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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMobilization check has revealed that nine out of 10 reserve troops would be fit for military service in Lithuania, the army’s representatives said.

Some 250 reserve troops were invited to conscription centres in four cities of Lithuania on Thursday, April 23, for verification of personal data and health check-ups.

«Our goal was to gather a company of about 100 persons. Based on the current data, I can say that the ambition has been reached and, in some places, even topped – for instance, over 140 came in Panevėžys, the number in Šiauliai and Marijampolė is also over 100, the number in Klaipėda is about 90,» Captain Donatas Suchockis, public relations officer at the Lithuanian Army’s Joint Staff, told BNS, a Lithuanian news agency.

Lithuanian expatriate communities view the parliamentary Liberal MPs’ initiative to hold a referendum on dual citizenship in 2016 as «politicizing».

«We believe a referendum will not solve the problem. MPs are starting to politicize before the upcoming parliamentary elections. Dual citizenship is a popular proposal, people want it but the politicians seem to fail to consider all circumstances,” said Vida Bandis, the Lithuanian World Community’s representative in Lithuania, as saying.

In her words, expatriate communities abroad had long hoped that the dual citizenship issue would be settled by changing the Citizenship Law.

Lithuania’s state communications provider to tackle information warfare

Lithuania’s IT and Telecommunications Company Teo is starting a public education project entitled Consciousness Beats Propaganda in 10 cities and towns of Lithuania.

Aiming to tackle information warfare, the project will involve a series of public and free-of-charge lectures, with Aleksandras Matonis, an expert of information warfare, defence and security, holding discussion sessions.

The topics of information warfare, disinformation and propaganda in the Lithuanian society and the media have become relevant since the start of the Ukrainian conflict. A deliberate pursuit to affect the mind-set, approach or collective consciousness and memory has been observed not only in TV news, but also in entertainment shows, movies, public events and even advertisements. However, identifying the pursuit to make a purposeful impact on citizens’ opinion is not that easy for experts either, Teo says.

Austrian writer to receive award for Lithuanian literature translations

Lithuania’s Culture Ministry will confer its sign of honour award to Austrian writer and translator Cornelius Hell.

According to the press release, Hell, one of the key translators of Lithuanian literature into the German language who has been contributing to popularity of Lithuanian writing in German-speaking countries for more than 25 years, will receive the award for his merits to Lithuanian culture and arts, promotion of the community spirit and his personal input to cultural and spiritual environment.

Hell will receive the Culture Ministry’s top award at a conference which is held at the Lithuanian parliament on Friday to celebrate 45 years of cultural cooperation between Lithuanian and the state of Salzburg.

Lithuania bans possession of tobacco products by minors

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, has passed a law prohibiting youngsters under 18 not only to consume tobacco products, but to possess them altogether.

Seventy-five MPs voted for amendments to the Law on Tobacco Control, none voted against with 6 abstentions.

Initiators of the proposal say that based on statistics the number of smokers is growing and they are becoming younger.

The authors of the bill hope that the ban on minors to smoke and possess tobacco products will enhance the prevention of smoking among minors and will help reduce the number of minors who smoke.

Earlier the Seimas passed amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations, tightening smoking related penalties.

Previously the Law on Tobacco Control prohibited only consumption, sale or transfer of tobacco products to minors under 18.

Russian authorities stop attempt to smuggle Lithuanian cheese

Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Fito-Sanitary Surveillance (Rosselchoznadzor) has prevented an attempt to bring in Lithuania-made cheese Svalia to the Russian Federation.

The consignment was declared as the Chinese tofu cheese marinated in a spicy sauce, the service announced on Wednesday. Customs officers detained the consignment in St Petersburg.

The container was loaded with 22 tons of the cheese Svalia produced in Lithuania. The incident is currently under investigation.

Lithuania bans wearing military insignia in public

Lithuania has banned wearing separate elements of military uniforms and insignia in public. The provision was incorporated into amendments to the Law on the Organisation of the National Defence System and Military Service and the accompanying legislation.

The Lithuanian Parliament says the purpose of the rule is to protect the public from a threat when people who are not soldiers may be mistaken for such because they wear elements of a military uniform. Violation of this provision will result in a fine between 28 euro and 144 euro.

The explanatory note states that the rule is intended to prevent confusion in case foreign troops without insignia turn up in the country.

