Posts published in Day: June 3, 2020

Industrial output fell 9.2% in April

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

April was the cruelest month during the Covid-19 crisis, and for the economy too, according to newest data on Latvia’s industrial production. Data by the Central Statistics Bureau say that industrial production fell 9.2% on year in April, with many companies furloughed, demand falling and both exports and raw material imports falling due to border lockdowns. However, according to Luminor economist Pēteris Strautiņš, this result is somewhat better than expected. Even…

Access to healthcare services returning to normal

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Starting June 3, hospitals have resumed all healthcare services that had been stopped while the novel coronavirus was actively spreading, reported Latvian Radio. The final services to be restored were related to inpatient treatment.  But residents are asked to follow their schedule and be particularly scrupulous about arriving on time as hospitals are still observing safety measures such as ensuring distance between patients and disinfecting premises. Before invasive procedures and planned operations, patients…

Lithuania’s Sąjudis independence movement marks 32th anniversary – video

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sąjūdis, Lithuania’s movement for independence from the Soviet Union, was founded 32 years ago on June 3, 2020. “People believed that there can be change,” said Vytautas Landsbergis, head of the movement. “From summer 1988, everyone understood what Sąjūdis [stood for],” said Algirdas Jakubčionis, a historian at Vilnius University “All those rallies in 1988, especially in Vingio park in Vilnius, led the [push] for inner and outer freedom.” A few…

Lithuanian company invests €6m to make biofuel from used cooking oil

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

A company operating in the Klaipėda Free Economic Zone in western Lithuania will start producing biofuel out of used cooking oil collected in the country. Mestilla, a biodiesel manufacturer, will invest 6 million euros into the project, according to the company’s press release. Construction of the plant is due to start in early 2021.   “The European Commission strongly encourages the repurposing of this waste,” Arūnas Zubas, CEO of Mestilla,…

Lithuanians lay flowers by US embassy in Vilnius in solidarity with Floyd protests

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Lithuanian activists have expressed solidarity with American protesters by leaving flowers and candles outside the US embassy in Vilnius. However, they were initially removed by the police. Massive protests across the US have been continuing for eight days following the killing of George Floyd by the police. Rallies against racism have also occurred across the world. In Lithuania, human rights activists have called an action, titled I Can’t Breathe, inviting…

Lithuania allows flights to France, Finland and Denmark

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Lithuanian government has allowed to resume regular flights to France, Finland and Denmark as of Thursday. SAS has requested to relaunch services from Vilnius and Palanga airports to Copenhagen in Denmark. Wizz Air is reopening flights between Kaunas and Turku (Finland). The airline will also be flying from Vilnius to Billund (Denmark) and Paris (France). Vilnius–Paris flights will also be operated by AirBaltic. According to Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius,…

Estonia’s presidency at UN Security Council calls out Russian cyberattacks

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Estonian diplomats holding the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council have raised cyberattacks as a separate issue for the first time in the organisation’s history. In an interview with LRT.lt, Estonian Ambassador to the UN Sven Jürgenson said the country left a “digital footprint” at the Council. Estonia became a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021 and held the rotating presidency in May. “In March 2020,…

Latvia cancels two-week isolation rule for most European travelers

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

On June 3 the Latvian cabinet ruled that travelers from most European countries will no longer have to observe a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days after arriving. The rules are effective immediately and are based on epidemiological data, applying to countries where the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases is below 15 per 100,000 inhabitants through the past two weeks. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told the press this means the…

Public 3D map of Vilnius helps planners and the public

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Vilnius authorities have built a detailed 3D map of the city which is of great use to urban planners, but also an entertaining way to explore the city. The map, which was put online earlier this year, is primarily intended for city planners and architects to visualise new projects and assess their impact on existing urban structures. Vilniaus Planas (Vilnius Plan), the municipal agency that designed the map, made 72…

Platform for exports of COVID-19 containment products created

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) has established a COVID-19 product platform that compiles the products made in Latvia for restricting COVID-19, LIAA informed the media in a statement on June 3. The  platform is available is English, as it is focused on exporting products to foreign markets. “We have gathered the producers of COVID-19 containment products known to us today on a single platform, and we call for others…