Posts published in June 2020

Kremlin propaganda channel “RT” banned in Latvia

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), in compliance with sanctions imposed by the Council of the European Union (EU), has decided to ban the distribution of seven “RT” (“Russia Today”) group channels, which are the most influential Russian propaganda channels in the West, informed NEPLP on June 30. “RT” is a network of television channels set up by the international community in 2005, which broadcasts in English, Spanish, Arabic…

Riga cobblestone gobbles up another car

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

In Riga, Gertrude Street, a car sank into a hole on Tuesday evening, confirmed Ilze Dimante, spokeswoman for the Riga City Council Transport Department, on June 30. She said, as soon as information had been received about the crashed car, all the operational services were sent to the site to assess the situation. The reasons for what happened are not known. Dimante said the car would soon be evacuated and inspected.…

Riga to reduce heating tariff by 11%

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

On Monday, June 29, Riga Heat submitted an 11% reduction in the thermal energy tariff to the Public Utilities Commission (SPRK), the company informed the media in a statement on June 30. The reduction of the thermal energy tariff in Riga is already taking place for the third time this year and is based on a reduction in prices of purchased thermal energy and fuel. The total reduction in the thermal…

airBaltic resumes flights to London

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

After receiving all the necessary permits, the Latvian national airline airBaltic plans to resume direct flights from Riga to London on July 1 and on July 4 from Tallinn to London. In addition, on July 1, the airline will open a new route from Vilnius to London, informed the airline’s spokeswoman, Alice Briede, on June 30. She pointed out that the airline works closely with the responsible authorities, following the situation,…

Lithuanian tourist guides stage rally to demand government assistance

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lithuanian guides have staged an action in Vilnius to draw attention to their plight as the coronavirus pandemic has hit the tourism sector. Under the slogans “Guides together” and “Guide work matters”, several dozen people arrived on an open tourist bus to Vilnius Town Hall on Tuesday. The action took place in several European cities at the same time. “We would like to express solidarity with guides from Hungary and…

NATO endorses Baltic defence plans after Turkey withdraws veto

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

NATO has endorsed the updated defense plans for the Baltic states and Poland after reaching a compromise with Turkey. Ankara had previously blocked the plans, calling for allied support in its conflict with the Kurds. “We can now say that the issue has been practically resolved. They are endorsed,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told BNS on Tuesday. NATO approved the first defence plans for the Baltic states in 2010,…

Vilnius announces winner of iconic street revamp project

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

An international jury appointed by Vilnius municipality have chosen Strassen-Platz as the winner of the competition to revamp Vokiečių Street in the Lithuanian capital. “The level of professionalism of submissions differed widely,” according to the chief architect of Vilnius, Mindaugas Pakalnis. “It’s understandable, as established landscape architects and beginning architects could take part in the open competition,” Pakalnis said in a press release by the municipality.   “But while the…

Lithuania lifts ban on alcohol in beaches

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lithuania’s parliament, Seimas, backed a proposal to ease restrictions on the sale of alcoholic drinks, allowing beverages with up to 15 percent alcohol to be sold at non-stationary beach cafes. On Tuesday, 68 lawmakers voted in favour of the amendments to the Alcohol Control Law that will come into effect on August 15. The sale of low-alcohol drinks at beach cafes will be allowed only during the tourist season which…

Worst is over for Lithuanian economy, says Finance Ministry

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lithuania’s economy has already hit the bottom of the coronavirus-induced crisis and is expected to start recovery, the Finance Ministry said. “Lithuania’s economy is very open, our situation depends a lot on how our exports are doing,” Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka told reporters while presenting the country’s macroeconomic report. “We are seeing the first signs of recovery,” he added. According to the Finance Ministry’s estimates, Lithuania’s GDP will contract 7…

Employment situation in Latvia better than European average

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created severe tension, not only in health care, but also in economy, in volumes estimated to be the largest in the world since World War II. Unlike the financial turmoil of ten years ago, this time European governments have launched an unprecedented number of support campaigns aimed at protecting citizens from losing their jobs and income due to the pandemic, reported Latvian Radio on June 30. Downtime benefits,…