Nordic Investment Bank to finance Lithuania’s home renovation

On Thursday, April 23, the Board of Directors of the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) confirmed that the bank will issue a loan of 100 million euro to Lithuania to finance its Public Sector Energy Efficiency and Housing Renovation programmes. According to the Ministry of Finance, the deal will be inked in the nearest future.

Nordic Investment Bank to provide long-term loan to Lithuania for buildings renovation

100 million euro long-term loan will be used to renovate blocks of flats and public buildings, the latter mostly include hospitals, health care institutions and community centres. As a result, energy efficiency will be ensured, thus conserving environment and saving funds.

Lithuanian Energy Minister weighs in on EC’s Gazprom Anti-trust ruling

The situation in the Lithuanian gas market has changed significantly in recent years and now it’s up to the country to decide where to buy gas, the country’s energy minister Rokas Masiulis has said in comments about antitrust charges on Wednesday filed by the European Commission (EC) against the Russian gas concern Gazprom.

«Now Lithuania is buying gas from the sources justified in commercial terms. However, we don’t want to discard any sources since we need competition. We have a (LNG) terminal, we have a possibility to buy from Gazprom, now we can buy from other sources, if we manage to agree with other suppliers once the interconnection with Poland is in place. Now it’s up to us to decide where to buy,» Masiulis told.

He assured that the price of gas would be the key criterion when choosing the supplier.

According to him, the price will be the most important criterion.

Lithuanian and Estonian ministers call for ceaseless pressure on Russia

The foreign ministers of Lithuania and Estonia met in Vilnius on Wednesday, April 22, calling for continued pressure upon Russia for its actions in Ukraine.

Speaking at a joint news conference, Lithuania’s Linas Linkevičius and Estonia’s Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said that it was too early to talk about a breakthrough in the conflict.

«We share our stance on Ukraine and we indeed demand continued pressure and sanctions until full implementation of all Minsk accords. Regardless of the recent optimistic comments, we have to state that the situation remains complex, it is still too early to speak about some breakthrough, as the ceasefire is being violated on a daily basis, even with human casualties,» Linkevičius said.

The Estonian diplomacy chief, Pentus-Rosimannus, added that Russia should take responsibility for the developments in Ukraine.

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Economist: the most important reform has to happen in people’s heads

«Of all the clever things taught to us in school about psychology, one thing that has stuck with me over the years is the idea of internal/external control point. There are people who believe they make their own fate. There are also people who believe our fate depends on external powers. I suspect people in Latvia explain successes and failures with external factors much more than people in Switzerland or any other country that has enjoyed its freedom longer than Latvia,» comments Luminor Bank’s economist Pēteris Strautiņš.

Minister promises bigger wages for working people and support for country’s industry

«Latvian Economy Ministry’s priorities for 2018 include increasing wages for working people and providing support to the country’s industry. For Latvia’s centenary year, every resident should have the right to experience the increase of the personal and state welfare,» promises Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens.

Latvenergo: electricity price has declined 30% in the past three years

Average electricity price in Latvia has declined in recent years. The average price of electricity has declined by 30% at Nord Pool exchange between 2014 and 2017, allowing end user costs to decline, says Latvenergo.

Alcohol sellers in Estonia to be checked by little «police»

To find shop assistants illegally selling alcohol or tobacco to minors, Estonian police introduces the method of sending minors as police aides to retail shops to try to purchase the products banned to them.

EY study: cyber security has become a priority to banks this year

Over the course of the year, priorities of banks around the world have switched from reputation and risk management to data security matters, as concluded in the latest EY Global Banking Outlook 2018.

Political association: UGF and Harmony are covering up state capture

«Parliamentary investigation of Oligarchs case has shown what is what in the Saeima of the Republic of Latvia. Green farmers are in full harmony, covering up Aivars Lembergs and the fact of state capture. They and Inguna Sudraba have made the parliamentary investigation into a farce. Unfortunately, the power in those people’s hands is no farce – rather misfortune for all of Latvia. I hope citizens will take all that into account when they go voting,» says leader of Kustība Par! Daniels Pavļuts.

Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel plan lacks ambition, says «Angry Birds» game maker

While Finland and Estonia work on plans of an under-sea tunnel from Tallinn to Helsinki, the construction of which could start in the 2030s, a Finnish businessman, previously involved in development of Angy Birds video game, has presented plans to finish the massive construction project in 2024 already.

