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Baltic PMs agree on another 2 weeks for LNG market deal

Friday, August 11, 2017 17:13
The prime ministers of the three Baltic states agreed on Friday on additional two weeks for the final agreement on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market, adviser to Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said.

Seimas speaker expects Latvian support to Baltic gas deal

Friday, August 11, 2017 09:51
Incukalns underground gas storage site
DELFI / Edgaras Savickas
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis met with his Latvian counterpart on the eve of Baltic prime ministers, expressing hope that the neighboring state would support the agreement on liquefied natural gas, which would pave way for applying for European Union (EU) support for gas infrastructure projects of all three states.

PM hopes to reach full stop in Baltic gas talks

Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:20
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis hopes to reach full stop in the Friday's negotiations among the Baltic prime ministers in an effort to ensure European support to the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. In his words, if the discussions end in failure, Lithuania will seek to end the discussions and move on.

Seimas speaker meeting with Latvian colleague in Jūrmala

Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:12
Jūrmala
DELFI / Adomas Pivoriūnas
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis is meeting with his Latvian counterpart, Inara Murniece, in the Latvian seaside resort of Jūrmala on Thursday to discuss the positions on the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) under construction in Belarus.

Vilnius, Tallinn, Riga to show Baltic movies for free

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 11:50
The Baltic Film Days will be held in Vilnius for the first time at the end of August – it is a unique event featuring Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian productions on the same week in Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, the Lithuanian Film Center said.

Latvia won't block Astravyets electricity, as it wants freight - ForMin Linkevičius

Friday, July 21, 2017 09:10
After Latvia's foreign minister restated the country's plans not to block electricity generated by the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP), Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius does not rule out the move is due to economic reasons.

Swedish ex-PM Bildt tweets: history of Baltic partisans was hidden for too longFREE

Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:27
Carl Bildt, a former Swedish prime minister and foreign minister, says that people in other parts of Europe know too little about the history of Lithuanian partisans who fought against Soviet rule.

Focus on cooperation with Baltic countries at the Odessa Film Festival

Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:09
At a cinema
DELFI / Paulius Garkauskas
Today, the Baltic Focus events dedicated to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are launching within the programme of the industry days of the International Odessa Film Festival, the Lithuanian Film Centre wrote in a press release.

Baltic states consider lighting Baltic coast with fire for 100-yr anniversary

Monday, July 10, 2017 09:57
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are considering the possibility of lighting the coast of the Baltic Sea with fires next year to mark 100 years of restored statehood.

Sweden's Wallstrom assures Lithuania's Linkevičius on Belarus

Friday, July 7, 2017 15:40
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says he was assured by his Swedish colleague that the Swedish MP's initiative to block criticism for Belarus at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) did not reflect the entire country's position.

Seimas urges Estonia, Latvia, Poland to boycott Astravyets electricity

Friday, June 23, 2017 17:03
Lithuania's parliament has urged Estonia, Latvia and Poland to bar electricity from unsafe nuclear utilities.

Estonia, Lithuanian fail to agree on how to synchronize power grids with Western Europe

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 16:32
Estonia and Lithuania have so far failed to agree on how the Baltic power grids are to be synchronized with the Western European system and a memorandum of understanding will not be signed during the EU summit on Thursday, as planned, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said, adding that this might be done later this year.

Vilnius cheaper for foreigners than Riga, Tallinn but more expensive than Warsaw

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:24
Vilnius is the cheapest capital among the Baltic states for foreigners, shows the annual survey conducted by the Mercer consulting company.

Baltic PMs say their countries ready, feel safe ahead of Zapad war games

Friday, June 9, 2017 16:07
Zapad 2013 Russian military 'lands' on the shores of Kaliningrad
RIA / Scanpix
The Baltic prime ministers say that their countries are ready for Zapad, a major military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September, and feel safe after NATO partners have deployed additional capabilities in the region.

Baltic states could have 2 LNG terminals - Lithuanian PM

Friday, June 9, 2017 15:01
Two terminals could operate on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea controlled by the three Baltic states – in Lithuania's Klaipėda and in Estonia, which could build a small terminal, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis stated on Friday. In his words, the two terminals would supplement each other along with the Inčukalns gas storage facility in Latvia.

Baltic PMs visiting Lithuania's LNG terminal in Klaipėda

Friday, June 9, 2017 09:48
The prime ministers of the three Baltic states are visiting the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the Lithuanian port city of Klaipėda on Friday as part of the so-called LNG tour that was kicked off in Estonia to provide a platform for the prime ministers to discuss a regional LNG terminal and the possibility to secure European support.

