Posts published in Day: June 2, 2020

Why fighting domestic violence is still contentious in Central and Eastern Europe?

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Lithuania is one of nine nations in Central and Eastern Europe yet to ratify the so-called Istanbul Convention against gender violence. With domestic violence rates high across the region, what’s preventing countries from adopting the treaty? Emerging Europe reports. Almost one in three women worldwide experience physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence by someone else in their lifetime. In the majority of cases, violence is…

Lithuanian PM rejects president’s proposal to shuffle ministers

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Lithuania’s prime minister says he will not have Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas move to head the Ministry of Economy, an idea suggested by the president. Vaičiūnas has been the acting economy minister since last December. President Gitanas Nausėda said last week he could take up the position permanently. According to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, however, Vaičiūnas himself does not want to switch to another ministry. “The minister is doing well…

Baltic travel bubble may include Poland and Finland, says Lithuanian FM

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linkevičius said Poland and Finland could be the next “logical participants” to expand the current “Baltic bubble” that allows free movement between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. After a meeting between Polish and Baltic foreign ministers, Warsaw’s top diplomat Jacek Czaputowicz said the country plans to open its borders in the coming weeks, but is yet to decide on a concrete timeline. “As we are on a good…

Motor freight transport down 1.3% in first quarter

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Data by Latvia’s central statistics office show that the volume of freight transported by road shrank 1.3% in the first quarter of 2020 annually. Freight carried by road comprised 14.5 million tons, 0.2 million tons or 1.3% less than in the 1 st  quarter of 2019.  Freight transport by road in the 1st quarter  10.2 million tons of national freights were carried, an increase of 0.6 million tons or 6.2 % as compared the 1 st  quarter of the…

600 million redistributed among ministries

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

On Tuesday, June 2, the Cabinet decided to reallocate EUR 600 million for various ministerial initiatives, of which 103.2 million will be channeled to health infrastructure projects. The government reviewed a report prepared by the Ministry of Finance on measures to overcome the COVID-19 crisis. Overall, State aid amounts to EUR 2.1 billion. From this amount, the government has already reserved EUR 966.46 million for various measures, for example, downtime compensations etc.  On Tuesday, ministers agreed to redistribute an additional EUR 600 million. Of these, EUR 223 million will be channeled to modernization projects: 75  million for the Altum…

Lithuania’s banking and business reps detained in illegal lobbying probe

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Presidents of Lithuania’s major business and banking associations are suspected of illegal lobbying that may have affected bank taxing legislation. Valdas Sutkus, head of the Lithuanian Business Confederation (LVK), one of the country’s biggest business associations, and Mantas Zalatorius, head of the Lithuanian Banks Association (LBA) were detained on Tuesday. Four other unnamed businesspeople were also detained as part of an investigation into large-scale bribery, influence peddling and document forgery,…

Finnair and Lufthansa resume flights from Riga

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

On Tuesday, June 2, flights from and to the airport “Riga” are resumed by the German airline “Lufthansa” and the Finnish air carrier “Finnair”, said airport representative Laura Kulakova. It s currently possible to travel to nine destinations – Amsterdam, Oslo, Helsinki, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Vilnius, and Tallinn. Two more destinations – Paris and Düsseldorf – are scheduled to be open to flights soon. In the first five months of this year, compared to the corresponding period of 2019, the number of passengers served at Riga airport decreased by more than half – by 54.7%. In May, a total of 651 flights were operated at the airport. 1385 tonnes of cargo were operated. LSM.LV

Companies join in bid to combat robbery

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Over the past two years, at least 10 warehouses of trading and production businesses have been robbed, representatives said in a media statement on June 2. The goods stolen total to tens of millions of euros. Companies have agreed to collaborate in order to draw both public and authorities’ attention to organized crime, the impact on market and the coincidence of cases. Seven Latvian-based companies have united, and others who…

Plan for modern art museum resurfaces as patrons want to give design to state

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

There are new developments in the plan to build the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art. The project, started in 2014 as a private initiative by patrons Boris and Inara Teterev and the ABLV Bank fund, was halted after the bank folded in the wake of a damning U.S. Treasury report in 2018. Nevertheless, €4m have been invested in the project thus far, and the project by British architect and artist David Adjaye is…

Belarus’ leader warns no ‘Maidan’ following mass rallies supporting opposition

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko once said the country was not ready for a woman president – mockingly referring to Lithuania’s former president Dalia Grybauskaitė who “came, smiled, sat a bit and went away”. As Belarus gears up for August 9 election, Lukashenko is keen to preserve his grip. RFE/RL reports from Minsk. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has openly warned that there will be no “Maidan” following mass rallies in Minsk…