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  • Eesti in brief
    seems that even the breaking records for technologically innovative forms of democracy is not enough for Estonians living in foreign countries Border upgrades The plan to upgrade the border with Russia over the next four years was introduced by Estonian interior minister Hanno Pevkur The cost for marking developing surveillance capabilities and building up infrastructures reached 70 million euros Moreover the border on Lake Peipsi and other water bodies will be watched with 621 floating markings The state will also continue buying up private land around the border area and finding new IT solutions If the project is accepted by the new government the first surveillance equipment will be placed during the year Weeding out the smugglers When a sniffer dog of the Narva checkpoint barked at the freezer trailer of a Lithuanian registered truck heading for Russia officials didn t expect to find a total of 830 kg of hashish inside it The sum of all narcotic substances seized by Estonian Tax and Customs Board in 2014 was 455 kg only half the quantity found in the refrigerated trailer which was used primarily to transport flowers Assuming a street value of 20 euros a gram the haul was estimated to be worth 16 6 million euros 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

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  • Reform Party Clinches Narrow Victory
    securing three more seats than the biggest opposition party the Centre Party who have ties to the Russian President Vladimir Putin s political party United Russia Worldwide attention had focused closely in the run up to the elections on the possibility that the Centre Party described by some as pro Russia and which is led by the characterful and controversial mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savissaar could win the electio The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section 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 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 Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more Our news analysis and

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  • Estonia E-votes Despite Cyber Security Concerns
    OSCE ODIHR Election Assessment Mission Report concluded there is scope for further improvements of the legal framework oversight and accountability and some technical aspects of the Internet voting system Shortly before the European Parliament Election in 2014 a research group led by Alex Halderman an associate professor from the University of Michigan published a scathing report on the Estonian system which stated we find that the e voting system has serious architectural limitations and procedural gaps that potentially jeopardize the integrity of elections The criticism made headlines in the international media receiving coverage from The Guardian and the BBC This led to a public debate between Alex Halderman and the Estonian authorities According to Professor Robert Krimmer the report had many valid points although the assessment of the impact could be debated The results of the debate in terms of immediate consequences was limited however Because it was released just some days before the election there was not much the responsible Estonian officials could do So the report was perceived as an attack on the nation and it ended without a real public discussion about the content of the report he says Integrity and national pride The criticism seems not to have affected the Estonian voters trust in their election system After eight national elections the number of e voters at the 2015 Parliamentary Election was a record breaking 176 491 Although the percentage of e voters decreased slightly compared to the total number of voters there is no doubt that Estonians have accepted internet voting as a valid alternative to paper based voting which still is possible According to the Estonian Election Commission it is not only young voters who tend to e vote 28 percent of the e voters in the 2014 European Parliamentary Election were over 55 years old According to Professor Robert Krimmer one of the explanations for the broad public acceptance of digital voting can be found in the history books In general Estonia has always been a place for the knowledge elite During the Soviet occupation there was a space programme here and one of the first IT institutes was in Estonia as well So Estonians have a reputation for using computers and for many Estonians computers symbolise the neutral third party a thing you cannot corrupt and that brings you stability and modernity In some sense you can say people here trust computers more than they trust people he says The level of trust in Information and Communication Technologies among the Estonians intrigues Carsten Schurmann He thinks that Estonia is a unique place to study how technology might increase public trust in the democratic process Compared to previous elections voter participation in Estonia is increasing and it is clear that Estonians are taking advantage of internet voting as an alternative voting channel It would be interesting to understand if there is a relationship between voter turnout and the use of technology he says Jari Kickbusch is a Research Communication Officer at the IT

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  • Lithuania FM attends Nemtsov funeral, meets opposition activists
    them thinks of this event as a personal event Many of them have their own vision what the future of their country should look like and this vision is what unites them today the minister said in a telephone interview with Elta Linkevicius left for Moscow together with MP Emanuelis Zingeris Lithuanian Vygaudas Usackas the head of the European Union s delegation to Russia represented the EU at Nemtsov s funeral Lithuanian MEP Petras Austrevicius was also present Russian authorities denied entry to the country to Bogdan Borusewicz Poland s leading opposition activist under Communism and the current leader of Poland s Senate as well as to Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny asked a court to suspend his house arrest for one day to attend the ceremony but his appeal was denied Linkevicius has called such decisions from the Russian Government strange A funeral is an event which should be censorship free It is not a political event just an occasion to pay one s last respects to the deceased Linkevicius said As reported Nemtsov was killed as he was crossing Moskvoretsky Bridge within sight of the Kremlin on Saturday The funeral for the opposition politician will take place later on Tuesday at Moscow s Troyekurovskoye cemetery 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