Society must be ready for online voting - Estonian president after meeting Grybauskaitė

Monday, June 5, 2017 14:47
Society must be ready for online voting - Estonian president after meeting Grybauskaitė.

35th Annual BAFL – Baltic American Freedom League’s BanquetFREE

Friday, June 2, 2017 15:17
The 35th annual BAFL- Baltic American Freedom League’s awards banquet took place on Saturday April 29th, 2017 at 4pm at the Latvian Community Center, 1955 Riverside Dr., Los Angeles, California.

President to travel to Estonia for state visit

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:11
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė is scheduled to pay a state visit to Estonia next week.

German business gives top ratings for the Baltic States

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 16:09
Flags of the three Baltic states
Augustas Didžgalvis
The Baltic States are among the best locations in Central and Western Europe. According to the economic survey conducted in 2017 by the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK), Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are outperforming the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce announced in a press release.

About 160 Lithuanian troops participate in military drills in Estonia

Friday, May 12, 2017 11:43
LIthuanian army action in Rukla
J.Butkutės nuotr.
Around 160 Lithuanian troops will be taking part in the Spring Storm (Kevadtorm 2017) military exercise in Estonia for the next two weeks, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Friday.

Russian fake news seeks to generate Baltic opposition to NATO presence

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 13:33
NATO flag
Organizatorių archyvas
Russian media outlets in Moscow and in the Baltic countries have stepped up their efforts to generate opposition among Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). These media sources have been putting out fake news stories suggesting that NATO was recruiting Russian speakers, especially in Latvia, to use “as guinea pigs” to test new “physical, biological and other techniques.” The goal of such “experimentation” is purportedly to prepare the Balts to help the Western alliance invade the Russian Federation.

Baltics agree on grid synchronization via Poland - Skvernelis (1)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 10:17
The prime ministers of the three Baltic countries and Poland on Monday reached a preliminary agreement on synchronizing the power grids of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with the continental European network via the existing interconnection between Lithuania and Poland, known as LitPol Link, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said.

Baltic countries: Nord Stream 2 is a political project (1)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 09:19
The prime ministers of the three Baltic countries and Poland reiterated on Monday that the planned second Nord Stream gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea is a political project and underlined their opposition to the project.

Baltic PMs in Tallinn to settle disputes on energy projects

Monday, May 8, 2017 10:15
Tallinn
DELFI / Eglė Digrytė
The prime ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are meeting in Tallinn on Monday to work on their disputes on strategic gas and energy projects. No specific decisions and agreements should be signed Monday, however, the conversations are crucial for Lithuania that aims to persuade the other countries on the need for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal to secure European funding, as well as the possibility to synchronize power grids via Poland in a single link.

New security solution helps Lithuanian police find car parts stolen in Sweden

Thursday, May 4, 2017 15:26
BMW details - Lithuanian police
Kas vyksta Kaune / Rokas Tenys
Swedish law-enforcement bodies take additional measures against car part thefts and cooperate with their colleagues in Lithuania, whose nationals commit a significant portion of these thefts, Swedish officials said on Thursday.

PM to meet with his Baltic, Polish counterparts in Tallinn next week

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 15:01
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is to meet with the heads of government of Latvia, Estonia and Poland in Tallinn next Monday.

Memorandum on Baltic synchronization should be signed in June

Friday, April 28, 2017 09:22
Lithuania's electricity transmission company's logo - Litgrid
DELFI / Vilma Deveikytė
Lithuania and the other states of the Baltic Sea region should sign a memorandum of understanding in June on synchronization of the Baltic states with continental Europe via Poland. The document should give an impetus to the preparations for synchronized work of the networks.

Latvian economics minister to discuss key energy projects with Lithuanian counterparts

Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:51
Latvian Deputy Prime Minister and Economics Minister Arvils Aseradens is to meet with the Lithuanian energy and economy ministers to discuss the countries' key energy projects and efforts to restrict imports from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus, and to visit the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.

There's consensus on Baltic grids' synchronization via Poland, but details not yet clear

Thursday, April 13, 2017 10:26
There is a consensus among member countries of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) that the Baltic power grids have to be synchronized with the Western European system via Poland, but details, such as the need for a second LitPol Link, remain to be worked out.