Posts published in Day: March 5, 2020

Six institutions join effort against sports fraud in Lithuania

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Six Lithuanian institutions have signed a renewed agreement to cooperate in combating  sports manipulation. “It is very important to commit ourselves to international standards that are being developed and have been developed,” Education, Science and Sport Minister Algirdas Monkevičius told reporters after the signing ceremony on Thursday. “I am glad that we have renewed the agreement and will develop […] a national plan modelled on that of Denmark,” he said.…

Protests against regional reform as Saeima debates matters

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Protests took place in Rīga and elsewhere March 5 as municipalities and individuals objected to reforms of regional administration that would see the current network of municipalities given a  major overhaul. Under the proposed new law, the number of municipalities would be reduced from more than 100 to 40. With lawmakers due to give a second reading to a bill with more than 300 proposed amendments that would amalgamate and merge…

After coronavirus fears, Lithuania sees shortage of hand sanitisers

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Lithuanian authorities will coordinate with businesses to help fill a market shortage of hand sanitzers caused by a surge in demand. “We need to find out the formulas of those sanitizers and coordinate things with producers, because ethyl alcohol is only one of the ingredients,” Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told reporters on Monday. “We’ll do that as promptly as possible and expedite the processes as much as possible,” he…

Booze store says it will not sell building materials, after all

Thursday, March 5, 2020

One of the giant alcohol retail stores near the Estonia-Latvia border said March 5 it was sticking to selling booze instead of paint, nails and laminated flooring. “Due to the fact that Latvia raised the alcohol excise tax by 5% instead of the originally planned 30%… the GOALCO store in Ainaži continues to be a liquor store and the transformation into a construction shop is no longer on the agenda,” ‘Alco’ CEO Veljo…

Luminor bank issues half a billion euros’ worth of Baltic bonds

Thursday, March 5, 2020

In what it said was an important milestone, on March 5, Baltic bank Luminor anounced that it had issued the first covered bonds from the Baltic region a day earlier, to the tune of 500 million euros. The 5-year covered bonds are to be listed on the  Irish Stock Exchange in Dublin. The inaugural issue was based on Estonian assets only, though Luminor said it is planning to continue issuing Covered…

Jewish organisation boycotts Lithuania’s independence day events over controversial Holocaust resolution

Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Lithuanian-Jewish organisation in Israel is boycotting Lithuanian independence day events in protest of a resolution proposed by a Lithuanian MP stating that the Lithuanian nation did not play any part in the Holocaust. Responding to the Lithuanian Embassy’s invitation to participate in independence day celebrations next week, the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel circulated a letter, criticising the resolution and demanding for the Lithuanian president’s response. “The Association…

AirBaltic Named the Best Employer in the Transport and Logistics Sector

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The annual Best Employer award ceremony took place following a nationwide survey carried out by the recruitment agency CV-Online Latvia. During the ceremony, the Latvian airline airBaltic was recognized as the best employer in the transport and logistics sector for the ninth year in a row. Alīna Roščina, VP Human Resources of airBaltic: “airBaltic is proud to be among the leading employers. Our success story is driven by the talented…

Latvia emphasizes necessity to support Ukraine during Baltic-Canadian political consultations

Thursday, March 5, 2020

On March 3, Ottawa hosted the first consultations between the Political Directors of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic States and Canada. The Latvian delegation was headed by Under Secretary of State and Political Director, Janis Mazeiks, LETA was told by the Foreign Ministry. The consultations addressed cooperation between the Baltic States and Canada. The Political Directors exchanged opinions on international security and regional development issues and cooperation…

Girgens believes that Europe is on the eve of another migration crisis

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Europe is currently on the eve of a possible migration crisis, while Latvia is ready to send an additional mobile video surveillance unit and crew to Greece to strengthen its borders, Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV LV) points out. Being aware of future risks, Girgens emphasized the need to focus on strengthening Latvian law enforcement agencies. “Europe is on the eve of a potential migration crisis. Latvia and the Baltic…

Flu feared by twice as many Estonians as coronavirus

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Twice as many people fear catching the flu compared to those who fear contracting the novel coronavirus, it appears from a survey commissioned by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues and carried out by pollster Norstat. Respondents in the survey were inquired about the perceived threat of the novel coronavirus, and the results indicated that 46 percent deem the influenza more dangerous to themselves and their next of…