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  • Simasius victory predicted in Vilnius mayoral election
    s second largest city Kaunas and Vytautas Grubliauskas would become mayor of Klaipeda The betting company TOP Sport gives a 1 2 coefficient for a victory for Simasius Liberal Movement in Vilnius while a victory for Arturas Zuokas the incumbent mayor was given a coefficient of 5 In Kaunas the current Conservative mayor Andrius Kupcinskas candidacy was given a 2 8 coefficient while Matijosaitis received 1 40 In the city of Klaipeda Vytautas Grubliauskas leads with 1 03 surpassing Agne Bilotaite with 11 The contest in the city of Siauliai is very tight the chances of the two competitors Arturas Visockis and Valerijus Simulikas are rated as being almost equal 1 80 and 1 90 respectively On 15 March Sunday Lithuanians will vote in run off mayoral and municipal elections Mayors in Lithuania will for the first time ever be elected directly 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 and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The

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  • Baltic, Nordic, Visegrad countries unite in support of EU Energy Union
    an EU Energy Union which will allow EU investment in infrastructure projects with the aim of increasing energy security said the minister He also stressed that the liquefied natural gas terminal in Klaipeda constructed by Lithuania alone is currently the only gas supply alternative in the entire region Last month the European Commission issued proposals for the Energy Union which envisages reducing reliance on single suppliers to increase security against disruptions promoting the free flow of energy across borders and a transition to a low carbon economy Maros Sefcovic the Vice President responsible for the Energy Union said that it would be most ambitious project in Europe since the Coal and Steel Community the predecessor to the EU and went on to describe the union as a project that will integrate our 28 European energy markets into one Energy Union make Europe less energy dependent and give the predictability that investors so badly need to create jobs and growth Today we set in motion a fundamental transition towards a low carbon and climate friendly economy towards an Energy Union that puts citizens first by offering them more affordable secure and sustainable energy Ministers agreed to seek better economic integration with Eastern partners and stronger cooperation with the EU during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga this May 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

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  • Former Russian ambassador to Latvia: programme was in place to influence elections
    party apparently referring to Harmony into power during the 2009 local government elections but was not successful during the 10th elections for the Saiema the Latvian Parliament which were won by the Unity Party led by Valdis Dombrovskis Kaluzhny then blamed his successor Alexander Veshnyakov who had supposedly ended the implementation of the programme in question Asked how the embassy had implemented this programme Kaluzhny said that the first task was to reform Harmony Centre and put Nils Usakovs as leader as many were Janis Urbanovics who was leader at the time However when questioned by LETA Harmony s current leaders denied the former ambassador s claims Sometimes when people retire they have a tendency to increase their role in historical events If the Kaluzhny interview went on for another half hour he would likely have said that the Latvian economy and Latvia itself exists because of his efforts I would not like to exaggerate Kaluzhny s role as he did have a weak understanding of Latvia s internal processes He was not able to learn everything Usakovs said Urbanovics was harsher in his comments This is basically an accusation that Russia has interfered or attempted to interfere in Latvia s internal affairs If this is the case then Russia must apologise If this is not the case Kaluzhny should be tried Urbanovics said calling the former ambassador s comments nonsense The press service of the Russian Embassy in Riga was concise in its reply we do not intend to comment Kaluzhny s fantasies We advise you to go directly to the source if you want to know more about this nonsense The embassy wishes to emphasise that it continues to work in accordance with international regulations bilateral agreement with Latvia and the Vienna Convention which includes principles on non

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  • Lithuanian Parliament votes in favour of joint brigade with Poland, Ukraine
    the agreement this would allow Lithuanian participation in a joint brigade referred to as LITPOLUKRBRIG According to Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas the goal of the brigade would be training sharing experience holding joint exercises and if there was unanimous agreement participation in missions under the United Nation Security Council mandate The headquarters would be located in Lublin Poland and Lithuania would deploy six officers there Meanwhile battalions attached to the brigade would be stationed in all three countries The creation of the unit would be one of the most significant military cooperation projects between Lithuania Poland and Ukraine and is expected to enhance trilateral relations 79 members of the Seimas voted in favour of the project 2 voted against and 1 abstained Afterwards the draft law will be submitted for the consideration of the Seimas committees The Seimas is scheduled to further consider the project on 26 March 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

