NORDIC / BALTIC

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.

Latvian citizen busted in Lithuania with 2 Syrian citizens en route to Western Europe

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 16:50
Border guards of Kalvarija, southwestern Lithuania, have detained a Latvian citizen transporting to Western Europe a Syrian father and son who had applied for asylum in Latvia. The driver faces criminal charges, while the Syrian citizens will be sent back to Latvia.

Russian actions harm Lithuania's logistics business, may divide Baltic states

Monday, April 3, 2017 14:47
Klaipėda port
Asmeninis archyvas
Lithuania's State Security Department (VSD) has warned that Russia's protectionist policies and aims to restrict cargo flows harm Lithuania's transport business and energy and, furthermore, can divide the three Baltic states.

NATO, Nordic, Baltic air force commanders meeting in Lithuania to discuss security

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:45
NATO flag
Augustas Didžgalvis
NATO's Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) commander is meeting with commanders of the Air Forces of the Nordic and Baltic states and Poland in Lithuania on Wednesday to discuss the regional security situation, military cooperation and share the latest information about the national air forces.

Lithuania, Latvia to jointly purchase pneumococcal vaccine

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 09:19
Lithuania and Latvia have issued a joint international tender to purchase a pneumococcal vaccine, the Lithuanian National Health Insurance Fund said on Tuesday.

Baltic formins to meet with Tillerson in Washington next weekFREE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 09:45
The Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian foreign ministers are to meet with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington next week.

Lithuania #1 among Baltic States by number of tourist overnight stays

Thursday, March 16, 2017 14:54
Tourists spend more nights in Lithuania than in Latvia or Estonia. According to EUROSTAT, the official statistical office of the European Union, in 2016 the number of overnight stays of tourists (local as well as foreign) who stayed in Lithuanian accommodation establishments, including rural tourism, was the largest in the Baltic states and comprised 7 million, while in Estonia and Latvia this number amounted to 6.2 million and 4.4 million respectively, the State Department of Tourism reported in a press release.announced in a press release.

Estonians inviting developers of autonomous vehicles to Estonia

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 12:35
Vice-President of the Riigikogu and former Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, and the Deputy Chairman of the E-Estonia Support Group and the Environment Committee Kalle Palling sent a letter to five leading manufacturers of autonomous cars on March 7. In their letter, they are inviting major international companies to invest in the development projects of autonomous cars in Estonia.

Lithuanian, Swedish PMs to mull energy, investments in Stockholm

Monday, March 6, 2017 10:39
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is leaving for Sweden on Monday on a brief visit to discuss energy and investment matters with the country's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

Estonian MFA: Estonia continues to be a very pro-enlargement country

Friday, March 3, 2017 11:22
Exclusive interview with Sven Mikser, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, which is due to assume Presidency over the Council of the EU in July 2017.

Lithuanian police to wear uniforms modeled on those of Estonians (2)

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 (1)

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.