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    Read More Pentagon fears Moscow could block access to Baltic Sea The publication Defense One has reported that Russia has moved ballistic missiles to and conducted nuclear strike drills from its Kaliningrad Read More Baltic Prime Ministers to meet in Vilnius The Prime Ministers of the three Baltic states will meet in Vilnius on December 14 The announcement was made by Read More Grybauskaite defends payment cuts to refugees Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has defended the recent decision to cut social payments for refugees saying it would increase their int Read More Paulauskas Kremlin has developed a complete propaganda network in Lithuania According to Arturas Paulauskas Lithuania s parliamentary National Security and Defence Committee chairman Russia has developed a comple Read More Outgoing Latvian P M Terror threat lowest in Poland and Baltics According to outline Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma the Baltic States and Poland currently have the lowest terror threat levels nb Read More RTR Planeta moves to pay to view in Lithuania On December 8 2015 the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission instructed all re broadcasting companies in the country to move the Russian Read More Grybauskaite Gazprom Nord Steam 2 gas project threatens European energy security According to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite Russia s construction of a second Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is a threat to European Read More Previous 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 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 newspaper that covers latest

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  • Can Sweden help Lithuania win the Eurovision Song Contest?
    Skurstene Aiste Pilvelyte Ruslanas Kirilkinas and the group 4 Roses These artists have all previously participated in the Lithuanian Eurovision contest Special attention should be focused on Latvian born Baiba Skurstene who is one of Lithuania s best female singers She could very well be a serious threat to Donny Montell in the contest depending of course on her Swedish song when matched against Montell s Swedish song Aiste Pilvelyte is renowned for having finished in second place a number of times in previous contests Whether she can challenge Montell and achieve her long awaited victory in the Eurovision Song Contest is doubtful but remains to be seen One cannot help but compare her to Sweden s Lena Philipsson who after several second place finishes over a number of years in the Swedish contest finally won and became the superstar she is today It is worth noting that the five original Swedish songs submitted to the Lithuanian Eurovision contest by the publisher Sweden Songs were all allotted to the artists mentioned above by the Lithuanian Television authority who received them from the Swedish Publisher and or writers through the internet and not through the auspices of private managers or producers as is usually the case in most countries This raises the question of the lack of serious management within the Lithuanian music business The fact that the Lithuanian Television authority LRTV has chosen these Swedish songs may indicate one of two things a that LRTV executives are tired of all the poor songs submitted to Eurovision by Lithuania in the past or b that they have woken up to the fact that Sweden is a world leader in popular music and it s time to avail of the expertise from across the Baltic Sea But the truth is that Lithuania does have a lot of competent songwriters who write good songs What Lithuania doesn t have however are enough good competent managers and producers who have the vision and insight to guide those songwriters up the ladder of success and into forums like the Eurovision Song Contest Most managers and producers in Lithuania show little ambition except to make enough euros to pay next month s bills and most artists don t trust them anyway This is why most performers and entertainers in Lithuania tend to administer their own business affairs and therefore seldom achieve the backing required for major success Only those who happen to attach themselves to powerful managers like Martynas Tyla Devydas Zvonkus and a few others tend to get the backing and clout that is required to make it big in the music business There are of course some exceptions such as the legendary artist SEL and the well established artist Egaras Lubys formerly known as Amberlife who both seem to have made it more or less on their own steam But with the exception of Tyla who has revolutionized the whole music business in his country there are very few other managers of producers who

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  • Reflecting on 25 years since the Riga Barricades
    It s not that simple During Gorbachev s time the creative class from society wanted to put people in the Party to destroy it from within Especially in the countryside the Moscow elected officials were actually pushed out and more moderate people put in their place In Riga Liepaja Daugavpils and other great cities competition was unfair so Moscow people were always in the lead This plan didn t succeed completely in destroying the Party so there came a time when the Party was divided into two factions Latvians created their own Party which self destructed and the other Party was pro Kremlin which was active later on as well It had satellite organizations organized protests and provocations Jan 13 1991 was actually a turning point in Latvia because we forbade these people from taking parliamentary office This applies to thousands of people today who can t take political office as judges or politicians like the two Party presidents Alfreds Rubiks and Tatiana Zdanoka Alfreds was convicted After the 13th of January she Zdanoka was forbidden from taking office in parliament She even appealed to the European Court of Human Rights but she was denied there as well The Constitutional Court as well as the European court has ratified the Popular Front s limitations on their rights But still everything was divided The police were divided The prosecutors were divided There was the reactionary wing the patriotic wing It s amazing that a country that at one point seemed so divided was able to come together to organize something as technically difficult as The Barricades Do you think the country is more divided or less divided today than it was at the time If I were being cynical I could say that Latvia could never do The Barricades again because Latvia is too divided today Is that true The situation is much more complicated today The informational war from the Russian Federation is being waged against Latvia With this informational war a lot of people s minds are being taken over which is the greatest security risk for Latvia nowadays Despite this even if hard times hit Latvia again I think the majority of people could unite and do something like The Barricades again The greatest importance for Latvian unity nowadays is for the security forces in Latvia to do a lot of work We have to keep measuring the pulse of the state The same type of war that is happening in Donbas is possible in Latvia besides the information war We know what the Russian bear is doing to Latgale We know the people who are doing it They are being watched by the appropriate agencies They have to be under the magnifying glass all the time You monitor who is waging this information war because you want to ensure Latvia s security But on the other hand don t you want to ensure the sort of free information and free democratic practices that you have here especially as the minister of Justice and as somebody who remembers the repressive Soviet era The constitution article 116 actually allows the possibility to limit a lot of basic rights with force of law If security or if the peace of your society is being threatened this article comes into force The duty of government and security institutions is to apply this article appropriately In Latvia we have a lot of non governmental organizations that have been sponsored directly from the Kremlin We have created a new legal mechanism to limit the actions of these organizations that are opposed to the sovereignty or security of Latvia and its citizens I was hoping we could get back to The Barricades a bit You mentioned some of the realities of being at The Barricades The 12 hour shifts you took Did you feel like you were in the army again Did you feel like you were at war Like Russian tanks could come over the horizon at any moment What are your memories there I was a coordinator I was a dispatcher or officer if you will I moved around the city to visit the outposts check out the situations and talk to the people It was part of my job I was in constant conversation on the phone organizing people coming in going out of the city I even still remember the phone number I actually knew more than 200 phone numbers at the time but only six digits each It wasn t a cold January There was a lot of misinformation going in from unknown sources that different outposts were being attacked just to sow panic There were actual attacks in the guard post near the Brasla bridge where the guards were actually beaten up by the members of the OMON forces But generally the misinformation might have actually made us more cautious which is good Did you feel like you were taking a significant personal risk Actually no I was much more challenged in the Army I wasn t afraid at any point I was more afraid during the August Putsch Why The television and radio had been paralyzed during the Putsch So it felt like you can t do anything anymore George my translator I think you mentioned that your folks were at The Barricades And some people who were there said yes we went there for national principles for our country and some people said nah we just went there to drink with our friends What do you think motivated the people that you spoke to when you did your rounds as an organizer There were a lot of mistakes made during the early era after the Soviet Union but they have been corrected During the first years of the Republic there was not a great attention to the patriotic education of the children Now it s different Thousands of young people have joined the youth national guard During the first 10 to 15 years educational institutions in

