Posts tagged as security

Polish and Estonian presidents agree on military and energy security

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Polish President Andrzej Duda met with President Kersti Kaljulaid on Tuesday during the Estonian leader’s visit to Warsaw on occasion of the 230th anniversary of the May 3, 1791 Polish constitution. Their meeting concerned Central Europe and Ukraine’s security, as well as the situation in and surrounding Belarus. Duda noted that in addition to Kaljulaid, the presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine also visited Warsaw to participate in the commemoration of…

Lithuania is well placed to lead on clean energy and energy security

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Lithuania has made impressive headway in its clean energy transition in recent years but needs to take action in several key areas to accelerate progress towards its goal of climate neutrality in 2050, according to a new policy review by the International Energy Agency. Lithuania is seeking membership of the IEA, which conducted the in-depth review of the country’s energy policies as part of the accession process. The review found…

Latvia needs to prioritise its internal security at the national level

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

President of Latvia Egils Levits had a remote meeting with Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens and heads of State Police, State Security Service, State Border Guard and State Fire and Rescue Service, during which officials discussed the need to strengthen the internal security. Minister Ģirģens and heads of internal security services expressed their concerns about the poor condition of infrastructure, resources and reserves, as well as urgent need to find additional…

As Baltic security ‘deteriorates’, Sweden turns to arms

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Sweden is set to dramatically raise its defence budget by 40 percent. In an interview with LRT.lt, the country’s Ambassador to Lithuania Inger Buxton talks regional security, coronavirus, Belarus, and “feminist foreign policy”. “We are living in a time when multilateral cooperation in the world is being challenged by some governments who no longer support the established rule-based world order and are undermining it with their actions,” Buxton told LRT.lt…

After US election, Lithuanian president hopes for attention to Baltic security

Monday, November 9, 2020

On Sunday, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said he hoped US President-elect Joe Biden will pay attention to the security of the Baltic states. “President-elect Biden, I hope, will continue paying a lot of attention to the security of the Baltic region, especially as part of the national defence policy,” Nausėda said in a comment issued by the presidential office on Sunday. According to Nausėda, “cooperation in the area of energy…

Expanding the Internet of Things: Four Key Legal Issues October 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020

Technology development is occurring at a breakneck speed and it only seems to be getting faster. In the past five years alone, we’ve watched the introduction of the tablet, the worldwide revolution in social media, the creation of an “app” economy, and the expansion of the Android operating system as the majority choice for mobile applications. The next big leap ahead appears to be the Internet of Things (IoT), an…

Constitution Protection Bureau security service publishes annual overview

Monday, April 27, 2020

One of Latvia’s security services, the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB), published its annual overview of its activities in 2019 on April 27. SAB is one of three Latvian state security agencies. In accordance with the law, SAB performs intelligence and counter-intelligence activities, protects classified information, and supervises its exchange with international organizations. As usual, around half of the report is taken up with concerns about Russia and general trends in…

UN Security Council hosts coronavirus security discussion

Friday, April 10, 2020

The UN Security Council (UNSC) held a discussion Thursday on the COVID-19 and its potential effects on peace and security. Estonia is a non-permanent UNSC member for 2020-2021. “Estonia has driven the conversation on the UNSC on how it should address the rapid spread of coronavirus, and resulting instability which could affect international peace and stability,” foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) said, according to a ministry press release. “Yesterday’s meeting…

Survey: Economic security good, opinion split on state’s pandemic actions

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Pollster Kantar Emor’s emergency situation monitoring survey shows that the economic and emotional security of residents of Estonia is generally good, but concerns remain over the long-term consequences of the emergency situation. Respondents’ viewers were split on action taken by the government so far. The survey of 628 people shows 64 percent of respondents consider the financial situation of their household to be good or very good. Kantar Emor strategy…

Losing liberty for coronavirus security

By Robert van Voren on Thursday, March 26, 2020

The harsh response to the  coronavirus   pandemic could challenge the already frail liberal democracies, writes Professor Robert van Voren, the director of the Andrei Sakharov Research Centre for Democratic Development at Vytautas Magnus University. Our response to the coronavirus pandemic reminds of the Iraq war, writes Robert van Voren, a professor at Vytautas Magnus University – we come a little late, but then jump into it with full force…