026.

PM to meet Estonian leaders, sign Rail Baltica deal in Tallinn

Monday, January 30, 2017 10:06
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is going to Tallinn on Monday to meet with the country's leaders and sign the agreement on European-gauge Rail Baltica railway.

Finland, Sweden to consider training along with NATO force

Friday, January 27, 2017 14:22
Swedish soldiers
Sputnik/Scanpix
Finland and Sweden will consider the possibility of their troops training along with NATO forces being deployed to Lithuania, the country's chief of defense said.

Govt approves Baltic agreement on Rail Baltica

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 15:52
Rail Baltica
E.Digrytės nuotr.
The Lithuanian government approved on Wednesday an agreement between the three Baltic countries on the development of the European standard-gauge railway Rail Baltica.

Lithuania plans to sign Rail Baltica agreement

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 13:38
Lithuania plans to sign in late January an agreement with Latvia and Estonia on the development of the European standard-gauge railway Rail Baltica.

Lithuanian spending on purchases lowest in Baltics but catching up with Latvia

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:39
The spending of Lithuanian households on essential goods remains the lowest in the Baltic states, however, is rapidly catching up with Latvia, shows an index of household spending published by the research company Baltic Market Insights (Baltmi). According to the survey, Lithuanians spend an average of nearly 2 euros more than Latvians during a single visit to the store, however, are still behind Estonia.

Survey finds Lithuanians to be happiest in Baltic states

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:17
Residents of Lithuania are happier than Latvians and Estonians, however, all in all, people of all three Baltic states are not as happy as the world population, shows a World Barometer published by Win/Gallup International and Baltic Market Insights.

PM - Other countries view Belarus' N-plant project through economic lens

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:22
Other countries view Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant project through an economic lens, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday, commenting on the Latvian foreign minister's words that his country is not considering restricting electricity imports from the facility under construction just 50 kilometers from Vilnius.

Latvian minister: We grasp Astravyets concerns, don't plan embargo laws

Monday, January 16, 2017 10:18
The Latvian government supports the Lithuanian position to demand the highest security standards at the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus, however, does not consider any laws to restrict electricity imports from the utility, says Latvia's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

How a Lithuanian company became successful in Baltic Sea region?FREE

Friday, January 6, 2017 14:42
Startup DealLink.biz, a Lithuanian-built B2B open procurement platform, has successfully expanded into the Finnish and Polish markets, it announced. The company also confirmed it will start operations in Sweden in January 2017, in Denmark in March, and in Norway in May.

Seimas speaker, security chief alarmed over TV3 sale

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 10:04
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis and State Security Department chief Darius Jauniškis on Tuesday discussed the possible plans of the Swedish media concern Modern Times Group (MTG) to sell its business in the Baltic states, including the TV3 television group.

EU aid for Klaipėda FSRU purchase to depend on Latvia, Estonia - EnergMin

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 16:16
Independence, Klaipeda LNG terminal's floating storage and regasification unit
DELFI (E.Skardžiaus nuotr.)
Lithuania's talks with the European Commission on EU funding for the acquisition of the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas ( LNG) terminal's vessel will depend on whether Latvia and Estonia recognize it as a regional facility, Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said.

Lithuania will have to improve its reputation in Rail Baltica project

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 16:26
Lithuania will have to improve its reputation that has been harmed by the country's inability to find common ground with its partners in Rail Baltica and to prove that it is not holding back the European standard-gauge railway project, Rokas Masiulis, the new transport minister, said.

Sweden suspects Lithuanian citizen of spyingFREE

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 00:12
Sweden has detained a Lithuanian citizen on suspicions of spying, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday.

Lithuania buying air defense system simulators from Sweden

Monday, December 12, 2016 13:25
Swedish soldiers
Sputnik/Scanpix
Lithuania's Defence Ministry has signed a contract with Swedish company SAAB Dynamics on the purchase of the RBS70 simulators, which will be used to train troops.

Half-hearted reforms won't raise competitiveness of the Baltic Region - Swedbank

Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:34
Russia has exited recession and now all the Baltic Sea region (BSR) economies are expanding, but growth is expected to be modest. The global rise of populism and anti-establishment moods, although promising fiscal expansion that may boost short-term growth, builds up risks of protectionism with a negative impact on long-term growth, Swedbank writes in its annual Baltic Sea Region Report.

New Seimas speaker off to Latvia on 1st foreign visit

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 09:56
Viktoras Pranckietis is going on Tuesday to Latvia on his first foreign visit as speaker of the Lithuanian parliamentary.

New Seimas speaker going to Riga on 1st foreign visit

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:18
Lithuania's new Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis will make his first foreign trip to Latvia.

Lithuania expects that 'uncertainty period' in Estonia won't last long

Thursday, November 10, 2016 15:00
Lithuanian experts say that the pro-Russian Centre Party may come to government in Estonia after Prime Minister Taavi Roivas on Wednesday lost a confidence vote in parliament. Lithuanian politicians, meanwhile, expect that the government crisis in the Baltic country will be resolved soon.

Riga Conference 2016 – a reflection

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 14:00
Riga
M.Greičiuvienės nuotr.
Every year Latvia hosts what is called The Riga Conference. This year was no different. Held in the National Library across the river from the Old Town, invited delegates from the world of diplomacy, think tanks, academia, the military, and political life, gathered to listen and take part in a series of talks focussing on European foreign policy and security.

KS Holding acquires Atrium Azur Shopping Centre in RigaFREE

Monday, October 31, 2016 17:21
KS Holding has acquired SIA MD Galerija Azur, the holding entity for the Riga Shopping Centre Atrium Azur, from Atrium European Real Estate Limited for €12.5 million. The new owner is planning to invest additional €16 million into redeveloping the shopping centre the holding reported in a press release.

Lithuanian president off to Finland

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:43
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is leaving on Tuesday for Finland for a two-day official visit to discuss the security situation in the region, nuclear safety and topical EU issues with the country's leaders.

Why relations between Lithuania and Latvia aren’t all that fraternal (1)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 11:47
Lithuania and Latvia have much in common on a strategic level. Yet relations between the two aren’t especially brotherly. That’s how political expert Linas Kojala put it on LRT.lt. In his opinion it is difficult to pin down a special closeness between the two countries with actual examples. Vytautas Magnus University Professor Alvydas Butkus notes that representatives of the two countries’ governments would seemingly like to communicate but there aren’t close ties between the two societies.