Posts published in Day: May 7, 2020

Latvia’s state of emergency extended until June 9, some restrictions eased

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The emergency situation in place in Latvia due to COVID-19 has been extended until June 9, but some of the strict measures in place currently will be slightly relaxed, it was confirmed after a marathon meeting of the Latvian cabinet May 7. Speaking via video link at the conclusion of the meeting, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said: “We will continue to be responsible and to think of each other,” as he confirmed the new…

Lithuania approves post-pandemic welfare package

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, on Thursday approved a new post-pandemic welfare package which includes job seekers’ allowances, 200-euro payouts and other measures. A total of 125 lawmakers voted in favour of the package, two abstained, and no MPs voted against the measures. All people registered with the Užimtumo Tarnyba (Employment Services) would be entitled to job seekers’ allowance for up to six months. The measures would also apply to students…

“Still Breathing”: Samanta Tina at Eurovision 2021? (Video)

Thursday, May 7, 2020

She’s the Latvian star who was ready to bring all the fringe to the Eurovision 2020 stage in Rotterdam. And now, as she waits for the pandemic to end and for Latvia to decide on its future selection process, Samanta Tina has had an in-depth chat with Wiwibloggs. The “Still Breathing” hitmaker — whose honours Tina Turner with her stage name — tells us that she will not accept an offer to compete in any…

Lithuania ‘more entrepreneurial’ and will rebound faster than Europe – finance minister

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Lithuania’s economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis will be more rapid than in other EU countries, since its businesses are “more entrepreneurial,” according to Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka. “Given that our business is definitely more entrepreneurial than that in older EU member states, Lithuania’s recovery will surely be more rapid and substantial, even though the economic decline will be broadly similar [in all EU countries],” he told the Žinių Radijas…

Baltic states to create ‘travel bubble’ as pandemic curbs eased

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will open their borders to each others’ citizens from May 15, creating a Baltic “travel bubble” within the European Union amid an easing of pandemic restrictions, their prime ministers said on Wednesday. “It’s a big step towards life as normal”, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas wrote on Twitter. The Baltic travel area would be first of its kind in the bloc, where most countries restricted entry…

Quarantine library boom in Vilnius

Thursday, May 7, 2020

During quarantine, residents of Vilnius have been ordering more than 300 books from the city’s libraries per day, according to a press release by the municipality. Libraries are accepting orders from individuals once per week and the service is especially popular among seniors, according to Vilnius municipality. “We are very happy to see that we can brighten the daily lives of our readers and encourage them to stay at home…

Low demand for airBaltic flights

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Flights starting May 13 are not highly demanded, said airBaltic representative Didzis Rudmanis to the Latvian Radio. It is currently possible to book flights to different destinations as soon as the next week – including countries with extensive spread of Covid-19, such as Russia and France. Didzis Rudmanis explained that all scheduled flights will only take place if restrictions are lifted and the passenger demand is sufficient. “Once the restrictions…

President of Constitutional Court of Latvia gets another term in office

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Ineta Ziemele has been re-elected as President of the Constitutional Court of Latvia on Wednesday, May 6. Six justices voted for, while one was against. Ziemele was nominated for the post by Sanita Osipova, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court, as the only candidate. Due to the state of emergency to limit the spread of Covid-19, the elections were conducted in a remote video conference format. Ineta Ziemele has been in the…

Baltic presidents call for ‘common European history’ to counter Russia’s ‘revisionism’

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Thursday condemned Russia’s attempts to falsify history by playing down Moscow’s role in “unleashing” the Second World War and Soviet crimes in occupied Baltic countries. On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2, the leaders of the Baltic countries issued a joint statement warning that distorting history posed a threat to the rules-based global order. “The distortion of…