Posts published in Day: March 16, 2020

Valka-Valga residents will be able to cross Latvia-Estonia border

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Estonian government confirmed March 16 that residents of the twin border cities of Valka (Latvia) and Valga (Estonia) will still be able to cross the international border in an exception to the strict border controls being introduced by Estonia. “The person in charge of the emergency situation [Prime Minister] Jüri Ratas has extended an exception for the Valga-Valka border crossing point, to allow people who live in the twin…

Baltic ‘Saber Strike’ military drills cancelled

Monday, March 16, 2020

The United states Army announced March 16 that it was suspending all movement of personnel and equipment from the United States to Europe and the cancellation of a series of military drills, including the ‘Saber Strike’ exercises conducted in the Baltic States. “In response to the current outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and recent guidance by the Secretary of Defense, we have modified exercise Defender-Europe 20 in size and scope,”…

Rīga municipality publishes crisis contact details

Monday, March 16, 2020

Riga City Council is reminding residents of the Latvian capital that they can call the Visitors’ Reception Center (APC) toll-free hotline on the number  8000 0800  or email  [email protected] in  case of uncertainty about the activities of municipal authorities and municipal companies during the coronavirus crisis . For the time being, the hotline is open on weekdays from 08:15 until 17:00 (Mondays 08:30 – 17:00, Fridays 08:15 – 16:00), but if necessary, phone hours will be…

New economics minister candidate named as Nemiro steps down

Monday, March 16, 2020

Coalition party KPV LV’s parliamentary faction and board have decided to nominate Saeima MP and Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee Chair Jānis Vitenbergs for the role of Economics Minister, as the current Minister Ralfs Nemiro steps down, according to the “Panorāma” broadcast and Latvian Radio on March 16. Nemiro is stepping down as he recently had his access to state secrets revoked, and plans are for him to…

Stranded Lithuanians block traffic on German-Polish border, air force dispatches transport plane

Monday, March 16, 2020

Lithuanians stranded at the German-Polish border blocked traffic as Vilnius failed to convince Warsaw to allow them to pass on their way home. Meanwhile, the Lithuanian Air Force sent its C-27J Spartan plane to pick up some of the stranded citizens. “We are aware of the situation at the German-Polish border. We have been informed that Lithuanians want to block the road,” Rasa Jakilaitienė, the ministry’s spokeswoman, told BNS on…

US will not send troops for exercises in Europe, Baltics

Monday, March 16, 2020

The US said on Monday it will not send troops for the large-scale Defender 2020 exercise that were due to take place across Eastern and the Baltic states. “In response to the current outbreak of the Covid-19 virus […] we have modified exercise Defender 2020 in size and scope,” the US military said in a press release on Monday. “As of March 13, all movement of personnel and equipment from…

Lithuanians stranded at German-Polish border block traffic

Monday, March 16, 2020

Lithuanians stranded at the German-Polish border are blocking traffic as Vilnius fails to convince Warsaw to allow them to pass through on their way home. “We are aware of the situation at the German-Polish border. We have been informed that Lithuanians want to block the road,” Rasa Jakilaitienė, the ministry’s spokeswoman, told BNS on Monday afternoon. Read more:  Coronavirus updates: 3 new cases, Lithuania to start drive-in testing    “The Foreign…

Eurovision in limbo as coronavirus measures interfere with preparations

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Eurovision song contest hangs in uncertainty as increasingly many European nations introduce restrictions on travel. The Lithuanian representative is among those who are prevented from travelling to the Netherlands to film videos for the Eurovision broadcast in mid-May. Performers from Israel, Italy, France, Estonia and Lithuania cannot come to record ‘postcards’, short introductory videos shown before each song, due to the strict coronavirus measures introduced by their countries. “We…

Lithuania’s economy may shrink 1.2 percent due to coronavirus – central bank

Monday, March 16, 2020

Lithuania’s  economy   may shrink at least 1.2 percent this year due to the  coronavirus  , economists from the country’s central bank estimate. This would be an “optimistic” scenario, according to the bank’s chairman Vitas Vasiliauskas. “We believe the economy could contract 1.2 percent, meaning that the former baseline scenario changes by almost 4 percentage points. But, once again, I would say it’s an optimistic scenario,” Vasiliauskas said on Monday.…

Coronavirus updates: 3 new cases, Lithuania to start drive-in testing

Monday, March 16, 2020

Drive-in  coronavirus   testing stations will open in ten Lithuanian municipalities, the Health Ministry said on Monday. Patients will not have to leave their cars to be tested. The stations will be set up in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, Marijampolė, Tauragė, Telšiai, Alytus and Utena. The locations will be decided by the municipalities. “Following consultations with specialists, we are widening access to testing,” said Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga. “It means…