Posts published in Day: May 21, 2020

Official reminds public to avoid touching other people’s balls (Video)

Thursday, May 21, 2020

As the country slowly reopens amid the pandemic, officials are reminding residents to maintain certain social distancing measures — like not touching other people’s balls. Tennis balls, that is. Ahead of tennis courts reopening in parts of Long Island, New York, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran emphasized the importance of only handling your own balls. If you and another player are from another household, she explained during a press conference…

Lithuanian PM: there’s no legal basis for budget review

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis insists there is no need to review this year’s budget following the government’s multi-billion coronavirus aid package. “We need a legal basis. […] There’s nothing to worry about. […] All ongoing expenses are being accounted for. If we need to do an intervention into this year’s budget, speaking of long-term commitments, everything will be done,” the prime minister told MPs on Thursday. Vitas Vasiliauskas, board…

Lithuania’s ruling parties allege foreign interference in reports on minister

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Lithuania’s ruling coalition has turned to intelligence services over alleged foreign involvement in corruption reports against the embattled transport minister, Jaroslav Narkevič. LRT published an  investigation   last week, alleging that Narkevič received kickbacks for securing municipal contracts for a local company, Sodžiaus Būstas. Later, Delfi.lt reported that the owner of the company, Aleksandras Ribnikovas, who made the accusations against the minister, coordinated his actions with Darius Kuliesius, an adviser…

Beijing eyes Rail Baltica investment

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Chinese investments are making their way into Rail Baltica, a strategic railway connecting Poland with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Precedents in the Balkans indicate a successful bid may carry political implications, Warsaw Institute, a think tank in Poland, reports. Until recently, the prevailing belief was that China only carries out infrastructure projects in the developing countries as it is unable to compete effectively in the EU market. However, in recent…

Vilnius ordered to terminate national stadium contract

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Lithuania’s public procurement watchdog has ordered Vilnius municipality to terminate the 156-million-euro contract to build a national stadium in the Lithuanian capital. The construction of an international stadium in Vilnius began in 1987, several years before Lithuania regained independence. Construction works were later resumed in 2008, but had to be halted as the funding was discontinued amid the global economic crisis. The city planned to sign a concession agreement with…

Latvian farmers call for permission to employ guest workers

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Latvian non-governmental farmer organizations invite responsible authorities to participate more actively in tackling border crossing issues so guest workers from third countries could be employed in agriculture, “Zemnieku saeima” said in a media statement on May 21. Given the lack of employees in agriculture, farmers have concerns about harvesting fruit, berries and vegetables. This week the association “Zemnieku Saeima”, the Agricultural Organizations Cooperation Council and the Latvian Agricultural Cooperatives Association…

Half of booking reimbursements handled by airBaltic

Thursday, May 21, 2020

National airline airBaltic head of corporate communications Alise Briede spoke to Latvian Radio on May 21 about flight reimbursements due to COVID-19. Customers who had purchased tickets for flights that were cancelled due to COVID-19 have been offered reimbursements in forms of vouchers or refunds. Experiences vary: there are people who have received the airline’s confirmation about getting the money back. Others have completed submissions at the airline’s request but…

Half of claims for cash recovery handled by airBaltic

Thursday, May 21, 2020

National airline airBaltic head of corporate communications Alise Briede spoke to Latvian Radio on May 21 about flight reimbursements due to COVID-19. Customers who had purchased tickets for flights that were cancelled due to COVID-19 have been offered reimbursements in forms of vouchers or refunds. Experiences vary: there are people who have received the airline’s confirmation about getting the money back. Others ha Alise Briede explained that the COVID-19 crisis…

Hololei regards timing of Estonian flights ban peculiar

By Evelyn Kaldoja on Thursday, May 21, 2020

It is a bit peculiar that Estonia decided to ban flights during a time other countries are opening up again, European Commission Director General for Mobility and Transport Henrik Hololei finds. What is your opinion of Estonia’s rather sudden flights ban laid down on Sunday? (Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas decided to ban flights to high-risk coronavirus countries, including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Turkey, Belarus…

Finance Minister plans to merge regulator with Latvian central bank

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Ministry of Finance (FM) said May 21 it has submitted a proposal to the cabinet that would place Latvia’s independent financial regulator, the Financial and Capital Markets Commission (FKTK) under the wing of the Latvian Central Bank (LB). “The addition of the FKTK to the Bank of Latvia is the logical conclusion of the overhaul of the financial sector. Synergies of information and competencies will help the assessment of risks in…