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  • Kaliningrad city requests Soviet Green Bridge statues from Vilnius
    of Sovetsk implies that symbols of the Soviet era could find a place within our territory Vilnius Municipality confirmed receipt of the proposal saying it would be discussed along with other proposals from Vilnius residents and other cities in Autumn this year Aleksandras Zubriakovas spokesman for Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius noted the sculptures were currently subject to legal protection and could therefore not be sold in an auction or transported from Lithuania After more than 60 years on the Green Bridge the four sets of sculptures were removed following expert advice which suggested they were in urgent state of repair and a threat to public health and safety Gruto Park near Druskininkai Europe Park located near Vilnius and a stone sculpture park have also expressed interest in taking the statues The sculptures are currently stored at a municipal company The four groups of sculptures portrayed Red Army soldiers Soviet workers farmers and students They were built on the Green Bridge in central Vilnius in 1952 and are listed on the Register of Cultural Values Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an

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    un Read More Grybauskaite Security of Baltic region common interest to Lithuania and the U S On June 29 2015 Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite met John Boener the Speaker of the United States House Of Representatives to Read More Harmony most popular political party in Latvia in June With June 2015 coming to an end Latvian state television reported the latest data from Latvijas Fakti indicates t Read More Russian foreign intelligence services activity moderate in Latvia According to the director of Latvia s Constitutional Protection Bureau Janis Maizitis the activity of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Read More Dalia Grybauskaite calls European Commission s refugee quota discriminatory Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has described the European Commission s number of refugees affected by the Mediterranean Crisis Read More Estonian Defence Minister calls for more NATO funding to Ukraine Estonia s Minister of Defence Sven Mikser believes NATO member states should provide more funding to Ukraine in order to prevent the si Read More Low income earners less than three percent in Latvia For the first time since 2013 Latvia s Welfare Ministry has revealed the number of low income persons in the country is now lower than th Read More United States confirms it will deploy heavy weapons in the Baltic States On Tuesday June 23 2015 the United States confirmed it will deploy heavy weapons in the Baltic States In a meeting Read More Previous 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The

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  • Riga hosts Europe's Pacific Islands Festival
    five years It attracts pacific islanders who mostly live in the northern hemisphere and in particular Europe said Daunivalu Previous years has seen the festival being staged in Helsinki Berlin Basel and in 2014 the event was taken to the Spanish city of Barcelona This year I m introducing more performances and a larger contingent of pacific islanders will participate in the event in Riga said Daunivalu Though the festival is primarily intended for pacific islanders living in Europe to get together and for families whose children have been brought up in Europe to reconnect with their pacific island culture and heritage through dance Everyone who wishes to learn about Pacific Island culture is welcome to attend the festival The festival message which we wish to get out about the pacific islands is that there are many pacific islanders living in Europe who are professionally active in numerous professional fields The festival aims at defining us not by the smallness of our islands but by the greatness of our oceans said Daunivalu That s why I was pleased when in June of this year the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics himself paid a visit to Fiji representing the EU s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini to meet Fiji s prime minister Frank Bainimarama said Daunivalu This was one of the European Unions first official meeting since the coup of 2006 Fiji and the European Union have agreed to work together to tackle a series of international challenges of which the most pressing on the discussion agenda was climate change Rinkevics himself stated that Fiji has striven to carry out remarkable reforms since the country returned to democracy and noted the setting up its new parliament and ratifying the UN Convention Against Torture Rinkevics further noted that Fiji appointing a number of women to key political positions may serve as an example to the entire Pacific region Rinkevics also met with the Republic of Fiji s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola to confirm Latvia s interest in developing bilateral relations I was delighted to hear of this intention by the Minister Rinkevics And I trust that the Pacific Islands Festival Europe PIFE which we are staging in Riga can serve as a bridge between Fiji and all Pacific islanders and the Latvian people to enable them to learn more about our diverse cultures and traditions said Daunivalu This festival would not have been possible without the support of our general Sponsors The Tapa Foundation The Chairman Juris Gulbis has himself spent considerable years of his life in the South Pacific The highlight of this years festival will be the performance of the Vou Dance Group which is considered Fiji s most versatile and internationally renowned performance Dance Company VOU has performed hundreds of shows across Fiji and abroad showcasing a wide range of styles from Pacific Bollywood and traditional Fijian meke to Contemporary Jazz Ballet Ballroom dancing and many others All the way from California The

