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  • Lietuva in brief
    Meanwhile Butkevicius congratulated his Polish counterpart Ieva Kopacz by stating I truly appreciate mutual understanding and dialogue in developing partnership between our states Grauziniene reflected Butkevicius words adding We are interested in continuing to strengthen our partnership mutual support and jointly create a unified safe and prospering region Conscription s popularity According to a recent survey 54 per cent of Lithuanians are in favour of conscription Conscription was re introduced in Lithuania in March 2015 in light of Kremlin aggression in Ukraine and the Baltic region The survey which took place in Sept 2014 also saw 21 per cent of those asked answer I fully disagree while 18 per cent responded with I mostly agree The majority of those opposed were aged 15 to 24 Lithuania to increase troop presence in Afghanistan Lithuania s Defence Minister Juozas Olekas has confirmed Lithuania will deploy up to 20 troops to Afghanistan by 2017 Olekas told BNS that the decision was taken in relation to decisions taken by the United States and other NATO allies which will keep larger forces in Afghanistan where NATO is conducting its Resolute Support mission The troops will comprise of staff officers plus logistics and communications specialists Should the plan be approved by the Lithuanian parliament the troops will be stationed in Afghanistan s capital Kabul 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

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  • Latvija in brief
    But the state will have to invest a further EUR 80 million in the airline Approval for the state s investment still needs to pass in Latvia s parliament Some ruling coalition parties vow to oppose the loan so the bill could be in for a turbulent time before it passes and before the German businessman can become the airline s saviour Stuffed bear freed Latvian police revealed Tuesday how they swooped in October to release a stuffed bear being illegally held by a collector Latvia s state broadcaster LSM reports Police from the Economic Crime Bureau working with the Nature Protection Bureau on two occasions seized illegal bearskins and a full sized stuffed bear after a sting operation in Riga A 62 year old man sold a bearskin for EUR 2 400 in one incident while a 50 year old man sold one for EUR 1 500 in a second purchase It was found that the man has no permit or other type of documentation proving the legality of bearskin police said Police confiscated the haul of skins and stuffed bear and launched a case against the sellers who face fines of EUR 70 to EUR 700 if convicted 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

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  • Schools wary of government refugee plan
    step in said Ojars Kalnins an MP and chairman of the EU affairs committee in Latvia s parliament the Saeima Four more refugees are expected to attend Rigas Natalijas Draudzinas Secondary School this year In addition to the agreement made with Rigas Natalijas Draudzinas Secondary School The Ministry of Education and Science has also made an agreement with Riga Ukrainian school this year according to Iveta Zarina a ministry spokesman She stated In total eight schools have gathered experience in teaching refugees during the last three years in Latvia She added Teaching Latvian to refugees arriving to Latvia indeed is the highest priority for Latvian government and people therefore every person arriving to Mucenieki refugee camp will receive a three month 120 academic hours intensive course in Latvian She did not specify when this will start Currently no such course is in place at Mucinieki Those staying at Mucinieki which is named after the remote village in which it is situated outside of Riga among heavy forestry spend most of their time without much access to language learning before their applications are processed meaning their life in Latvian society begins with a juggling act of language learning and job applications This would provide little time or means for refugees to help make sure their children are well adjusted at Latvian schools This learning course when it appears will give basic knowledge and practice to enable refugees to communicate in our country Zarina says It will also enable children to get prepared for further education at Latvian schools which all teach Latvian language as the official language of the country However this plan is no different from its umbrella funding scheme a EUR 16 million budget for a tentative action plan for the admission of refugees in Latvia While both look good on paper they are difficult to implement when resources are scarce and nobody is clear on who is picking up the tab The costs of the admission scheme have already been criticized by among others Welfare Minister Uldis Augulis who told Latvian Television last Wednesday that the current plan tries to encompass everything that has not been done in preparing Latvia s capabilities for admitting asylum seekers until now The prime minister Laimdota Straujuma is aware of these struggles But on Monday she cited a different reason for ruling out Latvia taking in more refugees than it has currently agreed upon Following the Cabinet of Ministers extraordinary meeting on Monday she said that it was no longer possible for Latvia to admit more refugees until the EU s external borders were tightened and the migrant flows crossing the Mediterranean from the Middle East and Africa were brought under control She did not name these countries but noted that Latvian external borders are being protected Bearing the brunt Her remarks came just days after the terror attacks in Paris last Friday which will make refugees assimilation even more difficult Though Straujuma noted that refugees and terrorists should not be mixed

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  • Estonian PM: high price is best alcohol policy
    implement a high alcohol excise duty and therefore raise the price of alcohol Self regulation within the sector helps as well he said The consumption and overconsumption of alcohol is a touchy subject in the society Roivas explained in an answer to the Estonian Employers Confederation and the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry As a former minister of social affairs I know that according to studies the most effectiv 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

