NORDIC / BALTIC

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:39
Euros
DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika
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
Saulius Skvernelis
DELFI / Andrius Ufartas
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?

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
TV3 TV camera
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
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
Rokas Masiulis
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
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
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
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
Viktoras Pranckietis
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
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
Taavis Roivas
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
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's Mindaugas Kuzminskas during Lithuania Latvia basketball game
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
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.

Russia transporting Iskander missile system to Kaliningrad (1)FREE

Friday, October 7, 2016 16:31
Iskander-M in Kaliningrad region already?
"Propagandos detektyvai" nuotr.
According to a government source known to ERR’s Estonian news portal, the Russian Baltic Fleet is moving an Iskander-M missile system from Ust-Luga to Kaliningrad on a civilian vessel, ERR News reported.

Estonian formin expects Rail Baltica agreement to be signed

Thursday, October 6, 2016 14:56
Jurgenas Ligi in Vilnius in 2013
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
Estonian Foreign Minister Jurgen Ligi believes that the Baltic countries will soon to finalize the signing of an agreement on a procurement model for the 5-billion-euro European standard-gauge railway project Rail Baltica.

Experts and colleagues: Kaljulaid will be a bold president of Estonia

Monday, October 3, 2016 18:44
Estonia's President-elect Kersti Kaljulaid will be a bold head of state, Lithuanian experts and her former colleagues said.

Grybauskaitė congratulates Estonia's president-elect

Monday, October 3, 2016 16:00
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Monday congratulated Kersti Kaljulaid on her election as Estonia's president, underlining that Estonia is one of Lithuania's closest and most important partners and allies.

NATO jets in Baltics scrambled to escort 7 Russian warplanes last week

Monday, September 26, 2016 18:43
NATO exercise
NATO nuotr.
NATO fighter jets serving in the Alliance's air-policing mission in the Baltic countries last week were scrambled to identify and escort seven Russian military aircraft flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said on Monday.

Latvian detained for smuggling in 3 Indian asylum-seekers

Saturday, September 24, 2016 13:28
Lithuanian border guards on September 23 detained a Latvian woman for illegally transporting three Indian asylum-seekers from Latvia across Lithuania to the border with Poland, the State Border Guard Service said.

Lithuania, Latvia agree to synchronize military equipment procurement

Thursday, September 15, 2016 20:41
Army days in Vilnius
DELFI (T. Vinicko nuotr.)
The Lithuanian and Latvian defense ministers signed on Thursday a joint communiqué stating their commitment to synchronize the procurement of military equipment.

Lithuanian, Latvian defence ministers to discuss synchronization of military procurement

Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:44
NATO military equipment shipped to Lithuania
DELFI (V.Spurytės nuotr.)
Lithuania and Latvia are planning to cooperate in an effort to synchronize procurement of military equipment.

Supervisory Board of Rail Baltica approves its procurement model

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 21:51
Rail Baltica
rail-baltica.lt nuotr.
The Supervisory Board of the joint venture of three Baltic countries approved the basic principles of the Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica procurement model which is core to the Contacting Scheme to be agreed by all three countries on 7 September. All procurements will be divided in three groups – procurements organised solely by the joint venture, consolidated procurements carried out by the joint venture and procurements carried out by the national implementers under strict joint venture supervision, Rail Baltic office reported.

Latvia 'ready' to continue talks with Lithuania on sea border

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 09:16
Latvia is ready to continue talks with Lithuania on the maritime border, the neighbouring country's Foreign Ministry has said.

Baltic states 'scared to death' of Russia and Trump, Biden tells US voters (1)

Friday, September 2, 2016 11:46
Joe Biden
AP
United States Vice-President Joe Biden says his recent visit to Latvia has given him the impression that the Baltic states are "scared to death" of Russia and fear the possibility of Donald Trump being elected as the next US president.

An ode to linen led to Norwegian sheepFREE

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 13:22
If you ask a Lithuanian what he or she is proud of, you will hear plenty of praises to dark bread, basketball, wonderful forests and hard-working people who still cherish ancient traditions and are able to create fashionable garments from linen. Nevertheless, few fellow-countrymen know that skilful weavers are on the verge of extinction, even though not so long ago, in the XIX–XX centuries, practically every woman in a village knew how to weave fabrics, and the most ingenious of weavers would come up with intricate patterns and successfully sold or bartered their creations for other goods.