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  • Estonia one of three EU member states to have already met 2020 renewable energy target
    52 1 percent Sweden had by far in 2013 the highest share of energy from renewable sources in its gross final consumption of energy ahead of Latvia 37 1 percent Finland 36 8 percent and Austria 32 6 percent In contrast the lowest proportions of renewables were found in Luxembourg 3 6 percent Malta 3 8 percent the Netherlands 4 5 percent and the United Kingdom 5 1 percent As well as Estonia Sweden and Bulgaria have also already reached their renewable energy targets for 2020 At the opposite end of the scale the United Kingdom 9 9 percentage points from reaching its 2020 target the Netherlands 9 5 pp France 8 8 pp and Ireland 8 2 pp are the furthest away from their target The Europe 2020 strategy also sets up a specific sub indicator regarding the share of transport fuels from renewable sources the target set here is 10 percent by 2020 In this area all of the Baltic States are well off their target with Estonia scoring the lowest rating of any EU member state just 0 2 percent of its energy used for transport in 2013 came from renewable sources Latvia and Lithuania used 3 1 percent and 4 6 percent respectively Only one member state has so far met its 2020 target so far Sweden which uses 16 7 percent renewable fuel in transport Most EU member states are around half way to their 2020 objective 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

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  • Estonian, Latvian, Polish officials sceptical of Juncker's EU army idea
    moves by boosting defenses on Europe s eastern flank planning to create a spearhead force of 5 000 troops and command centers in six formerly communist member states the three Baltic states Bulgaria Poland and Romania General Stanislaw Koziej a security adviser to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said Juncker s idea was an impractical dream These days nobody in Europe no single country is contemplating giving up its sovereignty said Koziej To have an army you need first of all a political decision maker who would deploy such an army added the general urging the EU to make its priority further political integration of Europe Former Estonian prime minister Siim Kallas also expressed doubts about Juncker s idea pointing out that finding consensus would be difficult and that there is already a functioning equivalent in the form of NATO Kallas who was prime minister from 2002 to 2003 and has also served as European Commission Vice President told Estonian Public Broadcasting s radio station Vikerkaar that it is quite a complicated and fascinating debate adding that it is quite understandable why Finland immediately gave its support to the idea Finland is not in NATO and Kallas believes that the Finns feel isolated If they could now enter international security cooperation with some other model then they would be very happy said Kallas Kallas believes however that Juncker s plan will not be successful To start creating a European army we face all these same things how is it managed how are decisions made he reasoned Kallas gave as an example that if one country wanted to go to war in Africa and another other in Russia it would difficult to to implement a decision Kallas said that if there was a need for a unit that would fight against Russia

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    resign Laimdota Straujuma the Prime Minister of Latvia said today that she is not intending in stepping down in spite of rumours that members of som Read More Estonians now as happy with their lives as during boom years According to a new Eurobarometer survey last autumn 77 of Estonian citizens were satisfied with life in general which is similar to the Europ Read More NATO Strategic Communications Centre in Riga no immediate plans to counter Russian propaganda The Riga based NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence NATO StratCom COE is not currently planning any activities to counter Russia Read More Estonia least energy dependent EU member state Estonia was the least energy dependent EU member state in 2013 according to the latest data from Eurostat Energy dependence is calculated as t Read More Robert Plant St Vincent Basement Jaxx for Latvia s Positivus festival The legendary musician and former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant will perform at this year s Positivus festival in Latvia the festival Read More Estonia adds e citizens and security Much fuss has been made about the Estonian government s debut of its e citizenship program which some 13 000 foreigners have already sign Read More NATO command centre will be located in Riga A NATO command centre with a staff of 40 will be located in Riga according to Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis Union of Greens a Read More Previous 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 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

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  • Alternate Rail Baltica route for Riga area after Marupe concerns
    and those who will be personally affected by the project I believe that the majority supports the construction of the railway but we must carefully consider those who don t and ensure that compensations payments are fair said Straujuma Straujuma emphasised that the public debate about the Rail Baltica project had had a generally positive impact mentioning Marupe as an example Marupe residents strongly opposed the proposed railway route so as a result they will be offered an alternative route I will also have an individual meeting with the head of the district of Madona to discuss the issue added Straujuma At a public debate about the Rail Baltica project at Marupe Culture Center on March 7 both local residents and representatives from the Marupe District Council had voiced objections to the project saying that there were too many things that had not yet been decided According to Marupe local government s development director Peteris Piksa the municipality had been waiting for information regarding the route that the railway would take to Riga for four months In the end we received not the several volumes we had been expecting but two pages They do not even mention the 50 percent of private homes that will be affected by Rail Baltica nor the impact on other private properties cycling lanes other facilities said Piksa He also indicated that the amount of compensation offered to Marupe residents was ridiculously small 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

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