Posts published in Day: January 2, 2020

Latgale independence centenary to be marked with celebrations

Thursday, January 2, 2020

“In 1920 Polish allies fought with our soldiers to free Latgale. Even today, 100 years later, Polish soldiers offer significant investment in Latvian security and will actively participate in this important Latvian holiday,” said Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For!). On January 3 centenary independence celebrations organized by the MOD and Polish Embassy in Latvia will be held in Daugavpils. A remembrance ceremony will be held by the Slobodka cross –…

Latvia, Estonia, Finland launch joint gas market

Thursday, January 2, 2020

“The first quantities of natural gas on the common gas market between Estonia, Latvia and Finland launched today, 1 January 2020, flowed from Latvia to Finland via Estonia,” Elering said. The gas flowing to Finland on the first day of trading originated from the Inčukalns facility in Latvia, from which gas sellers supply their customers in Finland.  Inčukalns is the only underground gas storage facility in the Baltic countries, which helps ensure…

EU’s Croatian presidency vows support over Mobility Package

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Croatia has vowed to help Lithuania and other Central and Eastern European countries during the negotiations on the Mobility Package that will require trucks to return to their countries of origin every eight weeks. Lithuania and other Central and Eastern European states accuse western European countries of protectionism. Critics, however, say more stringent rules will improve the drivers’ working conditions. After Croaite took over the rotating EU presidency in January,…

Baltics in 2019: non-citizens, ‘good oligarch’, and Swedish banking scandals

Thursday, January 2, 2020

All the three  Baltic states   had their fare share of money laundering scandals, disputes with Russia and political turmoil over the past year. LRT.lt looks back at the key events in neighbouring Latvia and Estonia.   Read more:  Lithuania’s 2019 milestones: new president, Venice Biennale, Soviet aggression verdict – survey    Estonia’s parliamentary election in 2019 saw the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) enter into a ruling coalition. Already on the…

UK Latvians organize countryside New Year’s Eve bash

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Tickets were sold out already in advance, with the event gathering more than 200 party-goers. “A lot of interest was generated by the fact that this year it was a masked ball, which in my opinion is a bit different than simply putting on a dress,” said event organizer Zane Jansone. “It’s the feeling of togetherness with everyone. Cheerful, lovely celebration,” said attendee Ieva Pētermane. For one lucky party-goer the…

Probe launched into Turkish company after workers stage hunger strike in Kaunas

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The State Labour Inspectorate has launched an investigation into Kayi Construction in Lithuanian after 53 Turkish workers building a stadium in Kaunas on Tuesday went on a hunger strike over unpaid wages Turkey’s Kayi Construction, currently building the Darius and Girėnas Stadium in Lithuania’s second largest city Kaunas, owes each of its workers between 7,000 and 12,000 euros, according to the The May 1 Trade Union in Lithuania. A meeting…

NATO scales down Baltic air policing first time since Crimea

Thursday, January 2, 2020

NATO has decreased the number of fighter jets taking part in the Baltic Air Policing mission, following the increase in the wake of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. A total of eight aircraft from Belgium and Poland began their four-month rotation on Thursday, down from 13 NATO jets deployed to the region between April and September 2019 and 12 between September and December 2019. NATO official told BNS on condition of…

Putin shuns Baltic states in holiday greetings, Nausėda responds in kind

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin has left off Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, and the leaders of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, as well as Poland’s head of state among the 41 national leaders to whom he extended New Year’s greetings on December 30. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov the same day said that additions to Putin’s greetings are possible. Zelensky and Putin later spoke by telephone on December 31…

Labour migration to Lithuania on the rise, most come from Ukraine

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The number of migrant workers will continue to grow in Lithuania this year, analysts say. The Lithuanian Employment Service issued 8,400 work permits to foreigners in January-November 2019, a 70-percent increase from the year before. More than half of foreign workers come from Ukraine. Simplified work permit procedures and visa issuance contributed to the growth, the service believes, as did labour shortages in some sectors. “The number of foreign workers…

Catering industry lacks around 5000 employees

Thursday, January 2, 2020

This shortage is slightly cushioned by third-country students who are studying in Latvia while working, but it’s not enough. Politicians promised to lower VAT for the industry to 12% in 2018, as is done in several European countries to combat the shadow economy, but the promise has yet to materialize, said  Latvian Restaurant Association   Board Member, chef and co-owner of two restaurants Ēriks Dreibants.  “Of course after elections no…