Posts published in Day: May 11, 2020

Lithuania receives record number of asylum requests

Monday, May 11, 2020

A record number of 646 people asked for asylum in Lithuania last year, according to the country’s Migration Department. “Last year was a record year since the creation of the asylum system in Lithuania. We have never received so many asylum requests in one year,” Evelina Gudzinskaitė, the department’s director, told BNS. The increase comes due to a change in migration routes, according to Gudzinskaitė. The majority of migrants asked…

Lithuania joins clinical trials for Japanese Covid-19 drug

Monday, May 11, 2020

Lithuania is joining clinical trials of Avigan, a Japanese-developed antiviral drug, to be tested on Covid-19 patients, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Monday.  “Following the completion of all the necessary procedures, Lithuania is officially joining clinical trials of the drug Avigan developed by Japanese scientists,” Veryga told reporters. The trial will involve up to 100 patients in Lithuania, he said.   According to the Health Ministry, the new drug…

Coronavirus: Lithuania confirms 6 new cases, including child arriving from Moscow

Monday, May 11, 2020

Six new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania, the Health Ministry announced on Monday morning. In total, 1,485 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the country. So far, 833 have recovered, while 598 remain active cases. Fifty deaths caused by the coronavirus have been reported in Lithuania so far. Four more people who had been diagnosed with the disease died from other causes.  Outside case  One of the…

Mass turnout at parade in Minsk despite coronavirus fears

Monday, May 11, 2020

Lithuanian officials have previously said Belarus could be an uncontrolled hotspot of the virus. Despite the ballooning number of infections, the Belarusian authorities proceeded to hold the usual May 9 parade commemorating the end of the Second World War. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports from the country’s capital, Minsk. Thousands of people jammed the center of the Belarusian capital to watch soldiers and military units march as part of celebrations…

Lithuania’s labour market shows ‘positive signs’

Monday, May 11, 2020

Over 6,000 more people were hired than fired in early May, a Lithuanian government official says, calling it a sign of recovery in the labour market. “Based on data from May 4–7 data, the number of hirings exceeded the results of previous quarantine weeks,” Lukas Savickas, a government vice chancellor, told reporters on Monday. Part of the increase may be due to the “start-of-the-month effect” when employers tend to hire…

Foreign trade turnover of Latvia 5.1 % less than a year ago

Monday, May 11, 2020

In March 2020, Latvia’s foreign trade turnover amounted to EUR 2.42 billion, 5.1% less than a year ago, according to the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB). The export value of goods decreased by 0.7%, while the value of imports by 8.4%, as per CSB operational data. In March, Latvia exported goods worth EUR 1.1 billion, imported for EUR 1.32 billion. Compared to March 2019, the foreign trade balance improved slightly, with exports…

Baltic states call on Brussels to adjust EU budget

Monday, May 11, 2020

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have called on Brussels to establish the EU Recovery Fund and adjust the bloc’s multiannual budget to tackle the impact of the coronavirus in Europe. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš and Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas addressed the joint letter to President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. Latvian and…

Stuttgart and Wiesbaden U.S. army garrisons allow travel across Germany

Monday, May 11, 2020

U.S. military personnel based in Stuttgart and Wiesbaden can use most off-post facilities open to the public even if such facilities aren’t yet open on post, according to updated Army general orders. The orders for the two garrisons replace previous limits on unofficial travel within Germany. Now, personnel assigned to Stuttgart and Wiesbaden can travel throughout Germany, so long as the journey doesn’t require an overnight stay. The orders for…

Lithuania turns to IAEA in protest against Belarusian nuclear plant

Monday, May 11, 2020

Lithuania has turned to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after nuclear fuel was delivered to the Astravyets nuclear power plant without an agreement on early notification of a nuclear accident between Vilnius and Minsk. “Such a situation is unacceptable and it’s an intolerable practice since we are speaking about the safety of states and people,” Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said in a letter to IAEA Director General Rafael…

airBaltic CEO Gauss: government investment will be returned “multiple times”

Monday, May 11, 2020

airBaltic chairman and Chief Executive Officer Martin Gauss defended the government’s decision to invest an additional 250 million euros in the airline May 11, promising that it would be returned to taxpayers many times over in coming years. Outlining airBaltic’s reponse to the coronavirus crisis, Gauss said  the “GDP effect” of the investment will be significant and will “return more than 25 times for the state as our shareholder.” “We will…