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  • Eesti in brief
    border which serves as an external border of the EU and is shrouded in forests and bogs making for tough work to mark it clearly a task that gained urgency after Estonian counter intelligence officer Eston Kohver was picked up by Russian security forces in Sept 2014 Compensation Should the Baltic states be compensated by Russia for their occupation during the Soviet era The World Estonian Council thinks so supporting the joint initiative between the Baltic States to claim restitution from Russia The council which brings together the central organizations of exiled Estonians in 12 countries says the claim of the three Baltic countries is justified and the uninterrupted legal continuity de jure of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania allows the presentation of such demands for restitution the chairman of the council Laas Leivat told BNS Mikhail Fedotov the chairman of the Russian presidential Human Rights Council told Interfax last Thursday however that it was a claim that had no basis It seems to me that this initiative which has existed for a long time has no international legal prospects Fedotov told Interfax But what is more important to me is the moral evaluation of this initiative Russia is a victim of a totalitarian regime rather than a party guilty of it he said 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

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  • News search
    not believe Putin s words Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told interview to Israeli media that Russian President Vladimir Putin s deeds and not words should Read More Lithuanian Interior Ministers calls for zero tolerance drink driving On October 22 2016 Lithuania s Interior Minister Salius Skvernelis called for a zero tolerance policy on drink driving Read More Vilnius to hold Baltic Pride 2016 On October 21 2015 the organisers of the Baltic Pride LGBT march confirmed it had agreed with Vilnius Municipality on holding the event on Ged Read More Time to talk RIGA As it has been in every previous decade Europe finds itself at a crossroads once again European identity has been polarized by re Read More A letter from Vilnius to Belarus All this of Pot and Potter Tell me then Who is the Potter pray and who the Pot Read More On dupes vandals and charlatans RIGA Latvia s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been hoodwinked and humbled all thanks to an exhibition put on by a charlatan photographe Read More The Fire Forging Europe STOCKHOLM In 2003 when the European Union drafted its first security strategy the continent s citizens lived in a seemingly safe world Read More Previous 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 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 political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The

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  • Baltics Rally Behind France After Paris Terror Attacks
    ally of France and all the international community in the fight against terrorism The Latvian and Estonian presidents echoed these sentiments Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves expressed his shock at the attacks in Paris calling them also an attack on our fundamental values Though hundreds of miles away aftershocks are visible throughout the region among the population Those with friends and relatives living in or visiting Paris were initially alarmed as the first reports came in on Friday Diana Pauna pro rector of The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga in charge of looking after Erasmus students sent to Paris said that she was aware that we send our students abroad without proper preparation for emergency cases The tragedy in Paris has shown that students need to be instructed and provided with guidelines she said It is just one small instance of how Europe s citizens will be going through a period of greater precaution Some politicians have already tried to capitalise on these heightened worries surrounding the terrorist attacks to push their own agendas Many were quick to use the terror attacks as a prompt to return to the ongoing discussion on the migrant crisis particularly so among the right wing parties in the Baltic Citing the bloodshed in Paris the opposition Estonian Conservative People s Party EKRE has demanded the Estonian government to follow the example of Poland and halt the admission of refugees and migrants The government must acknowledge its responsibility in ensuring the security of Estonia EKRE chairman Mart Helme said in a statement While our thoughts are with the victims prompt action has to be taken so that terror would not reach Estonia The security of the people of Estonia and the fate of Europe is in our own hands The policy of open doors and multiculturalism in the European Union has failed long ago he added Instead of seeing to the security of the people the government is engaging in slogan like propaganda of tolerance labeling of opponents and laying one s hopes on someone else An attitude like this is posing a concrete danger to the safety of all of us Similar thoughts were voiced by Latvia s right wing National Alliance a junior partner in Latvia s coalition government But it was not just the right wing who were reacting to the terror attacks with heightened focus on the migrant crisis After a meeting of the National Security Council on Saturday Latvian President Raimonds Veijonis warned that Latvia would not be prepared to take in any more EU quota refugees than the country has agreed to take in already unless there is significant strengthening of border controls and the EU steps up its capabilities to deport migrants who do not qualify for refugee status I have repeatedly stressed that Europe needs an effective mechanism to send back failed aslum seekers strengthen external borders and reinforce the fight against organized crime and people traffickers Until this work is done in Europe Latvia sees

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  • Estonia congratulates Latvia on its Independence Day
    example of a country s clout in democratic associations depends not only on the country s size and population numbers He said the two countries were united also by common challenges such as the refugee crisis and changed security situation and described their very similar understanding of how to cope with the problems surrounding us as being of the utmost importance 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

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