Posts published in Day: May 15, 2020

The END of Rail Baltica

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, May 15, 2020

Estonian Interior Minister Mart Helme said that Rail Baltica will not be built. The Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) has always opposed the common railway from Scandinavia to Central Europe. Such a statement by the Estonian Minister puts a final point in the history of the largest infrastructure project in the Baltic countries. Apparently, because of the sabotage of the construction of Rail Baltica by Estonia, the European Union…

Latvia’s COVID-19 case total reaches 970

Friday, May 15, 2020

Latvia recorded 8 more cases of COVID-19 on May 15, increasing the total number of cases from 962 on Thursday to 970 on Friday. No additional fatalities were recorded. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 2,156 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 85,431 tests have been carried out since February 29. 28 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease…

Lithuanian president proposes tax cuts, one-off child benefits

Friday, May 15, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Friday proposed temporary income tax cuts and one-off payments to families with children to stimulate the country’s economy. The president presented the additional package worth 500 million euros after signing the Seimas-adopted law on one-off payments of 200 euros to pensioners and other social benefit recipients. Nausėda proposed to cut income tax from 20 to 15 percent on salaries below 4,000 euros per month, before…

Estonian police call of search for bears in capital Tallinn

Friday, May 15, 2020

Estonian police have called off a search of two bears, a mother and her cub, after they were spotted wandering on the outskirts of the country’s capital, Tallinn. They had probably moved on elsewhere, the Estonian authorities said. “No further signs of the bears were found in the morning, which suggests that they have moved on,” according to Estonia’s Rescue Board  quoted   by the country’s public broadcaster ERR. The…

Coronavirus update: Lithuania reports 12 new cases

Friday, May 15, 2020

Twelve new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in Lithuania, the country’s Health Ministry said on Friday morning. In all, the country has reported 1,523 Covid-19 cases. Nearly two-thirds, 965 people, have recovered. So far, 54 people have died from the novel coronavirus. Six more people who had been diagnosed with the virus died from other causes, according to the ministry. Over Thursday, 7,994 people were tested for Covid-19. On Friday, Lithuania,…

Baltic countries formally lift travel restrictions, queues may form on borders

Friday, May 15, 2020

The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Riga on Friday, formally lifting travel restrictions between the Baltic states. “All Baltic countries have taken active steps to combat the virus,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said in a press release. The opening borders of “is very important for the economies, tourism and people-to-people contacts”, he added. Starting Friday, citizens and residents of the three…

Three for the Weekend: Drive-in cinema, design market, loop game

Friday, May 15, 2020

National restrictions are gradually being relaxed. Safety still comes first – take a look at activities to stay entertained out of harm’s way this weekend! On Saturday, May 16, spectators in Valmiera will be able to see a film while sitting in their cars. The event takes place in the parking lot at Vidzeme Olympic Centre (Rīgas iela 91), Valmiera, at 22:00, entry at 21:30 from Vaidavas iela. The chosen film…

NATO destroys the image of the Baltic armed forces

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, May 15, 2020

The leaders of the Baltic countries are less worried about the security of their countries, preferring to delegate this responsibility to NATO and the European Union. The situation is that politicians agree to militarize the Baltic region, because they will not fight on the battlefield in case of military conflict. It so happened that Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia historically have always been dependent on larger states. The countries themselves are…

Estonian police call off search for bears in capital Tallinn

Friday, May 15, 2020

Estonian police have called off a search for two bears, a mother and her cub, after they were spotted wandering on the outskirts of the country’s capital, Tallinn. They had probably moved on elsewhere, the Estonian authorities said. “No further signs of the bears were found in the morning, which suggests that they have moved on,” according to Estonia’s Rescue Board  quoted   by the country’s public broadcaster ERR. The…

LRT English Newsletter: Lithuania unmasked

Friday, May 15, 2020

Lithuania has  proceeded   with yet another quarantine-easing stage. Wearing facemasks is no longer mandatory, except in shops and most indoor public spaces. Other notable changes include the opening of indoor restaurants, cafes, and bars, as well as nightclubs – although, it’s unsure how the venues could maintain the necessary distancing requirements. Small indoor events will also have to wait until the end of May After initial confusion, the government…