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  • Anti-refugee protest to be held in Riga on August 4
    been announced by the Tevijas Sargi Guards of the Fatherland public group Other organisations that have also announced their plans to picket on August 4 include lawmakers from the ruling nationalist conservative National Alliance the nationalist Taisnigums Justice organisation men s folk group Vilki Wolves and the Dieva Suni Dogs of the God organization In early July 2015 the Latvian government agreed until 2017 the country would voluntary admit 250 refugees from North Africa who need to be relocated within the European Union The Ministries of Interior Welfare Culture and Environmental Protection and Regional Development in collaboration with local authorities are currently forming a policy for their integration The nationalist conservative National Alliance a partner in Latvia s center right government coalition objects to the admission of refugees to Latvia arguing during last century Latvia was forced to take in more immigrants than any other EU member state Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and

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  • Prime Minister Butkevicius calls for removal of Vice Minister Vytautas Vigelis
    he not dismiss Vigelis Birutis may lose his job He Birutis has to dismiss the Vice Minister this week the prime minister told journalists in Vilnius on July 27 2015 Asked whether failure to sack Vigelis would mean that Birutis would be dismissed from the Culture Ministry as the case was with former energy minister Jaroslav Neverovic Butkevicius replied the same rules apply to everyone The prime minister said Vigelis was unsuitable for the post due to faulty moral criteria Vigelis was appointed as culture vice minister on July 2 replacing Agneta Lobacevskyte who was designated as an equal opportunities ombudsman In 2011 Vigils was asked to leave a flight in Warsaw after being suspected of drunkenness Ethics watchdogs have also accused him of confusing public and private interests Both Birutis and Vigelis were delegated to the ministry by the Labour Party Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The

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  • Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Defence Ministers sign agreement on joint military brigade
    to be approved by international certification The brigade commander his deputy and the Chief of Staff will be assigned by Lithuania Poland and Ukraine for a period of three years on a rotating basis According to Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Juozas Olekas Monday July 27 will see eight Lithuanian army officers leave for Lublin in Poland where the brigade will be headquartered I cannot say when the first field training event will take place but it should take place shotly Olekas told BNS The brigade will be formed following the model of multinational crisis response capabilities the European Union Battle Groups EU BGs The LITPOLUKRBRIG is planned to be made up of an international staff three battalions and special purpose units Lithuania Poland and Ukraine will each be assigned an infantry battalion Each country will provide personnel for special purpose units and the LITPOLUKRBRIG staff The agreement allows LITPOLUKRBRIG personnel to participate in joint training and exercises plus the deployment of the brigade or its elements to international operations mandated by the United Nations Security Council Decisions regarding the deployment of the LITPOLUKRBRIG to international operations will be made by the general consent of Lithuania Poland and Ukraine The LITPOLUKRBRIG battalions will be held on standby in their native countries The Lithuanian contribution to the LITPOLUKRBRIG will be formed from the personnel of the Grand Duchess Birute Uhlan Battalion Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in

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  • Latvian Employers Confederation: refugee integration "very important" for the the country’s job market
    these people in the society will be organized said a spokesman for the confederation Looking from the point of view of Latvian employers the priority is to employ a local workforce However Latvia s demographics suggest Latvian that in the coming ten years at least 30 000 people will retire Due to the demographic situation only 16 000 people will enter the job market Thus the matter of the workforce will be topical Latvian Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis recently said refugees will arrive in Latvia only when the integration program is ready He said the exact date the refugees will be accepted in Latvia has not been decided and it may be closer to winter not autumn On Monday July 20 2015 European Union justice and interior ministers agreed on the admission of 54 760 refugees affected by the crisis in the Mediterranean During the discussion Latvia remained firm it will voluntarily take in 250 refugees Negotiations on the resettlement of refugees in other EU member states are expected to continue until the end of this year The LDDK is the largest employers organisation in Latvia The LDDK members employ 41 percent of the working age population in Latvia Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling

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  • Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite “glad” Soviet statues removed from Green Bridge in Vilnius
    removed on Sunday July 19 2015 Supporters of the removal say the statues are Soviet propaganda and an insult to those who fought for Lithuania s eventual liberation from the USSR in 1991 Vilnius Mayor the Liberal Movement party s Remigijus Simasius said in a recent interview the statues were removed in the interest of public safety and not for political reasons The statues were very dangerous for passers by because their condition was very poor said Simasius We had no other choice to remove them from the Green Bridge According to expert advice we would have had to have closed the pavement alongside the statues during strong winds because they would have made it too dangerous to pass by The sculptures are officially listed as a cultural objects and opponents of the removal believe they are an integral part of the bridge The Vilnius Municipality administration has been accused of the politicising and settlement of historical bills Simasius who was elected Vilnius Mayor in March 2015 also went on to describe the statues as representing big lies about the Soviet system and revealed a decision on their future would be taken in Autumn this year For me personally I think the values the statues represent were actually big lies about the Soviet system Nothing more just big lies They will be guarded then during the Autumn we ll bring everyone to the table to have a discussion and decide whether they will be used temporarily or permanently in the future Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in

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