Posts published in Day: June 9, 2020

Latvia’s state of emergency comes to an end on June 10

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The state of emergency declared in Latvia on March 13 as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end at midnight tonight. From June 10 Latvia will no longer be in a state of emergency. However, that does not mean a complete return to the norms of the pre-pandemic period, as the government was at pains to explain following its June 9 virtual cabinet meeting.   After thanking…

Foreign trade turnover of Latvia down 21.4 % in April

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) published on June 9 show that in April 2020, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 1.92 billion, which at current prices was 21.4 % less than a year ago. The exports value of goods dropped by 13.9 %, but imports value of goods – by 27.4 %. In April Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 927.7 million, but imported – in the amount of EUR 992.4 million. Compared to…

Rīga says it’s just not the same without you

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Latvian capital, Rīga, launched a new campaign June 8 designed to stimulate the tourism sector which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Under the slogan ““Rīga bez tevis nav Rīga” or “Rīga isn’t Rīga without you,” the Rīga Tourism Development Bureau (RTAB) and its partners are hoping to encourage locals as well as visitors from abroad to make use of the city’s many opportunities for tourism, but a…

Sabonis to continue at the helm of Lithuanian Basketball Federation until Olympics

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Arvydas Sabonis will continue as the president of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation for another year, the bodys’ executive committee decided on Tuesday. Sabonis’ term was set to expire in September, but he will stay on until after the Olympic Games that were moved to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has also disrupted the basketball season in Lithuania which was cut short in March. “The situation is extraordinary…

Storm batters Lithuania – flooded streets and offices, disrupted power lines

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The first summer storm has been battering Lithuania since Sunday, leaving behind flooded streets and disrupted services. Part of a supermarket roof in Vilnius was ripped off on Tuesday. The high-rise building hosting Vilnius municipality has also been damaged. The vice mayor of Vilnius, Valdas Benkunskas, shared images of his flooded office. According to Lietuvos Draudimas, an insurance company, some 500 people have filed claims on Monday, with total damage…

Lithuania expects some of US troops withdrawn from Germany to stay in Europe

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry expects that some of the troops that the United States plans to withdraw from Germany will stay in Europe. “The United States of America independently takes decisions on the number and movement of its military personnel in Europe,” the ministry told BNS when asked to comment on Washington’s plans to withdraw thousands of American troops stationed in Germany. “The movement of troops is constantly taking place…

Lithuania and Poland to restore free movement this week, PM says

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Lithuania is planning to reopen its border with Poland this week, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday. Skvernelis said he will meet with his Polish counterpart on the border this Friday. They will discuss restoring free movement between the two countries. According to Skvernelis, cross-border traveling could begin this weekend. “Nothing is preventing [the opening of borders] because the epidemiological criteria are very similar and Poland is on the…

Coronavirus update: 7 new cases, infection at Vilnius supermarket

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Seven new cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Lithuania on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total to 1,727. As of Tuesday, 308 people are still with the coronavirus, 1,338 have recovered, and 72 have died. One of the nine new cases is a firefighter in Ukmergė, according to the National Public Health Centre, Since June 1, nine people infected with Covid-19 had arrived from abroad. A total of…

Lithuanian families to receive one-off child benefits as part of pandemic mitigation

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, on Tuesday approved the president’s proposal to pay one-off child benefits to support families during the coronavirus pandemic. Three lawmakers voted against, four abstained, and 101 were in favour to pay 120 euros per child to most families, and 200 euros to families on low income and those raising children with disabilities. The money is to be transferred by July 31. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said…

Saeima moves forward law for Economic Affairs Court

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Saeima aeimaLegal Affairs Commission Legal Affairs Commission decided on Tuesday to move forward draft law for creation of Economic Affairs Court, the commission said in a news release on June 9. The amendments to the law on judicial power directed to the third reading provide for the introduction of the Economic Court of Justice as a specialized Court of First Instance. The Legal Affairs Commission previously did not have enough…