Posts published in February 2020

17 percent of businesses in Latvia moving their bank accounts abroad

Saturday, February 29, 2020

As many as 17 percent of businesses in Latvia have considered moving their bank accounts abroad as authorities in the Baltic country are tightening the supervision of banks in a bid to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, local media reported on Thursday, citing a survey by SKDS pollster. In the survey, entrepreneurs and the wider public were asked to give their opinion about the recent overhaul of the Latvian…

Serbia will plant 1 billion trees

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Serbian music festival EXIT has convinced the government to plant 1 billion trees to combat the climate crisis. A green initiative launched by the award-winning music festival has been adopted by the Serbian government after a public call for mass reforestation throughout the country. Entitled Green Я:Evolution the initiative plans to increase Serbia’s forest cover by nearly 50%. CEO and founder of EXIT, Dušan Kovačević, tells Euronews Living, “we hope to see…

Snowfall puts Tallinn Ski Marathon back on calendar

Saturday, February 29, 2020

The recent heavy snowfall in Estonia has put Tallinn Ski Marathon back on the agenda, having been canceled last weekend. Whereas the lack of snow prompted the cancellation of the event on February 22, as had happened with the Tartu Ski Marathon the weekend before, improved conditions have prompted organizers to reinstate the event for this Sunday, March 1, ERR’s sports portal reports. The event, the 22nd of its kind…

Vilnius is among European tourist hotspots

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Vilnius came in 7th place beating many other European tourist hotspots. Many of us want to travel the world and explore new cities and cultures, but for those with accessibility needs, there are often additional things to consider when planning a getaway. Finding a suitable place to stay is often a top consideration, accommodation search engine HomeToGo writes in a press release. HomeToGo, the accommodation search engine, has conducted a…

Lithuania confirms first case of coronavirus, to deploy troops in airports

Friday, February 28, 2020

The first coronavirus case was confirmed in Lithuania early Friday morning, the country’s Health Ministry said. The troops will collect information on people arriving from the virus-affected regions, Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told reporters on Friday. “Troops will [help] avoid problems or disruptions at the airports, border checkpoints. […] Contact information will be collected from every person arriving from the affected areas,” he said. The Lithuanian government has also…

Latvian GDP grew 2.2 percent in 2019

Friday, February 28, 2020

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) and released February 28 show that in 2019, as compared to 2018, economic growth continued at a modest pace and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 2.2 %. In 2019, GDP at current prices amounted to EUR 30.5 billion. Compared to the 3 rd  quarter, in the 4 th  quarter of 2019 GDP at constant prices grew by just 0.1 % (according to seasonally and calendar adjusted…

Raccoons invite you to their Riga coding hackathon

Friday, February 28, 2020

Raccoons may not be the commonest sight in Latvia under normal circumstances, but a group of them are inviting people to hack, create and learn coding skills in a 48-hour STEM hackathon.  “The Reaccoons is a 48-hour hackathon that empowers students who are eager to learn by providing an environment for them to explore, build, and create. Around 100 students will gather to learn more about technology and explore the realms of…

Limp Bizkit rollin’ low in Lithuania after pro-Putin statements

Friday, February 28, 2020

Following controversies surrounding the lead singer’s pro-Putin statements, Limp Bizkit saw a low turnout during their first show in Lithuania since 2009. “Of course, [the arena] can accommodate 20,000, but it can’t always be filled,” Ina Roze from Sia Star Booking, the Latvian company organising the concert, told LRT English. Local media previously reported that some 2,500 fans attended the show. In 2015, the lead singer Fred Durst was banned…

Change to Prosecutor General selection procedure approved in Latvia

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Saeima on February 27 endorsed legislative amendments that will change the procedure of selecting the prosecutor general in future, reported the LETA newswire. The vote on the final reading of the legislation was carried by 75 votes to 1 with 13 deputies not voting either way. The range of possible candidates will be expanded, and judges and prosecutors of all levels will be able to run for the position. The candidate for…

Matulionis to become Lithuania’s NATO ambassador

Friday, February 28, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Thursday appointed Deputy Government Chancellor Deividas Matulionis as Lithuania’s permanent representative to NATO. Under the presidential decree, Matulionis will assume the new position on April 20. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday he plans to appoint his adviser Lukas Savickas, who was not appointed economy and innovation minister, as the government’s deputy chancellor. “He will probably be appointed the government’s deputy chancellor,” the prime…