Posts published in Day: June 1, 2020

Lithuanian President congratulates Armenian PM on birthday, wishes speedy recovery from COVID-19

Monday, June 1, 2020

President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda congratulated Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on birthday and wished a speedy recovery from the novel coronavirus. “Happy birthday to dear Armenia’s PM Nikol Pashinyan from me and my wife. Lithuania is with you and all your family in this fight against COVID19. Wishing you to get well soon!” Today Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that he and his family members have been infected with…

Estonia’s GDP falls 0.7% y/y in Q1 but coronavirus impact “not considerable” yet

Monday, June 1, 2020

Estonian GDP declined 0.7% y/y in the first quarter after expanding 3.9% y/y in the fourth quarter, unadjusted data from Statistics Estonia showed on May 29. The fall is less an effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic than the weakness of Estonia’s energy and manufacturing sectors, the statistical office said. The impact of the coronavirus was “not yet considerable. However, the virus seems to have negatively affected trade, transport and…

On-site classes in September priority for younger pupils

Monday, June 1, 2020

In September this year, if the epidemiological situation allows for a partial resumption of on-site classes in schools, priority will be given  to younger pupils, said Education Minister Ilga Šuplinska (New Conservative Party) in an interview to Latvian Radio on June 1. The way schools will operate in September has not yet been decided. The Minister confirmed that the decisions will be subordinated to the epidemiological situation. “We expect that…

Baltic states report lowest Covid-19 figures since pandemic began

Monday, June 1, 2020

This week, the Baltic states have reported some of the lower figures of new Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began. On Monday, the Latvian authorities said there were no new cases of Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, while Estonia and Lithuania reported one and three new infections, respectively. So far, 68 people in Estonia, 24 in Latvia, and 70 in Lithuania have died from Covid-19. Lithuania has 1,678 confirmed…

Why is Lithuanian MEP accused of interfering in Georgia?

By Jurga Bakaitė on Monday, June 1, 2020

As Georgia prepares for general elections in October, a letter from Lithuanian MEP about the government’s treatment of opposition leaders has ruffled some feathers in Tbilisi. Andrius Kubilius has been accused by Georgia’s ruling politicians of exerting unacceptable pressure on the country’s domestic issues. Meanwhile, the Lithuanian MEP told LRT.lt the current situation in Tbilisi reminds of pre-Maidan Ukraine, when the now-deposed Viktor Yanukovych imprisoned opposition leaders. “European partners need…

Lithuanian police to honour killed colleague with a minute of silence

Monday, June 1, 2020

Police officers will on Monday exit their vehicles at 12:00 across Lithuania to observe a minute of silence to mark the killing of a fellow officer on Friday. An armed man on Friday shot dead Saulius Žymantas, 40, an officer with the Mažeikiai District police station in northwestern Lithuania. A female officer was also wounded. They arrived in the village of Birbiliškės in Lithuania’s northwestern district of Mažeikiai in response…

Latvian Post: Foreign shipments might still be delayed

Monday, June 1, 2020

Due to COVID-19 limiting measures, exchange of mail with foreign states is still delayed, said Latvian Post (LP) in a news release on June 1. Any delivery deadlines and quality standards at international level are not in force. Deliveries are hampered by shipping congestion and queues at international transit airports. LP accepts consignments for dispatch to destinations abroad and sends them out as soon as a suitable mode of transport…

Rīga hotel focuses on couples and outpatients in bid to weather crisis

Monday, June 1, 2020

“The coronavirus poses no obstacle to couples, and we do see some of them here. At times, outpatients from the nearby Stradiņš Hospital arrive too. These are the main two groups of clients we have right now,” says Valdis, the owner of a small 14-room hotel in Rīga’s picturesque Āgenskalns neighborhood. Many of the competing hotels have closed shop, but this hotel, which opened five years ago, is still open in…

Bank of Latvia moulds a Latgale ceramics coin

Monday, June 1, 2020

On Friday, June 5, the Bank of Latvia will release the 2 euro commemorative coin “Latgalian ceramics”, the Bank reported on June 1. Purchase will only be possible on e-monetas.lv website as of 12:00 June 5. The coins will only be available in souvenir packaging and circulation coin kits. The circulation kit will include Latgalian ceramics coins of face value of 1 cent to 2 euro. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the product will not be available in the Treasury of Bank of Latvia. Online purchases will…

NATO STRATCOMCOE talks “Securing Democracy. COVID-19 and Election”

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) has another in its series of online conversations taking place this week, June 3. This time, the topic of the online conversation “Securing Democracy. COVID-19 and Elections” with  Ms Ingrid Bicu (Expert on strategic communications and elections, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), Mr Sebastian Bay (Researcher, Swedish Defence Research Agency), Mr Nicholas Fang (Director, Singapore Institute of International Affairs) and Ms Monika Hanley (Fulbright Scholar, NATO StratCom COE).…