Posts tagged as law

Foreign military police breaks the law in the Baltic States

By Adomas Abromaitis on Friday, June 11, 2021

Quarrels and skirmishes between local residents of the Baltic States and NATO military personnel have become common and. Public perception on how to cope with such incidents differ from how such cases are regulated by international agreements. Despite this questions over foreign troops’ unappropriated behaviour continue to arise. There was a recent fight between NATO soldiers and Estonian residents in Tapa. It is known that British troops soldiers sent to…

Forestry law and practice during nesting season should be smarter

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Spring timber logging allocations should be approached on a case-by-case basis and based on common sense and proportionality, environment minister Tõnis Mölder (Center) says, following reports that work halted by inspectors, primarily over legislation relating to birds’ springtime nesting in protected areas. The period in question runs mid-April to mid-June, identified as peak breeding and nesting season for most bird species of concern, with regard to state forestry commission (RMK)…

Minister of Foreign Trade and IT: Estonian labor law needs refreshing

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Andres Sutt (Reform) told ETV’s political discussion show “Esimene stuudio” that Estonian labor laws need to be looked over and refreshed. Sutt reached this conclusion after a discussion about Swedbank taking its Baltic subsidiary management to Riga, Latvia. Riga’s advantages over Tallinn and Vilnius are related tostaff recruitment and tax systems , a Swedbank Estonia spokesperson told ERR on February 1. Sutt noted that…

President Levits finds shortcomings in regional reform law

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

On February 1, the President of Latvia Egils Levits sent a letter to Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš pointing out shortcomings in the long-debated territorial reform, according to the President’s press service. The President has welcomed the draft Local Government Law prepared by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, which provides for electing community councils in parishes and cities and grants a specific competence to these community councils. “Administrative territorial reform…

Changes to improve higher education law in Latvia prepared

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

According to LSM, changes to improve higher education law are currently being prepared. Universities, however, believe that law is not enough without an increase in funding. The Saeima Education, Culture and Science Commission prepares amendments to the Law on Higher Education for second reading, which should raise the quality of higher education in Latvia and international competitiveness. Universities are not excited about the course of matters, because they do not…

New electric scooter law in Estonia

Monday, November 2, 2020

A law regulating the use of electric scooters in Estonia is to enter into effect in the new year, with speeding and obstructive parking punishable. The law will define scooters as a form of light travel, with other similar means of transport including skateboards, hoverboards and even unicycles being included in the same definition, ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera. Nädal” (AK) reported Sunday night. The law will address safety concerns…

Law and double standards in Baltic States

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, October 29, 2020

A soldier of the Lithuanian army was detained in Jurbarkas on Tuesday. He was driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the Police Department, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was stopped for inspection. A soldier was dressed in uniform of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The driver was clearly in a state of alcoholic intoxication, but refused a medical examination. Driving under the influence of alcohol pose serious risks to public…

Failure to wear masks could be penalized in Latvia

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Ministry of Justice (TM) has prepared amendments to the law, which requires the police to impose a warning or a fine of up to €50 to residents for not using mouth and nose covers in public places, the Deputy Secretary of State of TM Laila Medina told LETA October 19. The sanctions apply to the cases where according to Cabinet regulations, mouth and nose covers are mandatory, said Medina.…

To survive Lukashenko is willing to sacrifice his people to the Kremlin

By Zintis Znotiņš on Friday, September 11, 2020

It looks like the problems in Belarus will not go away any time soon. But all in all, nothing has really changed. The protesters are protesting, law enforcement and the government are keeping an eye on and detaining them and Lukashenko is still in power running around with an assault rifle, promising constitutional amendments and belittling protesters. We can also observe some trends that make the situation in Belarus even…

Aged men to serve in Latvia

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, August 31, 2020

Difficult political situation in Europe and unrest in neighbouring Belarus forced Latvian authorities to make strange decisions. Though NATO is thankful to the Baltic States for increasing its defence expenditures, the readiness of their armed forces are disputable and the future of their abilities arise questions. It is no secret, that one of Latvia’s main problem is lack of young people ready to serve in the armed forces. Probably, this…