Posts published in Day: June 4, 2020

The militarization of the Baltic Sea region

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Baltic Sea a SEA OF PEACE The Baltic Sea, our vulnerable inland sea, is one of the most trafficked, fragile and polluted seas in the world. On top of numerous environmental problems, rapidly increasing military threats are present in the Baltic Sea. In addition to the increasing number of permanent troops in the Baltic Sea Region, the number of war exercises has increased. The number of participants and participating…

Latvia: COVID-19 draft law conceptually supported by Saeima

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Saeima in the first reading conceptually supported and acknowledged as urgent a draft law intending to regulate the situation of COVID-19 in Latvia after the end of emergency on June 9, Latvian Radio reported on June 4. Informally called “great urgency” is a process indicated in the Constitution that the Saeima, by a majority of no less than two thirds, accepts the urgency of a law. In such a…

Number of remote workers grew eight times in April

Thursday, June 4, 2020

According to results of the Labour Force Survey carried out by Latvia’s Central Statistical Bureau, 22% of employees aged 15-74 worked remotely in Latvia in April 2020. The number of people working remotely increased eight times, reaching 148,400 from the previous figure of 19,000. A total of 27% more women than man worked remotely (63.5% and 36.5%, respectively). In April, 27.4% employees had the option to work remotely, but almost three fourths (72.6%) did…

Lithuanian PM: Business reps pressured ministries

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Business associations pressurised several ministries and the Employment Service, said Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis commenting on the ongoing lobbying corruption scandal. Lithuania’s anti-corruption agency is investigating suspected illegal lobbying and influence peddling by Valdas Sutkus, the president of the Lithuanian Business Confederation (LVK), and several other business representatives. Among other things, Sutkus is suspected of organising a smear campaign against the former transport minister. “As to the influence, it…

Lithuanian president’s proposal for child benefits makes way through parliament

Thursday, June 4, 2020

An initiative by the Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda to provide one-off child benefits to support families during the coronavirus pandemic is making its way through the Lithuanian parliament. The bill passed the second reading in the Seimas with 94 votes in favour, one against and five abstentions on Thursday, and will need a final vote to be adopted. Nausėda proposes to provide one-off payments of 120 euros per child to…

Lithuanian president proposes establishing corruption ratings

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has proposed establishing a corruption resilience rating for the country’s institutions. The bill to reform the Law on Prevention of Corruption is backed by the country’s anti-corruption watchdog, the Special Investigations Service (STT). The president’s focus is “on prevention so that we could fight not only the consequences but would also be able to manage the risks,” Darius Kuliesius, an adviser to Nausėda, told reporters on…

Lithuanian government endorses 5G development plan

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The Lithuanian government has on Wednesday endorsed a 5G development plan. Under the  guidelines  , the 5G should be rolled out in Lithuania next year, with the radio frequencies auction to be announced by the end of 2020. The aim is to deploy 5G in at least one of Lithuania’s five biggest cities – Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai or Panevėžys – by 2022. “The whole package is especially important not…

Saeima adopts amendments on ban of totalitarian symbols

Thursday, June 4, 2020

On June 4, the Saeima adopted amendments to the Law on the Security of Public Entertainment and Celebration, related to the ban on the use of symbolic accessories used by the former USSR and Nazi German Armed Forces and Organs of Law and Order in public events, said Saeima Press service on June 4. The Saeima decided to exclude the local government, in the administrative territory of which it is…

Dolphins spotted venturing into the Baltic Sea

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dolphins who are rare guests in the Baltic Sea were spotted in Estonian waters near the country’s capital Tallinn on Tuesday. According to Indrek Sülla who spotted the dolphins, “the water has apparently gotten cleaner and warmer in Kopli Bay” near Tallinn which may have helped spot the mammals. He told the Estonian public broadcaster ERR that the dolphins were around two metres long, with grey backs. Sightings of dolphins…

New assembly rules in place after June 9 in Latvia

Thursday, June 4, 2020

By 10 June, up to 100 people will be able to gather indoors, outside up to 300, said Minister for Health Ilze Viņķele (Development/About) on June 4. After June 9, the emergency situation is not planned to be extended, and assembly restrictions will also be relaxed: up to 100 people will be allowed to gather indoors and up to 300 people will be allowed outside. Everyone will still have to follow the two-meter distance.  The Minister stressed that it is necessary to continue to balance between…