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  • 2015: A torrid year for Estonian farms
    over 22 000 domestic pigs were killed as a result of the spread of the African swine fever ASF with 32 pig farmers ending their business operations That is according to information released by the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board PRIA but the real number of such pig farmers may be even bigger since the farmers themselves have to inform the board of their operations ending It is possible that after May 1 2015 su 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 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 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

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  • Lithuania’s analysts see opportunities despite global market turmoil
    factors has affected all types of assets Even though the analysts do not see many ways out they tell investors not to panic the Verslo Zinios business daily reports on Friday According to Marius Dubnikovas an investment specialist and the chairman of the Tax Commission of the Lithuanian Business Confederation panic in the market overshadows good macroeconomic news from Europe such as the higher than expected PMI and the German investor confidence index succe 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 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 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

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  • Estonia’s e-residents to be able to open bank account from abroad
    simplifying the activities related to e residency and concluding an agreement with credit institutions among other things the amendments would enable e residents to open an Estonian bank account from abroad According to the amendments applicants for e residency will not have to prove their strong connection with Estonia in the future Where at present applicants for e residency must prove either their relationship with the Estonian state or legitimate interest in the use of e serv 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 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 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

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  • Post-holiday week calm on Baltic bourses
    cent to 643 1 points but the total turnover grew by 80 per cent compared to the previous week to 2 944 million euros Lithuanian knitwear maker Utenos Trikotazas was the biggest gainer on the Baltic main lists soaring 28 5 per cent to close the week at 0 514 euros Lithuanian energy company Lietuvos Energijos Gamyba jumped 4 32 per cent to 0 7 euros and Lithuanian dairy company Pieno Zvaigzdes climbed 2 33 per cent to 1 32 euros 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 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 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

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  • Circular economy brings new business opportunities for the Baltics
    management and recycling a target for recycling 65 per cent of municipal waste by 2030 and a target to reduce landfill to a maximum of 10 per cent of all waste by 2030 The Baltic circular economy development is still below the EU s average figures In 2013 21 per cent of municipal waste was recycled in Lithuania while statistics for Estonia and Latvia are even worse 14 per cent in Estonia and 11 per cent in Latvia according to the most recent data published in March 2015 by Eurostat the statistical office of the EU This waste which is collected by municipalities is generated by households small businesses and public institutions The Baltic figures on recycling are far below the statistics of the EU s leaders in recycling of municipal waste Slovenia recycles 55 per cent Germany recycles 47 per cent and Belgium and Ireland each recycle 34 per cent of their municipal waste Recycling means any recovery operation by which waste materials are reprocessed into products materials or substances whether for the original or other purposes except use as fuel The Eurostat s statistics on landfill are not so good for the Baltics either The highest shares of municipal waste deposed into or onto land were recorded in Romania 97 per cent Malta 88 per cent Croatia 85 per cent Latvia 83 per cent and Greece 81 per cent while no municipal waste was landfilled in Germany Lithuania 64 per cent looks much worse than Estonia 16 per cent in this case The Estonian statistics on landfills are better because 64 per cent of municipal waste was incinerated in Estonia while Lithuania incinerated only 7 per cent and Latvia did not incinerate its waste at all Timmermans speaking at the press conference on Dec 2 said that the European Commission supports recycling not incineration but in case some waste is not recyclable incineration is better than a landfill We are moving from linear economy to circular economy It is more an economic concept than environmental concept Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella told the European Commission invited group of journalists from various EU countries in the Berlaymont building which houses the headquarters of the European Commission during his briefing on Dec 1 He pointed out that the EU imports most resources for its industry from non EU countries and its new strategy on circular economy will help to deal with this EU s disadvantage When Vella was asked by The Baltic Times about the Baltic statistics on recycling and landfill he answered that less than ideal statistics of the Baltics mean new jobs and businesses opportunities which will come to the Baltics with the EU s new Circular Economy Package The same group of journalists visited the furniture company Nearly New Office Facilities NNOF which is based in the Belgian Flanders region s city of Vilvoorde This company is an excellent example of circular economy NNOF recycles and upgrades old office furniture into contemporary office furniture The Coca Cola Company

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