Posts published in May 2020

Fuel retailers have increased their prices in Estonia

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Price per liter of 95-octane petrol increased from €1.149 to 1.179 on Thursday, May 29. For three weeks, the price remained on €1.149 per liter. Now, the price has increased by three cents in bigger gas stations. The price of diesel fuel has remained the same – €0.999 per liter. Board member of fuel retailer company Alexela Alan Vaht told ERR in the middle of May that the prices were…

Ministry: Defense League rather than Defense Forces best suited for assisting police

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Ministry of the Interior believes police could provide training for military conscripts in order to include them in law enforcement when necessary. The Ministry of Defense has not immediately rejected the plan, but sees members of the Defense League better suited for assisting police. Head of the Ministry of the Interior Rescue and Crisis Management Policy Department Jaanis Otsla told ERR that the ministry will soon introduce a proposed…

In Poland, key automotive industry has been hit most by crisis

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Poland has a traditionally developed automotive sector, which normally is a driving force for the country’s industry and exports. This spring, however, passenger car production has dropped by 99% on an annual basis in Poland, according to the Polish Central Statistical Office, DW reports. For the most part of April, passenger car production was on hold after the suspension of factories at Fiat Chrysler, Opel (Peugeot-Citroen) and Volkswagen, all of…

Russia to keep self-isolation requirement in 14 regions

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Russian authorities have decided to keep the requirement to self-isolate in effect in 14 of the country’s 85 regions at least by mid-June, while facial masks are mandatory throughout the country, Russian state news agency TASS reports. By Thursday, May 28, a total of 379,051 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 150,993 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 4,142 fatalities nationwide, which is a…

Runaway drone search expenses calculated

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Search for the drone which was lost on May 2 and found two weeks later cost National Armed Forces (NBS) EUR 25000 in search efforts, whereas Riga International Airport does not disclose its losses, said representatives of Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) to Latvian Radio on May 29. Following an audit with the owner and manufacturer UAVFactory, the investigation of the stray drone case is still ongoing whether and to what…

Memorial stone to mark Lithuanian-Polish victory against Teutonic crusaders

Friday, May 29, 2020

A memorial stone from Lithuania is making its way to the site of the 1410 Battle of Žalgiris (or Grunwald), the landmark encounter in which the Polish-Lithuanian forces defeated the German Teutonic Order. The 14-ton memorial stone, carved by the folk artist Jonas Šimonėlis, originates from the village of Sirutėnai in Utena District, northeast Lithuania. July 15 will mark the 610th anniversary of one of the largest medieval encounters in…

Lithuanian police deploy anti-terror squad after man kills officer and flees

Friday, May 29, 2020

An armed man has killed one and injured another police officer in the village of Birbiliškės in Lithuania’s northwestern Mažeikiai District, and fled. “Police Commissioner General Renatas Požela is expressing the deepest condolences to the family of the killed officer on behalf of the whole police community,” the police said. A male police officer, aged 40, was killed and a female officer was shot in the leg. Her condition is…

Lithuanian president suggest minister reshuffle

Friday, May 29, 2020

Lithuania’s energy minister could be appointed to head the economy ministry, a post that has been vacant since last December, President Gitanas Nausėda has suggested. He has been discussing the possibility with Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, he said. “It’s an option that would be totally acceptable to me. But then we would have to look for a new minister at the other [energy] ministry,” Nausėda said in an interview with…

Lithuanian minister urges travelers not to ‘cheat’ and self-isolate

Friday, May 29, 2020

People coming back to Lithuania from outside the Baltic states should not “cheat” and self-isolate for two weeks, the country’s Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said on Thursday. Lithuanian residents and citizens haven been able to travel freely – and without the need to self-isolate upon arrival – via the Latvian border since the three Baltic states established a so-called travel bubble. But since Estonia and  Latvia   eased travel restrictions…

Saeima approves relaxed restrictions

Friday, May 29, 2020

Saeima approved government decision on relaxing Covid-19 restrictions, it was reported in a news release on May 28. The relaxations as of June 1 include: It is permitted to resume organized artistic collective activity – choirs, dance groups, instrumental and vocal ensembles, amateur theaters, folklore group and other arts collectives indoors and outdoors, strictly observing  sanitary requirements   issued by the Culture Ministry. The Ministry of Education will prepare a sanitary protocol for organization of camps and…