Posts published in Day: May 26, 2020

Coronavirus in Lithuania ‘under control’, health authorities say

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The coronavirus spread in Lithuania has been brought under control, a National Public Health Centre official says, although lifting the quarantine may still be premature. “We still have the virus spreading within the country, though the spread is limited,” Rolanda Lingienė, the head of the centre’s Vilnius division, said on Tuesday. “This virus and this infection are so new that we have no epidemiological criteria we could use to say…

Swedbank: Nordic, Baltic economies will be hit hard but can bounce back

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A new report on the likely impact of the global COVID-19 crisis on the economies of the Baltic states suggests that though they are likely to be hit hard, they may rebound more strongly than many other countries. “The Nordic and Baltic economies will be hard hit by the COVID-19-induced shock due to their small size and relative openness. Strong economic fundamentals and a timely reaction to the health crisis ensure…

Latvia’s online e-parliament goes live

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, has been operating in ad hoc virtual mode for several weeks as previously reported by LSM , but May 26 saw its first fully virtual sitting using the so-called e-Saeima technological tool. The Saeima is one of the first parliaments in the world that is ready to work completely remotely during the crisis caused by COVID-19. Thanks to the new e-Saeima tool, parliamentary sittings can now be…

Lithuanian businessman gets whistleblower status over report on minister

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Lithuanian businessman Aleksandras Ribnikovas has received a whistleblower’s status from the prosecutors after reporting alleged corruption by Transport Minister Jeroslav Narkevič. The country’s Prosecutor General’s Office concluded that the “actions of Narkevič and other responsible persons […] allegedly include offences related to unlawful or non-transparent use of public funds or assets”. Ribnikovas, the owner of a construction company Sodžiaus Būstas, claimed Narkevič helped him win public tender contracts in exchange…

Rīga elections will require face coverings for voters

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Central Election Commission (CVK) has decided that, during the emergency Riga City Council election on August 29, voters will be required to cover their mouth and nose while at polling stations, CVK representative Laura Zaharova told the LETA newswire May 25. Voters at polling stations will have to wear either a medical mask or a respirator, or cover their mouth and nose with a scarf. Voters who do not…

Lithuania’s former president: Without joint borrowing, the EU will ‘fall apart’

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Lithuania’s former president Dalia Grybauskaitė has come forward in support of the French-German plan for joint EU borrowing and giving grants to member states worst-hit by the coronavirus crisis. The 500-billion-euro plan is necessary to prevent the EU from disintegrating and is a step towards deeper European integration, Grybauskaitė said, urging Lithuania to take part. Last week, French leader Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel proposed that the EU borrow…

Eurolines coach company to restart Latvia routes

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The long-distance coach company Eurolines said May 26 it will resume traffic with neighboring countries from June 5. The first buses from Rīga will start their journey in the direction of Kaunas, and then in the middle of June the routes to Vilnius, Warsaw, Gdansk and Tallinn will be renewed, the company said in a news release. “We will gradually resume our travels. At the beginning we will travel to Lithuania, from the middle of…

Lithuania considers extending quarantine until end of June

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Lithuania’s government may extend the coronavirus quarantine until the end of June, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has said. “It has now been proposed to extend [the quarantine] until the end of June, but we will have to wait for the government’s decision,” Skvernelis told reporters on Tuesday. Lithuania introduced the nationwide quarantine on March 16 and has renewed it several times. It is now set to expire on May 31…

Lithuania to lift all border checks with Latvia

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Lithuania’s border with Latvia will be fully reopened on June 1, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Facebook on Tuesday. Starting from May 15, the citizens and residents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are able to travel freely within the Baltic states. However, ID checks have remained in place. “Free movement, no more posts or checks,” wrote Skvernelis, adding that the final decision would be adopted by the government on…

Printful to open a production center in Canada

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The owner of print-products manufacturer “Prinful Latvia” is building a production and supply center in the Canadian city of Mississauga, near Toronto, the company reported on May 26. This is the first  Printful   production center in Canada and the seventh in the world.  It will work alongside production facilities in the US, Mexico, Spain and Latvia. The initial investment is EUR 1.8 million. “Printful already has a large customer base…