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  • NATO to deploy drones over Baltic States; Estonia to assist with funding
    a comprehensive situation of occurrences on the ground Using advanced radar sensors the AGS system will continuously detect and track moving objects throughout observed areas and provide radar imagery of areas of interest and stationary objects All Allies will contribute to the development of the AGS system through financial contributions which will cover the establishment of the AGS main base plus the communications and life cycle support of the fleet France and the United Kingdom have their own national drone programs in place and will replace part of their financial contribution via national surveillance systems that will be made available to NATO The drones will enable NATO to perform constant surveillance over wide areas from High Altitude Long Endurance HALE aircraft that are able to operate at considerable altitudes and in any weather or visibility conditions The drones will be able to spend up to 24 hours in the air and can reach a maximum altitude of around 65 000 feet 20 kilometers They have a range of over 16 000 kilometers The main operating base for the drones will be the Signella NATO base in Italy Drones are legal under Estonian law except in areas adjacent to airports Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/nato_to_deploy_drones_over_baltic_states/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Audrone Pitreniene nominated as Education and Science Minister; Grybauskaite criticised
    position Meanwhile Seimas Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of Lithuania s Social Democrat party MP Algirdas Sysas has criticised Grybauskaite s decision to propose Pitreniene for the position and believes colleague Vedas Gedvilas would have been the better candidate for the role Speaking to radio station Ziniu Radijas on the morning of May 27 Sysas admitted he was afraid she Pitreniene could indeed be appointed He also hit out at Grybauskaite s office by suggesting it was playing political games Instead of solving the existing problems within government Sysas said he felt the presidential office was worsening them by publicly criticising the ruling coalition and the Labour Party While suggesting the president should choose but not propose candidates for ministerial positions he agreed with Butkevicius decision to submit a candidacy as it fits within the agreement drawn up by the ruling coalition Butkevicius a member of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania told Zinijus Radijas the role of Minister of Science and Education would be filled this week 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 Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit 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

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  • Minister of Culture proposes construction of new concert hall in Riga
    million euros The Minister of Culture believes it would be cheaper to build a entirely new concert hall I don t see us finding enough money for the renovation project she said If there is something we should be considering then it s a concert hall and it must be brand new She also rejected the long disputed idea of constructing a concert facility on Riga s AB Jetty due to insufficient funding Should the construction of a new concert hall be approved the Minister of Culture also believes the new build should be multi functional and used for conferences and conventions Her comment regarding multi functionality is a response to a recent statement made by Janis Vucas the chairman of the parliamentary committee Vucans MP for the VSS the Union of Greens and Farmers party claimed Latvia unlike Estonia has no facilities for organising conferences or corporate functions We have no rooms are enough for 4 000 to 5 000 people said Vucans Even a group of 1 500 is problematic 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 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

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  • Lithuanian prime minister congratulates Georgia on independence
    I wish your country to prosper and be well In a ceremony entitled The Lithuanian and Georgian Flags of Freedom Road a group of school pupils gathered on Cathedral Square in Vilnius The group held a giant Georgian flag surrounded by a Lithuanian flag The event was intended to signify the unity of the Lithuanian and Georgian peoples It is a particular pleasure to see here today the representatives of Lithuanian youth holding these two flags said Georgian Ambassador to Lithuania Khatuna Salukvadze Ninety seven years ago in 1918 the dream of our ancestors came true and Georgia declared independence setting itself on the European course as a democratic republic The nice picture that we see today two beautiful flags of Lithuania and Georgia embraced in colourful harmony symbolises the friendship of Lithuanian and Georgian people who love the freedom of their countries and uphold democratic values I want to thank Lithuanian people for this support and for being with Georgia throughout all these years and on this day As our flags are intertwined today so are intertwined our freedom roads The ceremony was attended by a number of high profile Lithuanian public figures including president Dalia Grybauskaite Vilnius mayor Remigijus Simasius and Vytautas Landsbergis Lithuania s first head of state after it declared independence from the USSR in 1991 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

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  • Estonian employers' confederation proposes minimum wage increase by 2017
    Estonia quicker than anticipated In the first quarter of 2015 Statistics Estonia reported the average monthly gross wage was 1 010 euros When raising the minimum wage it should be observed that workers who earn the minimum wage or close to it would not suffer said Tamsar Too sharp a rise could lead to companies needing the low skilled labour reducing their activities or moving away from Estonia which would deprive people of jobs and leave them on state support According to the employers confederation workers support having a long term agreement on the minimum wage meaning both employers and employees can have confidence During the first quarter of 2015 in Estonia almost 25 000 workers in full time employment earned the monthly minimum According to statistics from January 2015 in Estonia the minimum wage is the highest in all three Baltic States in Latvia workers can expect to earn a minimum of 360 euros while the Lithuanian monthly salary is the least at 300 euros The negotiations between the employers confederation and its Trade Union counterpart will continue on June 8 2015 Comments Related Articles Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Estonia Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension Russian Roulette the shot of vodka heard round the world Estonia was Europe s biggest exporter of wooden houses in 2014 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

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  • Latvian soldiers to take part in 2015 Saber Strike exercises
    in Latvia Lithuania Estonia and Poland In addition to troops from the Baltic States soldiers and military officials from the United States United Kingdom Finland Denmark Germany France Italy Portugal Hungary Slovakia Canada and Norway will participate in the land and air exercises The Saber Strike exercises are annual multinational military exercises organised by the United States Army Europe and have occurred in the Baltic region since 2011 For the Baltic States the reason for participating in the Saber Strike exercises is to improve their armed forces level of preparation in international operations A further objective is to improve cooperation between the Baltic States and other allied forces as well as making improvements to the integration between the Baltics air and ground operations The exercise also aims at strengthening security and stability in light of aggression from the Kremlin Saber Strike 2014 saw approximately 4 500 troops from 10 countries take part in exercises across Latvia Estonia and Lithuania 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 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

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  • Grybauskaite advisor - no major changes in relations with Poland
    present and for Lithuania Poland remains an important neighbour and ally We share a lot of common issues said Budrys First of all we are speaking about regional security issues and we have an extensive portfolio of defence cooperation We have already achieved a lot in this field and we probably do not see any major changes coming in this area Our relations in this area are indeed rather intense and we cooperate very closely and daily on these issues The fact both Lithuania and Poland are NATO member states means we also have to cooperate in this context On May 24 Lithuania s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius also said he does not expect bilateral relations between the two countries to improve However he added Lithuania is now ready for constructive cooperation with its Polish neighbour Duda s victory in the Polish general election marks the Prawo i Sprawiedliwosc Law and Justice party s first election win since 2005 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 Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit 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

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  • Helsinki council leaders call for more progress on Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel plan
    become stalled if further studies are not undertaken It is clear that this thing has to be worked on at full steam said Emma Kari the head of Finland s Green Party The preliminary study made it clear that it is certainly worthwhile to continue with work The fact that the plan is not progressing is not good for us in any case She added the economic downturn in Finland is the main reason for implementing the plan despite the preliminary studies estimating the tunnel will cost between 9 13 billion euros In a poor economic situation investments of this type give us better growth outlook continued Kari The tunnel would bring us closer to Europe it would improve transport links and it would benefit the economy Head of the Social Democrats Osku Pajamaki added Finland has been long isolated from Estonia in terms of transport but conceded ship traffic between the two countries has been smooth Meanwhile the chairman of Finland s Coalition Lasse Männistö claimed ship traffic was not enough The plan has been driven by the Helsinki council without any participation from the Finnish state so far Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline 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

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