Posts published in Day: December 2, 2019

Lithuanian hoteliers hard-pressed

Monday, December 2, 2019

Short-term rent is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to hotel accommodation. Lithuanian hoteliers complain that they are being pushed out of business by hardly regulated rentals. Algis does not live in Lithuania, but he regularly comes for short visits. When he does, he usually stays at a short-rental flat. Not only is it cheaper than staying at a hotel, Algis says, but he also finds it more convenient. “There’s more…

2,000 British Armed Forces personnel will be deployed to the Baltic Sea for exercises

Monday, December 2, 2019

Almost two thousand British Armed Forces personnel will be deployed to the Baltic Sea for a series of multinational exercises to bolster European security, the Ministry of Defence has announced. The MOD said UK sailors and marines would be joined by 1,000 others from UK-led high-readiness Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) nations for the ‘Baltic Protector‘ deployment from May to July. They are expected to test themselves with maritime tactical exercises,…

Christmas markets opened in Riga

Monday, December 2, 2019

With the First Advent Sunday of December on December 1, residents of Riga and visitors alike will be able to appreciate how the city is gearing up for the upcoming Christmas this year. The city’s main Christmas tree was lit on Dome Square, and more than 4,200 light decorations will shine on the Latvin capital’s streets, bridges and parks. The Rīga Christmas market – widely acclaimed as one of the best and best-value christmas markets…

Alcohol tax cuts increased economic growth in Estonia

Monday, December 2, 2019

Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) speculated that the government’s decision to reduce the alcohol excise duty was behind the 4.2 percent economic growth in the third quarter announced on Friday. Helme wrote in a post on Facebook that if many experts were surprised by the good economic and wage growth statistics then they should not have been. “Although this is only mentioned off-hand, one of the drivers of good…

Two Lithuanian Marathons amongst top ten best marathons in the world

Monday, December 2, 2019

A new global study by The Sole Supplier, Europe’s leading sneaker news and retail platform, analysed 81 global IAAF-certified marathon courses. To make things simpler, The Sole Supplier, Europe’s leading sneaker news and retail platform, has standardised the latest data available for key categories* – including the number of toilet and medical stations, average finish time, entry fees, air pollution levels and the quality of local accommodation – to rank…

European Commission criticizes Latvia

Monday, December 2, 2019

The European Commission has decided to send Latvia a letter of formal notice for its failure to ensure adequate protection for habitats and species of EU interest by designating nature protection areas. According to a statement on the European Commission’s website, Under the Habitats Directive, Member States agreed to the development of a coherent European Natura 2000 network by proposing adequate Sites of Community Importance to the Commission. Latvia, however,…

The season of Advent began in Estonia

Monday, December 2, 2019

On Sunday, the season of Advent began and candles were lit across Estonia. The first Advent candle was lit on Peetri Square in Narva at 4 p.m. Creative groups of the city of Narva performed at the event. An advent candle was all lit in Tallinn in the Old Town on Sunday evening and christmas lights were switched on in Tartu and Kuressaare in Saaremaa. On Saturday, the first Advent candle…

Are countries implementing their Paris agreement pledges?

Monday, December 2, 2019

In December 2018, at the COP24 climate change conference in the Polish city of Katowice, almost 200 countries signed up to a rulebook for implementing the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change. The 156-page “rulebook” was described by the UN as a “robust set of guidelines” for implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The landmark agreement, reached in 2015 at the COP21, aims to limit global temperature rises to “well…

Latvian opposition fails to vote out Riga mayor

Monday, December 2, 2019

After the formation of a new coalition last night, Riga Mayor Olegs Burovs (Honor to Serve Riga) has survived a vote of no confidence. The new coalition will have 31 votes in the 60 seat Riga City Council and will be made up of councilmen from Honor to Serve Riga, Harmony, the For Riga bloc of councilmen and independent councilwoman Baiba Broka.

Levits to participate in NATO Summit this week

Monday, December 2, 2019

Latvian President Egils Levits is scheduled to participate in the NATO Summit in London this week, LETA learned from the President’s Chancellery. NATO leaders on December 2-4 will mark 70 years of the NATO Alliance and discuss the current issues. President Levits and other NATO leaders will attend a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II and meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The president also will have several bilateral…