Posts published in Day: March 29, 2021

Deal with the Devil: Baltics are celebrating the anniversary of joining NATO

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, March 29, 2021

17 years ago, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia formally became members of NATO. According to the NATO leadership, the North Atlantic Alliance is “defensive organization” that is constantly expanding. Some might say it’s a “defence mechanism”. The “defensive expansion” of NATO does have something of an “Orwellian” ring to it though. “Orwellian” is an adjective describing a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as…

All Lithuania as a one big military training area

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, March 29, 2021

Recently, the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania wanted to build a huge military facility in the West of the country, but the research showed that due to natural features, the designated territories do not meet the needs of the army in order to conduct comprehensive military exercises on them. In this regard, the Minister of Defense of Lithuania Arvydas Anušauskas and the Minister of Environment Simonas Gentvilas agreed that the…

Renew Europe expels Lithuanian MEP Viktor Uspaskich over homophobic comments

Monday, March 29, 2021

European Parliament group Renew Europe has expelled Lithuanian MEP Viktor Uspaskich over homophobic comments. The politician had faced an internal disciplinary procedure for posting comments on social media where he referred to the LGBT+ community as “perverts”. In a statement on Wednesday, the liberal group confirmed Uspaskich’s expulsion “with immediate effect” following a vote. “There is no place for homophobia in the Renew Europe family,”’ said Dacian Cioloş, President of…

Thousands of CityBee users have their personal data leaked online

Monday, March 29, 2021

Police in Lithuania are investigating after the personal data of 110,000 people was leaked to an online hacker website. The car-sharing service, CityBee, confirmed the records and information of thousands of its customers had been compromised in the incident. On Monday night, cybercriminals had shared users’ names, personal identification numbers, telephone numbers, e-mail and home addresses, driver’s licence numbers, and encrypted passwords, the company said. The data had been posted…

Estonian formin: Common voice of Nordic-Baltic states is strong

Monday, March 29, 2021

Taking part in a video meeting of Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers (NB8) held on Friday, Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets said that the common voice of the Nordic and Baltic states is strong. The ministers discussed the COVID-19 situation, post-pandemic recovery, and regional and global topics, spokespeople for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The foreign minister said she was glad about the continued close NB8 cooperation and coordination…

DIY store Depo appealing closures in court

Monday, March 29, 2021

The DIY store Depo on Friday received the decision of the Estonian Health Board to close the food, pet and consumer goods departments of the store and is appealing the decision to the court. Depo said the Health Board has made a decision without delving into the nature of the matter and the explanations provided by Depo. The company is also of the opinion that the decision distorts competition and…

2027 Capital of Culture candidates: Jūrmala

Monday, March 29, 2021

Riga’s stint as European Capital of Culture back in 2014 was a tremendous opportunity for the capital to flaunt its creativity, beauty and vitality. In 2027, another Latvian city will be given this honour, and no fewer than nine regional centers have thrown their hats into the ring. In the lead up to the big decision in June, Riga-based journalist and tour guide Philip Birzulis examines the cultural credentials of each…

Digital giants robbing media houses of advertising revenue

Monday, March 29, 2021

Global tech giants Google and Facebook are swallowing an ever-greater part of the Estonian advertising market. Their share of the market grows an estimated 10 percent a year, while the turnovers of local companies stagnate. Raido Raamat, executive manager of agency Media House, said that it is difficult to gauge digital companies’ market share as neither Google nor Facebook publish advertising turnover and market share data for individual countries. “My…

Dealership: Coronavirus has slowed production

Monday, March 29, 2021

Increased demand for microchips in the coronavirus crisis and broken delivery chains have seriously hampered car factories’ capacity and availability of new cars, Volkswagen dealer Moller Auto says. The situation has created fertile soil for electric vehicles that are increasingly talked about in dealerships and on car forums. Eero Kalm, head of the corporate clients department at Volkswagen dealer Moller Auto, said that the coronavirus hiked demand for consumer electronics,…

300 cases of coronavirus confirmed Sunday in Latvia

Monday, March 29, 2021

On Sunday, March 28, Latvia recorded 324 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 101,040. Of 4,591 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 7.1% were positive, up on the 4.1% rate the day before, though far fewer tests were carried out Saturday than Friday. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in…