Posts tagged as infrastructure

State to increase electricity market competition with distribution reform

Monday, September 6, 2021

On Thursday, the government approved amendments to laws, which should force electric grid distributors to open larger competition in the electric market, opening distribution options and allowing greater competition in the electric vehicle loading infrastructure field. “Primarily, it is directed toward our electric market being as transparent as possible and for all parties involved in the market to have equal opportunities to participate in the market and do their actions,”…

Highway to Europe

By Antanas Tubelis on Friday, August 27, 2021

Since the breakdown of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, NATO has absorbed Eastern Europe. NATO has a high concentration of troops in the Baltics, a high concentration of troops in the Black Sea, and potential for an incident may be quite high. Military tensions are rising in line with an accelerating breakdown of diplomatic relations. NATO is the driving force behind the rising wave of war, as Washington’s…

Modernization of Palanga airport infrastructure

Monday, August 2, 2021

The European Commission (EC) has approved a public support measure for Palanga Airport in Lithuania under EU State aid rules. Investment aid amounting to €10.25 million is planned for the modernisation of the airport’s infrastructure: reconstruction of the runway, taxiway, southern and northern aircraft aprons, and refurbishment of engineering systems. The European Commission assessed the measure under EU State aid rules, in particular under the 2014 Guidelines on State Aid…

Rail Baltica riverbed survey turns up old compressor

Friday, July 30, 2021

A survey of the River Daugava, intended to check whether old munitions might be a hazard to construction of the Rail Baltica line, failed to find any bombs but did dredge up an old compressor, said RB Rail, the joint venture overseeing the infrastructure project. RB Rail teamed up with the Latvian National Armed Forces to organize an initial investigation of explosive ordnance in the upper layer of the Daugava riverbed in…

Tallinn mayor: We will wait for other offers to renovate Linnahall

Monday, July 19, 2021

Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) met with representatives of investment fund manager BaltCap’s infrastructure fund on Friday to speak about renovating the Linnahall building. The city is awaiting BaltCap’s final proposal by the end of the summer, but is keeping an eye out for other offers. BaltCap’s infrastructure investment head Marek-Andres Kauts sees Linnahall as a potential conference and cultural center. “BaltCap’s infrastructure fund is not a classic private…

Three Seas Parliamentary Forum takes place

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The First Three Seas Parliamentary Forum, where the Speakers of the Parliaments of the Three Seas Initiaitive ( 3SI ) countries will discuss in virtual format the topics of energy, transport, and digital sector infrastructure, will be held June 3 with Latvia participating in the form of Saeima speaker Ināra Mūrniece. Host of the Forum and President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Jüri Ratas said: “Cross-border cooperation is essential for achieving the 3SI…

Estonian hospitals to receive almost €25 million

Monday, May 17, 2021

The Ministry of Social Affairs has sent to a round of approvals support conditions under which altogether nearly €25 million is to be allocated for investments in hospitals’ infrastructure in order to improve preparedness for health care crises. “We are investing in the modernization of infrastructure of the hospitals in the hospital network development plan to improve the health care system’s capability to react to crises and ensure the functionality…

EU reaches agreement on cross-border infrastructure funding

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Following lengthy and at times contentious negotiations, the European Parliament and Council agreed Thursday (11 March) on the Connecting Europe Facility, making available over €30 billion in funding for transport, digital, and energy projects. Prior to Thursday’s late-night agreement, negotiations had stalled over the allocation of funds for ‘Rail Baltica’, a major infrastructure project that would see high-speed rail link Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia with the rest of the EU.…

Russian hackers exploit Lithuanian infrastructure

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Hacker groups linked to Russian intelligence conducted cyber-attacks against top Lithuanian officials and decision-makers last year and used the Baltic nation’s technology infrastructure as a base to hit targets elsewhere, a report by Lithuania’s intelligence service said Thursday. The annual national security threat assessment report claimed that, among others, the Russian cyber-espionage group APT29 with alleged links to Russia’s intelligence services “exploited” Lithuania’s information technology infrastructure “to carry out attacks…

U.S. agenda in Baltics (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Baltic States remain highly dependent on the US foreign policy. Therefore, the leadership of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia anticipated the results of the presidential elections with impatience and trepidation. Obviously, Trump’s rhetoric was troubling for countries on NATO’s Eastern frontier. On the contrary, new elected Biden took over the presidency with more personal knowledge of foreign policy and a competent team. What Biden’s election means for the Baltics? Firstly,…