Experts: healthcare financing law will deny healthcare to the least protected

In a discussion regarding healthcare, experts said that Latvian President Raimonds Vējoņis’ proposed Healthcare Financing Law is economically unjustified and ineffective. The document lacks principles of a socially responsible state, because healthcare is becoming less accessible, which will likely worsen public health indexes, says Kustība Par! political party.

Branded «aggressor state», Russia says Ukraine buries Minsk peace agreements

As the Donbas War continues, the parliament of Ukraine has passed the so-called Donbas reintegration bill after three days of debates defining territories controlled by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country as temporarily occupied by Russia.

Weather to remain winter-like in Latvia during the weekend and next week

On Friday and Saturday, no major increase of snow is expected. Air temperature will increase slightly, but colder masses of air will slow into the country on Sunday, as reported by Latvian State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Winter storm in Netherlands and Germany turns tragic

A powerful winter storm in western and central Europe has claimed the lives of eight people.

Lithuanian bishops: skipping fasting on February 16 this year is not a sin

In an unprecedented move, the Conference of Lithuanian Bishops, the governing body of the Lithuanian Catholic Church, said that meat dishes okay for the people of faith on February 16, which marks the 100-year anniversary of Lithuania's statehood and the Lent Friday, which is traditionally a day of fasting for religious Catholic people.

Coincidence? Votes from Harmony and UGF ensure Sudraba remains the head of Oligarchs case committee

On Thursday, 18 January, the majority of Saeima members voted against the proposal to dismiss Inguna Sudraba from the post of the head of parliamentary investigative committee in charge of the review of the infamous Oligarchs case.

Kaljulaid criticised over involvement of acclaimed, but unrestrained director in centennial reception

As Estonia readies for the presidential reception to honour the 100th anniversary of Estonia, its President Kersti Kaljulaid is being criticised in an open letter for trusting Tallinn’s NO99 theatre, whose director physically assaulted a female colleague.

22.1% of Latvia’s residents subjected to risk of poverty

In 2017, 425 thousand persons or 22.1 % of Latvia population were at risk of poverty in 2016 – 0.3 percentage points less than in 2015. Equivalent income of this part of the population were below 330 euros monthly.

LAAC: Latvia’s milk market can be sorted out by joining forces in exports

Latvian Association of Agricultural Cooperatives (LAAC) has received support and praise for the public discussion regarding rapid milk procurement price changes, which is something that has recently affected the majority of agricultural cooperatives. This has helped cooperatives band together in order to sort out the milk market. This idea came from the example set by grain producer cooperatives, which did the same thing fifteen years ago, as reported by the association’s representatives.

Forevers announces its decision to exit from Latvian Federation of Food Companies

Forevers meat processing company has decided to exit from Latvian Federation of Food Companies (LFFC). The contract between two parties will be terminated in January.

Saeima’s Oligarchs case investigative committee hastily approves final report

In spite of objections, grammatical errors, criticisms about lacking effort, as well as Inguna Sudraba’s unfit status to lead the committee, members decided to move the meeting from 11:00 to 08:00 and approve the final report in a rushed vote.

Removal of 1 and 2 euro cent coins from circulation suggested by Bank of Estonia

Estonian central bank is willing to follow the eurozone trend of limiting the circulation of euro 1-cent and 2-cent coins and in time to remove them entirely from circulation in the Baltic country.

Cert.lv: attacks on e-health system and LETA were likely ordered

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As Catalan parliament reconvenes, it elects pro-independence speaker

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Latvia’s National Armed forces receive new Harris tactical radio equipment

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MEP: Europe continues strengthening its energy independence

«The European Parliament has voiced strong support towards Europe’s energy independence and moving its energy policy away from Russia’s monopoly by investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources,» said MEP Krišjānis Kariņš after the vote on Clean Energy Act’s first reading in Strasbourg.

Apple expected to pay additional 38 billion USD in taxes for money kept abroad

Motivated by the U.S. tax reform, Apple will pay about 38 billion U.S. dollars (31 billion euros) in tax on the roughly 250 billion dollars (204 billion euros) the computer technology firm keeps outside of its country of origin as it plans to focus more on its contribution to the American economy.

Latvian police commenced three criminal processes for contraband of drugs this year

In the first two weeks of 2018, State Revenue Service’s Customs Police commenced three criminal processes in regards to illegal drugs contraband in postal packages from Lithuania to Latvia.

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