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  • Lithuania aims to be among EU leaders in transparency by 2025
    Lithuania s corruption perception index is expected to reach at least 70 points whereas in 2013 it stood at 57 Another goal is that by 2025 the proportion of respondents Lithuanian residents businessmen and public servants saying that bribes help solve problems in the country will be below 33 percent In 2014 it was 55 percent 69 percent among residents 43 percent among company directors and 54 percent among public servants Another target is that by 2025 the number of those polled who indicate having given a bribe within the last five years should be below 10 percent In 2014 it was at 31 percent Commenting on the National Anticorruption Programme Deputy Director Zienka said that people should have access to information about how their tax money is being spent The goal is to enable people to receive information about every public procurement how every municipality and every institution spends tax money This would make the government both on municipal and Governmental level accountable to Lithuanian people said Zienka He said that they aim to further include non governmental organisations business associations and the private sector in combatting corruption Furthermore the need to increase the protection of people who inform about corruption was emphasised Zienka said that the sociological research map of corruption in Lithuania for 2014 suggests that the situation has improved Businesspeople have become more resolute not to give bribes and not to behave in a corrupt manner because this contradicts their beliefs The National Anticorruption Programme for 2015 2025 should be approved in the Seimas s spring session 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

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  • Latgale may get Russian-language TV channel
    atlhough the transport minister denies this Other politicians claim that the idea of a television channel specifically for Latgale province is indeed circulating but that a final decision is yet to be made The chairwoman of the Latvian Parliament s National Security Committee Solvita Aboltina Unity told De Facto that a task force has discussed possible measures that could be taken to protect Latvia s information space and that starting a Russian language channel in Latgale may represent only a small part of the solution Culture Minister Dace Melbarde has said that local television channels can successfully compete in Latvia s information space with localised content that focuses on the needs of the state or an individual region She added that this would be media content which people identify themselves with which talks about them their lives content made by people from the area Latgale which is in south eastern Latvia bordering Russia and Belarus has the highest proportion of Russian speakers of any of Latvia s four historical cultural regions In the largest city Daugavpils Russian speakers make up an overwhelming majority of the population in the second largest Rezekne the proportion is around half Many currently choose to consume media produced in Russia rather than 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

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  • News search
    Baltics RIGA NATO commanders have given the green light for the creation of rapid response force command and control centres in the Baltics and three Read More PEOPLE S REPUBLIC OF LATGALE Riga The Security Police have identified those involved in circulating a picture on the Internet promoting the idea of a Latgale Read More Latvian FM will invite jailed journalist Greste to Riga press freedom prize The Foreign Ministry plans to invite the Australian Latvian journalist Peter Greste to the 2015 UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony in Rig Read More The Baltic view on the conflict in Ukraine Before Russia began its aggression against Ukraine including the annexation of Crimea Lithuania Latvia and Estonia had felt a higher level of Read More Income from new export markets exceed CIS losses for Lithuanian businesses Lithuania s exports to the region of the Commonwealth of Independent States CIS last year declined by 158 million euros largely due Read More Over 100 villages vanish from the map of Latvia A total of 118 villages have been taken off the map of Latvia during the past 12 months according to statistics from the State Address Register Read More Estonian President arm Ukraine or Russia wins Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said on Tuesday that he is worried about the perspective of some Western states that pro Russian separat Read More Previous 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 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 Baltic Times is an independent monthly

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  • Lithuania President on Nemtsov murder: Russia has become dangerous to its own people
    of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov the presidential press service said We were all shocked at the news of the murder of this patriot of Russia and tireless advocate for democracy and human rights This terrible moment was a turning point at which Russia became dangerous to its own people the president said According to the president this cynical crime is yet another signal to the world that threats coming from Russia have no boundaries The president extended her sincere condolences to Boris Nemtsov s family and friends as well as to all the people of Russia Nemtsov Deputy Prime Minister under Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s and latterly a strong critic of Vladimir Putin was shot dead in Moscow last Friday 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 Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area

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